Will Iverson

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Web services have served as a topic of interest for IT professionals since at least 2001, and yet there have been few examples of significant, successful deployment. With this in mind, developers and IT decision makers should be aware of the major, business-defining role of eBay's successful Web service deployment. With roughly a billion Web service requests served a month, eBay has demonstrated clear leadership in the real world deployment of Web services. This article shows how eBay has been able to use Web services to dramatically grow both acquisition and third-party development efforts, transforming a Web site into a Web platform. It will examine the business benefits of Web services for eBay, its partners, and independent developers, and describe eBay's efforts to support this growing community. Finally, it will describe the future direction of eBay's Web ser... (more)