October 29, 2001 - Web Services -- UDDI
One of the critical principles of XML Web services is that systems connect through the Internet, which is a safe assumption. The Internet connectivity is readily available and is provided with a very low cost to users of these Web services. The only problem is how to find these resources on the Internet. Will there be search engines? Directories? Some of the big computer companies such as Microsoft, Ariba, COMPAQ, Dell, HP, IBM, SAP, and others, are participating in a broad industry effort to define UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration). UDDI provides a way to locate and understand services provided by other companies. It's a kind of "yellow pages" on the Internet for the industry.