With the recent Crosscheck Networks' acquisition of Forum Systems, the SOA/XML landscape continues to trend towards market consolidation. Enterprises now expect well-integrated products that help IT professionals across Web Service Life cycle and not just pre- or post- production alone.
- For building web services, consumers need to get their client-side code developed even before the services are ready. This is where service simulation becomes critical.
- On the flip side, developers and testers of service providers (service endpoints) need to iteratively test the functional, performance and security characteristics of such services.
- Once the service endpoints are ready to go, an intermediate XML Gateway needs to be deployed to protect the endpoints.