Business Aspects of Web Services

Authors: Weinhardt, C., Blau, B., Conte, T., Filipova-Neumann, L., Meinl, Th., Michalk, W.

  • First book on business-related aspects of Web services
  • Delivers a thorough understanding of the organizational and economic implications of Web services as the nucleus of modern business models
  • Provides an economic framework for service value networks
  • Details business models and pricing mechanisms
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About this book

Driven by maturing Web service technologies and the wide acceptance of the service-oriented architecture paradigm, the software industry’s traditional business models and strategies have begun to change: software vendors are turning into service providers. In addition, in the Web service market, a multitude of small and highly specialized providers offer modular services of almost any kind and economic value is created through the interplay of various distributed service providers that jointly contribute to form individualized and integrated solutions. This trend can be optimally catalyzed by universally accessible service orchestration platforms – service value networks (SVNs) – which are the underlying organizational form of the coordination mechanisms presented in this book.

Here, the authors focus on providing comprehensive business-oriented insights into today’s trends and challenges that stem from the transition to a service-led economy. They investigate current and future Web service business models and provide a framework for Web service value networks. Pricing mechanism basics are introduced and applied to the specific area of SVNs. Strategies for platform providers are analyzed from the viewpoint of a single provider, and so are pricing mechanisms in service value networks which are optimal from a network perspective. The extended concept of pricing Web service derivatives is also illustrated. The presentation concludes with a vision of how Web service markets in the future could be structured and what further developments can be expected to happen.

This book will be of interest to researchers in business development and practitioners such as managers of SMEs in the service sector, as well as computer scientists familiar with Web technologies. The book’s comprehensive content provides readers with a thorough understanding of the organizational, economic and technical implications of dealing with Web services as the nucleus of modern business models, which can be applied to Web services in general and Web service value networks specifically.

About the authors

The authors are all members of the research group „Corporate & Cloud Services“ at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. The group is headed by Professor Christof Weinhardt.

The group’s research group focuses on economics methods and concepts, such as the market-based pricing and the allocation of electronic services, in the areas of service value networks and cloud computing. Interdisciplinary and application-oriented research are the core competency of this group. Their close cooperation with industry partners such as SAP Research, IBM Research & Development and the BMW Group results in innovative application scenarios as well as new stimuli to the group's research.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Weinhardt, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Services vs. Web Services

    Weinhardt, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 13-22

  • Service Value Networks

    Weinhardt, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 23-43

  • Business Models

    Weinhardt, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 45-91

  • Pricing Foundations and Implications on Web Service Pricing

    Weinhardt, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 95-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Business Aspects of Web Services
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22447-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22447-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22446-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43383-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 200
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