[off topic] XML WSDL Question

Discussion in 'XML' started by Geoff, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Geoff

    Geoff Guest

    The other groups do not seem to have many posts, so, I thought I would ask
    here if someone knows.

    In the good old days, say your company made slippers, planners would decide
    how many of each slipper to make, that info is fed into an in-house program
    which calculates the quantity of raw materials needed.

    Purchasing agents, employees of the company, would then find suppliers,
    negotiate prices, etc. and buy the materials.

    The promise of WSDL is to allow the computer of the slipper company to
    lookup in a UDDI registry who makes the raw materials needed then check
    prices and buy. Some even felt that the internet could be put on automatic
    and let the computers handle things but companies soon realized that people
    needed to be involved.

    So, if purchasing agents have to be in the loop, how have things changed
    since the 80's? In the 80's, a factory might fax a purchase order until an
    agent tells them to buy from some other place, etc.

    Also, how much is UDDI really used? Searching for UDDI sites that actually
    work does not seem to return a whole lot. If you had a coffee shop and
    decided to sell coffee blends (beans) via the internet and registered your
    service in a UDDI registry, would it make much difference in your volume of
    business?

    Thanks.

    -g
    Geoff, Nov 15, 2006
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