Web Services as an Entry Point to Protected Zones
Web services have countinually been touted as the Rising Star of Distributed Computing. However, I find myself using web services at many of the unexpected times and places.
For example, currently, my customer's enterprise information system is a hugely complex one that spans the entire corporation with multiple external systems (SAP, BizTalk, etc). Naturally, if I find web services in these places as a means for EAI, I'd be much less awed.