Comparative Study of Web Services Platforms in a GUISET Environment
GUISET (Grid-based Utility Infrastructure for SMME Enabling Technology) architecture aims at delivering e-services to resource-constrained Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) by taking advantage of advances and trends toward Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) within the software industry. A technology that has received widespread adoption within SOA for implementing services is Web Services (WS). However, Web Services' success has been facilitated by implementation of core WS-Standards into enterprise application development platforms and tools within both the proprietary and Open Source Communities. Although, for the target group of GUISET (SMMEs), the Open Source platforms seem a natural choice as proprietary tools are often expensive and are out of their reach.