Business Aspects of Web Services

  • Christof Weinhardt
  • Benjamin Blau
  • Tobias Conte
  • Lilia Filipova-Neumann
  • Thomas Meinl
  • Wibke Michalk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Web Service Business Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 1-9
    3. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 13-22
    4. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 23-43
    5. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 45-91
  3. Web Service Pricing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 95-106
    3. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 107-128
    4. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 129-170
    5. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 171-190
    6. Christof Weinhardt, Benjamin Blau, Tobias Conte, Lilia Filipova-Neumann, Thomas Meinl, Wibke Michalk
      Pages 191-194
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 195-197

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Business Models Business Networks Pricing Auctions Pricing Strategies SVN – Service Value Networks SaaS – Software as a Service Web Services e-Commerce

Authors and affiliations

  • Christof Weinhardt
    • 1
  • Benjamin Blau
    • 2
  • Tobias Conte
    • 3
  • Lilia Filipova-Neumann
    • 4
  • Thomas Meinl
    • 5
  • Wibke Michalk
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Information Systems, and ManagementKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Information Systems, and ManagementKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Information Systems, and ManagementKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  4. 4.TechnologyResearch Center for InformationKarlsruheGermany
  5. 5.Institute of Information Systems, and ManagementKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  6. 6.Institute of Information Systems, and ManagementKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22447-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-22446-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-22447-8
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