Web services and open standards will play a dominate role in the future of information technology, but significant road blocks still prevent collaborative computing from gaining critical mass in the near term, says Yogesh Gupta, chief technology officer for Computer Associates Inc.

"Pervasive computing will become part of the environment. and it will change the way we do things," Gupta told attendees during his April 22 keynote address at CA World in Orlando. "Technology is being created to solve real problems," Gupta says and adds, “Web services will help to expose information currently locked away in data applications."

Web services are software components that can interact with one another dynamically via standard Internet technologies, making it possible for enterprises to build bridges between IT systems that otherwise would require extensive development efforts.

With Web services, an enterprise's systems can advertise the presence of business processes, information or tasks that can be consumed by other systems, providing immediate benefits to business-to-business and business-to- consumer relationships, Gupta says

But Gupta also notes that the widespread implementation of Web services is still hampered by a number of problems, including interoperabilty. "We have some hurdles to overcome and they are not easy," he states.

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