Whether or not Microsoft's .NET and Web services initiatives find near-term traction in the enterprise, the elements of the strategy -- componentization, access to the middle tier, XML representation of business data and protocols -- are universal and will matter to everyone. Even if you don't use Microsoft's products, you'll likely need to interoperate with them. As .NET starts to roll out, you'll find that you can. Full story at Enterprise Systems Journal.
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