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Team5 has worked with Web Services on many levels, from consuming (using those developed by others) to developing custom ones for various purposes. A web service is a perfect way to allow other companies / parties to access and make use of data / information you wish to provide. A great benefit of a web service is that the data / information can be controlled by secure access and even limit the number of accesses made, which parts of data accessible and even customized the returned data based on the requesting user. Team5 has also helped many companies make use of various web services from other companies to import external data, generate accounts / automate the creation of 3rd party accounts and services, and much more.
A Web service is a method of communication between two electronic devices over the Web (Internet).
The W3C defines a "Web service" as "a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network". It has an interface described in a machine-processable format (specifically Web Services Description Language, known by the acronym WSDL). Other systems interact with the Web service in a manner prescribed by its description using SOAP messages, typically conveyed using HTTP with an XML serialization in conjunction with other Web-related standards."
The W3C also states, "We can identify two major classes of Web services, REST-compliant Web services, in which the primary purpose of the service is to manipulate XML representations of Web resources using a uniform set of "stateless" operations; and arbitrary Web services, in which the service may expose an arbitrary set of operations."