SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURES-2: Access to real-time E&P operating data: A nontechnical overview of a solution

We intentionally avoided getting into the technical details of BP’s RTAP/Web Services solution in the first part of this article (OGJ, Jan. 2, 2006, p. 36).At this point, it may be helpful to identify the key components and technologies involved as well as some of the potential barriers to more widespread adoption.We will attempt to keep this discussion in plain English as well, to remain accessible both to E&P management and to non-IT professionals interested in exploring Web Services in the upstream industry.Web Services are essentially web-based interfaces or connections built on established or emerging internet protocols and standards. As such, they are platform and operatin...

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