I was reading a post from Mike Herrick on SBA and EDA. Mike made a statement about the death of Web Services. Mike was talking about the WS-* set of standards in particular and not Web Services on a whole. It did get me thinking about the adoption rate of Web Services in general.
It's clear that the software industry thinks a lot of the future of Web Services. The plethora of acquisitions this past year is a testament to that. webMethods buys Infravio, HP buys Mercury (Systinet), Progress gets Sonic and Actional, IBM buys everybody else. Most of these products are heavy on governance. That would seem to imply a demand in the market for this type of technology.
I have been recently working on putting in a basic UDDI server. I was toying around with Microsoft's UDDI server which is included in their Windows Server 2003. What struck me was the lack of chatter on UDDI? If the adoption rate of Web Services is high then I would think UDDI would be a topic of conversation. It is not.
So to me the question becomes: Have most enterprises bought into the concept of Web Services? If so is the adoption rate just slow? Or are the vendors way the mark with their governance products? What do you think? How are Web Services really doing in the enterprise?