Distributed systems and web services
: a critical investigation

  • Uttam Kumar

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science by Research


    The purpose of this research is to highlight the advantages of Web Services in distributed and interoperable environments. This research exposes the strengths, limitations and misconceptions of Web Services. It also highlights open areas for future developments and enhancement in this cutting edge technology.

    During this research 214 IT professionals from 67 companies worldwide have been approached to discover the feasibility, importance and limitations of web services in the distributed environment. As part of this research, a prototype for remote vehicle diagnostics has also been created with the help of collaboration with Omitec Ltd. The purpose of developing the prototype was to give a good example of Web Services potential.

    The final outcome of this research was the conclusion that although Web Services are a simple, easy and inexpensive option for a distributed solution, they are often not well understood and have issues with regard to interoperability and security. More development is needed in these areas as well as increased Web Services promotion and education throughout the global industry.
    Date of Award2011
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SponsorsOmitec Ltd.
    SupervisorAnne James (Supervisor) & Leon Smalov (Supervisor)


    • Web services
    • Distributed technology
    • Remote vehicle diagnostics

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