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Difference between a Web Service and an Enterprise service

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i have observed that the terms "web service" and "enterprise service" are used in different contexts in SAP. Whats the conceptual difference between the two of them? Is there any difference in the implementation of the two as well?


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An enterprise service is an interface to well-defined functionality provided by

functional business components. The interface defines a set of service operations

that perform work and can receive and send messages. Enterprise services

are used by other programs that are said to consume the services. Services are

loosely coupled to the entities that consume their functionality and to each other.

The performance characteristics of an enterprise service such as response time

are dictated by a business service level. ( )

Web Service is the recommended technical solution to provide enterprise services. enterprise services can be provide by varied of technical solutions, from web services to IPC.