The "wave" of Web services has been a long time breaking. We've been tracking the trends, cautionary advice and hopeful outlooks. \n\n.Net, Web Services, and the End of the Vendor Era\nWhen Microsoft announced .Net, Bill Gates called it a "bet the company thing." But in the process of becoming far less than Microsoft had dreamed, .Net has become much more than CIOs had hoped for and is pointing the way to a new definition of the CIO role, creating a world in which vendors\u2014including Microsoft\u2014matter less and less.\n\n\nPundit: Start with the Logic\nHow to move Web services from the business analysts minds to real applications.\n\nPundit: Services for Sale\nIT may finally get its chance to sell Web services.\n\nCase File: Access Miami\nA Web services strategy is opening the door to integration among the various departments and agencies in Miami-Dade County. With commentary from Accenture's William Ives.\n\nCase Files: Loans Sweet Loans\nBy exposing its Web services to business partners, MassHousing expands its presence in the mortgage market andmakes getting a low-interest loan easier for low-income borrowers.\n\nArchitecture: EA on the Cheap\nYou want to build an enterprise architecture but don't have the money or the manpower? Here's how one CIO took some shortcuts.\n\nWhy Web Services Wont Replace Middleware\nReports of the demise of middleware are not just exaggerated, they are completely incorrect. \n\nWeigh In: Identity Management in Web Services\nCoupling identity management solutions with Web services provides some immediate benefits to enterprises embracing SOA, including consistent security policy enforcement, protection of previous investments in identity and access management solutions, scalability and simpler regulatory compliance and segregation of duties.