I recently wrote about web services for CME and explained why it mattered to CME providers and physicians. In today’s post let’s look at why an LMS’ web service is perhaps the most business critical feature to the educational provider.
What is a web service?
Let’s review what a web service is before getting started. A web service is a form of communication between software systems that uses the web's HTTP protocol (the same one you used when you loaded this web page). And because the web is everywhere, this means that web services are ubiquitous. Your phone, router, DVR, smartwatch, travel reservations, online bank, Facebook, Instagram etc., all probably use web services to communicate with each other when necessary..
Web services, using HTTP, allow systems to create, retrieve, update and delete data without human intervention. For example, when you purchase something online, your purchase information is passed from the online store to a payment gateway to the payment processor and back using web services.
That technology is what makes it possible for all your systems to work together to provide education...