Services Computing has become a cross-discipline that covers the science and technology of bridging the gap between Business Services and IT Services. The underlying breaking technology suite includes Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud computing, business consulting methodology and utilities, business process modeling, transformation and integration. This scope of Services Computing covers the whole lifecycle of services innovation research that includes business componentization, services modeling, services creation, services realization, services annotation, services deployment, services discovery, services composition, services delivery, service-to-service collaboration, services monitoring, services optimization, as well as services management. The goal of Services Computing is to enable IT services and computing technology to perform business services more efficiently and effectively.

Specifically, the topics include but not limited to the following:

  • Mathematical foundation of Services Computing
  • Services science
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Service creation, development, and management
  • Linkage between IT services and business services
  • Web services security and privacy
  • Web services agreement and contract
  • Web services discovery and negotiation
  • Web services management
  • Web services collaboration
  • Quality of service for Web services
  • Web services modeling and performance management
  • Solution frameworks for building Web services applications
  • Composite Web service creation and enabling infrastructures
  • Business and Scientific applications using Web services
  • Business process integration and management using Web Services (e.g., BPEL4WS)
  • Multimedia applications using Web services
  • Communication applications using Web services
  • Interactive TV applications using Web services
  • Distance education applications using Web services
  • Standards and specifications of Services Computing
  • Business Grid covering business process integration and management in Grid environment
  • Wireless Grid and communication services delivery platform
  • Grid applications and system solutions in science and engineering
  • Utility Models and Solution Architectures
  • Resource acquisition models in Utility Computing
  • Mathematical foundation of Business Process Modeling, Integration and Management
  • Business Services modeling
  • Ontology and Business Rules
  • Business performance analysis and management
  • Autonomic Programming Models, Tools, and Environments

IEEE Computer Society has published the Taxonomy of Services Computing, which has been introduced in the following reference.

Liang-Jie Zhang, EIC Editorial: Introduction to the Knowledge Areas of Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, April-June, 2008, Vol.1, No.2, pp. 62-74 (local copy in PDF file)