Use Web Services to Automate Business Processes

Administrators can use the CA Service Catalog web services to automate business processes and to reduce manual input by catalog users. You can access the web services from any client that uses standard web service protocol.
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Administrators can use the CA Service Catalog web services to automate business processes and to reduce manual input by catalog users. You can access the web services from any client that uses standard web service protocol.
A web service is any collection of software operations or methods that is available over the Internet. A web service uses a standardized XML messaging system. The web services use XML to encode all communications: A client invokes a web service operation by sending an XML message and then waits for a corresponding XML response.
CA Service Catalog includes several predefined web services. For example, the UserService web service provides a
getUser
method and an
editUser
method that you can use to manage information about users. The BusinessUnitService web service provides similar functionality for business units. This set of web services constitutes an application programming interface (API) for CA Service Catalog.
The web services use Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). SOAP is a lightweight, XML-based communication protocol and encoding format for inter-application communication.
The CA Service Catalog implementation of SOAP is Axis-compliant. You can access the web services from any Axis-compliant client. Implementers can use any programming language with which they are familiar to call exposed methods, using method call syntax. Implementers must be skilled users of the web services of the programming language they select.
The web services support the Web Service Description Language (WSDL). You can use WSDL to build stubs to access remote services. You can also use WSDL to export automatically machine-readable descriptions of CA Service Catalog deployed services from Axis.
For more information about how to use the web services, log in to CA Service Catalog and click Administration, Tools, Links, Web Services API. The API documentation is automatically generated Java documentation that is based on the CA Service Catalog web service methods. Alternatively, to access this documentation, click Start, Programs, CA, Service Catalog, Documentation, Web Service API on the Catalog Component computer.
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