Web Services are rapidly becoming the native language of business applications. History shows that technologies designed for the enterprise often find their way into embedded systems and that the speed of adoption for these technologies is increasing. Capturing the real value of connecting devices to the Internet goes much further than providing a standalone database for collecting information or providing some proprietary XML interface. As you will discover in the following article, Web Services are just as powerful for connecting e-appliances and other distributed intelligent assets into the business enterprise to provide such valuable services as automatically generating service requests, performing remote diagnostics and automatic consumables reordering.