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What is a service?

  • For different people the term Service has different meaning
  • In Business and Economics
    • a service is seen as a business activity that often results in intangible outcomes or benefits
    • a service is the non-material equivalent of a good. Service provision has been defined as an economic activity that does not result in ownership, and this is what differentiates it from providing physical goods.
    • a process that creates benefits by facilitating either a change in customers, a change in their physical possessions, or a change in their intangible assets.
  • In Computer Science
    • the terms service and Web service are often regarded as interchangeable to name a software entity accessible over the Internet. 
    • a (Web) service is seen software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network

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