A service provides access to specific business functionality.

A service that you create within Server Enterprise Edition can contain one or more operations, depending on the name you give the service and which request handler is associated with it (if any). If you create a service with no request handler associated with it or if the name you use does not contain a valid separator, the service and the operation are one and the same. The Server Enterprise Edition documentation uses the term "simple service" for services of this type. System services such as the Deploy service of the default enterprise server ESDEMO are simple services.

Service names can be of two forms, depending on whether or not the service contains any operations. The two forms are: