Web services provide a standard means of interoperating between different software applications, running on a variety of platforms and/or frameworks. It is a way to connect to a remote application and request data directly from the application without going directly to a DBMS. JReport Designer supports SOAP web services defined by WSDL 1.1 or WSDL 2.0 as data sources. You can add a SOAP web service data source to a catalog by importing a WSDL file.
The following example uses the information on http://www.webservicex.net. The URI string of the WSDL file is http://www.webservicex.net/medicareSupplier.asmx?WSDL.