Gartner: Start Web services efforts now
Analysts from Gartner Inc., Stamford, Conn., say IT development groups should
be implementing Web services pilot programs by 2003 despite the flagging
The IT consulting company concedes that while financial issues may force
postponement of broad, costly, Web services projects, its analysts are finding
that early, less complex implementations show the technology's cost-savings
potential is real.
Based on studies of pilot projects, Gartner analysts have so far concluded
that ''Web services is fulfilling its potential as low-risk, high-utility data
integration catalysts, but it is also emerging in unusual, visionary projects,''
said Whit Andrews, a research director at Gartner.
Andrews said that during the past year or so, Gartner has monitored companies
implementing Web services projects, and has found IT organizations are having
some troubles deciding which specific projects should be assigned to Web
services development teams. Gartner's advice: Start small to help answer early
''Few enterprises should base a costly, strategic overhaul of mission-critical
applications for 2004 or earlier on Web services,'' Andrews said. Most ''companies
should begin to experiment with Web services now, developing pilots for
deployment no later than 2003.''
For the early efforts, Gartner recommends for the most part that managers
assign no more than eight developers per project. Most enterprises in Gartner's
study have used fewer than eight developers. ''Typical internal project teams
have been closer to three developers, and external development has generally
been conducted in such a way that the load for enterprises is distributed to
teams of similar size, for instance, two internal and one external developer,''
For more information on the Gartner research effort, click on http://www.gartner.com/1_researchanalysis/focus/swecosys_fa.html.
Mike Bucken is former Editor-in-Chief of Application Development Trends magazine.