Gartner: Web services projects roll along
While the sluggish U.S. economy is slowing Web services development, it has
not stopped it by a long shot, according to a survey this summer by Gartner Inc.
(www.gartner.com), a Stamford,
Conn.-based consulting firm.
The Gartner Dataquest survey of North American enterprises found that while
more than 48% of the firms surveyed had cut spending on Web services, the belt
tightening was not so severe that projects were discontinued.
While almost half the respondents were trimming budgets, one third of the
companies said that the economic slowdown had not impacted their spending on Web
services, said Gartner.
Of the projects moving forward in uncertain economic times, Gartner found,
not surprisingly, that 75% were internal projects focused on integration,
security, portals and Web content management. External integration with partners
and projects involving order fulfillment, payment and billing were lower on the
priority list, noted the Gartner survey.
Continuing to predict consolidation among software vendors, Gartner analysts
concluded that by 2007, vendors and consultants will need to focus on Web
services for practical business processes and management.
Apparently, it will not be enough to re-market existing software products by
adding XML to the name and creating a flashy demo. Companies will be looking for
Web services applications that save them money.
''To take part in the Web services 'wave,' software vendors and systems
integrators must communicate a clear, concise, cost-saving message to potential
customers,'' concluded the Gartner analysts.
As part of that cost-saving message, Gartner recommends vendors and
consultants focus on reusability of Web services applications and
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.