Web services to offload integration from professional services

As service-oriented architectures utilizing Web services become dominant, companies will increasingly be using professional services organizations less for system integration and more for architectural consulting and business process automation, according to a report from research firm ZapThink announced this week.

Web services will enable software to integrate out of the box, leaving consultants to add value elsewhere, ZapThink said. The report also found a significant opportunity exists for consulting firms in the next five years to help companies implement service-oriented architectures. Total architectural and process consulting revenues are expected to surpass those from system integration by 2006.

System integration revenue will decrease by more than 70 percent by 2010 while service-oriented business process consulting will increase twentyfold during that time period.

The report profiles professional services organizations such as Avenade, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, IBM Global Services, and Novell. Also noted in the report are companies such as Accenture, Sun Microsystems, RSA Security, Tibco, and VeriSign.

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