Web services gaining traction

One in two Australian enterprises are implementing Web services, according to research released by Computer Sciences Corporation today.

Up to half are already implementing a project with a further 17 per cent evaluating opportunities.

Taylor Nelson Sofres undertook the survey of 150 large Australian companies with annual turnovers of more than $40 million and IT budgets between $160,000 and $65 million a year.

The research claims one in three companies expect their 2003 IT budget to be between $1.2 million and $10 million and 40 per cent expect to increase their IT investment next year.

CSC's global Web services expert, Donal O'Shea, said Web services implementation in Australia is highly sophisticated.

"Web services isn't a silver bullet to solve all IT problems, but it is being taken up by many companies that see value in sharing functionality across enterprises," he said.

CSC officials say the study found 84 per cent of companies used Web services for interfacing or sharing functionality, 82 per cent for extracting and presenting information and 76 per cent for developing applications using Web services technologies.

The most frequently used or intended technologies are Microsoft .Net (29 per cent), J2ee/Java (20 per cent) and IBM WebSphere (13 per cent).

O'Shea said the biggest problem for IT professionals is putting different systems together as Web services is "like a bogey for a train that makes it run on different gauges."

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