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(September 22, 2003) - According to a study by industry analyst firm Gartner, IT budget cutbacks are forcing organizations to reduce Web services spending. After surveying 111 North American companies, Gartner reports that 48% of respondents cut spending on Web services application development projects due to the current economic climate. However, the report also shows that such projects still remain a top priority moving forward. As evidence, 33% of survey participants stated they will continue to invest in Web services over the next two years despite the economy. Gartner report analyst Nicole Latimer notes that, "Web services development projects are at the top of the list of company priorities and (are) one of the last budgets to be raided when budget cuts are made." There is a wide range of service-oriented projects in concept at this time, but it is safe to say ... (more)

Reaching Back to Unlock Legacy Systems

As companies have viewed new technologies historically, the smart enterprise adopted new technologies while improving on its existing technology investments. Enterprises that embrace this methodology can drive more value out of both the new and the old technology. Why spend millions on buying and implementing a new system if you can repurpose your existing applications and data to deliver the same benefits of a new system? Today, companies are finding they can get more life out of mainframe legacy systems by exposing valuable business logic as Web services. Web services are allow... (more)