Myths of Web services revealed

Myths of Web services revealed

Fewer than 50 organisations in Australia have actually applied Web services due to time restraints, according to a new survey by S2 Intelligence.

Technology analyst and managing director of S2, Bruce McCabe, said the survey, which was undertaken during November and December 2002, found the low level of activity could be attributed to time factors — understanding, adopting and laying the foundations for Web services and bringing mature toolsets to market.

The report covers corporate and government enterprises and includes descriptions of 14 deployments. McCabe said Web services were meeting and exceeding expectations in the field.

He said the underlying sentiment from those that have implemented Web services was overwhelmingly positive.

“Although few in number, many of the implementations are surprisingly sophisticated, and some have deployed Web services for quite strategic applications,” McCabe said. “Australian enterprises are not just concentrating on internal applications integration behind the firewall which is a frequent assumption; we discovered impressive external applications of Web services between businesses and between government agencies.”

When asked what concerned survey respondents most about Web services for the future, two issues dominated replies: security, and the future integrity of Web services and standards, especially the fear that key vendors may not continue to co-operate.

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