Survey Finds Momentum for Dual Java/.NET Strategy

It's the best of times and, perhaps, the most cooperative of times for developers working inside companies that have committed to web services projects. See why European IT researcher Quocirca said that more than 1-in-3 enterprises plan to have a dual Java and .NET strategy for their web services projects. Hint: Keeping life-cycle costs down is a major motivator.

Tags: Web Services, Web Services Projects, Developer, Respondents, Commit, App, Deployment,

As part of a primary research project conducted this summer, Quocirca, a European-based IT research firm, interviewed 415 senior technical and business decision-makers at large and mid-sized European companies. In summary, Quocirca researchers discovered:

  • As to "best times" news, corporate execs are starting to perceive real value from web services projects, and are beginning to commit budgets for tools, technology upgrades and dev training;

  • As to the "cooperative times" news, more than half of corporations that have web services projects underway say that they will use both Java and .NET technologies to implement their projects.
If European trends hold out here in the U.S., the bottom line is that web services will begin to provide new career-advancing opps for devs, and especially for those willing to learn skills that better enable Java and .NET-based technologies to share data, application and business logic assets. So if, as a developer, you've sensed that your enterprise is of "two minds" over a web services deployment strategy—don't worry, you're not alone.

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Here are some other summary findings from Quocirca's summer research:

  • Execs say web services have "real" value -- now
    Survey respondents are extremely bullish (perhaps surprisingly so) on the prospects of web services. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being lowest), the majority of organizations rated the "real potential" of web services between 4 and 5. The most potential, respondents said, lies in "outward-facing apps" -- those that integrate data/apps with key customers and suppliers.

  • Execs assured by "mainstream" vendor leadership
    When asked an open unprompted question about which IT vendors are leading the way with web services, respondents volunteer names of the big players, taking the speculative nature out of web services commitments. Tops on the list are Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and HP. No niche players received a significant number of mentions.

  • Organizations embrace dev-to-deploy architectures/frameworks
    Some three-quarters of all respondents said they had adopted .NET, J2EE or both for app development and deployment. Notably, the dual-platform (.NET/J2EE) approach was the most common strategy, at 41 percent of the total.

  • Execs have growing interest in app life-cycle
    As more corporations turn to second-generation "outward facing" web services projects, IT admins are looking more closely at how software life-cycle management (deployments, upgrades, rebuilds, adjustments, management, etc.) is affecting overall productivity and utility of web services.
The full version of the reports on exec and developer views of web services is available from Quocirca by sending an e-mail to with your name, company and e-mail address.