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Web Services in "Top Ten Strategic Technologies" List

Web Services in "Top Ten Strategic Technologies" List

Web services is one of the top 10 strategic technologies poised to mature in the next 18 to 36 months, according to Carl Claunch, vice president and director of research at Gartner. Although noting that Web services has been "heavily hyped," Claunch observed that Web services can give leading-edge enterprises the ability to reuse existing code and smooth application integration. Although Web services is not yet completely mature, enterprises should not hold off on Web services-based projects, he said. "Uncertainty lies in the upper layers" with issues such as establishing trust and identity protection, said Claunch.

"But the advantages far outweigh the risks. Companies should make use of Web services to develop new applications, put wrappers around existing applications, and reuse existing functionality," he said.

"The basic technologies of Web services, SOAP, XML, WSDL, and UDDI, are sound and widely deployed at this point," said Sean Rhody, editor-in-chief of WSJ. "In the next 18 months, these will become commodities, while vendors work to innovate a new set of standards around system management, security, and Business Process Management."

Speaking at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in San Diego this week, Claunch also listed instant messaging, RFID (radio frequency identification), network security platforms and grid computing as offering companies significant strategic advantage, if adopted for the right reasons and at the right time. Other strategic technologies in Claunch's top 10 were location-based services, speech recognition, real-time enterprise technology, IP telephony, and tablet PCs.

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