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Development Solutions Problems Lead to Shrinking Web Service Market in 2003, According to Aberdeen Group Report.

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2003

Report notes that as Web services development platforms coalesce

around suppliers such as IBM, Microsoft and Sun, IT buyers should

begin to see greater clarity in their choices.

Over-hyped technologies that have failed to deliver on promises and an inability to use development tools to overcome Web services development challenges will result in a flat to shrinking development tool market of $5 billion in 2003 - compared with total IT spending on development of $750 billion, according to a recent report by Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm.

The report, Web Services Development Solutions Buying Guide (Fourth Edition), examines the state of the market for development tools in general and tools focused on creating Web service applications in particular.

"Over-focus on 3GLs, standards, reusability, formalism, and quick-and-dirty implementations of e-Business functionality have led to decreased programmer productivity, spaghetti architectures, and buggy and hard-to-upgrade code in many cases," says Wayne T. Kernochan, managing vice president at Aberdeen Group and author of the report. "The IT buyer who looks at supplier hype with a contrarian eye, considers new technologies such as agile programming and refactoring, assembles a "best-of-breed" toolset from multiple suppliers where appropriate rather than reflexively creating a one-size-fits-all tool, and outsources effectively after fully understanding offshore programming's limitations, will achieve much greater rewards in scalability, application flexibility, programmer productivity, and application quality."

The report notes that the advent of new development solution technology and the importance of development to Web services strategies will force major suppliers to upgrade their development offerings. As a result, IT buyers should begin to see greater clarity in their choices, as Web services development platforms coalesce around suppliers such as IBM, Microsoft, and Sun. These suppliers, in turn, will add functionality to their development solutions, making IBM's acquisition of Rational a key indicator of a wave of development tool acquisitions.

For more information about Web Services Development Solution Buying Guide (Fourth Edition), please visit www.aberdeen.com, call 800-577-7891, or follow this link: http://www.aberdeen.com/ab_company/hottopics/webservices/default.htm

About Aberdeen

Founded in 1988, Aberdeen Group is a leading IT market analysis and positioning services firm that helps Information Technology vendors establish leadership in emerging markets. The firm provides IT market intelligence, positioning, and market acceleration services to established and start-up technology companies.

Aberdeen's consultants provide up-to-the-minute global IT market insights in more than 25 IT market segments. Research practices focus on emerging market opportunities, market growth rates, important industry trends, and customer buying patterns. The firm also helps clients to identify new market opportunities, enter those markets successfully, and accelerate the adoption of new technologies.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Aberdeen has research and consulting divisions in Palo Alto, California, and Fort Collins, Colorado. Aberdeen is accessible via the Web at www.aberdeen.com.
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