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Sydney June 4, 2004 IGNORE Web Services at your peril, warns senior Gartner analyst Dion Wiggins, who condemns any enterprise refusing to embrace this key evolutionary advance in technology as a “laggard”.
Web Services are part of a bigger technology picture in which organisations must rethink their IT structure and begin to build a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), says Mr Wiggins.
“SOA is the best practices of modern systems design and the way of the future,” predicts Mr Wiggins, who will be a key presenter at Gartner’s Application Development, Integration & Web Services Summit in Sydney later this month.
“In the past, IT systems were built to last, but that philosophy must change,” he continues. “Now, they need to be built to change, enabling business agility. Technology must no longer conform to the rules of the IT department but to the demands of business.”
Mr Wiggins says banks and other financial institutions have been the quickest to adopt Web Services and a Service-Oriented Architecture. “By 2007, SOA will be mainstream in Global 2000 companies, and government will be moving in the same direction, albeit more slowly,” he says.
“Those who are using Web Services and building an SOA today will have a competitive advantage in terms of cost efficiency and the time required to respond to client demands. As SOA becomes mainstream in 2008, enterprises that have not acted will be at a strategic disadvantage to their competitors because their IT systems will not adapt quickly enough to the changing needs of the business and their clients.”
Mr Wiggins says an SOA provides the capacity to make lightning-fast changes to an IT infrastructure that would normally take days or even months.
Vendors such as Oracle and SAP are aggressively moving their products towards an SOA environment as part of their own strategy to make their technology offerings more powerful to the business, he says. Microsoft, Tibco, webMethods and BEA are just a few of the many vendors now pushing the SOA story inside large enterprises.
“Organisations need to use Web Services so they can design for inter-operability, not just integration,” Mr Wiggins continues.
“When you integrate, you put a round peg in a square hole. When you design for inter-operability, you build an infrastructure capable of handling all technologies and applications, even those you do not know about yet.”
A case study of SOA and Web Services adoption will be presented at the summit by an executive from CLSA, the emerging markets arm of Credit Lyonnais, based in Hong Kong, where it is the largest brokerage and investment banking services organisation.
The myriad of challenges confronting IT departments’ architects and business analysts will be explored by Mr Wiggins, together with Gartner analysts from around the world, at the Application Development Integration & Web Services Summit to be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, from June 16-17.
Analysts, including the US-based Jeff Schulman and Jess Thompson, will present on how to engineer IT architecture to create a real-time enterprise while Partha Iyengar will provide a unique picture of global application development trends.
The agenda can be viewed here http://www3.gartner.com/2_events/conferences/apin10a_agenda.jsp
Interview opportunities with Mr Wiggins, or any of the Gartner analysts, are available in the lead-up to the Application Development Integration & Web Services Summit.
To obtain free registration for the summit, please contact Jo Lobban on 61 2 9459 4692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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