Quocirca Special Report
INVESTMENT TRENDS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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Application and Development Platforms
• Organisations are embracing modern application architectures
The majority of organisations have now adopted .NET and/or J2EE as a
standard for both Enterprise Application deployment and custom software
development. Three quarters of organisations have now embraced such
platforms as part of their standard architecture.
• A dual platform strategy is most common, but J2EE leads overall
The most common strategy is dual platform involving the adoption of both
.NET and J2EE. 41% of users have gone down this route. However, J2EE is
more prevalent amongst organisations with a single platform strategy. Overall
(including sites with a dual platform strategy), 58% of organisations have
adopted .NET whilst 75% have adopted J2EE.
• But .NET users have an easier life
Organisations who have adopted .NET exclusive perceive the software
development lifecycle to have become easier and more efficient, whereas
exclusive J2EE users say control of development is becoming more difficult.
• Windows Server 2003 has been well received with adoption plans in place
Many organisations have already worked Windows Server 2003 into their
plans for both server upgrades and new server requirements. Those running
NT4.0 servers are most likely to upgrade straight to the latest generation
rather than moving to Windows 2000 as an interim measure.
• Performance and efficiency drive initial Windows Server 2003 interest
Those intending to adopt Windows Server 2003 in the short to medium term
cite the increased performance and efficiency (including systems
management) that comes from a multi-function platform as being the key
drivers. Cost efficiency is recogn