A new survey tracking Web services and SOA growth is out, and some nuggets can be found onthe Evans Data site. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I serve as lead analyst for the Evans Data survey series on this topic, and will be sharing various findings with you over the coming weeks. For starters, we asked some 427 developers whether they think Web services is taking some of the pain out of enterprise application integration -- which typically are big-budget projects -- and 38% said yes. Another 60% said that Web services standardization is lowering the cost of EAI. This is a critical in which Web services can be shown going right to the bottom line.
Another area covered in the survey are developers' choices of tools and platforms for Web services and SOA. The survey finds the two main competing Web services platforms - J2EE and .NET - continue to run neck-in-neck. Both have been adopted at about two-thirds of Web services and SOA development shops, suggesting that developers are spending equal amounts of time on both platforms. There is no one "right" way to approach Web services, but a multitude of options.