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Enterprise Java Computing Study Released

Netroscope Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif., www.netroscope.com), a market-research and consulting firm focused on evaluating cutting-edge computer technologies and market trends, today announced the results of a study that examines the key factors that drive Java technology in the enterprise. Netroscope's study entitled, "Getting Down to Business: Enterprise Java Computing" is intended to serve as a Java progress report in the enterprise and to provide an assessment which IT professionals can use to evaluate their Java development and deployment strategies.

"Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) specification represents a cornerstone of Java computing," says Natalie Shaheen, president of Netroscope. "However, we believe a number of issues must be addressed before EJB is truly considered as the leading indicator for Java adoption in the Enterprise. In our view, Integration with legacy systems as well as other component technologies, development of a common security model, and implementation of robust management components remain as the most challenging and rewarding opportunities to Java vendors. A full end-to-end enterprise Java computing architecture that addresses such critical issues is yet to be defined."

Among major vendors who have incorporated Java into their corporate strategies, Netroscope believes IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are the most significant players. "When Sun says, 'Write Once, Run Anywhere', Microsoft says, 'Why? Interoperate,'" says Shaheen. "Microsoft's strategy to provide links between Java and Windows seems to be dividing the enterprise into two different camps. This division has implications to some of the ISVs and IT customers."

"We believe the real leader who is going to emerge in terms of practical implementation of Java is IBM," says Shaheen. "The point about IBM's leadership is critical. Most ISVs and IT professionals believe that today, the Java leadership is coming from IBM and it will continue to be so for a foreseeable future. They believe IBM is the one with the biggest vested budget and interest in Java. IBM is well positioned to bridge the gap between the two camps."

"Getting Down to Business: Enterprise Java Computing" report provides a detailed study of Java computing and its fit to enterprise architecture. In this study, Netroscope analyzes Java adoption rate in the enterprise, the readiness of Java applications for the enterprise, and competitive and strategic issues surrounding key Java vendors, including Sun, IBM and Microsoft. The report also examines key business and technology trends, market barriers, opportunities and benefits of Java for the enterprise. --Brian Ploskina, Assistant Editor

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.