Jupiter study says Web services won't reach full scale for another two years

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New York--A survey released Thursday by Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. said just 16% of U.S. companies will use Web services technology in the next year to find and pitch new business partners. One result of the paltry percentage, according to Jupiter, is that much-ballyhooed Web services will not begin to affect companies' broader business decisions for another 18 to 24 months. However, Jupiter analysts said they expect Web services software to be a valuable driver for cutting internal application costs during the medium term. "Despite the enormous potential of Web services to transform the landscape of the software industry, the technology will find its early uses in the humdrum role of tying together an enterprise's internal applications," said David Schatsky, research director and senior analyst at Jupiter.
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