Who Are the Market, Visionary and Technology Leaders in Web Services? InfoWorld Publishes Research Report Unveiling Surprising Results

SAN MATEO, CA – SEPTEMBER 17, 2001 – InfoWorld, the weekly magazine that delivers in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies, today announced availability of a new research report on Web services – the quickly evolving Internet platform. The "2001 InfoWorld Research Report: Web Services" published by InfoWorld’s Test Center Research Group in the September 17th issue and online, unveils the key players – the market, visionary and technology leaders. The report reveals a paradigm shift taking place in the next several years that will dramatically change the way software is developed, distributed and maintained.


InfoWorld’s Next-Generation Web Services Conference, scheduled for January 14 – 17, 2002, at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will leverage the results of this report and its conference agenda to demystify this rapidly evolving platform. The conference will showcase the latest in Web services technology and solutions. For more information go to: http://www.infoworld.com/nextgen.

InfoWorld’s Test Center is opening up the discussion on Web services by holding a Live Forum Event: Just How Important are Web Services? Hal Stern, CTO of iPlanet and Jim Borck, Test Center Managing Analyst, will host the event on Monday, September 24, 2001, at 12:30 p.m. PDT. For more information go to: http://forums.infoworld.com/webx?13@@.ee7551a.

"This report clearly indicates that Web services are poised to dramatically change the way we do business with a new way to develop and distribute software," said Michael Vizard, Editor-in-Chief of InfoWorld. "Over 30 percent of respondents feel that they will begin reaping the benefits of Web services in the next 90 days. With our research reports, on-line forum and upcoming conference, InfoWorld is bringing to light the key players, underscoring the current issues and unveiling the solutions."

"InfoWorld Media Group is the knowledge leader for the IT community, and is dedicated to taking the lead in spotlighting critical trends in our industry and giving our readers the advantage they need to make optimal IT decisions," stated Robert G. Magnuson, President and CEO of InfoWorld Media Group. "Our view is that there is no trend more critical on the IT horizon than the growth of web services in all of its dimensions. We are excited about the upcoming Web services conference as well as future events that will continue to follow the unfolding story of web services"

2001 InfoWorld Research Report: Web Services

The results of the research are based on extensive interviews with 500 of the top decision makers involved with technology strategy and technology buying decisions. Two-thirds of the 500 respondents involved in the research reveal "Web services are likely to emerge as the next business model of the Internet." 74 percent of the respondents indicate that Web services are going to be a priority for their organizations in the next two years. Although strategies for Web services are still in development, 30 percent of respondents indicate that they expect to begin reaping benefits in the next 90 days. For more information on the report, visit InfoWorld’s web site at: http://www.infoworld.com/.

"InfoWorld’s Web Services Research report brings a high degree of valuable intelligence to the decision makers in IT management," stated Wally Palmer, Vice President of Research at InfoWorld. "This is the first major primary study conducted among senior IT executives and business executives on Web services – the rapidly evolving new arena for creating, distributing and maintaining software."

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group delivers in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies combined to provide insight into vital business solutions through its integrated online, print, research and events channels. In an era when technology is more critical to business success than ever before, InfoWorld Media Group provides senior IT level expertise for executives such as CTOs and CIOs on how technology drives specific business benefits such as revenue growth, relationship management, and enhancing organizational efficiencies.

InfoWorld Media Group's coverage of key technologies, products and trends that assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage is substantiated by original research conducted in InfoWorld's $23 million, dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test center. Since 1978, InfoWorld has performed the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products. To learn more about InfoWorld, go to http://www.infoworld.com.

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., InfoWorld Media Group is a wholly owned independent business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 200 targeted Web sites in 52 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.