The sluggish U.S. economy has impacted the investments by many companies in Web services projects, but it has not killed these projects, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. According to the survey, 48 percent of North American enterprises said the economic slowdown has caused them to reduce spending on Web services development, but not so much as to discontinue these projects.

In January and February 2003, an Internet survey was conducted of 111 Gartner/Griggs-Anderson panel members based on their involvement with initiatives relating to Web services. This survey was designed to identify and analyze trends involving current and future Web services development projects during the next 12 to 24 months.

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