Actional Corporation, a Web services > management company, announced that more than 84 percent of IT professionals at Fortune 2000 companies cite managing their production Web services environments as a key concern. Of that percentage, 68 percent describe their concern as significant to major. The reason, according to a recent survey*, is that without a proper management solution, enterprise IT organizations are struggling to cost-effectively ensure the security, reliability, availability and scalability of their Web services applications.

Additional findings from the survey indicate that IT departments are acting on this concern, with 53 percent of the companies indicating they currently have or plan to have a Web services management solution in place. The survey also indicates that the most important criteria for selecting a Web services management platform is the assurance of Web services availability, followed closely by security and performance/scalability.

It is evident that companies are rapidly recognizing the importance of managing their Web services environments to ensure the availability, reliability and security of their enterprise applications. However, to ensure these benefits are realized, a Web services management platform must combine centralized end-to-end visibility of the entire Web services network with fine- grained active control of the individual participating Web services. Only this combination of capabilities can address the challenges customers are experiencing.

*The survey, commissioned by Actional, was conducted by the Palo Alto Research Group, where 429 IT Professional's at Fortune 2000 companies were polled in May 2003.

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