A recent survey by the Yankee Group's Application Infrastructure & Software Platforms research and consulting practice shows that IT organizations are rapidly adopting a Web-based software infrastructure for next-generation business tools. Three quarters of respondents are building Web-based applications, of which nearly two thirds have selected a standard platform for Web-based applications. The clearest challenge for application infrastructure providers is the limited skills base their IT departments have developed in the new platform tools.

The survey shows that Microsoft is still strong in the enterprise, with nearly 70 percent of respondents using its operating system platform for Web applications. Java has made strong inroads, with 50 percent of respondents using Java to develop applications and nearly 30% deploying applications on J2EE application servers. Yet the thinness of Java skills is clear, with 40 percent of organizations using outside resources for Java applications and a third indicating that less than 25 percent of their development staff had Java skills. In fact, only 24 percent were developing Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) on the J2EE servers.

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