Web services will become the dominant distributed computing e-business architecture, according to new predictions by International Data Corporation (IDC).
The research firm expects the total market for web services in western Europe - including hardware, software and services - to grow from $108m in 2002 to $7.8bn (in 2007. It also reckons that web services are set to explode in the enterprise corporate market.
"Large European enterprises will represent the majority of the total web services opportunity as the need for machine-to-machine integration is greater where there are many systems," said Nathaniel Martinez, research manager with IDC's European Software Group.
"Adoption will come in two broad phases in line with the overall adoption of web services by IT as a whole: internal and external. For the foreseeable future, web services will focus on integration within the firewall, inside the enterprise. The second phase will be linking together applications between firms."
From a vendor point of view, issues of web services management - such as security, non-repudiation and new charging models - will be key. to producing revenues.