Small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) have been getting into Java in a big way of late. According to a new study released by research organization Evans Data Corp. (EDC), the usage of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), among developers in the SMB space has jumped about 50 percent. This brings the total number of SMB developers using this platform up to 40 percent, and about 13 percent report that they expect to implement it within the next couple of years.
Interestingly, J2EE was designed specifically for the needs of large enterprises that use mainframe computing on a grand scale. Its main benefits include simplification and standardization of the application development process through reusable modules and automation of several programming tasks. Still, more and more SMBs are getting on board, something EDC analysts attribute mainly to J2EE widespread recognition of J2EE’s capability and the considerable body of knowledge that exists around it.
The study, which polled more than 400 developers at companies with 1,000 or fewer employees, also found that development with Java solutions will swell by more than 70 percent in the SMB sector, with about 35 percent of developers spending the majority of their time working with Java—both substantial increases over this year.
EDC’s survey also covered hot IT subjects such as Web services and information security. Findings included that more than half of developers spend the majority of their time working on Web services projects, with nearly half of that number using all of their time to work on such initiatives. Also, about two-thirds of respondents indicated their organization had a system breach last year (primarily due to viruses and spyware), and 45 percent said budgeting for security solutions would increase in the next 12 months.
For more information, see http://www.evansdata.com.