SANTA CRUZ, CA, July 22, 2002 - While the growth of the commercial Internet industry may have plateaued, a new survey of database programmers fielded in June 2002 finds that, more than ever, the Internet dominates the plans of businesses seeking new and improved methods for tapping their mission critical data.
The Evans Data Corp. Summer 2002 Database Developers survey, fielded among more than 700 North America database specialists, indicates that use of the Web to access and collect critical commercial information is rebounding with Web-enabling technologies back in vogue despite the bursting of the "dot.com" bubble.
Despite the recent environment of major corporate IT spending cut-backs, the survey found that all of the strategies for managing Web-based data – from real-time updating, to data collection, to dynamic page creation – have increased in relative importance in the eyes of database developers.
According to the survey, a majority of database developers, 72%, rate dynamic page creation as critical and 72% percent also give high priority to automatic site updating. Developers rank dynamic page creation first in importance of features found in a database with Web access, followed by real time reporting of information to Web pages in real-time and automatic update of site information based on database content.
In addition to renewed impetus in Web-enabling corporate data repositories, the research uncovered increased momentum in the push to make databases accessible from mobile platforms. According to the report, 47% of respondents are either developing database applications that support wireless or handheld devices, or plan to do so within the coming year, a nine-point jump from the survey a year ago. More than a third of programmers are targeting PDA’s for their first deployment, ahead of any other device category.
In another significant finding, though one with unsettling implications, direct security breaches against databases appear to be mounting, with one in five respondents experiencing a breach in the most recent survey. This is up significantly from the Winter 2002 survey six months ago, when 12% reported direct breaches. The most frequent type of security breach, 22%, was a viral attack from outside the enterprise.
The Database Developer Survey, conducted twice a year, provides a detailed picture of platform use & migration, database use, connectivity & architectures, the Internet, data warehouses & data marts, security, tools use & requirements, and language use. The survey provides numerous cross tabs of data against developer segment and industry to enable a close-up understanding of specific development areas.
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans' syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.
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