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I also posted this message on the BEAS board.....

I think this comes accross as typical Gartner Group pontification, and to some degree calls the IT Managers idiots for buying more than they need. "In many cases they simply follow the vendors advice" Most IT Managers know damn well what they are buying, even if some of them are not too bright. The "patterns" they mention for overbuying, mainly insurance and standardization are very valid reasons.

Consider the opposite scenario: Mr. IT Manager designs and builds an application that can't handle the user load, and can't be modified down the road to handle EJB or some other higher end functions. Guess what happens then? Mr. IT Manager might might lose his job! You must also consider the fact that the App Server is a very small percentage of an entire application project when you consider all the other hardware and developer costs. Ask any IT Manager, and they will tell you it is only practical to overbuild an application because you don't know what the future holds.

Secondly, standardization on a single J2EE (or any software or hardare platform) is a key part of most enterprise architecture plans, primarily to reduce costs through QPA's, minimize support, and maximize developer experience.
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