This report from the Comparison and Evaluation Laboratory (CEL) of the Computer and Information Science department at Temple University compares web-oriented n-tier systems development architectures. The focus is on comparing the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) with Java + Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) approach. The comparison is grounded on the experience of a team solving a benchmark task using both approaches. The benchmark task focuses on creating a browser accessible "contact management system" that keeps track of the relationships that a large company has with customers, brokers, and individuals. The benchmark task includes elements of transaction processing and workflow that are applicable to many other organizational tasks.