SW Sponsored Content Left 3 160x1200

SW Sponsored Content Right 3 160x1200

SW Sponsored Top Banner 3 705x108

Wednesday, 06 February 2008 11:46

Integration still a stumbling block

By
As much as one quarter of the cost of new application implementation may come from the need for integration with existing applications, and skill  shortages are hampering that process.

These are among the conclusions drawn from the latest in a series of annual surveys conducted in Australia by InterSystems Corporation, the company behind the Ensemble integration software.

The 2007 survey was carried out at two CIO summit meetings held in Queensland and New South Wales during August, with a majority of respondents representing large organisations, typically running large ERP systems and with more than 1000 computer-using employees.

Other findings include only one-third of respondents rating their organisation's ability to aggregate data from several applications as 'good' or 'very good' (down slightly from last year); standardisation on integration technologies and techniques within organisations is improving, and while there has been an improvement in successful completion rates for these projects, the proportion completed on time remains around 50 percent.

According to Tebbutt, "there hasn't been any real correlation" between the integration difficulties reported by respondents and the major applications they run. Nor was there any relationship with the size of the organisation or the industry in which it operates.

Even though some organisations have invested heavily in an EAI architecture, a proportion of those report that connecting applications is still not easy and the task requires skilled and experienced staff. "Infrastructure doesn't usually provide agility," Tebbutt observed.




Most organisations have the data they need to run their businesses, but much of it is still siloed. The challenge is still in hooking things together to present the relevant information on one page or screen to make decision-making easier, or to apply business rules to further automate processes and free up people's time for their real jobs such as interacting with customers.

Business users have become disenfranchised from their data, and need someone else to generate the reports they need or to connect the applications they use, he suggests.

While integration technologies obviously help connect disparate applications, they are not solutions in themselves, as even widely adopted examples such as Web Services still require skilled people to make everything work together.

Not surprisingly, InterSystems thinks it has the answer - Ensemble allows the creation of composite applications with automatic code generation from business processes, and drawing data from multiple applications and sources.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

GRAND OPENING OF THE ITWIRE SHOP

The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.

ENTER THE SHOP NOW!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments