IT infrastructure is considered to be as valuable as cash assets for most companies, according to research by IDC.
The analyst organisation found that open standards-based software infrastructure systems capable of providing integration with existing products will be a major focus for IT professionals in the near term.
Sally Hudson, research manager for IDC's infrastructure software overview service, said: "Almost 60 per cent of those surveyed indicated that they will be doing shorter tactical projects with smaller budget requirements both now and in the foreseeable future.
"While this is partly due to today's conservative budgets, it is also being done with an eye toward integrating the present with the future needs of the organisation."
The survey of 339 IT professionals revealed that IBM and Microsoft are perceived as leading the way among vendors committed to offering standards-based infrastructure solutions.
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