While more and more vendors are jumping into the pre-packaged analytical applications space due to increasing competition in the Olap marketplace, few can provide users with a comprehensive suite of offerings for all their business needs.
As a result, IT departments need to follow a strategy of ?build, buy and integrate? for their data warehouse packages despite the difficulties they face due to a lack of standards, particularly at the metadata level.
These were the findings of Henry Morris, IDC?s programme director for data warehousing and applications in a presentation at the Decision Processing 98 conference in Redwood City yesterday.
He explained: ?A vendor-led ?suite of suites? is unlikely to come from one source because they all have different core competencies. So, you need to build some applications, buy some and then integrate them. That happens now and I don?t see it changing in the near future.?
He added that the market for buying pre-packaged applications was worth $1 billion last year, but was still smaller than the build-it-yourself sector, which was valued at $2.7 billion.
Of those companies wanting to buy pre-built packages, however, some 33 per cent looked to their enterprise applications vendors to supply them with the technology, 26 per cent went to systems integrators and 18 per cent relied on their database suppliers.
Some 48 per cent of users purchasing ready-built applications opted for accounting packages, followed by customer relationship management (CRM) solutions at 7 per cent. However, of those building their own, 42 per cent created CRM packages and another 26 per cent developed accounting software.
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