Integration is a bigger issue for IT managers than the Year 2000 problem or European Monetary Union, according to Forte.
The claim is based on research carried out at the software firm's European User Conference, EuroForum, held in Edinburgh last month.
John Spiers, marketing director for Forte, said: "The integration issue is growing and increasingly coming to the fore. Companies are now beginning to see beyond the Year 2000 issue and, as a result, realise that they will be saddled with multiple applications from multiple sources, as many choose to move to (shrink-wrapped) application packages. Without integration this will mean that they can't legislate across the whole corporation, so they are looking for ways to provide workflow capabilities to link between components."
The survey sampled the attitudes of over 250 managers and directors from large companies, systems integrators and partners who attended the conference.
Delegates were also asked about their views on Java, Ecommerce, component architectures and application front ends.
Forte's research indicates that Java is still at the evaluation stage in most firms, if it is considered at all. Over half of respondents (57%) said that they are evaluating Java, but only 26% admitted to be seriously considering implementation, while less than 10% of the companies had already deployed at least one Java application.
Where component architectures were concerned, the majority opted for Java Beans or Enterprise Java Beans, while 26% considered COM/ActiveX as a contender. Less than 15% showed an interest in CorbaBeans.
- In a separate report, Bringing Business and IT Together, consultancy CEC Europe found that 93% of 105 respondents in the UK services, finance and manufacturing sectors surveyed claim that IT strategy is in line with the company's business plan. However, two-thirds of them admitted that they cannot satisfactorily measure return on investment in IT.
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