Next year is likely to see a surge in demand for application integration tools, technologies and services, a new study from Forte Software has revealed.
A survey of large companies in the UK and western Europe found that integrating existing applications, rather than developing or rolling out news ones, would be top of the agenda once the Y2K danger had passed.
Kevin Withnall, an analyst with Spikes Cavell, the company which carried out the research, predicted an Enterprise Application Integration boom, as companies rushed to link ERP, custom and legacy applications.
“Business and IT both want integration to be good for the organisation - they’ve already done a lot but they want to do more,” Withnall said.
Ecommerce was likely to be the driving force behind the push, he said.
“If it’s going to be successful, ecommerce will drive the need for integration with the back office,” he said.
Companies were unlikely to adopt the big bang approach to integration which they may have taken with recent projects, such as ERP implementations.
“They’ll be lots of pieces of sewing applications together, not one large scale project,” Withnall said.
While the study did not attempt to find out the amount of time and money organisations expected to devote to integration, most believed that doing nothing would reduce their competitive advantage.
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