Integration is a key issue for IT professionals, as companies increasingly incorporate software and services from multiple vendors. An Oracle-sponsored ITtoolbox survey of more than 400 global IT workers conducted during October 2003 revealed that companies are actively pursuing integration to improve existing systems.
|Top Strategic Reasons for Pursuing Integration|
|Improve information access||66.6%|
|Increase accuracy and consistency of data||55.4%|
|Leverage existing resources and systems||48.5%|
|Reduce IT costs||47.4%|
|Improve employee productivity||44.6%|
|Enable online collaboration with business partners||43.1%|
|Not currently pursuing integration||6.1%|
Half of the respondents indicated that their IT integration budget for 2004 would increase over 2003’s figures, while 28 percent expected it to stay the same. Only 8 percent felt a decrease was imminent.
The most popular integration effort that IT professionals expect to undertake is application-to-application, closely followed by data integration. Web services [define] is not only the third most popular integration effort, but also the B2B [define] protocol that the majority chose to support.
|Planned Integration Efforts|
|Business process management||42.9%|
More than half (55 percent) of survey participants indicated that they were currently using Web services technology, with roughly one-third finding the integration tool to have the greatest flexibility, and more than 28 percent anticipating the solution to become the future industry standard. More than one-quarter (26.3 percent) of respondents found Web services to improve efficiency, and 18.6 percent expected the tool to reduce costs.
|Biggest Challenges to Widespread
Acceptance of Web Services
|Unexpected implementation costs||13.3%|