11/19/2002 - Over 50% of respondents in a recent survey undertaken by Infoconomy and IONA Technologies, said a lack of flexibility in the face of rapidly changing business environments and requirements was the downfall of integration projects within their organisations.
The research, undertaken by leading technology publisher Infoconomy and IONA Technologies, a leader in web service integration, drew responses from IT managers, directors and other senior level technologists across Europe. Barry Morris, CEO of IONA commenting on the research said: "Even in the current downturn businesses need to quickly and flexibly integrate their systems. In fact, at a time when everyone must do more with less, the need is even greater. The research suggests that 'traditional', proprietary middleware solutions are not meeting the requirements of today's businesses."
Fifty-two percent of respondents highlighted the barriers between legacy applications and newer applications as problematic but comparatively few (sixteen percent) recognised the potential role of web services in overcoming these barriers through internal integration. Other problems cited with current integration methodologies included creation of larger islands of data (19%) and a multiplicity of end-to-end connections (21%).
IONA believes in a service-oriented approach to intra-enterprise integration capitalising on the benefits of web services. Not only does this overcome the problem of 'middleware-islands' of incompatibility, but provides a fast, effective and scaleable solution that can evolve with the business.
"Web services represent a major evolution in the way IT is deployed and delivered," Barry Morris continued. "The initial benefits may not be in major B2B implementations, but in helping organisations make sense of their own internal IT resource and align it to support their business. The survey shows that businesses in Europe are still struggling with their own internal infrastructures: we suggest that it is in this area that web services will deliver the biggest initial benefit."
The research was conducted by IONA in association with Infoconomy and represents the views and opinions of senior level IT professionals in Fortune 500 companies across Europe.
IONA is the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA Orbix E2ATM, which consists of the award-winning Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform and Orbix E2A Application Server Platform, enables the flow of information across disparate systems and the liberation of application assets for new business opportunities. Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide.
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