Only 10% of the 100 UK IT directors questioned by Van Bourne for BEA Systems said they consider integration at the planning stages of application development. And 38% of those questioned said they waited until projects were under way before considering integrating them with the rest of the organisation.
Integration is a key task for businesses that want to draw on data from multiple sources in order to use it for applications such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning or portal systems.
Gary Barnett, an analyst with Ovum, recognised the lack of enthusiasm for integration but pointed out the pitfalls of ignoring it. "Integration is of perennial importance and though it is not a very appealing subject it is an essential component of IT projects.
"With the economic downturn it is even more important to be able to adopt new processes and technologies with minimal effort. If you have got an integrated back office then it is much easier to put new applications on top of it," he said.
Exposing a lack of depth of inter-enterprise e-business links, only 14% of respondents cited improving relationships with external bodies as a high priority.