Brian Burke, vice-president of enterprise planning and architecture strategies at Meta, said, "The vast majority of companies now are focused on cost savings but they are being asked to implement integrated business and IT change across their organisation."
Standardisation will be key to achieving this, according to Burke, who suggested that firms could take a leaf from the car industry's book. He said, "Major car manufacturers work on a limited set of engines and chassis designs to produce a large number of products. It is a similar engineering discipline that will enable firms' IT operations to drive down costs and innovate."
Fellow conference speaker and senior CMG management consultant Anthony Chrumka predicted that users attending the event will be looking for guidance on emerging technologies.
He said, "There is a certain amount of confirmation that people will be looking for and there will probably be a lot of talk about XML and web services."