Businesses are being held back from competing on a global stage by a lack of process integration, according to half of IT managers questioned in a recent survey.
AT&T subsidiary Sterling Commerce used the Gartner Application and Web Services Summit in Rome to announce the findings of a survey of 374 IT managers in the UK, France and Germany.
The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne, found that 44% of respondents believe a lack of IT process is limiting their ability to compete at a global level.
Chris Hayes, senior product marketing manager for Sterling Commerce said the survey shows that a large number of European businesses are still struggling to take control of internal and external IT process integration.
“The integration challenges revealed by this survey reflect companies’ desire to continue to leverage the value of their existing IT systems, but this needs to be done in a manner which delivers the adaptability necessary to handle ongoing business change and future business growth,” added Hayes. “To deliver this flexibility across heterogeneous IT systems and gain maximum return on their IT assets, many companies are turning to a service oriented architecture approach.”
But he said that businesses misunderstand what SOAs offer. “Too many organisations think that an SOA approach requires a revolutionary deployment of yet another new set of standards and protocols, but in fact SOA is an architecture which can and should encompass and utilise existing systems and technologies,” he added.