Intregration key for organistations

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Organisations are now finding that their IT systems are becoming redundant on their own, according to a recent Softworld survey.

The survey found that only 34 per cent of businesses interviewed currently link their accounting and finance system to any other application within the organisation, such as a sales database or a supply chain management (SCM) system. But among respondents there is considerably enthusiasm for integration with 73 per cent saying they plan to integrate all of their applications together in the near future.

The survey also revealed that whilst 86 per cent of companies currently boast a web presence, only 9 per cent of these sites link into back office applications to fully enable the website for business. The results did indicate however that awareness of integration technology is increasing, with over half of respondents stating that they are familiar with Web Services and a further 55 per cent stating that they are planning to invest in this area soon.

The research was conducted ahead of the Softworld Business Integration Expo, taking place from 16-17 October 2002 at the NEC, Birmingham.

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