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April 22, 2009

BPM and SOA lead modernisation initiatives

Analysts recommend rationalised approach

By CBR Staff Writer

CIOs are abandoning the rip-and-replace culture in favour of modernising existing systems, research from Software AG has revealed. 

The research, which quizzed over 150 IT directors, revealed an appetite for implementation of BPM and SOA initiatives as organisations try to cut costs and improve service delivery in the tough economic climate.

“Strategic investment in modernisation will deliver cost cuts and free-up talented IT staff to concentrate on business critical projects and fight the downturn,” Jim Close of Software AG said. 

Analysts have cautioned that teams dedicated to modernisation initiatives should use a preferred set of tools, however.

Specifically, Gartner today urged IT shops look to rationalise their choice of data integration toolsets, saying use of too many overlapping products only leads to extra costs in software licensing, maintenance and skills.

“The imperative to increase efficiency, combined with the historically fragmented and tactical approach to data integration that is commonplace in most businesses, is now driving organisations to rethink how they have approached this discipline” it said.

After rationalising the tools that are used for extraction, transformation and loading or data replication, the analyst house recommends businesses centralise their data integration computing infrastructure onto shared systems, and consolidate relevant roles and skills.

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Software AG found that 21% of respondents to its poll see application modernisation as a top priority with some 24% of the sites surveyed viewing business process management initiatives as the top choice to fight the downturn. 

They said that sloppy process management damaged customer service delivery. 



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