Big Blue outlines key areas driving software takeup

Enterprise software adoption is being driven by five key themes

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

Enterprise software adoption is being driven by five key themes: service-orientated architecture (SOA), information, collaboration, governance and service management. At least, that’s the view of IBM, one of its senior executives told IT Weekly.

Mike Borman, vice president of worldwide software sales for IBM, said he believed these five key themes are influencing the software being adopted by enterprises.

“SOA is about companies building systems and business solutions that are integrated, flexible and responsive to change,” said Borman. “The second trend, information, is about taking information out of databases and getting it to the right users in the right context.

“With collaboration we are talking about public and private networks coming together so that different organisations are able to collaborate in more effective ways than you can today.”

Borman went on to say that IT governance is becoming a requirement for organisations and that they are increasingly being expected to put stringent guidelines in place to protect and manage their data.

He believes that the biggest software trend is SOA and said that companies that do not adopt this technology will struggle.

“SOA is all about solving business problems with IT and those companies that don’t implement SOA will find they will fall way behind,” Borman said. “They won’t be able to solve as many problems and they will see competitors pass them by.”

According to Borman organisations in the region are as sophisticated as the rest of the world when it comes to adopting the five software trends — particularly SOA.

“The growth in this area is tremendous,” he said. One reason SOA adoption in the region is so advanced is organisations have fewer legacy systems to migrate from, he said.

“The region doesn’t have as much legacy and as much of the problems that people have to integrate so you can start with open standards and services here,” he explained.

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