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InterSystems research reveals that one third of integration projects were found to be ad-hoc and unstrategic


- 42% of legacy systems are not being successfully integrated -

Research by PMP and InterSystems has found that while 90% of organisations view the integration of different systems as important, one third (34%) of actual integration projects are only happening case-by-case rather than on a strategic basis.

The findings, published in an industry report entitled ‘Tying IT Together’, are based on a survey of 94 executives representing large organisations in a cross-section of industries. They highlight the fact that UK companies need to think more strategically and long-term about their integration plans in order to maximize return on existing investment and derive the true benefits of integration – including better control over business processes and more timely data sharing. The research also reveals that for 93% of respondents, where integration software has indeed been implemented effectively, it has provided real business benefits to the organisation.

Graham Frost, managing director for Northern Europe at InterSystems, commented on the findings, “The research suggests that rather than responding to immediate business needs in a ‘knee-jerk’ manner, companies need to work with their partners to think about the goals and business processes that the integration effort is trying to address. Only then will they be able to react rapidly and efficiently to company needs and business change, as well as ensure that they employ the correct integration software using the best implementation partner.”

Frost continued, “InterSystems’ business model is based on the concept of risk and value sharing such as using proof-of-concepts to ensure that every customer implementation achieves the original objectives set out at the start of the project. Our aim is to work with customers before and after go-live, to ensure that every implementation provides significant strategic advantage and real business benefits to the organisation. It is only by doing this that both our customers and our business itself will evolve and grow.”

InterSystems customers operate in a variety of sectors including government, healthcare, financial services, telecoms and retail. Users of Ensemble, the universal integration platform, include The Cancer Registries, OmPrompt, Barts and The London NHS Trust, and Metro Health.

The InterSystems Ensemble universal integration platform won the prestigious Product of the Year Award at the 2004 Information Management Awards. It stands out as the only application integration platform to incorporate the functionality of integration and application servers, a high performance database, and a unified development and management environment in a single, architecturally seamless product. Ensemble’s unique architecture enables it to address even the most complex integration projects far more rapidly and cost-effectively than is typical with other integration technologies.