A 2010 study examines the maturity of IT adoption and highlights how heavily invested ERP is in the IT ecosystem. Similarly, efforts to condense and compact application systems to save money are happening with higher frequency.
close examination of the IT system maturity as it relates to funding finds
enterprise resource planning (ERP) to be the most mature technology across a
spectrum of enterprise, midsize and small companies. Out of 19 technology areas
being implemented, ERP takes the cake.
two thirds of all organizations in the study have ERP systems and about half of
the organizations are investing in these systems, either by expanding the
capabilities of systems that are already in place or implementing an ERP system
for the first time," wrote information technology research analyst
Computer Economics in its report "Technology Trends 2010/2011."
research from the Irvine, Calif.-based Computer Economics was conducted between
January and April of this year and involved extensive surveying of 210 senior
IT managers from large, midsize and small businesses.
technologies that companies are heavily investing in, but with lower maturity,
include renewal of legacy systems, unified communications, CRM systems and mobile
applications. Video conferencing has a low investment but high degree of
adoption. Technologies with a smaller degree of adoption yet higher investment
include Windows 7 migration, social networking and desktop virtualization. The
lowest investment and adoption trends include 10G Ethernet, infrastructure in
the cloud, open-source apps and RFID systems.
the report: "Unified communications is a fast-growth, emerging technology
with positive economic experience profile. On the other hand, legacy system
renewal is a well-established IT initiative that seems to be attracting ongoing
interest. Organizations are choosing to modernize their older applications,
making them more flexible and integrated, rather than rip and replace them with
are also consolidating applications with higher frequency. While application
consolidation was found to have moderate investment and lower adoption, it is
noted as being a trend on the rise. Sixteen percent have consolidated apps and
are increasing their investment, 20 percent are planning to consolidate, and 6
percent have consolidated and are not investing any more in the initiative.
organizations are turning to application consolidation amid the current pressure
on IT budgets as evidenced by the fact that the percentage of first-time
implementers nearly matches the percentage of organizations that previously
consolidated their portfolios," wrote Computer Economics in the trend