IT a roadblock to e-nirvana

Slick marketing together with tempting claims from vendors on the untold riches of e-business have persuaded many organisations to start on the route to e-nirvana, but serious pitfalls are curiously absent from the sales pitch, Gartner warned last week.

The IT infrastructure already in place presents a significant roadblock for new e-business initiatives says Ross Altman, Gartner's research director.

"This roadblock is the legacy IT infrastructure that is already in place; unless the purse strings are incredibly loose and can fund an entirely new infrastructure from top to bottom, someone somewhere is going to have to integrate the new with the old," he said.

"Of course, the vendor community has a simple solution for these very real conundrums; rip out your old systems and replace them with a full suite from the one vendor." Not only is it unwise to be so dependent on any one supplier, Altman said its better to buy best-of-breed solutions and integrate them. He said the job market is reflecting this shift as the heaviest demand is no longer for those with hard-core coding skills but those who are able to integrate disparate application components.

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