In a break from many trend lists, I am listing both positive and negative trends. It is important to look at the glass being half full and half empty to have a realistic assessment of where we are going. I certainly don’t want these negative trends to happen; maybe by discussing them we can help prevent them.
The global recession had a significant impact on IT projects throughout 2009. Despite these economic headwinds data integration spending still grew last year, illustrating its business value to many companies.
Data integration is not just a “nice to have” but a “must have” to enable companies to examine and hopefully improve the top line (revenue) and bottom line (profit). Even though some have declared the recession over, business and consumer caution will restrain IT spending no matter how valuable it is.
Look for growth in data integration, but the economy and sentiment will have to rebound more significantly to get back to pre-recession double digit gains in data integration spending.
(Just so you know, Athena IT Solutions doesn’t sell (or resell) hardware or software, so these trends are not a disguised pitch for some product.)
The important trends in data integration this year:
I’ll blog about all of these trends during the next few weeks.