SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

November 15, 2006 08:00 ET

Survey Reveals 90 Percent of IT Professionals Cite Data Synchronization as Most Pressing Business Integration Issue

65 Percent of Respondents Are Burdened With Writing Custom Code to Share Data Between Applications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- A TCI Data Research survey commissioned by Cast Iron Systems reveals that 90 percent of IT professionals named "internal data synchronization" as very important or important when ranking their business integration issues. "Lowering operating costs" came in a close second with 87 percent of respondents listing it as an important or very important business integration issue.

Released today, the study, "2006 Application Integration Technology Issues and Trends Survey," also found that 65 percent of respondents are burdened with writing custom code or scripts to integrate applications at their organizations. The three most common data integration points were:

--  Databases, such as Oracle and SQL Server (94 percent)
--  Enterprise applications, such as SAP and PeopleSoft (90 percent)
--  Web service enabled endpoints (80 percent)

When asked about requirements for integration solutions, 67 percent of respondents stated that the ability to extend and maintain integrations once deployed was very important to them. 56 percent cited completing the project within budget and 55 percent wanted to reduce the time and effort spent writing custom code.

"IT professionals need simple, easily maintained solutions to their application integration problems, but are stuck writing one-off custom code programs," said Ram Gupta, chief executive officer of Cast Iron Systems. "This time-consuming and painful custom code process is the reason Cast Iron Systems developed the integration appliance, changing the application integration experience from painful to delightful."

The study represented 135 total respondents in the IT industry, from organizations that varied in size from 500 to more than 5,000 employees.

Cast Iron Systems' application integration appliances enable companies to complete projects in days, instead of months, and easily maintain them using a "configuration-not-coding" approach. The company's integration appliances synchronize information between all major applications and endpoints, including SAP, Lawson, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Oracle,, Sybase, SQL Server, Informix, DB2, flat files (FTP/HTTP), XML and Web services.

About Cast Iron Systems

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is the fastest growing integration appliance vendor. The company's flagship iA3000 application integration appliance garnered Network Computing's Product of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Customers include Allianz, Emerson, Intuitive Surgical, Lawson Software, and Toyota. Backed by leading venture capital firms, Cast Iron is privately held and led by experienced technology executives from PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, Vitria and webMethods. More information can be found at

Cast Iron Systems, the Cast Iron Systems' logo, Integrate in days, and Cast Iron Systems Integration Appliance are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cast Iron Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

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