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FUTURE TECHNOLOGY: Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Architect, Accenture, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday.
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY: Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Architect, Accenture, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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Network convergence, semantic data integration are new areas of interest

BANGALORE: The next generation enterprise architecture tools need to integrate service-oriented architecture (SOA) and advanced web applications such as Web 2.0, Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Architect, Accenture, said here on Wednesday.

“Accenture has been compiling periodical studies on the future of information technology and the latest findings are based on feedback from 500 CIOs in 22 countries worldwide, besides our 250-member CIO Advisory Council,” he said. Accenture had net revenues of $16.65 billion for the fiscal ended August 31, 2006, and one of its major technology labs is in Bangalore. Its India operations employ 30,000 persons.

“Our studies found IT is not contributing as much as it should to business growth, more due to ‘adoption problems’ within organisations,” he said. Many companies were replacing obsolete IT equipment with poor substitutes, most had systems not fully meeting consumer expectations and others were still looking for better agility, integration and standards. The Accenture studies revealed significant differences in IT spending within high and low-performing organisations.

“It is difficult to predict technology needs of the future but those likely to make significant or major impacts could include IT network convergence, semantic data integration, multi-core processors, bio-informatics and mobility of devices while areas like ‘robotic intelligence’ may have only a negative or low impact,” Mr. Daughterty said.

More mobile devices with more data storage were already in demand, because they could improve productivity levels equal to two hours, per day, per employee.

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