One in four businesses not equipped to deal with convergence of new technologies

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The Open Group study also identifies secure integration as a challenge for organizations

LONDON, UK – 5th November 2013 – Over a quarter of businesses are not equipped to deal with the convergence of new technologies, including mobility, social networks, big data, cloud computing, and the Internet of things – that is according to a study conducted by international vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, The Open Group.

The study, conducted in August and September, found that while 95% of respondents believe the convergence of these technologies represents an opportunity for business, a significant proportion are still ill-equipped to take advantage of them.
According to the findings, released today, mobility currently has greatest take-up of these technologies (50%), and the Internet of things has the least (17%). It also reported that security (57%), vendor lock-in (51%), integration (45%), and regulatory compliance (42%) are the main problems that are encountered or foreseen with software that enables use of these convergent technologies for business purposes.

Dr. Chris Harding, Forum Director, Open Platform 3.0™, a forum of The Open Group, commented: “Over the past few years, industry analysts and practitioners have noted the convergence of four to six technologies which offer the potential to create new business models and system designs. However, they also pose architectural issues and structural considerations which will need to be overcome in order for businesses to benefit. Today’s findings confirm the value of an open platform to protect users of these technologies from vendor lock-in. They also show that security is a key concern that must be addressed, that the platform must make the technologies easy to use, and that it must enable them to be used in combination. The Open Group established the Open Platform 3.0 Forum to address these concerns, and to help organizations cope with the dramatic changes in technology we are currently seeing.”

Other notable findings from the study include:

  • 84% of those from companies creating solutions want to deal with two or more of the technologies in combination.
  • Developing the understanding of the technologies by potential customers is the first problem that solution creators must overcome. This is followed by integrating with products, services and solutions from other suppliers, and using more than one technology in combination.
  • The full survey report is available at

About Open Platform 3.0

Open Platform 3.0 is centered around four to six technology trends converging on each other to form new business models and system designs.

These themes include:

  • mobility
  • social networks and social enterprise
  • big data
  • cloud computing
  • devices
  • and application architectures

These convergent forces – united by the growing consumerization of technology and the resulting evolution in user behavior – offer the potential to create new business models and system designs.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is an international vendor- and technology-neutral consortium upon which organizations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices. The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality.

Open Platform 3.0 is a trademark of The Open Group.

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