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Survey shows moderate demand for consultants on enterprise apps projects

Wondering what potential clients are planning on the enterprise applications front? Here are some answers from a recent TechRepublic poll of our CIO and IT Manager readers.

The enterprise application business is a fast-paced, project-oriented field. It also encompasses many subspecialties: e-commerce, electronic data interchange (EDI), supply chain management, customer relationship management (CRM), Internet marketing, sales-force automation, data warehousing/data mining, and online analytical processing (OLAP).

Whatever your area of expertise within enterprise apps, as a consultant, you must know your products and what your clients want in order to be effective in this industry.

TechRepublic recently polled members of the IT Manager and CIO Republics to determine how buyers will be spending their enterprise applications dollars. The good news is, of the 110 members who filled out the survey, more than half said their organizations will rely on consultants to help implement their enterprise applications projects. Here’s what we found.

1. How much money will your company invest in enterprise applications this year?
  • More than $10 million—6 percent
  • Between $2 million and $10 million—25 percent
  • Less than $1 million—57 percent
  • None—12 percent

2. How much of your company’s enterprise applications budget will be spent on training staff?
  • More than half—2 percent
  • 26-49 percent—14 percent
  • Less than 25 percent—72 percent
  • None—12 percent

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3. Will your company hire a consulting firm to handle the training?
  • Yes—31 percent
  • No—69 percent

4. Is your company considering adding Web capabilities to its existing enterprise structure?
  • Yes—78 percent
  • No—22 percent

5. If you answered “Yes,” which Web functions are being considered?
(This question asked respondents to check all options that applied.)
  • Live Web chat—24 respondents
  • E-mail response management system—53 respondents
  • Other—70 respondents
  • Not applicable—24 respondents

6. Is your company considering using an application service provider (ASP)/outsourcing service for its enterprise applications?
  • Yes—20 percent
  • No—80 percent

7. What applications would your company consider handing over to an ASP/outsourcer?
(This question asked respondents to check all options that applied.)
  • Customer service applications—18 respondents
  • Data storage/data analysis—28 respondents
  • Web site statistics storage—28 respondents
  • Other—31 respondents
  • Not applicable—55 respondents

8. Will your company hire consultants to help implement new enterprise applications?
  • Yes—55 percent
  • No—45 percent
Are your consulting engagements for enterprise apps on the upswing? Or has the downturn in the economy reduced your workload? Post a comment below or send us a note. To learn more about enterprise applications, visit our briefing center.
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