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IDC Cites Integrators

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- WORLDWIDE AND U.S. SYSTEMS INTEGRATION MARKET AMONG THE MOST COMPETITIVE IN THE SERVICES MARKETPLACE, ACCORDING TO IDC

With IBM and Accenture sharing the top position in the worldwide systems integration (SI) market for 2006, virtually tied in global SI revenue, many of the top ten SI providers are expected to have delivered double-digit growth rates in 2007. IDC expects this track record of growth to be challenged in 2008 as economic forces and renewed focus on the business value of SI projects are felt across the market.
"We expect this market to have grown significantly in 2007, and while 2008 will likely be a strong year, we expect potential buyers to raise the threshold. For approval, buyers will press harder on project costs and possibly delay the start of new initiatives until later in the year. Subsequent phases of ongoing SI projects may also be delayed until the economy sorts itself out," said Bob Welch, group vice president, IDC Global Services Research.

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