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In a March 2002 survey by Morgan Stanley, 225 CIOs listed extending their current IT investments through application integration as their number one priority. This is not surprising. Given the slow economy, many Fortune 500 companies are putting off large new packaged-application initiatives, and are looking to make do with what they've got. Why start a multimillion-dollar ERP project when half the company's users can't make use of the applications that are already installed (or sitting on the shelf)? But when I talk to CIOs about their "application integration" needs in more detail, I don't get a consistent story. One of the reasons for this "impedance mismatch" is that there are really several different forms of application integration. This creates a huge risk because vendors and IT buyers are nodding in agreement about the need for application integration, but ... (more)