Thursday, July 27, 2006

U.S. lags China and Europe in new technology adoption

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Bob Suh, chief technology strategist at Accenture, doesn't believe the U.S. has an innovation problem. "We have an adoption problem in the U.S.," Suh said. Speaking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Suh shared Accenture's recent survey of CIOs, which showed that the U.S. is falling behind China and Europe with regard to investing in new technology. "China and some European companies are leapfrogging the U.S. with SOA and Web services," he said. U.S. companies are making safe bets, wrapping and fortifying legacy systems rather than building fresh systems from the ground up. "Nobody gets fired for window dressing a legacy system, but they get fired for technology project failures," Suh explained. U.S. CIOs are more prone to think about 18 to 24 month development ordeals, hundreds of people dedicated to a project and millions of dollars, rather than plowing new ground with SOA and Web services that is ultimately less painful or intrusive.