Trends Report

Create An Enterprise Integration Strategy To Lower Your Costs

A Methodology For Effectively Addressing Today's Business Integration Challenges

June 12th, 2009
KV
Ken Vollmer
With contributors:
Alex Cullen , Matt Czarnecki

Summary

Enterprises have traditionally tackled integration challenges as an offshoot of their application development activities, but this approach's effectiveness is waning rapidly. As business challenges become more complex and involve more intricate interactions across the value chain, integration functionality has become more than just a part of the solution; in many cases it has become the "essence" of the application itself. To deal with the growing importance and complexity of integration challenges, enterprises need an enterprise integration strategy (EIS) that provides guidelines on how to use a comprehensive integration solution to support a wide array of business integration needs. Using an EIS can also lead to significant cost improvements related to fulfilling integration needs. Enterprise architects should follow the outline provided in this document to create a customized EIS that will meet their objectives.

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