May 31

What is enterprise integartion?

Enterprise integration involves integration of different IT software and systems to provide integrated business operations/processes. Enterprise integration facilitates the following:

  • Information aggregation
  • Single point of data entry
  • Process efficiency
  • Web channel integration
  • Supplier integration and supply chain optimization

How to asses that you need integration?
Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you need to collect information from different systems for a business process?
  • Do the different IT systems need to communicate with each other?
  • Do you need to input the same data in different IT systems?
  • Do you find it difficult to extract data from different IT systems?
  • Do you have data inconsistency across different IT systems?
      If your answers to these questions are Yes, then you may need integration.

      Levels of Integration

      1. Process Integration
      2. Service Integration
      3. Application Integration
      4. Data Integration
      5. Presentation Integration

      Challenges in Enterprise Integration
      Technical Challenges

    • Stand-alone design
    • Internalised data models
    • Heterogeneous technologies
    • Legacy engineering
    • Lack of interfaces
    • Semantic mismatch
    • Unclear business processes
    • Standards
    • Security

    Management Challenges

    • New collaborations
    • Project scoping
    • Continued stakeholder support
    • Data ownership
    • Time constraints
    • Cost constraints
    • Migration
    • Expertise

    Reference: Enterprise Architecture and Integration: Methods, Implementation and Technologies, by Wing Lam and Venky Shankararaman (eds)

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