-Integration is a process of combining or accumulating.
Most organizations have invested in multiple IT systems that cater to different functions, departments and stages in product life cycle. As the number and complexity of these applications grow, the need to integrate them becomes ever more critical. To succeed in this rapidly evolving business climate it is imperative that enterprises are able to access real-time data and gain a consolidated view of their business, accelerate business processes and reduce business cycle times.
Types of integration
Allows data from one device or software to be read or manipulated by another, resulting in ease of use; see also XML
– If the Public Digital Calendar is integral with a Blog, then the user could write about the event in it.
Enterprise application integration, also known as systems integration, as the use of software and computer systems to bring together a set of enterprise computer applications
– Streamlines business processes and helps raise organizational efficiency.
– Maintains information integrity across multiple systems
– EAI implementations are very time consuming, and need a lot of resources.
– Require a fair amount of up front design, which many managers are not able to envision or not willing to invest in. Most EAI projects usually start off as point-to-point efforts, very soon becoming unmanageable as the number of applications increase.