Business ICC and IT

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 5

Part 5: Communication and Tools The first part of Establishing Integration Competency Center described an example set of roles that could be used in ICC. Parts from 2 to 4 described sample set of major processes. Those samples name the smallest set of processes ICC must run. And remember, every process you design, you’ll have…

EAI Trend

EAI – a commodity

In my home country Finland there are lot of lay offs in large companies and unemployment rate is 7,4%, which is more than last year at same time. Interesting news was that two professions were still lacking work force. Those two were program managers and system integrators. Integration markets keep growing and demand stays high,…

Process Integrator understands the big picture in business area

From Systems Integrator to Enterprise Process Integrator

Enterprise Application Integration – EAI is a commonplace term used to describe what Systems Integrators do. Yet, it is not the whole truth. Nowadays System integrators are not just putting enterprise applications to speak with each other. Instead SIs are orchestrating and automating process steps across systems executing parts of business processes. As companies don’t run in a vacuum, these steps of processes go across enterprise boundaries. In supply chain there are always customer and suppliers which again may be customers for next level of suppliers.

Incident

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 4

“All credit and debit card transfer of XXXX are down”. yelled headlines of local news. “Salaries of YYYY are not on employee accounts on time” screamed the next one. I felt slight sympathy to our competitors. Their counterparts of me won’t be sipping their morning coffee peacefully with family as I am. System integration sure make showy headlines – when it doesn’t work.

Release

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 3

Part 3: Release and deployment High pace and quantum of changes – that is a one of the biggest problems of ICCs to handle. As integration platform grows constantly by new integration solutions and changes to existing ones, it is mandatory to design release and deployment processes with special care. We need cyclic process for deployment – if we deploy every change…