“How was your day at McDonalds?”, my grandma asked. This is the result of trying to explain what EAI is to my grandmother.
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.
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…
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“You see, computer systems are like people. Each of them has their own important professions that others can’t do. Imagine a workplace full of professionals. Imagine that all of them have different native languages. Like a language translator, that makes people with different languages understand each other, EAI makes different computer systems understand each other.”
The business point of view in enterprise application integration looks bright as ever. In companies old school approach “let’s consolidate all to one huge ERP” have caused too much collateral damage and costs by offering almost good solutions to business needs. Best of breed approach, where business choose best system suitable for their needs, is gaining ground in majority of companies. Best of breed -thinking, and especially buying, leads to more heterogeneous system infrastructure and therefore increases markets of EAI.