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IT environments expand as new applications are added to keep pace with business goals. New technologies spring up, as others that were once the latest, greatest thing becomes yesterday's news.

Enterprises are typically comprised of tens and hundreds of applications that are custom-built, acquired from a third-party, part of a legacy system, or a combination thereof, operating in multiple tiers of different operating system platforms.

It is not uncommon to find an enterprise that has 30 different Websites, country specific applications, three instances of ERP and countless departmental solutions.

 
Change is inevitable in the application development field, but one issue that remains constant throughout every permutation is systems integration - somehow, some way you have to make the technologies in your ever-changing IT environment talk to each other. 

Somehow, some way you have to make the technologies in your ever-changing IT environment talk to each other.

Enterprise application integration is the practice of understanding, defining, and organizing the data and business processes of enterprises and devising a structured approach to communicating changes in the state of enterprise data or requesting changes in the state of enterprise data.

You may be tempted to ask: How do businesses allow themselves to get into such a mess? Shouldn't any CIO of such enterprise spaghetti architecture be questioned? Well, like in most cases things happen for a reason.

  • First of all, writing business applications is hard. Creating a single, big application to run a complete business is next to impossible.
  • Second, spreading business functions across multiple applications provides the business with the flexibility to select the "best" accounting package, the "best" customer relationship management or the order processing system that best suits the business' needs. One-stop-shopping for enterprise applications is usually not what IT organizations are interested in, nor is possible given the number individual business requirements.

In order to support common business processes and data sharing across applications, these applications need to be integrated. Application integration needs to provide efficient, reliable and secure data exchange between multiple Enterprise applications.

Increasingly, organizations are seeking to unlock more business value from their technology investment by integrating with both internal and external systems, enabling the automation of key business processes across the value chain. Integration of business systems is critical to delivering the flexible structure that is needed to support this, ensuring that organizations can grow and evolve to meet changing business needs.

For us integration means connecting the Organisation, its Enterprise systems, Business Processes and People. Helping our clients by designing and implementing Enterprise Application Integration solutions, we deliver the following types of EAI solutions.

  • Integrating Information Portals
  • Data Replication
  • Shared Business Functions
  • Service-Oriented Architectures for Disparate systems
  • Distributed Business Processes integration
  • Business-to-Business Integration

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