No business unit is an island. No application is an island. This means that integration is an operational necessity for every application deployment project. More importantly, Enterprise Integration is an necessity for any business improvement initiative that has to join up business processes.
The big issue is whether or not we recognise that a strategic approach should adopted. Recognising this enables the business to respond to change while avoiding the fragmentation and avoidable costs arising from alternative approaches. Failing to recognise it confines integration to tactical interface development leading to an unresponsive business.
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