Holistic Integration Is A Top Tech Trend...But What Is It?

Forrester has identified holistic integration as one of the top ten technology trends for the 2012 to 2014 timeframe. But what is it?

Holistic integration is a strategy that promotes a combined approach for meeting the application, B2B, process, and data integration needs of the enterprise. The process begins with a comprehensive planning effort that analyzes the specific demands of each area and identifies common approaches that can improve integration efforts across these former functional silos.  

In the past, organizations have shied away from a common approach to their integration needs, as the available tools generally focused on a single area. But that is changing rapidly. Today’s integration solutions can provide application, B2B, and process integration in a single integrated stack. And some vendors are also adding data integration functionality into the mix. This means that holistic integration is more than just a planning exercise; it is also an implementation strategy. Bottom line, a holistic approach to integration is becoming more feasible with every passing day.

We will be writing more on this trend in the coming months, but for now refer to the recent tech trends report for more details. Here is a link: http://www.forrester.com/rb/Research/top_10_technology_trends_ea_should_watch/q/id/60921/t/2


Holistic Integration and Consolidation

Hi Ken, truly interesting.

I have always promoted a holistic approach to integration. The problem is that it requires a holisitc approach to frontend consolidation FIRST. It is in that area where enterprise IT people will say: 'but we have already invested in ECM, CRM, and BPM and xxx and won't change ...'.

We started out with the data integration via an MDM facility for the frontend and we were unable to get rated by analysts for any of our new functionality independently. As long as one isn't rated by analysts, large enterprises won't take a chance. So it is the market fragmentation by analysts that stops enterprises from consolidating ...

Any idea how to change that? It is a serious question? Thanks, Max