Posted by Ken Vollmer on October 28, 2011
While the increasing capability of tools to cross integration silos is a significant development, the main thrust behind holistic integration efforts inside of enterprises should be focused on bringing together the disparate integration teams (for application, B2B, process, and data integration) to create a comprehensive enterprise integration strategy and implementation plan. These teams have traditionally operated in isolation, but that has to change if we really want to make progress in improving the success of integration efforts. As the following chart shows, this process is tool agnostic.
There are many hurdles to this approach, not the least of which will be internal resistance from individual team members. However, we have spoken with a few organizations that have adopted this strategy, and they believe they are on the right track. Is your organization considering this? Does this approach make sense? Please share your thoughts.