Enterprise application intergration,linking applications,services,databases and legacy systems.

Enterprise application integration

Linking applications, services, databases and legacy systems.

Chaos is the result of unstructured growth among technology dependencies. Like tangled cable wires, a system without a strategy for organisation denigrates into complexity. Enterprise application integration (EAI) is a structured approach to linking applications, databases and legacy systems across an enterprise to provide efficiency in data and resource sharing.

To encourage effectiveness among critical business processes and applications, EAI can provide an end-to-end method for these connections. The outcome? Integrated business processes to enable companies to quickly respond to market demands or external threats.

Simplify and automate business processes

Effective integration begins with an understanding of assets—hardware, software and processes. Once the assets have been identified, an IT department can begin planning appropriate, effective integration, prioritising development and planning asset acquisition.

An infrastructure must be flexible to allow for the changing demands of business. It needs to be secure to protect an organisation's valuable assets. It needs to be robust and resilient so that it’s available to serve employees, partners and customers. It needs to be built so that if a major problem does occur, business critical processes can come back on line as quickly as possible.

Also, by simplifying, assets can be better managed. Deliver, monitor, and manage processes and services with the minimum of human intervention. Integration can also promote energy efficiency. Build applications to run more effectively on highly efficient, consolidated platforms with consolidation and virtualisation to achieve simplification and "green IT" goals.

Enterprise application integration is an ongoing commitment. Careful planning and deployment lead to systems and processes that are efficient and flexible enough to meet the changing demands of today's business environment.

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