Build an Application Integration Strategy

Level the table before assembling the application integration puzzle or risk losing pieces.

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Immature or non-existent Application Integration causes:

  • Overlaps in technology capabilities
  • Increased maintenance costs
  • No correlation between business drivers and technical solutions

A formalized Application Integration process results in:

  • Business-focused AI strategy
  • Increased success of application integration
  • The ability to manage AI through future technology and business environment changes

Module 1: Make the Case for AI Strategy

The Purpose

Uncover current and future AI business drivers, and assess current capabilities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Perform a current state assessment and create a future vision.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify Current and Future Business Drivers
  • High-level groupings of AI strategy business drivers.
1.2 AI Readiness Assessment
  • Determine the organization’s readiness for AI, and identify areas for improvement.
1.3 Integration Service Catalog Template
  • Create a record of services and interfaces to reduce waste.

Module 2: Know Current Environment

The Purpose

Identify building blocks, common patterns, and decompose them.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Develop an AI Architecture.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Integration Principles
  • Set general AI architecture principles.
2.2 High-level Patterns
  • Categorize future and existing interactions by pattern to establish your integration framework.
2.3 Pattern decomposition and recomposition
  • Identification of common functional components across patterns.

Module 3: Perform a Gap Analysis

The Purpose

Analyze the gaps between the current and future environment in people, process, and technology.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Uncover gaps between current and future capabilities and determine if your ideal environment is feasible.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Gap Analysis
  • Identify gaps between the current environment and future AI vision.

Module 4: Build a Roadmap for Application Integration

The Purpose

Define strategic initiatives, know your resource constraints, and use a timeline for planning AI.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create a plan of strategic initiatives required to close gaps.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Identify and prioritize strategic initiatives
  • Use strategic initiatives to build the AI strategy roadmap.
4.2 Distribute initiatives on a timeline
  • Establish when initiatives are going to take place.

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