Build Effective Enterprise Integration on the Back of Business Process

From the backend to the frontlines – let enterprise integration help your business processes fly.

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Undergoing integration projects without a strategy in place results in:

  • Unmanageable and unscalable point-to-point integration between applications
  • Insufficient data integration that does not facilitate information and insight sharing across the organization
  • Ineffective business processes that contain redundancies or conflicting activities

Defining a clear enterprise integration strategy allows your organization to:

  • Ensure that subsequent integration projects have a common direction and align with corporate goals
  • Effectively communicate the tangible and intangible benefits of enterprise integration that are relevant to your organization
  • Secure stakeholder buy-in by addressing the business processes that are most critical to your organization’s success

Module 1: Position Enterprise Integration

The Purpose

  • Discuss the general approach for creating a holistic enterprise integration strategy.
  • Define the initial direction and drivers.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strategy development team with responsibilities identified.
  • Clear initial direction for the strategy based on senior stakeholder input.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define the driving statements for your EI strategy.
  • Vision, mission, and values for enterprise integration
1.2 Develop a RACI chart.
  • RACI chart for strategy development
1.3 Discuss the current state of enterprise integration.
  • Documentation of past integration projects
1.4 Establish the initial direction of your strategy by surveying senior stakeholders.
  • Chief Enterprise Integration Officer job description template

Module 2: Explore the Lenses of Enterprise Integration

The Purpose

  • Build a comprehensive map of what integration looks like for your target business processes.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clear documentation of the integration environment, encompassing process, data, and applications.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Develop level-0 and level-1 business capability diagrams.
  • Business capability maps
2.2 Identify the business processes of focus, based on relevance to overall corporate drivers.
2.3 Complete process flow diagrams.
  • Business process flow diagrams
2.4 Begin identifying the applications that are involved in each step of your process.
2.5 Detail the connections/interactions between the applications in your business processes.
2.6 Draw a current state diagram for application integration.
  • Current state integration diagram
2.7 Identify the data elements created, used, and stored throughout the processes, as well as systems of record.
  • Completed integration map

Module 3: Develop the Enterprise Integration Strategy

The Purpose

  • Review the outputs of the integration mapping activities.
  • Educate strategy team on the potential integration solutions.
  • Consolidate the findings of the activities into a compelling strategy presentation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Integration improvement opportunities are identified.
  • Direction and drivers for enterprise integration are finalized.
  • Understanding of the benefits and limitations of some integration solutions.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Discuss the observations/challenges and opportunities for improvement.
3.2 Refine the focus of the strategy by conducting a more detailed stakeholder survey.
3.3 Review the most common integration solutions for process, applications, and data.
3.4 Create a future state integration architecture diagram.
3.5 Define the IT and business critical success factors for EI.
3.6 Articulate the risks with pursuing (and not pursuing) an EI strategy.
  • Critical success factors and risks for enterprise integration
3.7 Quantify the monetary benefits of the EI strategy.
  • Monetary benefits of enterprise integration
3.8 Discuss best practices for presenting the strategy and organize the presentation content.
  • Completed enterprise integration strategy presentation

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