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Comparing Three Self-Service Integration Architectures

Published: 11 May 2016

ID: G00297311

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


Self-service integration — including data preparation — increases agility and bridges information silos. Integration specialists, architects and IT managers should evaluate three complementary architectures to empower self-service: embedded integration, stand-alone integration and data preparation.

Table Of Contents
  • Three Types of Self-Service Integration Architecture
  • Four Types of Citizen and Ad Hoc Integrators
  • Assessment Criteria for Comparing Integration Architectures


  • Architecture 1: Embedded Integration
  • Architecture 2: Stand-Alone Integration
  • Architecture 3: Data Preparation


  • Advocate Bimodal Integration
  • Build the Shared Data Access Layer
  • Choose Integration Architectures Systematically
  • Foster Exchanges Through the Digital Marketplace

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