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3 Steps to Designing a Future-Proof Business Application Integration Strategy

Published: 26 June 2019

ID: G00390296

Analyst(s): Theodore Travis , Mike Guay , Massimo Pezzini , Jeffrey Mann , Kimihiko Iijima , Ilona Hansen


No business application is implemented in isolation. To effectively and efficiently integrate applications with each other without compromising future business agility, application leaders should articulate a multilayer integration strategy that supports five key dimensions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • The Significant Cost of Integration
  • The Need for Organizationwide Integration


  • Step 1. Task the Individual Application Leaders to Collect Integration Requirements From Their Domains
    • Designing the Business Application Integration Strategy
  • Step 2. Assign to Integration Architects the Goal of Defining an Overarching Business Application Integration Strategy
    • Involving the ISET and API Platform Team
  • Step 3. Activate a Process to Check With Domain Application Leaders Whether Their Requirements Map With the Overall Strategy

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