E A I – Breaking down information barriers across the Enterprise
As enterprises spread their boundaries across different business areas, they acquire disparate technology solutions, technologies and applications. However, these applications are often unable to communicate and share information with each other due to several reasons like lack of interoperability, variable formats and dissimilar standards of operations.
Supply chain management applications (for managing inventory and shipping), customer relationship management applications (for managing current and potential customers), business intelligence applications (for finding patterns from existing data from operations), and other types of applications (for managing data such as human resources data, health care, internal communications, etc.), ERP (For Resource Planning), Portals (for Operations) typically cannot communicate with one another in order to share data or business rules. For this reason, such applications are sometimes referred to as islands of automation or information silos. This lack of communication leads to inefficiencies, wherein identical data are stored in multiple locations, or straightforward processes are unable to be automated.
Even in our enlightened times, great amounts enterprise data lies locked away in monolithic applications. Whether they be purchased, home-grown, or a combination, the realities of business demand that the information contained in those vertical ‘silos’ be used in ways that the original architects never intended.
Enterprises are also increasingly looking forward to reconfigure their business processes through tighter integration of applications via rich frameworks, by opting for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). This is with the intention to achieve effective communication across various business applications and delivery channels, thereby, ensuring seamless data integration from disparate systems
Enterprise Application Integration:
Enterprise application integration is an integration framework composed of a collection of technologies and services which form a middleware (Remote Procedure Call, Object Request Broker, Batch Data Communication, Business Application Programming Interface, Service Oriented Architectures…) to enable integration of systems and applications across the enterprise.
Enterprise Application Integration practice expertise focuses on:
Opening up ways for the information to flow from one application to another,
Letting applications to reach other sources of data outside themselves,
and Allowing other programs to peer into the innards of formerly closed programs.
Sharing data between divisions or even between separate corporations
and i wanted to discuss more about this challenge architecture in next couple of articles along with Implementations too which are observed by me since long time.