Top Ten “Must Haves” of an Integration Solution

The list of available integration options is massive if you include point solutions, or those which address specific types of integration. Most companies are moving painfully toward a fully integrated solution by combining point solutions — and often stretching them past their limits. At some point it becomes obvious that a more comprehensive integration solution will not only streamline processes and simplify the maintenance burden, but will also assimilate and present accurate, timely information that cannot be obtained via a collection of point solutions.

The list of appropriate integration approaches narrows when considering a comprehensive solution that can meet business as well as technical requirements. When selecting the appropriate comprehensive solution, refer to the list on the right of “must haves” that comprise an optimum set of functions and tradeoffs.

If you’re among the vast majority of companies that are not satisfied with the status quo of their integration environment, you may be wondering what options you have. You can continue to enhance and use your existing solutions, while being mindful of the costs of ongoing support and maintenance. Alternatively, if you’re considering a new solution, rather than focus on one area (data, application, process), you may wish to step back and adopt a comprehensive approach. You may be able to consolidate your existing suite of tools into a single solution that can more effectively address all your requirements.

Whether you decide to develop these capabilities in-house (e.g., customizing and connecting existing integration tools) or are considering a vendor solution, it’s helpful to have a starter list.

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