Emergency Integration

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-09-23 Print this article Print

Emergency Integration

In addition to B2B efforts, there is another integration scenario IT managers need to keep in mind: the emergency-style variety that happens all at once when mergers or acquisitions occur. This is a worst-case scenario and one thats the most difficult to handle from a technical standpoint.

"The main technical challenge [with integration] is that the infrastructure is chaotic and antiquated," said David Linthicum, chief technology officer and executive vice president of Mercator, in Reston, Va. "Mergers and acquisitions sometimes fail because they cant get the systems integrated. Thats a failure of the IT group. Supply chain integration setups fail because they cant get the system integrated. ... Those things leave you scratching your head in terms of the work that needs to be done to get more competitive."

Direct CEO and CIO involvement is a must when mandating core standards among sometimes vastly different IT architectures.

Web services interfaces and heterogeneous database gateways are two key technologies here, as both can be deployed in a few weeks, allow ad hoc deployments and require little or no changes to underlying infrastructure to work. ´

West Coast Technical Director Timothy Dyck can be reached at timothy_dyck@ziffdavis.com.

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    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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