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.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 email@example.com. Related stories:
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"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."