Integrating Web Apps: Pain and Horror
Just when you thought it was safewhen there would be no more ERP implementation debacles in your future because, well, big ERP projects are historyalong comes Web-based application integration.Just when you thought it was safewhen there would be no more ERP implementation debacles in your future because, well, big ERP projects are historyalong comes Web-based application integration. I mean, were talking a major nightmare of ERP-like proportions. Youd think it was a software industry conspiracy to keep all programmers and, especially, all consultants and integrators employedand all IT managers needing psychiatric help for the foreseeable future. Maybe the shrinks are in on it, when you consider how many of us are going to become regular clients as a result of all this. Heres all I want. Start with native XML data integration. Give me wizard-based data mapping between remote systems. Then Ill need complete TCP/IP-based socket management to move XML documents among systems. Oh, and a product with a non-ERP project scope and non-ERP pricing.
It turns out that I can get all of this, or most of it, but theres no avoiding an ERP-size project with ERP-like pricing. This, at a time when e-businesses are expected to return a profit sometime before the earth crashes into the sun.