The enterprise information integration (EII) market is on the brink of strong growth and implementation by a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies, as major suppliers such as IBM enter the market, according to a report by Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm. Moreover, this growth is not a "flash in the pan," but a direct result of measurable benefits from EII not achievable by previous solutions.

EII infrastructure aggregates data and coordinates transactions across back- end data sources. At its most powerful, EII allows all back-end information to be seen as if it came from one comprehensive, global database. Its many benefits range from improving the real-time characteristics of business intelligence to easing mergers and speeding development of enterprise portals and e-business integration applications.

"Despite confusion in the marketplace over the difference between EII and enterprise application integration (EAI) – which are, in fact, complementary products – our research shows that many major IT shops are plowing ahead with EII implementations, both on a per- project basis and as part of an overall strategy," says report author Wayne T. Kernochan. "The most successful of these have targeted critical success factors such as stock research (financial services) and querying proteomics and genomics databases to speed drug approval (pharmaceuticals). However, our research also shows that individual customers have not yet begun to plumb the potential uses of EII – which is one of the best Swiss army knife-type multiple- use tools ever to come along."

According to Aberdeen, the rapid growth in the EII market will be paralleled by an increasingly key role for EII in such areas as business process integration and legacy modernization. In fact, EII is an increasingly key factor in markets totaling $6.4 billion (EAI, legacy modernization and content management). And EII will be the keystone of a new IT capability called strategic information management, which will allow users to leverage proprietary information for competitive advantage better than ever before.

The report also notes that the increasing market success of EII will force major suppliers such as Sun and Oracle to upgrade their EII offerings or see business go to IBM and BEA by default. The advent of major suppliers in the EII market will also improve services and lead to "EII-based services" such as "information audits." And IT buyers from medium-sized businesses should begin to see significant benefits from EII over the next two years.

The report, “Enterprise Information Integration - The New Way to Leverage E-information (Second Edition),” is available online at no charge by visiting www.aberdeen.com. You may also call (800) 577-7891 for information about obtaining a copy. For more information about Aberdeen's Strategic Information Management practice, contact Wayne T. Kernochan at wayne.kernochan@aberdeen.com or (617) 854-5217.

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