The modern computing era has been characterized by the explosion of systems, applications and databases.1 In most enterprises, this has resulted in architectures that are characterized by redundancy at the business process, application, and data levels. As a result, resources are not used as efficiently as they could be, and it is often the case that there is no single comprehensive, clear, consistent and accurate view of what is going on. Despite the abundance of technology resources, an enterprise’s ability to adapt to changes in its environment may still be extremely limited. For these reasons, among others, many organizations stand to benefit from some degree of enterprise integration at the business process, application and data levels.

 

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