At my job, we have implemented enterprise-wide applications, commonly called enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. But then again, who hasn't? Many companies decided to implement these kinds of systems in the 90s, and many are today doing a second round of implementation. Only this time, it will really and truly integrate the different company activities into one single system, just like it was supposed to do in the first round. The idea to implement an application integration architecture should not be necessary if you have an ERP system, or at least so it sounded in the 90s. Nevertheless, application integration has become an important priority for many organizations today, once they have realized that the initial ERP promises were far too often just promises.

This is all a bit weird actually. Failed IT implementations are certainly not rare, but an ERP implementation should be the perfect large-scale system to implement. Just think:

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