From the Global EAI Summit, the Integration Consortium (formerly EAI Industry Consortium) announces the availability of Release 1.0 of the Global Integration Framework (GIF).  The GIF is a resource for simplifying application interoperability and streamlining integration using standards and best practices from actual integration solutions that solved business problems. Several components of the GIF have been in development for two years or more, and now, for the first time, have been assembled into this initial release. 

The GIF plan also includes a three-year road map that defines the goals for each of the next three years, and the work commitments of consortium members, in particular the GIF implementers.

One of the key features of the GIF is that it promotes a vendor-neutral architecture-based reference framework, created by end users for end users. Although it is important to note that products developed by industry members of the Consortium are critical elements of any integration solution.

Key elements of the Global Integration Framework launched today include:

  1. Resources available from the Integration Consortium members GIF repository
    • An integration methodology, Total Business Integration (TBI), contributed by Johnson & Johnson
    • An initial GIF repository using an Object Management Group (OMG) MOF-compliant repository based on work done by Adaptive
    • A formal data model for integration meta data

     2.  Approved resources available for Integration Consortium members

  • An enterprise architecture and architecture development methodology, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), led by The Open Group
  • An integration design framework based on Gregor Hohpe's "Enterprise Integration Patterns"
  •  A software framework for standardizing interfaces available from the Avalanche Consortium
  1. Key elements of a road map to define consistent practices and standards, including:
  •  A training program to spread the knowledge
  •  A certification program to assess organizational and product compliance with the GIF

"Industry studies have pegged the cost of integration at 35 percent or more of the total cost of IT projects.  In large corporations this can equate to $100 million or more annually," said Michael Kuhbock, chairman of the Integration Consortium.  "Given the huge inefficiencies of traditional approaches, it is realistic to project that using the GIF, companies could reduce these costs by up to 50 percent.  Combine that with efficient use of resources who are appropriately trained and accredited, this is very appealing to businesses around the world."
John Schmidt, IS Leader at Best Buy and Chairman of the Methodology Committee for the Integration Consortium, led the effort over the past 12 months to select the initial GIF components and assemble the organizations and team members who will participate in the next phase of the GIF roadmap.  "The GIF is a tremendous breakthrough in industry and end-user collaboration," says Mr. Schmidt.  "We need to stop the "standards wars" and restore confidence in the business community that the IT Industry can indeed solve the interoperability challenges."

Industry support for the GIF is strong and broad-based. Key industry organizations that have participated in Release 1.0 include Adaptive, Avalanche Consortium, Crowe Chizek, Groundswell Revolution, IBM, Librados, Software AG, Sonic Software, Tier1 Innovation, ThoughtWorks, and The Open Group.  A critical aspect of the approach used by the Consortium to ratify the GIF components is that an end user organization must participate in each team.  End user organizations that are actively involved include Best Buy and Guidant, although a number of others will be announced following the Summit.

Information on the EAI Industry Consortium is available at or by sending an e-mail to


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