Integration has, for many years, been high on the agenda of IT professionals. It is a resource glutton, which if left uncontrolled will eventually consume organizations to the point where they can no longer operate effectively. However "Integration Technologies" a new report just published by Butler Group, Europe's leading IT research and advisory organization, finds the new architectural models that are gaining attention in the market place such as service oriented architecture (SOA), enterprise service bus (ESB), and the bringing of host systems into modern operating paradigms, are creating a deal of confusion. It appears the very models being promoted to ensure less complexity are creating complexities of their own.
Enterprises lack an understanding of exactly what integration applications really are in use, and what function they perform. One example of this is when the issue of host systems enter into the picture. In many organizations they have formed the backbone of the transactional systems, and the thought of attempting to integrate them into a larger framework always raises concerns regarding future operability.
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