This month, I'd like to continue the discussion of the business time information architecture (BTIA), which I introduced in the May issue of DM Review. The BTIA makes use of enterprise information integration (EII) technologies to retrieve, combine and present data from disparate systems across the enterprise in a common presentation layer; to the user, it looks as if the information is coming from a global SQL database. EII technology is relatively new, however, and many vendors' products are not mature or robust enough to be deployed on an enterprise scale.

To complicate matters further, EII technologies are unique in their capabilities as information technology toolsets. Therefore, selection criteria that an organization would use to choose another toolset - a business intelligence product for example - often don't fit the bill. Also, because EII technology will be pervasive throughout the organization, it will affect many different stakeholders - not just end users. These stakeholders often form powerful voices within the organization. Their needs must be considered and fulfilled if the EII solution is to be a success.

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