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DIGITISATION IMPOSES NEW REQUIREMENTS
ON THE IT LANDSCAPE

Systems integration creates a mission capability by composing subcomponents of the capability. It is the logical next step between design and development, and testing, verification, validation, and deployment. Always important, integration is increasingly critical to success as the programs Orion Five Engineering supports migrate to service-oriented, composable-capability architectures.

After components are developed, they must be integrated with or in the environment in which they are expected to operate. The assembled system is then tested to verify that it performs in accordance with its requirements.

REDESIGNING THE IT FRAMEWORK
The redesigning of IT architectures including cloud solutions is the “basis for digitising one’s own company”. 


“In spite of huge progress in the area of efficiency, CIOs are still struggling with legacy IT systems, whether it is historically established legacy software, different application releases or data centers that were unable to keep pace with the speed of IT developments and the needs of specialist divisions as regards IT support.” As far as complexity and integration are concerned, there appears to be no end in sight.


LEGACY OR CLOUD
Experts for system integration thus take on a dual role and play a key part in digitization.  It is part of the work to untangle and clean up a company’s historically grown IT landscapes, decide which IT components needs to be decommissioned, obtained from or transferred to the cloud. Only then will companies be able to put in place the basis for further digitization. 
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU

All you need to do is define your outcome clearly.

With our solution, you simply access both your private and public clouds simultaneously.
In this way, you enjoy the agility and economic benefits of both clouds with on-premise IT solutions to achieve your outcome. 
Because of the complexity, length and expense of these projects, it’s always helpful to step back and make sure the overall strategy is in place before the development work begins.

Here are some tips to having a successful systems integration together:

  1. Recruit champions and keep them on board. Management needs to provide their input from the beginning and be viewed as a significant partner. Champions inside the affected business need can articulate the benefits to their colleagues also helps sell the project to users. Integration projects are typically wide-ranging and complex, following a grand strategic vision of how the company should look; this view means that the reality often looks incomplete and with endless work ahead. The project has a greater chance of success when the overall project is broken down into small steps that each bring demonstrable value.
  2. Make sure all security challenges are addressed. Now that sensitive data in backend enterprise systems are available via a smartphone, it is critical to understand all of the workflows and when sensitive data can be compromised.  The risks of data breaches are even higher due to employees using their own devices and private cloud services. This requires a shift in thinking from security data to securing processes.
  3. Use  the  relevant  integration  tools. Not all tools are the same: making sure that you fully understand what you need today and what you might need tomorrow will help you choose the most relevant ones. There are two main types of integration tool: on one side you have data synchronization/upload tools; and on the other is process-based integration. If you’re after data synchronization, then a data synchronization tool is ideal; and if you want to integrate workflows or processes then you need a process-based integration tool. Third-party tools have the advantage that they are optimized to deal with vendor’s technology stacks (especially those which have vendor-certified connectors and capabilities) but they are also optimized to integrate between stacks. So if you are thinking of integrating technologies from multiple vendors or want to keep your options open for the future, it’s worth looking into vendor-agnostic tools as these will provide best-of-breed capabilities out of the box.
  4. Monitoring and performance management is critical. Along with fault-tolerance, resilience, and elasticity, monitoring and performance management capabilities are the key additions to integration solutions. The need for guaranteed message delivery means monitoring is vital. If a system fails during transmission the integration tool needs to recognize when it can resend the message. Further, monitoring capabilities allow systems to automatically cache transmissions that cannot be sent, and grant extra resources to deal with sudden peaks in demand.
  5. Justify the costs.  Systems integration can be expensive, both in terms of tools and man hours, but the process shouldn’t be considered as a cost, because of the benefits experienced due to receiving real-time data to improve business processes.

Integration can bring significant value, and not necessarily where you expect; so rather than being concerned about the costs, think about the costs advantages you are missing.

System integration projects can be the most difficult to plan, execute and manage. But when simple guidelines are followed the risks can be minimized and the enterprise can benefit more easily from improved technologies and applications.