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Enterprise Integration: The Essential Guide to Integration Solutions by William Ruh, Beth Gold-Bernstein

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Chapter Two. Business Drivers and Requirements

Executive Overview

Enterprise business integration is a means to an end. Although an agile infrastructure enabled by integration can have substantial impact on the overall success of the business, technology alone has no value. Two companies can use the same technology and have very different results. For example, when General Motors focused on significantly reducing the time needed to design and engineer cars, it was able to achieve dramatic results that have given it a significant edge over the competition during the downturn in the economy. General Motors' focus on business objectives and improving processes in the context of available technology and an architecture were key to success. The technologies ...

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