Fundamentally, there are two basic approaches when it comes to engineering systems for business:
- Approach 1: Develop a large, single system that aims to cater for all the needs of the business.
- Approach 2: Utilise numerous systems and software solutions that are each geared towards a specific task.
As a business grows, Approach 2 usually becomes the only viable route since a single system cannot possibly fulfil every demand of the business to a satisfactory level. In turn, this presents a new set of complex integration challenges which must be solved in order to get the multitude of smaller sub-systems talking to one another.
To address these challenges, system analysis is initially required to assess system compatibility. Provided integration is possible, integration design and implementation then follows. Crucially, robust monitoring and alerting systems should be embedded within the integration technology to ensure that connections between the systems are not broken in the face of all-too-common changes to the component systems and surrounding interface layers.
We offer integration feasibility studies and project planning to help guide integration strategy. These are delivered through a series of high-level planning workshops and detailed interface analysis sessions leading to evaluation reports and implementation guidelines as output. In some cases, we also work with our clients to roll-out integration projects, including development, testing and post-implementation support and maintenance.