If you have been doing data or business process integration for a while, you
understand the importance of an integration competency center (ICC).
The reason is simple. An integration competency center can be IT's
expressway to delivering value to the business.
How ICCs Provide Business and IT Value
A number of ICC value propositions are now mainstream including:
Business users become familiar with the ICC's requirements definition and
governance processes. This makes them more comfortable with needed IT rigor.
IT develops a consistent SDLC that shares resources optimally across projects
rather that improves the quality of deliverables and reduces project costs.
New technologies, for example, data virtualization, can be easily folded into
the ICC enabling faster adoption and quicker return on new capital
Leverage Prior ICC Investments
An Integration Compe... (more)
Discovering new upstream sources, smoothly delivering products through
downstream distribution channels, and complying with extensive regulations
are keys to success in the energy business. And information is the fuel
that enables these successes.
Unfortunately prior IT investments have resulted in numerous data silos and
significant complexity that is making it harder than ever to turn information
into business success.
Four of the top five global energy companies rely on data virtualization to
provide the diverse information required across a range of strategic
initiatives a... (more)
An IDC research study found that, in 2010, the universe of information
exceeded one zettabyte, or one trillion gigabytes, for the first time in
history, and is expected to grow another nine fold over the next five years.
Just keeping up is a huge challenge.
Further this data resides in various silos developed over many years of
technology acquisition and business consolidation.
So add data integration to your "most important things to-do" list.
Data Virtualization to the Rescue
Data virtualization has been purpose-built to address these challenges
through an agile, high-value data ... (more)
Data Quality Is Key to Business Success
Poor data quality costs businesses billions every year. It
causes business leaders to make poor decisions. It increases customer
dissatisfaction and churn to reduce revenues. It increases costs to perform
remediation. It discourages employees by setting a low performance bar.
Yet, even with these significant issues, enterprises struggle to improve data
Improving Data Quality Is More Difficult Than Ever
Data quality, once the focus of just a few data stewards, has become a
business and IT challenge of unprecedented scale. Not on... (more)
Proving compelling return is critical for any investment today. This is
especially important for IT investments which are often an enterprise or
government agency's largest capital expense.
Technology for technology's sake does not cut it. Increasing business
complexities and a plethora of technology choices creates greater-than-ever
demands for diligence when making IT investments.
IT Business Case 101
IT business cases must demonstrate value through tangible business and IT
metrics that align with the strategic objectives of the business units that
Further, not o... (more)