Designing the information technology subsystem for enterprise integration

Luís Manuel Camarinha-matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh

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The information technology subsystem plays a determinant role in the efficiency of enterprises. The main challenge in the design of this subsystem lies on “ systems integration”, as it is mandatory to cope with the large legacy of software tools. The systems integration task is however typically handled in ad-hoc manners, and customized for each enterprise. Here, the need for systems integration, its facets, levels and obstacles are first discussed. Then, a set of general steps to be followed for systems integration is suggested. Second, the suggested integration methodology approaches this problem at various levels of complexity, namely the cell / shop-floor integration, intra-enterprise integration, and inter-enterprise integration. Then, for every level of complexity, this chapter addresses the main applied technologies, typical solutions, main trends, and open challenges. These issues are discussed and exemplified in details.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Enterprise Architecture
EditorsP Bernus, L Nemes, G Schmidt
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)3540003436
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


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