Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility

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Lean Integration is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with the challenges of performing integration for a complex enterprise.”

–Steve J. Dennis, Integration Competency Center Director, Nike

Use Lean Techniques to Integrate Enterprise Systems Faster, with Far Less Cost and Risk

 

By some estimates, 40 percent of IT budgets are devoted to integration. However, most organizations still attack integration on a project-by-project basis, causing unnecessary expense, waste, risk, and delay. They struggle with integration “hairballs”: complex point-to-point information exchanges that are expensive to maintain, difficult to change, and unpredictable in operation.

 

The solution is Lean Integration. This book demonstrates how to use proven “lean” techniques to take control over the entire integration process. John Schmidt and David Lyle show how to establish “integration factories” that leverage the powerful benefits of repeatability and continuous improvement across every integration project you undertake.

 

Drawing on their immense experience, Schmidt and Lyle bring together best practices; solid management principles; and specific, measurable actions for streamlining integration development and maintenance.

 

Whether you’re an IT manager, project leader, architect, analyst, or developer, this book will help you systematically improve the way you integrate–adding value that is both substantial and sustainable.

 

Coverage includes

  • Treating integration as a business strategy and implementing management disciplines that systematically address its people, process, policy, and technology dimensions
  • Providing maximum business flexibility and supporting rapid change without compromising stability, quality, control, or efficiency
  • Applying improvements incrementally without “Boiling the Ocean”
  • Automating processes so you can deliver IT solutions faster–while avoiding the pitfalls of automation
  • Building in both data and integration quality up front, rather than inspecting quality in later
  • More than a dozen in-depth case studies that show how real organizations are applying Lean Integration practices and the lessons they’ve learned

Visit integrationfactory.com for additional resources, including more case studies, best practices, templates, software demos, and reference links, plus a direct connection to lean integration practitioners worldwide.

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About the Author:

John G. Schmidt, Vice President of Global Integration Services at Informatica, advises clients on emerging technologies, develops strategies for enterprise initiatives, and directs the company’s Integration Competency Center Practice.

 

David Lyle, Vice President of Product Strategy at Informatica, uses his years of experience in data warehousing, migration, and MDM to advise clients on successful ICC approaches, as well as guide Informatica’s product direction.

Review:

“What the authors have set out here is a philosophy built on best practices from both the fields of manufacturing and software development, but they do so with examples that bring the material alive, come from real life, and offer specific, measurable actions and practical alternatives. This work is fantastic, not just from a technical standpoint; it has a maturity that’s vacant from other works, an understanding of internal business politics and human resources concerns, all the while wrapped in solid management principles and practices.”

—Kevin P. Davis, Senior Technical Architect

 

“Technology is a key enabler within any industry and a key success measure is the ‘alignment’ between business and information technology. Schmidt and Lyle provide practical advice for a fundamental shift in thinking, from IT as an internal services function to IT as an integral part of a company’s strategy, creating value for customers. IT internal and external service providers have to operate as one management team. Lean Integration presents compelling examples of how integration teams play a role in leadership, strategic planning, and IT governance as some of the critical factors in achieving organizational alignment.”

—Zahid Afzal, Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Huntington National Bank

 

“In today’s world, enterprises struggle with increasing global competition, the need for speed to market, and the ability for IT to enable the strategic intent of the business. One of the core tenets of lean that many integration professionals lose sight of is the need to put the customer first. This book serves as a reminder to our fiduciary responsibility to leverage IT as a competitive tool for planning and execution.”

—James McGovern, Enterprise Architect, The Hartford

 

“This book should help the IT executive and practitioner, alike, align on goals and objectives that drive long-term value to their enterprise. The Integration Competency Center can drive as much or more value for the IT department than any other capital investment it will make in the next decade.”

—Clark T. Becker, Former SVP and CTO, Best Buy Co., Inc.

 

“In this highly communicative world, one filled with a high degree of turbulence and uncertainty, the one key that will separate successful businesses from the rest is their ability to be agile and wield just-in-time, focused, trustworthy information. I am extremely pleased to see that John and David have written on such an important topic.”

—Mark Albala, President, InfoSight Partners, LLC

 

“John Schmidt and David Lyle have written an important book with a new perspective on lean thinking in the software development world. This is a must-read for leaders in all functional areas.”

—Arthur V. Hill, Lindahl Professor and Professor of Operations and Management Science, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

 

“At OMG we have always believed that integration, repeatable processes and methodology, and high-quality, widely available standards were the missing links in the software world. Given the huge number of lessons to learn from other engineering and management sciences, it’s natural to apply the lessons of lean manufacturing to software production. John Schmidt has recognized the challenges and fought to integrate hard-won knowledge from other disciplines, and this book is a great example of what solid, clear, everyday lessons we can learn to make our organizations agile and innovative. Bravo!”

—Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group, Inc.

 

Lean Integration is invaluable to any business that relies on technological integration with its customers to expand. This book utilizes lean manufacturing principles to create successful software development projects in a replicable and measurable approach. By successful projects, I mean high quality, quick to production, maintainable for the long term, and under budget for both implementation and ongoing support. As an executive and a Six Sigma Black Belt of an expanding business process outsourcing company that relies on the integration of disparate customer systems for its growth and success, I believe the lean approach outlined in this book is the roadmap to follow.”

—Howard L. Latham, Executive Vice President, API Outsourcing, Inc.

 

Lean Integration is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with the challenges of performing integration for a complex enterprise. The authors have combined their experience to provide a practical roadmap for applying lean principles to the integration problem. If you are looking for an approach to tackle the integration chaos that exists in your environment, this book should be at the top of your reading list.”

—Steve J. Dennis, Integration Competency Center Director, Nike

 

“As costs of raw technology decline, superior practice will dominate IT value. Increasingly, it’s not enough to be clever: it’s essential to be efficient, and that’s what John Schmidt and David Lyle will help IT practitioners do with their new book, Lean Integration. Point-to-point connections grow with (roughly) the square of the number of connected things, but Schmidt and Lyle offer a better way. Rising above the spaghetti bowl to treat integration as a scalable process, they make it practical for enterprise IT to make the most of complementary services in the cloud—promising the attentive reader huge improvements in IT economics.”

—Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research, Salesforce.com, Inc.

 

Lean Integration is a practical discovery not an invention. For this reason everyone will eventually be doing it.”

—Erwin Dral, Principal Product Manager, Informatica

 

“John Schmidt and David Lyle’s new book, Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility, is bound to shake up the software development industry. The authors show how to reduce costs and risks of software by applying lean management principles that force developers to focus on real customer/knowledge worker requirements to design quality into software the first time, from requirements definition to implementation and production operations. This is required reading for all information systems personnel who want to be on the cutting edge of quality management applied to software and systems engineering.”

—Larry P. English, author, Information Quality Applied: Best Practices for Business Information, Processes and Systems

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