EII set for take off

The enterprise information integration (EEI) market is on the brink of strong growth, according to the Aberdeen Group, as a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies prepare implementations and as major suppliers enter the market.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 24, 2003

The enterprise information integration (EEI) market is on the brink of strong growth, according to the Aberdeen Group, as a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies prepare implementations and as major suppliers such as IBM enter the market. The analyst house adds that this growth is not a "flash in the pan," but being driven by measurable benefits derived from EII that were not achievable with previous solutions.

EII infrastructure aggregates data and coordinates transactions across multiple back-end data sources. At the top end, this can mean that all back end information is seen as if it came from one comprehensive, global database. This offers many benefits to a company, such as improved real time business intelligence, easing mergers and speeding development of enterprise portals and e-business integration applications.

"Despite confusion in the marketplace over the difference between EII and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) - which are, in fact, complementary products - our research shows that many major IT shops are ploughing ahead with EII implementations, both on a per-project basis and as part of an overall strategy," says Wayne Kernochan, managing vice president, databases, development environments & software infrastructure, Aberdeen Group.

"The most successful of these have targeted critical success factors such as stock research (financial services) and querying proteomics and genomics databases to speed drug approval (pharmaceuticals). However, our research also shows that individual customers have not yet begun to plumb the potential uses of EII, which is one of the best Swiss army knife-type multiple-use tools ever to come along."

The rapid growth of the EII market is expected to be paralleled by an increasingly key role for EII in such areas as business process integration and legacy modernisation. Indeed, EII is seen as an increasingly key factor in markets totalling US$6.4 billion (EAI, legacy modernisation and content management). EII will also be the keystone of a new IT capability called strategic information management, which will allow users to leverage proprietary information for competitive advantage better than ever before.

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