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Architecture-driven Enterprise Integration

Published in the International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2008. Business Process Management (BPM) is an ongoing topic of interest for contemporary managers. This interest is documented by a long sequence of methods, techniques and tools emerging and declining in favour over the years. This paper takes a more holistic approach to BPM, moving from efficiency generating techniques, and focusing on BPM as the key element in an approach to achieving total enterprise integration. The approach, Architecture-driven Enterprise Integration, has many dimensions, but BPM is central to aligning information technologies and systems to management objectives and related requirements. Aspects of the approach are demonstrated with documentation from various implementation projects and vendor products. A major contribution of this paper is an understanding that BPM must be examined in a more holistic fashion, and that many BPM methods are severely constrained in their ability to generate radical and significant improvement inside of organisations.
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