An integration assessment will give you insight on how your information is best integrated based on your needs now, and in the future.Read more about our services
An integration assessment will help you form a reusable, innovative, and efficient integration function lowering your total implementation time while keeping your information exchanges secure and regulatory compliant.
With the digitalization journey, comes many challenges, one being how information should be integrated. Adopting new cloud-based services, often with built-in integration capabilities, makes it tempting to take shortcuts for information exchanges. This often introduces a fragmented and autonomous integration architecture leading to:
If you recognise any of these statements, you are starting to have big problems. With a fragmented integration architecture, it is very hard to know what information is shared, to whom it is shared, and when it is shared, and it increases your attack surface. This is not only of the company’s internal concern, as neglect of security is a breach of regulatory requirements such as GDPR.
Given this scenario it is vital to find an integration function that fits your organisation’s needs and requirements. A good integration function will help protect your information assets, centralise access control, govern your integrations, allow for innovation, and shorten the implementation and delivery time of the integrations. It is important that the integration function should be fit for purpose and bring value to the business.
The integration assessment will look at your organisation integration needs from a holistic view. It will have several benefits for your organisation and will give you the following insights:
An outside in perspective from a senior integration expert
The assessment is facilitated by a senior integration expert. Utilizing the experience and know-how from the expert will provide valuable insights on your current solution and give new perspectives and innovative suggestions on working solutions fitting your needs.
An updated view of your information processes
It will give you an updated view of your current and future information processes and data integration flows. This is important! Having the information as a starting point shifts the focus away from what you can technically do today, to what your organisation want and needs. This step also involves the desired level of innovation, if and how the information should be able to be combined into new value bringing assets.
A definition of information security and regulatory requirements
Having the information processes as a basis, the required level of information security and access management can be specified. It is important to have this under control as it not only protects the proprietary assets of your organisation, but also ensures you meet regulatory requirements.
Current governance and processes
Looking at your current way of working with integrations will give insight on your organisation’s level of maturity for governance and processes related to the integration function. This is important in many ways and have effect on the integration function’s resilience, security, efficiency, time to market, and maintainability.
A map of your current integrations
Finding all your current integrations will shine a new light on the actual integration architecture your organisation has. It is more a rule rather than an exception that shortcuts are being made bypassing the integration middleware. These integrations are often hard to govern, expensive to maintain, and might have security complications. Extending the map outside of the middleware will help your organisation mitigate security issues, improve governance, and lower cost.
Your current and future integration capabilities
Looking at your system’s integration capabilities will allow you to identify gaps between what you can do and what you want to do. This will help you in defining an integration architecture that is suitable and fit for purpose for your organisation.
Suggestions on an integration strategy, governance, and target architecture
The integration assessment will propose a strategy and solution that fulfils your needs, fits your budget, and works with your existing enterprise architecture, including a plan for governance and a high-level integration architecture. It will also provide suggestions on technology that is fit for purpose with regards to functionality and cost.
A roadmap and action plan to implement a target architecture
An action plan on how to get from your current state to your target functionality including cost estimates and time plan is an important deliverable, making the assessment a decision basis for your organisation’s management.
The integration assessment is facilitated by a senior integration expert. The facilitator has extensive experience with system integration, deep knowledge of integration architectures, and know-how of creating and delivering integration functions.
First an overall scope is defined for the assessment. We define a common understanding on what areas should be covered and what deliverables are expected. The scope indicates time needed for the assessment as well as the commitment by your organisation.
A series of workshops and interviews are planned. For each event key stakeholders are identified and booked for participation. These interviews and workshops can be divided into five milestones:
Stakeholders from your organisation depends on the scope. Common roles needed for participation are: Management, Business and IT-architects, system owners, super users, and possibly key resources of your organisation’s customers.
Having an efficient integration function is a key component to an organisation’s digitalisation. Properly implemented it will enable systems to be more independent and self-sustained, allowing them to focus on their core functionality. The entire enterprise architecture will be loosely coupled and flexible where systems can be interchanged. Also, information security and access control can be centrally managed and regulatory compliant. Performing an integration assessment will help your organisation to implement this function, fitting your business. It will give you insights on where you are today and how to achieve your goals in a cost-efficient manner.
On a high level, the deliverables of the assessment are:
An integration assessment is an efficient way for your organisation to have access to a specialised expert on system integration to gain valuable insights of your integration function from an outside perspective.
We at Tietoevry Create would love to tell you more about this service. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We will help make your integrations secure, governed, and future-proof.