From “Make or Buy” to “Make and Buy”: Tailoring Information Systems Through Integration Engineering

From “Make or Buy” to “Make and Buy”: Tailoring Information Systems Through Integration Engineering

Karl Kurbel (University of Muenster, Germany), Claus Rautenstrauch (University of Muenster, Germany), Bernhard Opitz (TRIGON Gesellschaft fuer Organisationsberatung und Projektabwicklung mbH, Germany) and Rolf Scheuch (TRIGON Gesellschaft fuer Organisationsberatung und Projektabwicklung mbH, Germany)
Copyright: © 1994 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.1994070102
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Abstract

Integrating information systems has become a major issue in IS development and information management. As organizational change is a permanent process, new information systems have to be developed continually to meet new requirements, but old ones also continue to be in use. This means that new components have to be integrated into existing environments. To make the process of permanent extension and modification manageable, a methodology is needed that supports easy integration of modules into existing environments. We call this methodology Integration Engineering. The paper outlines principles and methods of Integration Engineering with respect to developing client-server based business information systems. The methodology was successfully applied in a large project. The goal of the project was to develop an enterprise-wide information system for a plantbuilding company. The case study is described in the second part of paper.

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