A CLIMATE OF CONSTANT CHANGE
We live in an era of fierce global and domestic business competition. Strong companies consolidate. Weak companies are acquired or merged. In the race to increase productivity and reduce cost, business organizations embark on continuous business transformation. In this race, Information Technology has changed from a supporting role to a strategic tool necessary for sucessful business transformation. Vast amounts of time, effort, and money has been spent to implement effective information systems, yet many initiatives either grossly exceed projected schedule and budget or fail to meet business needs. Our founders audited hundreds of these failed initiatives. While some failures occurred because solutions were driven by technology instead of business requirements, many other failures occurred because business innovation transformation, business process management and application development initiatives were disconnected.
Historically, business strategies dictated that both organizations and software applications were functional in nature. In the 80's, with the advent of "Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)," organizations focused on managing and optimizing cross-functional business processes to meet the rapid changes in their business model. Presently for businesses to remain competitive, successful business strategies require real-time situational awareness of enterprise business processes and dynamic cross-functional business process collaboration.
GLOBAL BUSINESS INFORMATION INTEGRATION
No single application vendor can respond adequately to the needs of global corporations. As a result, over time corporations have purchased business area specific applications from multiple vendors leading to custom integration challenges.
Leading global business enterprises integrate logistics systems with suppliers and customers, creating global collaborative business processes. In the past few years, application vendors attempted to simplify the integration challenge by introducing product suites such as Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply-Chain Planning that feature integrated business functionality. However, these product suites provided limited integration with vendor modules. Global Business Information Systems implementing a concurrent logistics strategy cannot afford to wait for each trading partner to procure and license the requisite supply chain technology. They require solutions that enable customers and suppliers to quickly participate in forecasting, replenishment, acquisition, and tracking strategies without buying software and hardware. The need to accelerate channel wide collaborative business processes drives the need to facilitate enterprise integration strategies.
Information Technology (IT) organizations face a great challenge linking all the functions and facilities of a global commercial enterprise together to form a Global Business Information System. In every corporation, it is common to find stovepipe systems that support only one business area. These stovepipe systems create "islands of information" making it difficult to support changes in organizations or to collaborate with the applications of another business area. The challenge of IT organizations is to overcome the perception that IT is restricting the ability of a corporation to change. Changes in business strategies depend on Information Technology. Business solutions now demand a flexible information infrastructure capable of supporting changes dictated by evolving business strategies. IT can become the facilitator of integration.
To meet this challenge, successful Global 1000 business enterprises have adopted processes of continuous business process transformation. They constantly reinvent themselves adjusting and adapting rapidly to address dynamic customer and market needs. To accomplish this goal, enterprises often combine continuous business process transformation and fast track application development. The business enterprise, and applications that empower them, increasingly depend on the system integration infrastructure to meet the need for the flexibility to operate in an environment of continuous, increasingly rapid change. To meet corporate expectations for change, IT needs to quickly modify and implement changes in business rules affecting the collaboration of multiple business processes and systems across multiple business areas.
Akasha Connect™ addresses the difficulty of integrating disparate applications. What began in 1989 as a workflow-based integration infrastructure to link stovepipe hospital information systems has evolved into what is now known as the Akasha Connect™ Intelligent Data Fusion Engine. CoyoteWorks has successfully customized and implemented the Intelligent Data Fusion Engine to support the integration of disparate legacy business systems of Global 1000 clients. With Akasha Connect™, CoyoteWorks can help leverage the complexities of technology to innovate the art of business into a seamless competitive advantage that delivers long-term sustainable economic growth.
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