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Orange County, California
Thursday, October 24th, 2002 - 11:45am to 1:30pm
This will be a Round Table Luncheon Meeting
Integrating Systems, Clients &
What nobody tells you - and why most
EAI projects fail.
Sponsor: eBI Solutions, LLC
South Coast Plaza Hotel
Boulevard, Costa Mesa, California
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More important in a
competitive economy than in one that is bouncing along on a backlog of orders,
is the need to give decision makers complete understanding of the state of the
organization at any one moment in time. It would be fair to say that
effective management and efficiency have never been more important in more
than twenty years, than they are right now!
What this really means is
that organizations that have fully integrated all of their different systems, trading partners and customers,
knowing that they are a
critical aspect of doing business into today's economy, stand far more chance
of surviving the storm, even building market share, than those who have not
yet done so. Most organizations of course realize that integrating systems is
the key to achieving a
level of excellence in the customer service department, and in automating transactions and business processes,
and that they will improve efficiency and achieve
the returns necessary to stay competitive - yet many will tell you
confidentially that they could do much better. In fact, more than 50% of all EAI projects fail,
and many more just do not deliver the
Cynically, it is fair to say that many vendors, as well as the marketers of
the numerous products on the marketplace, tend to want us believe they can address all integration
needs -- and that it will be quick, painless and the risks are low.
The reality however, is that Return On Investment is difficult to determine and
even harder to realize. Integration projects are by their nature complex,
the risks are high, and it requires a
high level of commitment from all levels in the organization to make the
process produce a satisfactory outcome. The fact is that no single one
of today's integration products can possibly address all of your
specific business needs, or work on every platform and with every system.
So we decided to hold a
Forum where we can discuss the realities of integration and how to face the inevitable: the next integration project.
We will also discuss how to uncover and face the risks involved, how to manage them,
what it takes to plan well, and possibly most important of all, how to determine short and long-term needs.
With the input of other professional guests we shall hopefully arrive at a
conclusion on how to select the
appropriate technology based on stated needs, and how to ensure that your ROI does not slip
away from you. Little things like how to stay on budget and not lose sight of the fact that
the process is to allow an organization to take its business to the next level
and whether timetables can be trusted for implementation should also come up.
There is of course no cost and no obligation
whatsoever placed upon
guests by attending and even their valet parking will be paid.
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