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BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS IT INTEGRATION: A study of B2B IT integration patterns for short & long-term goals
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
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2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Date June 12, 2008

Program IT Management

Authors Jessica Jarrell, 820506.

Västerås

Rais Iqbal, 791229.

Västerås

Supervisor Ole Liljefors

Title Business-to-Business IT Integration

Introduction

As business world has moved into digital era, new trends in business models have been emerged to do business. Digital infrastructure provided by internet enables enterprises to extend their boundaries for new customer and trading partners. Extending the enterprise without a solid IT infrastructure is incomplete, this is the reasons that enterprises are investing more and more in IT to build an IT integrated infrastructure where all its trading partners are linked together. On the other hand, technological world provides solutions and services to build IT integration for such extended enterprises. A wide variety of IT integration solutions and patterns available for enterprise to meet their integration goals, but this often brings unclear situation where companies have to think a lot before implementing IT integration patterns. A slight mistake in this scenario could shake the equilibrium between IT and business, to keep the equilibrium steady companies need to thoroughly examine their short-term and long-term goals and then different integration patterns can be employed to meet these goals.

Research Question

What approaches can be helpful for companies to accomplish successful business-to-business IT integration pattern for their short-term and long-term goals?

Purpose

The purpose of this thesis is to describe the concept of extended enterprises and, identify and describe the existing B2B IT integration approaches employed by extended enterprises.

Method

The research is of qualitative type and secondary data is used to conduct this research. Books and research papers has been used to construct theoretical framework. Electronic databases available at library of Mälardalen University such as Google scholar, Emerald and interlibrary network of Sweden (Libris) are used to search for secondary data.

Analysis Findings from the detailed literature study are analyzed to answer the research question. Integration patterns are analyzed described by the different authors of integrations patterns in three different ways. Firstly, integration patterns were analyzed in term of their advantages and disadvantages with technology and business, secondly, maturity of these integration patterns are analyzed and finally these integration patterns are analyzed for company’s short-term and long-term goals.

Conclusion Business process oriented and method-oriented approaches are good for long-term goals due to handling of business process management in both approaches and reusability aspects of method oriented approach. For short-term goals portal-oriented approach dominating in the integration community, application interface oriented approach is also good to meet the short-term goals. However, combinations of different approaches are found feasible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola , 2008. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
B2B, Business-to-Business IT Integration, Extended Enterprise, Integration Patterns
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4306OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4306DiVA: diva2:126588
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2008-06-12, 13:15 (English)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2008-11-20 Created: 2008-11-20 Last updated: 2010-10-21Bibliographically approved

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