For whom is the offer intended and why?
Integration assessment is a valuable tool that a company can use to investigate the status of integration from various perspectives: architecture, working method, organization, testing, documentation and management.
The purpose of doing an integration assessment is to obtain an accurate idea of the current situation and to highlight the areas that have potential to improve, thus achieving quicker, less expensive and more predictable deliveries of stable solutions. This will eventually lead to a maintenance situation with lower costs and fewer incidents.
The integration assessment service is primarily aimed at people who work with IT issues and who are responsible for integration – most likely from a central perspective. This might pertain to department managers or architects who are interested in the organization working in a more rational manner in terms of integration.
Approach when doing an integration assessment
When looking at integration solutions, the first step involves performing a situation analysis that subsequently results in a number of improvement proposals. An improvement plan can then be produced. The assessment is conducted by interviewing individuals in the organization with the relevant roles and who work with integration and by reviewing relevant documentation.
The assessment generally focuses on answering questions in the following areas:
- Cost, time and quality
- What are the key figures for the costs associated with integration development and operations from various perspectives?
- What are the accessibility and incident statistics?
- What mechanisms are available to govern the architecture and how are they used?
- How are recycling and quality promoted? How does the process support architecture work?
- Working method and organization
- Is there a common working method? Is there adherence to defined processes? Do some steps in the process work better or worse than others?
- How is knowledge sharing between architects, developers and operations personnel ensured?
- Is there a homogeneous way to test solutions? Are there any automated tests?
- Who performs the tests? Are tools used to perform and administer tests?
- How are solutions documented? What is maintenance and version management of documentation like?
- How are code, components and solutions maintained and their versions managed?
- How are dependencies between integrations, systems, services and applications checked?
Let us help you find your potential for improvement
As a result of our solid experience from years of implementing integration and migration projects in several different industries, Ferrologic can help ensure you move forward with your endeavor in a structured manner.
We have successfully helped a number of organizations perform integration assessments, as well as highlight areas that work well and areas that have the potential to improve.