What is EAI? EAI Definition Explained
What is EAI, you ask? Enterprise application integration refers to the approach, services and/or technologies that integrate software, hardware and otherwise disconnected IT systems in an enterprise.
Most businesses rely on several working parts in order to complete all the tasks and processes required to run day-to-day operations. Enterprise application integration works to take all the moving pieces – from vendors to customers to employees and the processes for each, into a single module.
When Is It Best To Use?
Small enterprise who only need a couple integrations typically are able to use a point-to-point integration, but large companies, those with even four or more connections between operating systems required, are better suited with enterprise application integration. Consistency across databases becomes critical when scalability matters. When the complexity of integration is high, a more stable application integration needs to be in place.
Why Does Application Integration Matter?
Simply put, communication between multiple applications can simplify and automate business processes to improve efficiency. In the past, the time, expense and learning curve were steep to implement data structure changes. Today, with enterprise application integration, those obstacles have been overcome, providing even faster implementation and ROI.
Data integration ensures consistent information across multiple systems, managers have access to real-time information, processes are automated, streamlined and simplified, and information is more easily accessed by the right people at the right time.
Development, implementation and maintenance are faster and easier than ever before.
“If you’re looking for a platform that will help you build support systems for business processes that need to be able to be reshaped and re-prioritized to maximize service delivery – particularly, business processes in which customers/citizens, partners or suppliers play key direct roles – then you should definitely consider BP Logix and Process Director.”
Source: MWD Advisors 2015
What is EAI doing that is impacting the future? Better business process management is key to surviving the fast-paced, technology-driven consumerism of the 21st Century. As large business moves increasingly to cloud based computing, and rapid application development allows for greater segmentation, we expect to see top, forward-thinking companies embrace application integration to increase productivity, lower costs, provide better customer service including better social media interactions and increase their agility.
What is EAI to BP Logix
Process Director BPM platform by BP Logix offers built-in database connectors, becoming an enterprise application integration tool that enables you to connect to and exchange information with your organization’s databases. Any data accessible via SQL can be integrated directly into your forms and workflow. ERP systems such as JDE/JD Edwards, SAP, or Microsoft Dynamics GP, HR applications, CRMs, or any program that stores information in a database can be integrated without scripting or coding. With Process Director, you simply select the database you wish to access, and the application integration goes to work assisting you in selecting the data, tables, and columns you need for security, consistency and growth.