CEC Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

John A. Scigliano

Committee Member

Laurie Dringus

Committee Member

Jacques Levin

Abstract

The goals for this study were twofold. The first goal was to identify planning variables for linking both organizational and architectural objectives for developing enterprise integration architecture. The second goal was to validate enterprise integration modeling methodology as a viable planning tool for the design, development, and maintenance of the enterprise integration architecture.

This lack of linkage at the intellectual dimension level can be characterized as having a dysfunctional effect on enterprise integration strategy formulation and infrastructure development. There is a disjoint between adoptions of appropriate information technology in relation to organizational objectives. This includes misapplication of investments in information technology selection and business systems development portfolio, failed information systems projects, architectures that do not support the strategic direction, and the organization's inability to manage change associated with environmental imperatives that impact the firm's ability to define information technology and systems requirements for competitive positioning.

In order to achieve the objectives the author in this research, developed a conceptual Enterprise Integration Architecture Planning Model and Methodology (EIAPMIM) model as the basis for linking enterprise integration architecture objectives and organizational objectives. Research data confirmed the need to effect linkages between organizational objectives and architectural objectives to achieve enterprise integration and validated enterprise integration modeling as the means by which enterprise integration architecture is developed.

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