Appendix B. Integration Laws1

1. John G. Schmidt and David Lyle, Integration Competency Center: An Implementation Methodology (Informatica Corporation, 2005), pp. 12–14.

Integration “laws” are ways of thinking about the fundamental drivers of integration. The laws reflect the reality of dealing with “systems-of-systems” (or complex systems) that are characteristic of enterprise integration. They represent the reality of “what is” rather than “what could be” and, just like the laws of physics, describe many characteristics of the real world.

An effective integration approach must not conflict with the integration laws. Although challenging them won’t land you in jail, ignoring them will likely add to the list of failed integration projects. As ...

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