Planning Your Integration’s End State
In this chapter, you will learn the following:
Every integration needs to have an end. Planning for your end state is just as important as planning the integration itself. One of the most important activities you can do early to make the end state a fairly simple activity is to clearly scope out at the beginning of the integration what your end state is.
Pre-planning is the ideal time to decide on a recommended time frame for the bulk of integration activities. The recommended time frame for most integration activities is 90 to 120 days.
Of course, some work streams will get done early, and some (like IT systems integrations) may take as long as 12 to 24 months before they are technically finished.
For the purposes of integration planning, the end state can be defined as follows:
HOW TO KNOW WHEN AN INTEGRATION IS FINISHED
End state is an extremely difficult concept to grasp for most integration managers, since work streams ...