One of the biggest ironies of typical corporate systems is in the fact that
they contain an abundant amount of useful business knowledge that often goes to
waste simply because no one knows it exists. The basic reason is that extracting
value from disparate back-end legacy systems, far-flung databases, and odd
applications remains difficult.
Creating methods for harnessing corporate information is critical for
organizations that need this knowledge as fuel for productivity growth and
innovation. System integration brings measurable returns on investment in the
form of increased corporate responsiveness, reduction of information redundancy,
decreased duplication of efforts, and lower operational costs.