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Systems Integration

System integration (SI) can be best described as adding value to system capabilities that are possible because of interactions between subsystems. In today’s connected world, the role of system integration engineers is becoming more and more important: more and more systems are designed to connect, both within the system under construction and to systems that are already deployed.

We provide system integration services that unify discrete systems utilizing a variety of techniques such as computer networking, enterprise application integration, business process management or manual programming. 5 Star Consulting Group SI services include software, systems and enterprise architecture, software and hardware engineering, interface protocols to tackle complex IT asset and Enterprise business system technology integration challenges. Our core SI services include:

Vertical Integration - integrating subsystems according to their functionality by creating functional entities also referred to as silos. The benefit of this method is that the integration is performed quickly and involves only the necessary vendors; therefore, this method is cheaper in the short term.

Star Integration - Each system is interconnected to each of the remaining subsystems. When observed from the perspective of the subsystem which is being integrated. Time and costs needed to integrate the systems increase exponentially when adding additional subsystems. From this feature perspective, this method often seems preferable, due to the extreme flexibility of the reuse of functionality.

Horizontal Integration or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) - is an integration method in which a specialized subsystem is dedicated to communication between other subsystems. This allows cutting the number of connections (interfaces) to only one per subsystem which will connect directly to the ESB. This allows cutting the costs of integration and provides extreme flexibility. With systems integrated using this method, it is possible to completely replace one subsystem with another subsystem which provides similar functionality but exports different interfaces, all this completely transparent for the rest of the subsystems.

Common data formatting - An integration method to avoid every adapter having to convert data to/from every other applications' formats, Enterprise application integration (EAI) systems usually stipulate an application-independent (or common) data format. Our EAI system usually provides a data transformation service as well to help convert between application-specific and common formats. This is done in two steps: the adapter converts information from the application's format to the bus's common format. Then, semantic transformations are applied on this (e.g converting zip codes to city names, splitting/merging objects from one application into objects in the other applications, and so on).

The benefits of 5 Star Consulting Group system integration services allow organizations to utilize a holistic view of integrating new systems, technologies application etc. within the enterprise. Our integration methodologies can be tailored to each customer to mitigate risks that are often associated with many systems integration projects. We assist organization in achieving technology/system integration goals in a timely cost-effective manner.

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