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Journal of Systems Integration

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 97–114 | Cite as

Some thoughts on systems integration: A conceptual framework

  • Wilhelm Rossak
  • Peter A. Ng
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Abstract

This article presents a conceptual framework for systems integration in the area of computing systems. The framework identifies a hierarchical structure of concepts and methods that allows us to discuss the different elements of systems integration. The kernel of this approach is the concept of an integration architecture, specifying the general layout of the integration framework. Such an integration architecture is based on enabling technologies, like networking, and forms the basis for global integration activities. These global integration activities are targeted to preserve a common universe of discourse for the user of the integrated architecture and to agree upon a conceptual model of the application domain. Based on these prerequisites, two models for managing the process of systems integration, the post factor approach and the phased top-down approach, are discussed.

Key Words

systems integration integration architecture global and semantic integration integration management enabling technologies for systems integration 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilhelm Rossak
    • 1
  • Peter A. Ng
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Integrated Systems Research, Department of Computer and Information ScienceNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewark

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