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Standardization and Enterprise Integration



Jim G. Nell


This paper presents an analysis of what it means for an enterprise to be integrated, what enterprises are really trying to achieve by integrating their processes, what is really going on among their processes, and how integration may, or may not, change that. Then the attention turns to standards. The premise of the paper is to create a standardization strategy for integration that matches the way enterprises operate. If that is not done, the effort to produce the standards largely will be wasted. This is because ill-conceived standards will not alter the way enterprises actually operate. Finally, there is a suggestion that, perhaps, enterprise-integration-related standards are in a category different from the usual standards for hardware, software, and protocols. Because they affect the entire enterprise, and even interacting enterprises, they are more in the category of horizontal standards such as quality and environmental standards.

NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6049
Report Number


enterprise integration, horizontal standards, information technology, standards, strategic standardization


Nell, J. (1997), Standardization and Enterprise Integration, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created January 1, 1997, Updated October 16, 2008