According to a report by Aberdeen Group, a market analysis and positioning services firm, the Enterprise Information Integration (EEI) market is on the brink of strong growth and implementation by a variety of Fortune 1000 companies, as major suppliers such as IBM enter the market. This growth has been characterized as a direct result of measurable benefits from EII not achievable by previous solutions.
EII infrastructure aggregates data and coordinates transactions across back-end data sources. At its most powerful, EII allows all back-end information to be seen as if it came from one comprehensive, global database. According to Aberdeen, the rapid growth in the EII market will be paralleled by an increased role for EII in such areas as Business Process Integration and Legacy Modernization. In fact, EII is an increasingly key factor in markets totaling $6.4 billion (EAI, legacy modernization, and content management). And, Aberdeen reports, EII will be the keystone of a new IT capability called Strategic Information Management, which is expected to allow users to leverage proprietary information for competitive advantage better than ever before.
The report also notes that the increasing market success of EII will force major suppliers such as Sun and Oracle to upgrade their EII offerings or see business go to IBM and BEA by default. The advent of major suppliers in the EII market is also expected to improve services and lead to "EII-based services" such as "information audits." The report, Enterprise Information Integration - The New Way to Leverage E-information (Second Edition), is available online at no charge.