What’s System Integration?

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System integration involves implementing new systems that interface with existing ones to solve problems. It applies to all disciplines and requires planning, implementation, and optimization. Examples include software, management, and business system integration. Specialists in various disciplines work as system integrators. The process usually begins with a request for proposal from the customer, and proposals include definitions of existing problems and proposed solutions within the client’s budget. The proposed system must have measurable returns, such as saving expenses or generating revenue.

System integration (SI) is the process of implementing new systems that interface with existing systems. It applies to every human discipline, simple or complicated. It requires a lot of planning, implementation and optimization. Software system integration, management system integration, and business system integration are all examples of SI.

The basic goal of SI is to solve problems. Without YES, there will only be solutions that may cause more problems. System integrators are specialists in various disciplines such as finance, technology, engineering and management.
Software system integration (SSI) usually starts with defining existing systems or solutions. If your existing solution uses outdated technology, SSI will propose a new system based on currently available improvements over your existing solution. In general, the funds used in the creation of new systems are justified by financial experts by presenting the savings or increased revenue for the implementation of the proposed solution.

Management system integration (MSI) identifies existing solutions and proposes new solutions that capture opportunities. For example, when wireless technology brought computing power to people in the field, the response time to solve a new action was significantly reduced. New developments in software and communications technology are enabling people to reduce the time it takes to brainstorm and make decisions.

System integration as a business will always have tremendous potential. Any customer with the need to optimize any aspect of their operation can enlist the help of people from the SI business. The SI process usually begins with a request for proposal (RFP) from the customer. For example, if the customer is a company’s security department, the RFP might define existing issues encountered by security personnel.

A solutions company then submits a proposal. The proposal includes definitions of existing problems and proposed solutions. For a request for proposal that emphasizes the need to strengthen nighttime security, for example, the proposal could include closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras for night vision. The cost aspect is taken into consideration by proposing solutions within the client’s budget.

System integration can involve any type of system implementing a solution, and the solution must have measurable returns. When the proposed system can save expenses or help generate revenue, the system is evaluated against other benefits and risks. For example, nuclear energy is exploited mainly due to the very low cost per unit of power, but there is a risk of radioactive contamination, which is harmful to people and the environment.

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