John Schmidt to Discuss Lean Integration
IT executives know only too well that there is no "silver bullet" solution to data integration challenges and complexities. Despite the promise of enterprise data models, 4th generation languages, sophisticated ERP systems, and SOA, none of these technologies has delivered seamless and efficient business solutions. Technology is only part of the solution for what must become an enterprise-wide approach to data, says John Schmidt , author of Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility. In this talk, John will discuss how a comprehensive integration platform, combined with lean and agile methods, has been adopted by leading companies to deliver compelling business results.
As a former SVP of Integration at Best Buy and Wells Fargo, John will discuss how Lean Integration is an approach to information management that is enterprise-focused, cost-efficient, quality-conscious and measurable. You will learn how Lean Integration focuses on three key goals:
Eliminating waste with empowered staff
Increasing value for end-user customers
Aligning business and IT operations
Lean is a hot topic in virtually all industries and functional areas specifically because it is effective at engaging all staff in eliminating waste and improving quality in the customer value chain. Schmidt wrote Lean Integration for one reason; to show how data integration can be an enterprise strategy for competitive advantage rather than a tactical project activity. The book was CIO Magazine's "Staff Pick" in October 2010 for IT Management and Leadership.