How One Midsize Company Handled Integration, Post-Buyout

Loraine Lawson

Sometimes, it's good thing that search is so dumb.


For instance, I have a Google alert set up for enterprise integration. As you can imagine, there's a range of unusual articles that fall into this category. Often, they have nothing whatsoever to do with IT integration.


But every now and then, I'll get a few wild card results that I think are worthwhile for business and IT leaders, even if they're only tangentially related to what's normally covered in this blog.


One great example is this integration case study from a midsized New Zealand company and the other a unique opinion piece on trying to integrate corporate sales and marketing campaigns.


Let's look at the more typical company integration story, published today on Reseller News. Like many integration stories these days, it starts with a buyout -- in this case, a managed buyout from Computer Brokers, now Lexel Systems. Essentially, Enterprise IT, a niche provider of Oracle DBA services, separated from Lexel, a computer consultancy. For its part, Lexel took Enterprise IT's project-management team with it.


That left Enterprise IT in a bit of a pickle. In addition to physically relocating, Enterprise IT had to start over with its systems, including new CRM, financials and payroll systems, all while managing the old, manual system it had used under Computer Brokers. Oddly, its HR and office manager handled the project management for the integration project, which I suppose is what happens when you spin off and your parent company keeps the project-management team.


It's interesting to see what went into identifying the new systems and integrating it with the old system, especially since Enterprise IT couldn't afford and didn't need the the enterprise solutions larger companies typically turn to. After much research, it opted for smaller, local Web-based solutions for payroll, time sheets and accounting. Small and midsize companies facing similar challenges should draw hope and a few lessons from the experience.

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Mar 11, 2009 7:07 PM Dan Dan  says:

Very interesting case study Loraine - I assume going local in New Zealand made it possible to get the vendors to develop the specific integrations to each other.  I can't imagine this would be possible with a majority of vendors, and it doesn't seem to be the most flexible of options if they ever need to switch any of those applications out.   This is where I get my plug in - a more flexible and low cost option would have been Jitterbit's open source application integration solution   Still, every integration project has its own requirements and this definitely a cool look at how one vendor went about solving a very common challenge.  Thanks!


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