What's the point?
Five reasons to avoid point-to-point integration:
- The resulting integration is brittle or fragile. Any change, however small,
to any of the systems being integrated can break the integration.
- It won’t scale. Every system must be individually integrated programmatically
with every other system it integrates with.
- The coding can be complex and laborious, making it slow and costly.
- The programming costs continue because maintaining the system quickly becomes
an ongoing programming nightmare.
- Peer-to-peer integration paralyzes the organization and hinders responsiveness
because making changes is so painful, the organization resists making changes
for as long as possible.
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