Lean Integration – An Ideal Textbook for IT Professionals

Lean Integration[1] has been available for almost two months and is turning out to be an ideal IT textbook. The book it is being adopted at an amazing pace and has sold over 2,000 copies in the first two months. It is on track to surpass sales of the first ICC[2] book in 1/10th the time.  You can learn more at www.integrationfactory.com and order a copy at any of the on-line booksellers.

David and I have been receiving feedback from professionals in different industries that all feel the book has been written about their organization which means that it is addressing the core issues. An integrated health care provider says the book nailed their challenges.  An executive at an insurance company said the book described his vision perfectly. A director in the bio-tech research division of an agricultural products company was skeptical that an ICC would work in their culture until he read Lean Integration. And the list goes on.

To see what others are saying about the book, check out 7 Steps Lean IT by Joe McKendrick at Information Management Online or Lean Principles Can Make IT Better at Integration by Loraine Lawson at ITBusinessEdge, or a review by John Morris at http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conBlogPost.1678. For a brief slide show about Lean IT check out Baseline Magazine at http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/IT-Management/How-IT-Runs-Lean-419352/.

We had three main audiences in mind when we wrote the book and therefore divided the book into three parts.  Part 1 (the first three chapters) is in an executive summary targeted at anyone that wants a broad overview of the concepts and rationale.

Part 2 introduces the seven Lean principles that optimize the Integration Factory and shows how they can be applied to the challenges of system, data, and application integration in a sustainable fashion. This section of the book is targeted at business and IT leaders who are implementing, or considering implementing, a Lean Integration program. Each chapter in this part focuses on one of the seven core principles.

Part 3 is for those who have direct responsibility for implementing an integration strategy or are members of an integration team and are interested in improving their skills. It provides detailed best practices, grouped into seven competency areas. These competencies are ongoing capabilities that an organization needs in order to provide a sustainable approach to integration.

Based on the feedback we have received to-date, the rapid adoption, and the structure of the book which targets a wide audience, it appears that Lean Integration, whether in paper or eBook format, is an ideal textbook for IT Professionals.  You can learn more at www.integrationfactory.com and order your book at any of the on-line booksellers.

[1] John G. Schmidt and David Lyle, Lean Integration, An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility, Addison-Wesley, May 2010

[2] John Schmidt and David Lyle, Integration Competency Center, An Implementation Methodology, Informatica, 2005

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