business integration definition

Contributor(s): Christina Torode

Business integration is a strategy whose goal is to synchronize information technology (IT) and business cultures and objectives and align technology with business strategy and goals. Business integration is a reflection of how IT is being absorbed as a function of business.

Business integration has many implications for the role of the corporate CIO, one of which is that the CIO will be taking on additional responsibilities such as business process management. In the past, the CIO was mainly responsible for IT processes. As technology increasingly becomes an embedded business function, many experts predict that information technology will fall under the domain of business leaders instead of technology experts. 

See also: business and IT alignment

This was first published in June 2012

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