Enterprises have multiple applications, scattered data assets spread across different business units, each serving a different purpose. In most cases, applications continue to be vital to the operation of a department, and pivotal to the business as a whole. However, these applications were most often designed and built with a specific need in mind, and not to fit into a broad enterprise IT architecture. In many cases, no such broad architecture exists. This drawback however means that these applications have limited interoperability and inter-application communications capabilities, making it difficult to leverage them to add new business value. To achieve the capabilities such as offering new revenue opportunities, streamlining inefficient or noncompetitive procedures, or reducing costs by exploiting modern technology, you need your applications to work together.
Enterprise-wide Integration solutions have the answer to the problem. They offer a common interface for independently running applications and enable existing applications not only to interoperate, but also define business logic and process rules to organize applications.
However the primary goal of integration must be to make your organization more profitable, competitive and efficient.