Information Systems Architectures and Systems Integration: An Empirical Study of French Small to Medium Enterprises

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Provided by: Georgia State University
Topic: SMBs
Format: PDF
SMEs are a primary driver of economic growth and in the European Union. Yet relatively little is known about how these organizations use information system resources to achieve interoperability and integration. This paper, based on a cross-sectional empirical study of IS architectural integration within 143 Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in France, report's findings on how SME organize and architect to achieve IS integration and/or interoperability. This research provides an empirically derived taxonomy of enterprise architectural variants of the types often described in the literature for large firms. This paper finds indications that for SMEs the immediate goal of interoperability prevailed over fuller and more formal system integration.
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