Weighting of Integration Qualities in IS Architectures: A Production Case

Daniel Fürstenau, Christian Glaschke

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We suggest a method that conceptualizes a company’s IS architecture—its set of information systems (IS) and integrations—as a weighted and directed graph. Going beyond an undifferentiated treatment of integration qualities, we present a scoring model to assign integration weights to integration links. Thereupon, we introduce weighted centrality measures from network analysis to identify important systems in the architecture with respect to their architectural embeddedness. Drawing on the case of a production company, we demonstrate our approach by concentrating on selected systems and integrations, such as the close and complex integration of an ERP and a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. Focusing on the technical challenges of enterprise transformations, our work contributes to enterprise architects’ toolbox as it enables a more fine-grained understanding of critical systems with high change complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2015 Proceedings
EditorsJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2015
Article number53
ISBN (Electronic)9783000502842
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015
Conference number: 23


ConferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
LocationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


  • IS achitectures
  • Integration
  • Weighed and directed graphs
  • Centrality measures
  • Change complexity

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