That is the title of both the white paper that I'm working on and a presentation that I'll be giving at the SOA-Consortium Meeting in September. Here is the abstract:
What if you could integrate major mergers in weeks, rather than years? What if you could accurately forecast integration value, cost and timelines? Any organization armed with this set of core competencies would have a sizable competitive advantage in the marketplace. These questions are not meant to spur debate, nor are they academic. Processes and tools have progressed far enough over the past decade where building a capability portfolio focused on integration is no longer a state of the art. Assessing and improving the effectiveness of this capability portfolio is crucial to organizations who use M&A as part of their growth strategy and investment professionals who underwrite and finance these deals. This presentation will outline how capabilities enabled by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), and Master Data Management (MDM) can be assembled into an Integration Capability Portfolio that can be leveraged at any time, and with great velocity.
When I started writing this a few weeks ago, I completely underestimated the amount of thought integration required in order to cohesively tie the entire argument together. So, over the next month I'll be vetting some of the more controversial points here on the blog.