System integration is one of the most challenging tasks in engineering solution delivery. It involves bringing together all the subsystem components into one overarching system, while ensuring all components are functioning together. It is linking together various related computing systems as well as software applications (functionally or physically) so they can work together as a consolidated system and bring the output desired by clients or customers. A systems integrator therefore is an IT specialist or a group of specialists that builds these types of computing systems by carefully combining software and hardware products from multiple vendors. With their help, you can align less expensive, off-the-shelf software with pre-configured components to meet your business goals, instead of wasting unnecessary budget in more expensive implementations.
The best IT system integrators providers take many different roles and responsibilities during lifecycle projects, each defined below:
• Acceptor – In a system integration team, the acceptor has the most crucial role, as he is the key individual tasked to accept all deliverables. The acceptor serves as the principal interface of the client to the consulting team. He or she must be knowledgeable about the needs of the organization or the business and must have authority to resolve project issues on behalf of the organization. The acceptor and the consulting project manager must work together to define deliverables, assemble a project plan, and confirm assumptions for the project. He or she must also accept and review milestone deliverables.
• Steering committee – The steering committee provides executive level support and direction to keep the priorities of the organization in place on the project. They maintain awareness of the project, review findings and milestones, and make conclusions and recommendations for each phase of the project.
• User representative – User representatives must have a detailed knowledge of the operations of the company so they can easily define requirements and approve/review project deliverables so that the resulting system will meet the standards and the needs of the entire user community.
• Project manager – The consulting project manager ensures that the goals and objectives of the project are achieved within specific deadline, budget, and quality requirements. They also assume the role of a systems planner, analyst, or technical architect.
• Designer – The systems designer carefully defines the different application solutions to meet user requirements in light of the technical architecture created by the technical architect.
• Developer – The role of the developer is to develop, test, and document program modules with the help of a structured programming method, built upon the development standards and procedures of the project. He or she also participates in system conversion, testing, installation, and post-installation/implementation support.
• Facilities engineer – The facilities engineer addresses all the requirements of the system's physical environment.
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