under system integrator one understands either an activity profile of a software enterprise or the career profile of a system engineer.
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to system integrator (enterprise)
system integrators are enterprises of the IT-industry, the software - and hardware - products of other manufacturers driving out, adapt, extend and into the IT-landscape of its customers to integrate. To the customers belong among other things middle and larger enterprises, banks, insurance and the public administration (authorities, federations and. such).
role, selling ways
system integrators take over an intermediary function between software and hardware manufacturers on the one hand and the commercial or public final customers on the other hand and play thereby a key role with the marketing strategy of the most software and hardware manufacturers. Often they refer their products not even directly thereby from the manufacturers, but from wholesale dealers (Distributoren). The selling way over system integrators and if necessary. also still over Distributoren “indirect selling” is called, contrary to the rather rare direct sales at final customers. Some large manufacturers (e.g. IBM or Oracle) take over however also even the role of the system integrator, in which they create for this independently acting ranges or subsidiary companies, which are often also authorized then, in order to offer a certain measure of neutrality, to sell products from competitors to.
The system integrators are usually very selling-annoyingly developed: they take part regularly in advertisements and maintain an personnel-intensive interior and field service - selling. The portion of the costs of distribution amounts to in the line average for instance a third of the total costs of the enterprises. Accordingly rabattiert they buy the products, and accordingly hochpreisig the daily rates for own services are set.
profiles of system integrators
most system integrators are medium-size enterprises with a pronounced regional (e.g. in Switzerland Swisscom IT services) and industry purchase. Larger enterprises (e.g. Accenture, EDS or CSC) however act more or less global and offer frequently also to outsourcing - and Consulting - achievements. The combination of consulting and service saves thereby the risk of competition-restrictive interest conflicts and therefore in the public with distrust is seen partial however always.
During some system integrators specialized in individual conceptions, form themselves many as solution offerers with own industry solutions or as partners of standard software - manufacturers like e.g. SAP.
Customers expect a large Herstellerunanbhängkeit, which is given only rarely however in practice from system integrators, similarly as from consulting firms. Many are bound for their products by close and partly even exclusive contracts at certain software or hardware manufacturers and use and drive out almost exclusively.
system integrator (system engineer)
The operational area is often with IT grown historically - to structures.
it does not give classical training as the system integrator. This university graduates with technical study are frequent:
- technical or scientifically oriented study at a professional school or a University of
- computer science study at a professional school or a University of
- training as the specialized computer scientist
field of activity
the field of activity is to be seized very far, since there are more complex IT-systems within very many ranges. The emphasis lies however in the engineer range.
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