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different applications and business processes within and between organizations.When applied as a solution, an EAI solution can consists of both technology and organizational measures.
3 Research Design
In relation to the problem statement, as described in the introduction of this paper, weaim at addressing the gap of knowledge regarding application-integration selectionthat exists in science and at organizations. In this paper we describe a method forselecting application-integration solutions.Based on the above goal, we formulate the following research question:
How should a method be constructed for the selection of enterprise application-integration solutions?
In order to answer the research question above, we constructed a new method forselecting application-integration solutions. To construct the proposed selection-method for EAI solutions, we adapted the method assembly process outlined byWeerd et al. :1.
Analyze the situation and identify method needs;2.
Select candidate methods that meet one or more of the identified needs;3.
Analyze candidate methods and store relevant method fragments in a methodbase;4.
Select useful methods by using route map configuration to obtain situationalmethods;To ensure the effectiveness of our research, we applied the guidelines for designscience research proposed by Hevner et al.  in our research.March & Smith  states that methods, created in design research projects,should be validated on operationality, efficiency, generality and ease of use.Operationality in the context of this research project, can be interpreted as the abilityto perform the intended task or ability of humans to effectively use the method, if it isnot an algorithmic .Furthermore, Brinkkemper et al.  states that the following quality criteria for(situational) methods should be taken into consideration: 1) Completeness, 2)Consistency, 3) Efficiency, 4) Reliability, and 5) Applicability. We have focused ourvalidation efforts on the criteria described by March & Smith  and Brinkkemperet al. .When designing the case study validation, the following design-tests suggested byYin  are taken into account: Construct validity, Internal Validity, ExternalValidity, and Reliability. Besides testing the proposed method in a case study, we alsoused an expert review validation as an additional validation. During the expert review,emphasis has been put on the external validity of the method.The expert panel consists of integration experts from different organizations. Aqualitative expert review is used to assess the validity of the scientific artifact. Inaddition, the experts were also allowed to suggest new ideas and possible improvements.For setting-up and conducting the expert review, the process outline described byBeecham et al.  was used as a guideline.