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developerWorks Series WebSphere Business Integration Primer: Process Server, BPEL, SCA and SOA by Michele Chilanti, Vinod Jessani, Ashok Iyengar

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Chapter 12. WebSphere Adapters

Business integration involves integrating other external, third-party, or legacy applications. After all, this is the promise of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Enterprise application integration (EAI) was supposed to achieve this goal, and to some extent it did through creating and using proprietary resource adapter interfaces. However, it required a resource adapter to be developed for each EAI vendor and Enterprise Information System (EIS) combination. Therein lay the need for a common connector architecture, and hence the emergence of JCA[1] or J2EE Connector Architecture. The JCA standard provides a mechanism to store and retrieve enterprise data in J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition). JCA is to ...

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