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Enterprise Application Integration With XML and Java™ by Bill la Forge, JP Morgenthal

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is rapidly emerging as one of the leading initiatives for the computing industry in the early half of the new century. With the Y2K scare behind us, 2000 looks to be a year of rebirth for new computing initiatives with a strong focus on the use of technology for establishing tighter relationships with an organization's consumers and suppliers.

These relationships will be forged in many ways; for example, providing customized information for customers tailored to their specific interests and buying patterns, or including supply-chain in the automation of the overall procurement cycle. To accomplish these missions, developers are going to need a broad experience with many tools, ...

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