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

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8.1. Introduction

For many people, EAI implies inter- and intra-departmental integration initiatives. This belief understates the power of the solutions being designed to solve EAI requirements. A well-designed EAI solution serves extra-organizational concerns as well as inter- and intra-departmental concerns. That is, the manner in which one would integrate applications between organizations could use the same methodologies used to integrate applications across departments.

This distinction is important because inter- and intra-departmental integration and extra-organizational integration operate over different mediums. Inter- and intra-departmental integration can be handled using the enterprise's Local Area Network (LAN) and/or Wide Area Network ...

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