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Enterprise Application Integration by David S. Linthicum

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Chapter 1. Defining EAI

 

They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction.

 
 --Janet Reno, Attorney General, February 2, 1998

As corporate dependence on technology has grown more complex and far reaching, the need for a method of integrating disparate applications into a unified set of business processes has emerged as a priority. After creating islands of automation through generations of technology, users and business managers are demanding that seamless bridges be built to join them. In effect, they are demanding that ways be found to bind these applications into a single, unified enterprise application. The development of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), which allows many of the stovepipe applications that exist ...

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