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Enterprise Application Integration by David S. Linthicum

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Chapter 19. Process Automation and EAI

 

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.

 
 --Rick Kulawiec

We have clearly defined EAI as the science of integrating many applications and data stores so that they provide value to one another. Process automation (sometimes referred to as "workflow") is the science of managing the movement of data and the invocation of processes in the correct and proper order. Process automation provides another layer of easily defined and centrally managed processes (or workflows) that exist on top of an existing set of processes and data contained within a set of enterprise applications.

The goal of our discussion is to define a mechanism to tie together any relevant existing enterprise processes ...

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