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Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Architecture and Management by Gangadhar Konduri, Stephen Lee, Reza Shafii

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Enterprise Applications and Middleware

Simply put, an enterprise application is a data-processing tool on which an enterprise (business) relies to deliver any part of its core capabilities. Using this definition, one could argue that enterprise applications have existed since the dawn of computing, maybe going back to when merchants started using an abacus to perform the basic accounting required for running their business. Of course, in today’s world the term applies specifically to a set of related software services used by an enterprise to conduct its business. Modern-day enterprise applications therefore have their root in the 1960s when companies and government organizations started to establish Information Technology (IT) departments to ...

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