Chapter 4. SOA and Web Services for Integration

This chapter discusses using SOA and Web services for integration. It begins by presenting an overview of integration, including business drivers, common business and technical goals, and recurring technical challenges. Next, it discusses why XML and Web services are ideal technologies for solving integration problems. It then presents Web services integration (WSI) and service-oriented integration (SOI), which represent two alternative views about how to use Web services technology for integration.

Organizations can choose between WSI and SOI, depending on business and technical requirements and goals and the level of formality that they wish to incorporate into the integration process. In reality, ...

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