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(Enterprise Application Integration) Hooking up applications within an enterprise. EAI software acts as a hub that translates data and messages between different applications. The need for EAI arose as companies sought to exchange information between separate 'silos' of automation, such as ERP and CRM systems. EAI is regarded as more tightly coupled and inflexible than emerging alternatives based on web services.

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Loosely Coupled articles:

Hard-wired applications and the EAI scam
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Integration that defies EAI convention
In the right conditions, service-oriented approaches deliver integration for far less money and effort than traditional EAI ...

Integration, development and reuse
The demarcation between application development and application integration is disappearing ...

Useful Web resources:

eAI Journal
Magazine dedicated to in-depth coverage of e-business and application integration matters

EAI Industry Consortium
Advocacy group for EAI research and best practices.


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