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Information Integration | Enterprise
Data Integration
| BPM & Workflow
|- EAI, MOM and EII
|- ETL
|- SOA

Enterprise Application Integration (EAI),
Message Orientated Middleware (MOM) and
Enterprise Information Integration (EII)

Most organisations have spent millions of dollars buying and deploying best-of-breed enterprise applications to run various aspects of their business. Additionally organisations probably have "home grown legacy" applications to perform functions unique to their business. Unfortunately, all these systems are potentially incompatible, and almost everything a business does involves more than one of these systems. The only way to unlock the full value of those systems is to integrate them so they can seamlessly interact with each other. Fortunately today there are three mature and well regarded technologies that can perform this function each with a different emphasis on the outcome we will discuss two of these technologies in this document, EAI and EII.

EAI software provides a common framework for integrating incompatible and distributed systems making it faster and easier to tie together applications and Web Services so you can integrate them into business processes that span across your organisation. Typically EAI reduces the complexity of your IT infrastructure and dramatically improves its reliability, flexibility and scalability, giving you the ability to focus on improving how your business runs instead of worrying about whether or not your infrastructure will be scalable or flexible enough to support new initiatives or capitalise on constant shifts in the market.

EAI software lets your applications, databases and mainframes communicate and interact with each other by automatically routing and transforming information so it gets where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, and in the proper format. EAI software lets you integrate your business using the best available approach for your specific situation, whether that is an industry-standard technology such as Java, XML, or Web Services, or Messaging software.

EII is a framework for real-time integration of disparate data types from multiple sources across and beyond the boundaries of an enterprise, providing a universal data access layer, using publish/subscribe technology or on-demand capabilities. The final destination for EII is a person, via a dashboard or a report. If your needs are for real time data integration, then EII is the best choice. EII creates virtual data integration between various sources of data that may be represented through a UDM layer.

EII is very useful when you need to create a common, single access point represented through one access technology type or language to disparate data sources. EII tools typically provide more flexible, occasional access to data for users or applications without requiring a permanent or long-term purpose. EII tools are able to access XML, LDAP, flat files and other non-relational data in addition to traditional relational database files and they can publish data as XML, HTML or Web services data. EII is particularly focused on real-time data detail.

To maximise the use of EII an organisation needs to have a thorough understanding of the data requirements for both strategic and tactical decision making. An organisation needs to recognise that bringing these tools into their overall architecture requires a commitment from both business and IT to develop a data and application management strategy that creates a reliable, ongoing provision of real-time data.



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