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Enterprise Application Integration Paperback – November 22, 1999

ISBN-13: 078-5342615838 ISBN-10: 0201615835 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201615835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201615838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Getting very different computer systems from multiple vendors--whether on desktops, servers, or mainframes--to share data and processing power is one goal of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). David Linthicum's Enterprise Application Integration tours the technologies needed to master EAI. For any IS manager or system architect who needs to see what EAI offers, this title will definitely fit the bill.

The text offers a wide-ranging perspective on the challenges facing EAI, as well as the strategies and technologies that can help it succeed. The author makes a compelling case for getting various "stovepipe" systems (like inventory and financial applications) to share information and processing power. (While data warehousing combines databases, EAI goes further and integrates everything--data, methods, and objects.) This text details strategies for effective EAI using a variety of middleware products (like message servers, CORBA, and COM).

A standout here is the attention to mainframe topics like "packaged" applications (especially SAP R/3) that don't lend themselves to integration easily, as well as "data scraping" (which lets legacy terminal applications communicate with newer systems). There is coverage here of tools and solutions from all major vendors, including IBM, SAP, Sun, and Microsoft. Later in the book, Linthicum argues for the strengths of Java for EAI, whether for remote processing or enterprise components like EJBs. He also looks at XML for data exchange in business-to-business e-commerce.

Few authors demonstrate such a wide knowledge of tools and technologies from so many vendors. This is precisely the perspective that EAI practitioners will undoubtedly need. Enterprise Application Integration delivers a thorough roadmap to the future of this emerging area of computing. It's a great place to start for any IS manager or software engineer seeking to understand the advantages of EAI for streamlining systems in an ever more connected world. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) overview, types of legacy systems, EAI and e-business, data-level EAI, application interface-level EAI, method warehousing and method-level EAI, user interface-level EAI, data scraping, guide to the EAI process, middleware models, transactional middleware, XA and X/Open basics, RPCs, messaging (Microsoft MSMQ and IBM MQSeries), distributed objects, CORBA and COM, database APIs for middleware (ODBC and JDBC), Java middleware, integrating SAP R/3 and PeopleSoft packaged applications, supply chain integration and business-to-business e-commerce, XML basics, message brokers, process automation, and the future of EAI.

From the Back Cover

Organizations that are able to integrate their applications and data sources have a distinct competitive advantage: strategic utilization of company data and technology for greater efficiency and profit. But IT managers attempting integration face daunting challenges--disparate legacy systems; a hodgepodge of hardware, operating systems, and networking technology; proprietary packaged applications; and more.

Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) offers a solution to this increasingly urgent business need. It encompasses technologies that enable business processes and data to speak to one another across applications, integrating many individual systems into a seamless whole.

Enterprise Application Integration provides a comprehensive examination of EAI. You will find an overview of EAI goals and approaches, a review of the technologies that support it, and a roadmap to implementing an EAI solution. You will also find an in-depth explanation of the four major types of EAI: data-level, application interface-level, method-level, and user interface-level. The book describes in detail the middleware models and technologies that support these different approaches, including:
  • Application servers, including the use of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) and ActiveX
  • Message-oriented middleware (MOM) and remote procedure calls (RPCs)
  • Distributed objects, looking at CORBA and COM
  • Database-oriented middleware and standards, including ODBC, JDBC, and OLE DB
  • Java middleware standards
  • Message brokers
  • New process automation and workflow technology
This practical guide to implementing an EAI solution leads you through all the major steps, including identifying sources of data, building the enterprise metadata model, process integration, identifying application interfaces, mapping information movement, selecting and applying the technologies, testing, and maintenance. Other key topics include integrating packaged applications such as SAP R/3 and PeopleSoft, integrating the supply chain using EAI, the role of XML, and process automation. Comprehensive, practical, and clearly written, this essential resource will help anyone involved in this important business area understand the nature of EAI, its tools and techniques, and how to apply it for a significant business advantage.

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David S. Linthicum (Dave) is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader, and the author and coauthor of 13 books on computing, including the best selling Enterprise Application Integration (Addison Wesley). Dave keynotes at many leading technology conferences on cloud computing, SOA, Web 2.0, and enterprise architecture, and has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows as a computing expert. He is a blogger for InfoWorld, Intelligent Enterprise, and eBizq.net, covering SOA and enterprise computing topics. Dave also has columns in Government Computer News, Cloud Computing Journal, SOA Journal, Align Journal, and is the editor of Virtualization Journal.

In his career, Dave has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing including Enterprise Application Integration, B2B Application Integration, and SOA, approaches and technologies in wide use today. For the last 10 years, Dave has focused on the technology and strategies around cloud computing, and how to make cloud computing work for the modern enterprise. This includes work with several cloud computing startups.

Dave's industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 100 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years, and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities including the University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am in the unenviable position of building EAI Business and Tactical Plans for a company that doesn't really understand why they need an EAI middleware infrastructure. This book was a fantastic resource for putting together a non-technical "30,000 foot view" of the needs, options and pitfalls of EAI middleware for presentation to upper management. As someone else pointed out, this book will not provide detailed implementation techniques or examples for any particular product or technology approach. What this book does deliver is a high-level understanding of how each of the predominant technologies fit into the various types of middleware, as well as what the pros and cons you can expect.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Bridgeland on August 20, 2000
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This book aims at a good target: explaining EAI to managers. To accomplish this task, the author needed full descriptions of the concepts and meaty examples to illustrate them. This book has neither.
For example, the author states several times that SAP needs a richer collection of APIs in order to connect to other application. Nowhere does he describe what is missing: what functionality is hard to access in SAP that should be easy?
Save your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
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I purchased this book to get a good EAI education and this book was spot on. The author does a good job in breaking EAI down to its component parts, and provides just enough technical detail to be helpful but not confusing. The graphics are very helpful. If you want to understand what EAI is, this is the book for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Jones on March 7, 2001
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A disappointing book that addresses the "what with" but not the when, where and how of EAI. Early chapters are weak. The later ones usefully overview the possible integration levels (database, method level, user interface, etc.), what the tools and aproaches do, and their relative strengths and weaknesses. Very few examples are used and there are no case studies. There are no guidelines or framework of how to plan and select the best EAI approach. Occasionally obscure terms and concepts are used without explanation and the content is never related to a real project situation. The addition of guidelines, EAI selection criteria, real case studies and of short, pithy product reviews would help considerably.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2001
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I read the book a year ago when it happened to be the only such book out there. My comment, simply put: it doesn't worth your time. if you don't know what EAI is about, you will still be so after reading it; if you already know a little bit, you won't know more.
My recommendation: read the book "IT Architecture and Middleware" from Chris Britton instead, which is the only non-nonsense book under this subject I have encounted so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Hansen on April 7, 2001
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I found the material on this book to be very outdated and the coverage of the topic is very shallow. I come from a technical background and found this book to be of little value in trying to address the difficulties of application integration. Look for a different book if you want to find out about enterprise application integration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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I'm new to all of this, but I found that this book is the best way to begin the journey towards EAI. What I enjoyed most about this book is author's ability to put complex concepts into perceptive, and the figures are easy to follow. I found Chapter 6 very useful in defining a "step-to-step" approach to EAI, and found the chapter on message brokers to be extremely informative. Overall this is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
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I had to get an EAI study done in just 2 week, nowhere to turn, and this book came up on Amazon. EAI is a complex topic; I still don't understand all of it. However, this book guides you through this technology, step-by-step, providing you with just enough information to be substantive but not confusing. I like the way the author approaches this topic, I also like the way he provides a step-by-step approach to EAI projects. I followed all of the steps. Anyway, I completed my EAI study with time to spare.
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