If you are like most business leaders, you've probably spent millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours buying and deploying best-of-breed enterprise applications to run various aspects of your business. And you've probably spent nearly as much time developing and maintaining "home grown" applications to perform functions unique to your business. Unfortunately, these systems are inherently incompatible, and almost everything your business does involves more than one of them. The only way to unlock the full value of those systems is to integrate them so they can seamlessly interact with each other. Enterprise application integration (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 your organization. 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 capitalize on perpetual 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.