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Chapter 6. The EAI Process—Methodology or Madness?

Chapter 6. The EAI Process—Methodology or Madness?

I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them.

—Isaac Asimov

This chapter builds on a working knowledge of method-level, data-level, application interface-level, and user interface-level EAI to suggest a high-level process, or methodology, that can be applied to most enterprise application integration projects. Naturally, we cannot present all possible answers here. Our goal is to provide a workable checklist of the issues that need to be considered within the context of any given EAI project. That said, we must add that every problem domain is unique and that the methodology approaches will vary greatly from project to project. For example, EAI projects that work exclusively at the data level must consider data-level activities such as data cataloging and enterprise metadata modeling, while projects working at the object model level will require composite applications. Still others may use both types of EAI, and therefore, the associated activities needed to get them there. Ultimately, the successful approach is the one that matches the processes or steps in a particular problem domain. The best way to achieve that success is to understand all the details of a problem domain, leaving no proverbial stone unturned.


  

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