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Enterprise Application Integration - Where Is It Now (And What Is It Now)? Part 1: What Is It Now?
Since January 2000 when TEC last addressed the trends in Enterprise Application, there have been massive changes in the overall direction of Application

what is olap  Is It Now (And What Is It Now)? Part 1: What Is It Now? Enterprise Application Integration - Where Is It Now (And What Is It Now)? Part 1: What Is It Now? M. Reed - September 3, 2001 Summary Since January 2000 when TEC last addressed the trends in Enterprise Application, there have been massive changes in the overall direction of Application Integration in general and EAI in particular. A great many of the players have changed in the vendor arena, new terminology ( buzz-phrases like IAI, or Inter-Enterp

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