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Web Services: A Manager's Guide by Anne Thomas Manes

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Chapter 1. The Application Integration Crisis

If you look at any survey of CIOs taken during the past 10 years, you'll notice that application integration is always one of the most critical issues facing information technology (IT) managers. Application integration is any mechanism that allows different software systems to share, route, or aggregate information. Web services help you integrate your applications.[1]

Your application systems implement and automate your company's business processes. The more effectively these systems work, the more smoothly your business operates. You have many different application systems, each performing a different part of the process. Consider a typical array of business systems. One system manages materials ...

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