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BEA WebLogic Simplifies and Reduces the Cost of Data and Application

BEA WebLogic Simplifies and Reduces the Cost of Data and Application

¬ít¸(July 2, 2003) - Businesses are looking for real-time information visibility into their business operations in order to stay competitive. Achieving this level of insight is difficult because data is scattered across business operations - in different data formats, different applications, and on different platforms. In the past businesses relied solely on enterprise application integration software to connect these disparate systems, but now standards-based technologies like Web services and XML have created a new sub-segment of software, called enterprise information integration, designed for real-time information access across distributed data sources.

Enterprise information integration (EII) may appear similar to enterprise application integration (EAI) at first glance, however, these technologies can solve different problems. EAI software is used to integrate enterprise applications and streamline business processes, while EII software gathers data from those applications to aggregate it into common views for better information visibility.

Products like BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic are designed to query and aggregate disparate data, and turn enterprise data into complete, consistent views of information. Although you could do this with EAI software, EII software significantly reduces the development and management costs.

While the simplicity of EII can result in significant productivity gains in aggregating information for integration projects, EAI and EII are not mutually exclusive. Both technologies are required to reduce integration project costs and complexities. EII is used as the efficient data aggregator on behalf of business processes, portals and Web applications, and EAI is used to integrate enterprise applications. BEA provides the best of both - BEA Liquid Data for data integration and BEA WebLogic Integration - for application integration, business process management, and trading partner collaboration.

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