In Chapter 3, we have studied the need for integrating enterprise applications in order to achieve business process automation. The need to integrate, however, is not limited to the systems within a single company. The same advantages that can be derived from automating a company’s business processes can be obtained from automating business processes encompassing several companies. Hence, it should not come as a surprise that there is as much interest in inter-enterprise application integration as there is in intra-enterprise application integration. This chapter serves as a transition between the chapters that precede, which focus on intra-enterprise application integration and on middleware services, and the chapters that follow, which describe Web services for inter-enterprise application integration. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the basic Web technologies that are used to implement the “Web” portion of Web services.
KeywordsTransmission Control Protocol Application Server Uniform Resource Locator Application Integration File Transfer Protocol
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