Applications and Data play a vital role in corporate survival today. Businesses have invested significantly in upgrading their IT hardware into massively scalable infrastructures. Application Integration Platforms (AIPs) leverage the underlying IT infrastructure, and support enterprise-wide deployments of integrated applications.
While the underlying hardware IT infrastructure has progressed to a true peer-to-peer resource network, AIPs have lagged with earlier generations of centralized hub-and-spoke or Integration bus oriented architectures that do not leverage all the compute and storage power available at the end-points of modern IT networks. Resulting operational inefficiencies between the AIP and IT infrastructures lead to greater deployment complexities and costs. Forrester has estimated that the G3500 companies will spend an average of US$ 6.4-Million each in 2003 on integration projects, and further, that only 35% of the integration projects will be delivered on projected budgets and schedules.
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