EAI

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EAI

EAI

(Enterprise Application Integration) The various techniques used to make information systems work together in the large enterprise. For example, when companies acquire other companies, disparate systems have to be integrated. Within a company, newly developed systems must work with legacy systems, and separate systems developed independently in the past must often be tied together to provide required information and services. When information systems are integrated, business intelligence can be gleaned across the entire enterprise.

EAI software may function as a central distribution hub, providing data and command conversions where necessary between applications. It is also a major component of a business process management suite (see BPM). See middleware and application integration.

EAI, EII and ETL
EAI often entails conversion from one format to another and differs from EII (enterprise information integration), which aggregates current information from disparate sources. EAI also differs from ETL (extract, transform, load), which migrates data from one database into another. See EII and ETL.
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Commerce Department about such initiatives as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, Enterprise for the Americas Initiative, Generalized System of Preference and GATT (General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade).
A GROUP OF Latin American and North American experts met at the OAS in April for a two-day seminar to consider the various trade liberalization initiatives in the Hemisphere, with special emphasis on the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative (EAI).
has proposed the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative that would promote free trade and investment.

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