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What are the major differences between EAI and Web services?

What are the major differences between EAI and Web services? Do EAI tools make use of Web services protocols like SOAP/HTTP/XML to integrate applications together or are custom made APIs required to do the job?

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In short, EAI is a framework of technology, including information-oriented, service-oriented, process-oriented, etc...Web services, including SOAP/HTTP/WSDL, are simple a set of enabling technologies and standards that allows you to achieve service-oriented EAI.

This was first published in June 2002

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