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What is the difference between horizontal and vertical integration?

What is the difference between vertical and horizontal integration?

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Vertical integration is application integration in support of a particular type of business, such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, etc. These industries require a specific type of integration typically around standards they employ, such as HIPPA (healthcare), UCCnet (retail), RossettaNet (high-tech), and GSTP (finance).

Horizontal integration is integration types that are common to all industries, such as basic integration services including transformation, routing, adapters, flow control, etc.

This was first published in February 2004

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