Book review: Enterprise application integration

Title: Enterprise Application Integration Author: David S. Linthicum Publisher: Addison-Wesley Information Technology...

Series ISBN: 0-201-61583-5 Reviewer: Carol Parenzan Smalley, Site Editor, Reviewer's Comments: "EAI is not simply a buzzword dreamed up by the press and analyst community. It is," according to David Linthicum, author and Chief Technology Officer for SAGA Software (, "a response to decades of creating distributed monolithic, single-purpose applications leveraging a hodgepodge of platforms and development approaches." The definition may sound dry and potentially technical, but the book is not. Linthicum has done what others have not been able to do. He has taken a technical topic and has delivered it in a manner that both technical and non-technical individuals can understand this often complex and interwoven process. In his acknowledgments, Linthicum thanks his "graphics guy," Steve Johnson. And credit is certainly due! The individual graphics and the layout and design of the overall publication are what make it the outstanding technical resource that it is. The book flows, and the reader can easily absorb the technical information without much effort. It is certainly technical communications with a creative touch. In the area of content, I found some chapters to be highly beneficial. Chapter Six � "The EAI Process � Methodology or Madness?" contains Linthicum's own "12 step program." By breaking down the methodology into twelve digestible bites, EAI is touchable and attainable. I also found Chapter 16 � "Supply Chain Integration: Inner-Enterprise Application Integration" to be timely information in this era of customer relationship management and eBusiness. Finally, Linthicum goes beyond the delivery of general information. He includes specific vendor integration information in his book, including SAP R/3 and PeopleSoft. Linthicum will be a Live Expert Q&A Guest on on Thursday, October 19, 2000. I, for one, am looking forward to learning more from him on this topic. eMarketplace: You can purchase this book through at

This was first published in October 2000

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