Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is one of the most critical areas in IT today. EAI technologies available today can greatly ease the task of integrating disparate systems. However, if not backed by a solid architecture and plan before beginning to deploy them, these technologies will not yield the hoped-for results of enabling organizational responsiveness to rapidly changing market conditions. It’s critical that the use of EAI technologies is seen as a decision about creating a platform of flexible, reusable services that support rapid reconfiguration of business processes. The goal must be about enabling enterprise business processes.

In this article, I highlight three common pitfalls that companies fall into when they try to deploy EAI technologies without a solid architecture and a clear plan in place.

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