This dual approach allows you to see the product put to the test by experts, as well as have hands-on evaluation time, all within your environment.

Tips for Planning and Conducting Your Bus Rides

In this section, we share insights from our readers and our own experience on planning and conducting the vendor run-off portion of the enterprise bus rides—activity four above.

*1 For more on our vision of the networked integration environment and creating an integration strategy for customer experience, please see “Integration Scenarios and the Networked Integration Environment: Pillars of Your IT Integration Strategy for Customer Experience,” April 14, 2005,

*2 An enterprise service bus (ESB) is an open standards, message-based, distributed, integration solution that provides routing, invocation, and mediation services to facilitate the interactions of disparate distributed information technology resources (applications, services, information, platforms) in a reliable manner.

*3 The two primary styles of SOA used in business solution development are composite application development and flow. In composite applications, the user interaction drives a request for one or many services. Most of the service invocations are synchronous in nature. A composite application typically serves one business domain. Composite applications are often delivered in a portal.

In flow, business process and/or events drive the service invocations. The service invocations are a mix of asynchronous and synchronous; however, the overall flow is usually long running and asynchronous. A flow typically crosscuts business domains and often extends outside of the enterprise. For more information, see our “‘Service-Oriented World’ Cheat Sheet,” June 2, 2005,

*4 Popularity statement reflects download volume. To judge for yourself, please see “Enterprise Service Bus Evaluation Framework: Criteria for Selecting an Enterprise Service Bus as an Integration Backbone,” July 28, 2005,


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