It seems everyone's catching the application integration bug. Recognizing this, Gartner rolled up two of its summits -- the Application Integration & Web Services Summit and Application Development Summit -- into one conference named, predictably enough, The Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit.
That's a mouthful, but so it is with all things integration.
The IT research firm offers this explanation on the conference's home page:
"Over the last few years, it has become apparent that in the brave new service-oriented world, Application Development and Application Integration are 2 sides of the same coin. So we've listened to our customers and created an expanded program that includes coverage of all the key issues across the application cycle."
I like the part about the two sides of the same coin. Anyway, I mention this because Gartner has extended its early bird registration until tomorrow, May 9. Register after tomorrow and you'll pay $200 more.
You can also save by dual-registering for this conference, as well as the Enterprise Architecture Summit, also held June 11-13 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. (If you go, I heartily recommend a stroll around the hotel's indoor river. It's a bit like a roadside attraction with a bit more class -- you can't believe someone actually went to all that trouble.)
Oracle's also made several announcements about its application integration efforts recently. ZD Net's Joshua Greenbaum explains how these announcements relate and offers a few clues about Fusion Applications gleaned from conversations with Oracle.
But the problem with vendor-specific information is just that -- it only really tells you what that vendor is doing. If you'd like a vendor-neutral overview of how application integration works, check out "Speeding the Arrival of the Integrated Enterprise" on eCommerce. It looks at two technical approaches to application integration: Core module integration or the all-in-one super suite. I'd love to take credit for finding this one, but I cannot tell a lie: Fellow IT Business Edge blogger Arthur Cole mentioned it in a recent post about application integration from a network architect perspective.
Personally, I'm more apt to subscribe to plans presented in "A Cynic's Six Steps to Application Integration," which outlines the six real steps of application integration. This humorous take is aimed at human resources (now "talent management"), but I'd like to think it applies across the application integration board.