The Integration Consortium's (formerly the EAI Industry Consortium) annual Global EAI Summit held in Banff, Canada last month was a resounding success. One of the key initiatives arising from participant feedback has been the development of an interactive, Web-enabled service where the valuable work of the summit can continue. Within weeks, the IC has responded to the request of attendees and has today launched the "Virtual Global EAI Summit 2004".

With a virtual pass to the online service, attendees can view all keynotes and presentations made at the conference by Fortune 500 business leaders, betwork with industry companies and potential customers and review the latest integration technologies available through a business and technology showcase. In addition to the listed features, the IC team will continue to enhance the virtual summit with add-ons leading up to the Global Integration Summit 2005.

Other factors that added to the Summit's success included the announcement of the consortium's name change from the EAI Industry Consortium to the Integration Consortium and the launch of the Global Integration Framework, GIF 1.0. The Summit also consisted of a white paper competition where the top entries were presented and a monetary prize was awarded to the best three papers: "Asset Tracking Regulations Boost EAI Into the Boardroom" by Gordan Fuller, "Adaptive BPM" by Chris Capadouca and "Enterprise Resource Planning for Information Technology" by Charles Betz.

"The shared consensus among attendees is that the Summit was a collaborative platform to learn from industry thought leaders and practitioners and to advance the need for establishing integration standards," said Michael Kuhbock, the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Integration Consortium. "Also, our attendance consisted of representatives from four continents, reinforcing the Consortium's recognition as a leading industry body that is positively impacting the industry on a global scale."

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