A revolution is taking place in application infrastructure and integration. New technologies and concepts – such as Web services, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the enterprise nervous system (ENS) – are helping to foster a new, more agile and efficient generation of application systems.

Enterprises that can harness the power of these advancements will be armed with the flexibility to better compete in today’s fast-paced business environment. But first, they will need to understand and respond to the transformations taking place in the enterprise software industry – including changes in application platform products and their underlying programming models, the evolution of key software infrastructure and middleware technologies, and the strategies and prospects of the vendors delivering them.

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