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17-664 Enterprise Application Integration

Enterprise Application Integration is a 12 unit full semster course.

Modern business enterprises are supported by hundreds of disparate applications that work together to achieve a common goal. These applications are typically large three-tier (or n-tier) application silos developed to support a particular facet of business. Unfortunately, in most cases these systems were never designed to have their services reused transparently across an organization. The result is often a lack of flexibility for large-scale reuse, lack of reliability when integrated, inappropriate security models for organization-level integration, and others. Enterprise Application Integration is a graduate-level course on how to design and deploy large-scale systems for supporting the critical backbone of an organization. Although a particular emphasis is put on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), a broad set of topics is covered. These include security for large-enterprise systems, reliability for distributed long-running transactions, standards for intra- and extra-organization system integration, deployment and fault-tolerance of systems, and others. The aim of the course is to prepare future software architects to pragmatically deal with large-scale systems, so as to understand the trade-offs and implications of supporting the goals of an organization


More course details can be found in the Enterprise Application Integration syllabus.

After completing this course, students will:

  • be able to pragmatically deal with large-scale systems;
  • better understand the trade-offs and implications of supporting the overarching goals of an organization.