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Improving application integration has become an increasingly important component of today's IT strategy. In a recent Morgan Stanley survey of 225 CIOs, 80% indicated that they would begin new application projects in 2002, with application integration as a primary initiative. Why does integration merit top billing? As companies experience escalating economic pressure, application integration enables them to mine additional productivity from existing applications, legacy systems, and new Web services while ensuring that they all work together like a well-oiled machine. Gartner connects the momentum generated by this application integration movement to the rapid evolution of the established enterprise network. Enterprise networks have grown from simple communication vehicles into highly developed, multifunction Enterprise Nervous Systems (ENS). The ENS, with its role ... (more)