"There are some logical components that can be moved into the network," said Jon Derome, an analyst at the Yankee Group in Boston. Such functionality includes data translation and transformation, security, and guaranteed messaging, Derome continued.
"Moving integration to the network won't resolve the whole EAI model," he said.
The integration market is changing and companies such as Vitria, Tibco, and WebMethods are focusing more on business process management and less on data transportation, Derome added. Meanwhile, companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft also are working toward including a certain degree of integration intelligence in miiddleware.