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Siebel eAI provides adapters and connectors to help create integrations between Siebel applications and external applications. There are also additional connectors developed by Siebel eBusiness Applications partners.
An adapter is a Siebel eAI component that provides the low-level interface mechanism to allow one application to talk to another. In Siebel eAI, there are two kinds of adapters: the EAI Siebel Adapter and the Transport Adapters.
Siebel eAI connectors provide low-level connectivity to other back-office applications such as SAP, but also include the business processes used for connecting to the external application. For example, Siebel Connector for SAP R/3 provides connectivity using BAPI and IDOC transport adapters, as well as predefined business processes. Using the connectors, you can exchange customer, order, and product information between Siebel applications and SAP.
Your organization may have a need to integrate multiple applications, such as Siebel applications, SAP, Oracle, I2, and so on, with one another. If so, you might need an EAI solution from one of the EAI vendors. These vendors work closely with Siebel Systems to develop adapters to Siebel applications using Siebel eAI. Siebel Systems has a validation program to make sure that these adapters work according to Siebel Systems standards.
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