The image shows the following main elements: Application Explorer (design time), J2EE Application Server, SOAP/WS client, Web container containing BSE (that hosts the adapter framework within which reside the adapters), and an Oracle RDBMS. To the right of the main illustration are a number of elements, each indicating a distinct EIS. The central elements are superimposed upon each other in the following order to indicate where each is deployed: the adapters reside in the adapter framework, which is in BSE, which is in the Web container, which itself is on top of the J2EE Application server.

Application Explorer appears separately to the left of the J2EE Application Server. A bidirectional arrow between Application Explorer and BSE indicates the bidirectional connection between the two. To the left of the main illustration and below Application Explorer is an element representing a SOAP client. It has a bidirectional arrow connecting it to BSE to indicate that SOAP clients make SOAP requests over HTTP to BSE, which hosts the adapters in the adapter framework. On the right side of the illustration, a series of bidirectional arrows between the adapters and the multiple EIS elements indicate that the adapters connect to each EIS to complete service requests, receive the responses from the EIS, and then communicate the responses through the framework and BSE back to the SOAP client. The bidirectional arrows also indicate the adapter event capabilities. Adapters detect events in the EIS and pass the event data to a destination configured during design time using Application Explorer.