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One of XML's quieter (or at least less-hyped) success stories is its use as a tool for enterprise application integration (EAI). XML markup is being used as a common data format, and XML-based Web services are achieving success as a "protocol stack" for existing applications to integrate. Unified EAI can provide significant cost savings that reach directly to the bottom line. One of the most notable and public examples is a leading financial services company that was able to remove 10% of their back-end servers once they moved to an all-XML messaging structure. While this can bring economic benefits and enable new business opportunities, there are a number of risks associated with XML. As XML applications increase direct access and remote procedure calls to back-end systems, mission-critical data, and information stores - first to select partners, perhaps over a VPN... (more)