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Application integration comes in many forms, whether it be integration between components of a single software system or integration between systems. Making use of a common communications protocol between disparate systems allows for the creation of an integrated suite of applications whereby the combined benefits exceed those of each of the stand-alone applications. Using a common, standards-based protocol such as XML as a means of communication between the components in an application provides for integration opportunities and expansion that can extend the lifespan and benefits provided by a system far beyond its original design. This, in turn, can reduce the cost of creating new systems as existing components have already been written and tested. Also, the abilities of other external applications can be integrated into an existing application to enhance the funct... (more)