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Enterprise Nervous System (ENS)

Enterprise nervous system (ENS) is Gartner’s term for the intelligent network that provides unifying connectivity among people, application systems and devices in different locations and business units across a virtual enterprise. The emerging ENS is based on the traditional enterprise network, but it is an evolution of that network, providing value-added functions that elevate the role of the network well beyond that of plain communication. Whereas a conventional network simply aims to transfer data between sending application systems and explicitly defined destinations, an ENS offloads work from the application systems because it:

  • Offers enhanced quality-of-service for communication
  • Transforms messages
  • Redirects messages as appropriate, using logical business rules
  • May track and control business processes

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