Higher education institutions have special information technology needs. Their networks, data, and applications must be equally accessible to both their staff, faculty, and students, but with different permissions and front ends. This makes maintaining and updating systems and application difficult and time-consuming. You also must make sure that your applications do not go offline for long. Students and faculty need access to their files with little downtime and no errors. Fortunately, there are three ways to do this. Your institution's enterprise application integration (EAI) strategy will depend on your needs and requirements.