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How can I become an EAI guru?

I'd like to find out more on what it takes to become an EAI guru and if it is the field I would like to pursue next in my IT career. I have an IT infrastructure background in NT/2000, Domino and firewall administration/engineering and I'm looking for a career change in IT. I work for an IT services company so the opportunites are there and I have my boss' support. But it looks like a major IT career change and I would need to re-skill a lot and get into the likes of XML and various EAI technologies such as SeeBeyond, Tibco, etc.

I don't have a heavy developer background but am willing to try -- I think I have a good aptitude for it. I am not sure how much of a disadvantage this is (will I be starting from a trainee level?) Any advice you can give or resources I can go to to find out more?
I would focus on middleware technology and enterprise architecture first. Understand the differences between the types of middleware, what to use where. Also, make sure to understand the holistic needs of the enterprise.

There are many references available now. I would look at all books on EAI on Amazon.com, as well as enterprise architecture.

Good luck.

[Editor's note: For EAI expert Adam Greissman's answer to this question, click "a href=" ">here.

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