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The dictionary definition of flow is the action or fact of moving along in space and time continuously and effortlessly. So it is the movement of something such as the flow of traffic, cars moving from one place to another to reach their destination.
It is all about movement of data
Just like any other “flow” integration flow is the action of moving. It is about the movement of data from one application to another, following different routes and rules based on the application characteristics and the negotiation between the applications.
The decisions to determine the actions to be flowed in an integrations flow could be driven purely by technical requirements or shaped by the business. Just like in a traffic flow, you are limited by the rules of physics (the car cannot fly.. Not yet) and traffics rules enforced by the governments (otherwise you will be fined).
In real life you may or not realize but integration flows are triggered all the time such as:
In the modern digital era the flow of data is not only limited in the enterprise boundaries, but could span different entities or could trigger another flow.
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