Today, numerous enterprises face the challenge of developing distributed applications. IT professionals deal with a variety of issues: connecting dispersed users with centralized applications, building applications quickly and efficiently, and connecting heterogeneous clients and servers. J2EE Technology in Practice provides ten examples of ways that The Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition has helped organizations face these challenges and reap significant rewards. JCrew enhances traditional catalog sales with its online presence. HomeSide Lending delivers innovative online services. AT&T Unisource responds to demand in long-distance voice traffic routing. Codexa Corporation delivers information for financial professionals. eTapestry.com assists nonprofit in fundraising. Altura International implements the Web's first online catalog portal. Honeywell and Bekins streamline manufacturing warehousing and delivery. International Data Post (IDP) brings snail mail to the Internet. Research institute CERN provides document handling services to 5000 users. The US Military Traffic Management Command, Freight Systems Office (FSO) manages shipping costs.