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May 15, 2008

SOA, not integration

Filed under: Data Integration — Alena Semeshko @ 6:05 am

This article by David Linthicum suggests that people seem to be confusing integration with SOA these days. The thing is, integration came first and later on, when SOA came to take its place, a lot of vendors simply started calling their integration tools SOA. David notes, “integration, on its own, is not architecture. Thus, just binding systems together is not architecture, thus not SOA.”

However, if SOA is new and, you can’t argue, the idea behind both of these contepts is fairly similar (instead of building new and duplicating old applications and data, the technology should connect the existing vital parts and build up on them)… doesn’t it sound like it’s just another case of a fresh PR for an old, but improved technology?

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