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May 29, 2008

SOA vs. mashup confusion

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 7:48 am

The article “Tension emerges between SOA and mashup camps“makes a very good point about SOA vs. mashup relations.

Mashups make SOA real to business users - nothing wrong with that

…you have SOA practitioners on one hand, calling mashups ungovernable and Web 2.0 camp saying “SOA poisons the mashup well”.

Mashups are simple, convenient and helpful. I don’t see any reason for them not to be popular. If SOA is a complicated concept, how is it not natural for users to  favour a nice and sweet shortcut?

SOA is seen as complex, while mashups seen as an easy shortcut to agility.

“…The approach is not a black and white SOA vs. mashups choice for enterprise integration, but rather, use of mashups for the last mile of integration that may, in many cases, utilize data services, feeds, or other sources that more often than not are exposed as Web or RESTful Services.”

So it’s not the SOA vs. mashups, it’s the SOA crowned with mashups that would be the right solution. With this approach the corporate world will be able to “see and feel and touch service orientation.”

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