Two truths in one hour

After a busy day at the office I managed to get to QCon just in time for the keynote by Martin Fowler and Jim Webber. Both of them are as you probably know great speakers and the keynote was entertaining. They had slides on why EAI, SOA and ESB:s are a joke (as a concept, to maintain), but I can’t say they provided any alternatives. They basically said:

  1. Focus on business value from the first iteration
  2. Keep it simple

In reality though, you often get the most business value by buying 3rd party software. And it needs to be integrated… Not that I enjoy it though. If you build it yourself, then obviously light HTTP services is the way to go.