ZDNet has discovered my ESB-Oriented Architecture article.
I've talked about my latest article, ESB-Oriented Architecture. Joe McKendrick of ZDNet ("Where technology means business") has now posted about it on his SOA blog: ESBs: useless as a human appendix?
I like the question-mark in his title because, no, I didn't say an ESB is as useless as a human appendix (although the title is catchy). The quote from the article in context actually says "ESB-oriented architecture is inherently flawed in that it builds connectivity no one might ever want to use. ... [Which can lead to the ESB becoming] the equivalent of a human appendix for the IT department, a vestigial organ within the topology of deployed applications." An ESB needs to be part of an SOA of services providing business value; without the SOA, the ESB is as useless as a human appendix. An ESB does provide value to the business, but not directly, only by providing access to the services that actually provide the business value.
I just don't want my statements to be interpreted too broadly! :-)
For more discussion on this article, see ESB-OA on TSS.
Sep. 6 Update: Brian O'Neill has posted a very helpful discussion of Joe's posting and my article (on his personal blog and his Java.net blog). Brian says "I completely agree with Bobby's statement and just (IMHO) believe Joe made an incorrect inference." Thank you, Brian.