ZapThink. Lego. And SOA Adoption

I've been sitting on this post as a draft for too long...

Kiss is an interesting thing to type in to your search engine of choice (I'm search engine neutral by the way). Do you want Gene and the boys? Do you want dance music for London? Or do you, as I did, want to Keep It Simple Stupid?

Now here's a counterpoint to KISS. Here's thinking that says it's better to overcomplicate things. With regard to explaining SOA, Ron Schmelzer of ZapThink says, "Further evidence of this 'what's too simple must not be too good' line of oppositional thinking can be seen in criticism of the common analogy of comparing SOA with LEGO ®"

This is funny to me. I really like the LEGO ® block analogy. I didn't, but I do now.

I started out in the trap of critiscism that Ron describes, thinking it was way too simple. I mean really, we're all smart people, is this toy the best way we've come up with to express what IT has been trying to do for businesses for over 50 years?

And yes, having used it many times now in front of many different audiences, I think it is. Perhaps it's not the best, but it's the best yet. I like to use it, and I like the reaction it gets in people. And I agree with what Ron goes on to say, business folk seem to get it ahead of IT folk.

- Sean

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