I would like to kick off my blog with a question.
As software evolves to an online consumption model, is Middleware a concept of the last millennium and will be replaced by an "integration as a service" model? And if yes, by when?
To this point, this does not seem the case, especially in enterprise software. In the enterprise software space, it becomes ever more important to ensure process integrity not just inside the walls of the enterprise, but across the entire value chain. And that "chain" evolves more and more into a true collaborative network, with rapidly changing endpoints and governance models.
But maybe the concepts of Middleware have to be re-thought?
Maybe its no longer about something that sits in the "middle", but something that "surrounds" the processes and provides services to deliver integrity & governance, transport & translation and more.
Maybe Middleware is dead. Maybe this is the age of ServiceWare? ProcessWare?
I look forward to your thoughts and comments on this