Monday, January 07, 2008

Control without Controlling!

An informative article by Steve Vinoski on Serendipitous Reuse, how REST and simillar architectural styles nurture it.

He concludes emphasizing that well-constrained architectural styles can be the right recipe for EA success (controll without controlling!)

It's highly ironic that many enterprise architects seek to impose centralized control over their distributed organizations. In many cases, such centralization is a sure recipe for failure. A proven framework based on a well-constrained architectural style like REST allows for decentralized development that, because of the architectural constraints, still yields consistency. The Web itself is proof that this form of "control without controlling"2 works. In the long run, this approach is far more likely to achieve what architects seek than trying to enforce collections of ad hoc governance rules.

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