For several years I have blogged about how many banks continue to rely on legacy systems and how the latest proverbial straw never seems to break the camel’s back.
Now mobile payments and mobile banking looks like it will finally break through to the mainstream.
With Paym going live on April 29th, is mobile payments the final straw?
Although some organisations have embraced such developments as a driver for change to a more modern, open and flexible architectures, It seems that many others are relying on the silver bullet of an SOA wrapper or integration layer to paper over the cracks
of their legacy history.
The difference between a true open and service based platform and an SOA wrapper may not be visible at the surface. However, to those who understand the work involved in trying to expose services from within the depths of a monolithic system and then orchestrating
them to perform useful tasks - this is yet another maintenance headache in the making.
Is the SOA wrapper just another sticking plaster that further entrenches the legacy systems and holds back true customer focused innovation?