Hi Pete,

You're right, this was not specifically an EGL question, except that we
are considering EGL as a "path to many possibilities". If our objective
is to generate services from the IBM i and from Windows, and aggregate
these into portal applications or enterprise mashups, then my question
is "does EGL support our requirements". If so, is there a preference
for portlets or mashups?

Right now, I'm just trying to digest which path to SOA we should follow.
If five years, will portal servers still be the premier content
aggregation technology, or will mashups steal the show? I suspect that
mashups might have the edge, but they are still an emerging technology,
and not fully defined yet....

I do not currently subscribe to WEB400-L, so I was hoping to get a
little feedback here first...

Thanks,
Eric DeLong

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From: egl-i-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:egl-i-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Pete Helgren
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 6:03 PM
To: EGL on and around the IBM i
Subject: Re: [EGL-i] Targeting "enterprise architecture"

Eric,

You may want to post over on the WEB400 list as well. This question
doesn't specifically refer to EGL, although EGL could be a tool in the
mix. There are folks on the WEB400 list that have probably dealt with
this issue with a variety of tools.

Pete


DeLong, Eric wrote:
Just wondering if there are any general recommendations or
considerations when selecting an enterprise application architecture.
By that, I mean which technologies are recommended: WEB 2.0 (business
mashups), Portal Server / Portlets, etc.

We have development teams for IBM i and MS .net, and we want to
understand which technologies help to bridge the gap between the two
platforms. I have been reviewing some of the differences between the
Business Mashup hybrids and Portal based aggregators, but I'm unsure
of how .net relates to either of these approaches. I assume that
there must be some way for IBM i to generate services that are
compatible with MS, but I'm unclear on this.

Sorry if these are newbie questions, but we're meeting with IBM
tomorrow to discuss our modernization strategy, and I want to have
some idea of where to focus my attention.

Thanks in advance,
Eric DeLong

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