In the Scripting Languages Forum, Piers Harding was kind enough to share what he’s already done in the SAP>Perl area via RFC, and after one post, the thread already started to show some back-and-forth on SOA vs RFC. Hey – I don’t think this needs to be a shoot-out at the OK corral. Even if a client wants eventually to be fully-SOA, I can see lots and lots of reasons for doing prototypes of the required services via RFC/Scripting Languages calls, e.g. get them right first without the overhead of the SOA learning/implementation curve. After some neat POP’s, clients might be more willing to make the big investment of time in SOA because the devil in the details has already been teased out of them. Of course, it would be a little embarassing for some folks if SAP<>RFC<>Perl<>DB2(UDB) turned out to be faster than SAP<>SOA<>DB2(UDB). PS: While we’re on that topic, does anyone know if DB2 Connect under AIX 5.2 has enough of a stack to talk to IBM’s Perl driver for DB2 UDB? Some clients have non-SAP data in DB2, but not necessarily in DB2 UDB, and it would be nice if clients who don’t want to mess with DB2 UDB could go SAP>RFC>PERL>DB2Connect>DB2(non-UDB). I’ve emailed Grant Hutchinson and Michael Hoy at IBM with this question, but I’m sure it will take a while to get a reply.