Yes folks, believe it or not, there’s a job position currently advertised on Dice for someone to get involved in converting “SeeBeyond middleware” to “SAP PI(7.1) middleware”.
OK – so the “non-trivial” part of this conversion will obviously be converting from SeeBeyond’s “publish and subscribe” architecture to PI’s “bus” architecture.
But the “trivial” part of this conversion will be converting from SeeBeyond Monk or Java DTD’s to PI MT’s (and participating DT’s).
Why is this conversion trivial?
Obviously, because the syntax of the input is known and well-defined, and the syntax of the output is known and well-defined.
So anyone with a decent flair for writing in any scripting language (Perl, etc.) can write conversion code that will probably take care of 75-80% of the DTD->MT/DT conversion problem, leaving the remainder to be handled manually.
Now I happen to know that in the context of the advertised position, there are upwards of 3000 possible SeeBeyond DTD’s that may have to be converted to PI MT’s.
Who would like to bet me that every single one of these DTD’s is going to be converted entirely “by-hand”?
I could bet every member of SDN a dollar that every single one of these DTD’s will be converted manually, and I wouldn’t have to “lay-off” any of the risk betting against myself with a second bookie.
Like I asked in the title of this blog, when-oh-when will this industry self-professionalize to the point where it’s able to look itself in the mirror when it gets up in the morning?