David Weinberger calls his unified theory of the web “Small pieces loosely joined”. Therewith he not just pinpoints his way of writing but also the secret of hyperlinked computing power. We live in a highly connected web wide world of functions and services. The value of things is their difference, the relation they have to others. But to connect such disparate things as computers, databases, tools and applications to seamless interaction one has to interrupt, to disconnect, to decouple – the form and the content (XML), the applications and the databases (SOA), the software and the devices (Unified Communications).
You will always need some kind of Middle Tier governing the communication between disparate things – like multiple applications which are dependent on each other and handle critical business processes. That’s the secret which was also be revealed by UC4. To cover the entire application spectrum – from tightly bound legacy applications to loosely coupled web services -, UC4 recognized that if it could decouple the base workload automation functionality with application, database, and tool integrations it could deliver new functionality in base workload automation and application, database, and tool integrations more rapidly.
Decoupling means freedom. Because a customer can decide which API best suits the tool or application he wishes to automate. But decoupling also means agility and acceleration. That’s how the “rapid automation train” gains momentum. Because the right thing is not the right thing anymore, if you can’t change it on demand. And automation is not bringing you further, if it’s at the price of flexibility.
In this sense I disagree with David Weinberger, who suggested: “We are more like the fish than the fisherman: we’re interested in what hooks us.”