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Founder of We Wire People, Martijn has 15 years experience in the field of Integration, as an Architect working in and for Enterprises. He mainly advises in case of mergers, application rationalization and Cloud / Social Media back-office integration Martijn blogs at

6 responses to “REST definition and its place within Enterprise Integration”

  1. Mike Kelly


  2. Kin Lane

    There is more to the success of REST than the technical definition. Much of the success of REST is because of the flexibility in approaches both business and technical. Many of these business approaches would not work within the enterprise either…

    But as we’ve seen with SaaS and PaaS, shadown IT and consumerization of IT….maybe the enterprise will be forced to evolve and change making REST and the successful business components of REST a better fit?

  3. Martijn Linssen

    Thanks Kin, i agree that many, if not most, of the business approaches used around REST wouldn’t work within the enterprise

    I’m a bit lost with regards to your comment on SaaS, PaaS, shadow IT and consumerisation – not to mention the succesful business components of REST. Would you care to elaborate on that?

    With regard to REST, it will be replaced by something else in the next 5-10 years to come. Which is okay, because it is not a solution to a problem, but a mere workaround. If the Web would really scale, we wouldn’t need all this and could just be as redundant and abundant in our request without the need to be nitty-gritty about cache, implicitly or explicitly sanction it, and even spread it across shared servers

    On a last note: you also don’t seem to claim that REST has its place in Enteprise Integration, right? That seems to be something we all agree upon so far…

  4. Jakob Strauch

    “The main difference between REST and Enterprise Integration is that the former runs on the Web, serving humans. The latter runs inside companies, serving machines. ”

    Actually my browser does the hard work, because i´m really bad in interpreting html, css and javascript.

    “…multi-device, multi-platform, multi-industry” (not targeted by the web?)

    And by the way: I though “the cloud” had something to do with “the web”…at least at some extent…

  5. Cesare Pautasso

    Not sure about Enterprise Integration, but REST is definitely at home within modern SOAs. Check this new book out for more information and some clarifications about your misunderstandings: