UML in integration projects

Published on 24 January 2010 by in UML

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BadComponentDiagramUML is a well-established notation for the design of object-oriented applications. In component detailed design meetings people are comfortable describing a design and articulating issues using UML.  This is not the case in integration projects. I go in the meetings to review an integration solution and invariably the discussion is based on a Power Point presentation with diagrams that include very basic, ad-hoc notations. The picture on the right is an example; the diagram mixes the component model with the deployment model, using ad-hoc notations for the components and execution environments.

Why is that? Why UML is not used more often in integration projects?

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