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Increasingly, multiple applications are combined using enterprise mashup tools with the goal of streamlining Business Processes Management (BPM). Serena, IBM, Cordys and others have begun to offer enterprise mashup tools, furthering the trend. At times, these tools and processes have blurred the once well defined line between application development and the line-of-business (LOB). Enterprise mashups, sometimes referred to as Web 2.0 or web application hybrids, are applications that combine two or more sources to create a new service. The new service saves money and time and appears to be increasing in popularity. When you register, you'll begin receiving targeted emails from my team of award-winning writers.
Although mashups started out in the consumer space, their success makes a migration into corporate IT environments inevitable.
The Dilemma I have been spending a lot of time recently learning about enterprise mashups.
About this series In this series, we look at how to get started with the Google App Engine (GAE). Here in Part 1, we look at how to get a development environment set up so you can start creating an application that will run on the GAE. We will see how we can use Eclipse to make developing and debugging your application easier.
A while back, I reported that we are giving a talk at the OASIS Symposium on Enterprise Mashups: http://events.oasis-open.org/home/symposium/2008/ . Fate be it, I could not attend the symposium due to necessary surgery and missed the excitement and discussion of our presentation. However, I can give you the highlights of the presentation for those of you who may be focusing on mashup technologies and may regard the term as an application composition methodology on the client.
IDG News Service - Adobe is developing a mashup interface code-named "Genesis" that will allow business users to pull together "workspaces" that combine assets like business application data, documents and analytics, along with collaboration tools such as instant messaging. Users will be able to download a free desktop-based client, while Adobe will provide a hosted sharing and collaboration infrastructure, "allowing users to adopt Genesis without or only minimal involvement of the IT department," according to a blog post by Matthias Zeller, group product manager. Despite the advent of Web 2.0-era tools like wikis, most enterprises haven't gone much beyond the old standbys, such as e-mail and voicemail, Zeller said.
I’ve neglected this blog for a while, and now it’s time to get back to it. I didn’t think changing jobs would have much of an effect on my blogging output. Wrong again, Shaw.
Yahoo! Pipes is one of the coolest ways to mashup the RSS feeds of various sites and sources to get the data you want. Since our coverage of Yahoo! Pipes , thousands of creations are now available. However, finding the best picks can be tough. ReadWriteWeb has done the hardest part and comprised a list of some of the best Yahoo Pipes created by users.
There were a great many product announcements at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last month, but it was the number of announcements around Web-based mashups in particular that received a large share of attendee and media attention. By my count there were at least nine significant announcements in this space, many around the business flavor of this emerging new type of ad hoc Web applications. These are often referred to as enterprise mashups and the growing number of offerings in this space run the gamut from Web widget assembly platforms for end-users to data-only swizzlers and remixing applications created specifically for IT professionals. Penetration of mashups in the enterprise is just beginning as their benefits begin to be understood.
At last week's Mashup Ecosystem Summit held in San Francisco and sponsored by IBM with an invited assemblage of leading players in this space, I gave an opening talk about the current challenges and opportunities of mashups. And there I posed the title of this post as a statement instead of a question. The reason that it's a question here is entirely driven by the context of who is currently creating the majority of mashups these days. Because even a cursory examination of what people are doing every day on the Web right now tells us that mashups -- also known as ad hoc Web sites created on the fly out of other Web sites -- are indeed happening in a large way, albeit in simple forms, by the tens of thousands online every day. The consumerization of the enterprise as younger workers bring their Web 2.0 skills and habits to work has already begun.
The need for businesses to open up their silos of information and internal capabilities to their internal customers has become an increasingly pressing issue as organizations strive to increase operational efficiencies and innovate more effectively with existing resources in the business and technical climate of early 2008. And in the last couple of years, as exposing uniquely powerful sets of data to online business partners has moved into the mainstream in the form of open Web APIs , opening up our IT systems across the Internet has become a competitive imperative as well.
The promise of remixing existing online services and data into entirely new online applications in a rapid, inexpensive manner, often referred to as mashups , has captured the software industry's imagination since the release of first major example, HousingMaps.com , in early 2005. Since then, mashups have offered the potential to finally make widespread software reuse a reality, enable SOA initiatives to achieve positive ROI, and radically drive down the cost of application development while satisfying large applications backlogs that plague organizations almost everywhere. Applying mashups in a business settings is often referred to as "enterprise mashups" and recently we've finally begun to see the tools emerging to bring real mashup capabilities to consumers, business users, and IT professionals.
Introduction Web 2.0 is an extremely broad topic, and for the sake of simplicity, this article serves to synthesize its various components to set a platform for a more detailed discussion around SOA, situational applications, and the IBMMSK in Parts 2 and 3 of this series . For a broader, more detailed description of Web 2.0, please see link to the article by Tim O'Reilly provided in the Resources section at the end of this article. What is Web 2.0?
Gartner outlined its top 10 strategic technology areas for 2008 and many roads lead to service oriented architecture. The top 10 is off to the right and there aren't any huge surprises. Who didn't see green IT and virtualization being listed? But what's notable are all of the SOA precursors to be found.