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Mashups is a pretty broad term. A good definition for a mashup tool is a solution that allows developers to combine interesting data and then visualize that data through a web application Usually, mashups are web applications that can be created quickly using standard web services (e.g., REST) and components (e.g., Widgets). There are three kinds of Mashup tools: front end, back end and integrated. The differences are: Front end mashup tools: these tools help build web front ends like dashboards using widgets/gadgets and little to no programming (iGoogle, PageFlakes) Back end mashup tools: these tools combine web-accessible data and services into more useful web services that can be called easily using a REST-ful interface (Kapow, Yahoo pipes) Integrated mashup tools: these tools make it easy to build end-to-end web applications that link web widgets to data and servic... (more)

The Genius, The Conductor and The Bureaucrat

No, this is not a joke about three guys walking into a bar but the result of some recent musing about how the art of management is practiced in Silicon Valley. The classic Silicon Valley stories often feature what Jim Collins calls "the genius with a thousand helpers" (from his book Good to Great). Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and many other valley icons were known for their vice-like control over all aspects of their business. When that Genius individual really is the smartest person in the world, you get the iPhone. When they are not, you get Palm's WebOs. Working for a boss who... (more)

Data Services for Next-Generation SOAs

This article discusses the advantages of implementing shared "data services" to deliver on the true promise of service-oriented architectures - rapid application development through reusable components without sacrificing fast, accurate enterprise data access. With a shared data layer, you can avoid integrity, performance, scalability, and availability issues that might otherwise occur. We have entered an exciting period in the evolution of enterprise system design. More than ever, standards influence the way architects define and plan new projects. The component approach to deve... (more)

Viewpoint: Time for Open Source Software Vendors to Think Beyond Free

Of the many sins that Silicon Valley practices, none are more dangerous or prevalent than the sin of smugness. Savio Rodrigues had a good posting recently making the point that Microsoft is learning from and adapting to the open-source movement, while the open-source movement is so enamored with "free" that they are not paying enough attention to the total cost of ownership from a customer's perspective. Let's be clear - the free part of open source is a great innovation and worthy of a few minutes of self-satisfaction. The aftermath of the Y2K bubble was the erection of enormous... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Subject Sour Grapes for Larry Ellison?

Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Giva Perry and Dan Farber) . Here is a quote from Larry: The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing... The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Now as usual with big whoppers told by people in fear of their checkbooks, Larry's rant has an element of truth.... (more)