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November 28, 2009

On Data Mashups for Data Integration

Filed under: Data Integration, Data Mashup — Olga Belokurskaya @ 2:21 am

Recently, I’ve met a phrase somewhere in a web magazine calling data mashups “a technology for competitive advantage.”  So I’d like to have some words on data mashups and their role in data integration. It’s not long ago that everybody was talking about data mashups; they were a kind of a buzzword, actually.

Enterprise data mashups integrate data from different enterprise data sources, including both desktop and web-based sources. Being quite flexible and light they help easily get data from heterogeneous sources, as well as read or write data, and customize data integration workflows.

Data mashups, normally, don’t demand users being experienced at coding, while help turn different data sources into reusable data services. So this is a great opportunity for non-technical business users to ease and improve data integration, combine different business data, and get a better view of enterprise environment.

So, though, today there’s not so much buzz around the technology, it is widely used in the enterprise data integration initiatives.

March 20, 2009

Enterprise Web 2.0: What to Wait For in 2009

Filed under: Data Mashup — Olga Belokurskaya @ 7:04 am

According to Dion Hinchcliffe, the year 2009 will be a rebuilding period for most organizations, however there will be not many fast growth businesses in the major categories. Still there will be opportunities for new products in industry sectors and classes of data haven’t seen wide penetration online yet. The downfall of several online industries left s a large vacuum that must be filled by something.

Here is a short overview of his predictions.

The adoption of low-cost Web 2.0 and cloud/SaaS solutions, will  help the smaller Enterprise Web 2.0 companies to get away from large vendors.

2.0 arrives to business. Online community and 2.0 technologies are becoming mainstream and many organizations could make them their priority. Finally, CRM and customer service become connected with online communities of users.

Cloud computing industry as a whole will be growing and flourishing as organizations will be seeking to cut costs and shorten time to market.

Internal penetration of social networking and Enterprise 2.0 in organizations will continue in 2009 but the weak story continues to be the successful creation of online 2.0 products for the broader marketplace.

Hinchcliffe also predicts mobile platforms and devices becoming highly strategic in 2009, the survival of SOA, however not in its present form but transformed. He expects mashup technologies to be front and center with this transformation. And he foresees that massive changes in the business landscape will create new 2.0 business opportunities.

January 8, 2009

Business Intelligence 2009 Predictions

Filed under: Data Integration, Data Mashup, Data Warehousing — Alena Semeshko @ 4:29 am

Jeff Kelly from has gathered and posted various forecasts as to what awaits Business Intelligence industry in 2009. The analysts and experts sharing their predictions were: Wayne Eckerson, Director of research and services for the Data Warehousing Institute, James G. Kobielus, Senior analyst at Cambridge-based Forrester Research covering BI and data warehousing, and various analysts at Gartner Inc.

A few of my highlights from the article:

Open Source BI will gain even more popularity with companies looking to reduce costs. In turn, open source BI tools will be developing rapidly and should win a greater portion of deals in 2009.

Software as a Service (SaaS) will flourish in the midmarket (too, thanks to the challenging economic situation), particularly in companies that consider IT resources redundant.

For the same reason, hosted and subscription-based services will largely replace premises-based tools and platforms.

In a soft economy, any on-demand pay-as-you-go offering becomes more attractive across all customer segments. Just as important, the increasing scalability, performance, flexibility, and availability demands on the enterprise BI infrastructure are spurring many users to consider outsourced offerings.

Federated data environments will be adopted as the means to cure the problems with decentralized information scattered throughout the enterprise. IT organizations, in turn, will supplement their enterprise data warehouses by beefing up their enterprise information integration middleware and semantic virtualization layers.

Gartner, as always, is more number-oriented in its predictions: the company’s analysts predict that the lack of sufficient the information, processes and tools, along with under-investment in information infrastructure and business users’ tools will result in more than 35% of the top 5,000 global companies regularly failing to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business and markets through 2012.

Another interesting estimation by Gartner is that by 2012, business units will control at least 40% of the total budget for BI, meaning that spending on CRM (corporate performance management), online marketing analytics, predictive analytics, and other packaged applications will only go up.

Finally, mashups. Easy and cost-effective as they are, mashups will go mainstream with BI-integrated tools leading the way.


By 2012, one-third of analytic applications applied to business processes will be delivered through large-grained application mashups.

December 8, 2008

CRM Going Social

Filed under: Data Mashup, EAI — Alena Semeshko @ 3:25 am

Social networks are only getting bigger, aren’t they? Even SugarCRM now has a plug in got LinkedIn.

Commercial open-source CRM (customer relationship management) vendor SugarCRM said Monday it will give customers the ability to plug in feeds from third-party data sources like the business social-networking site LinkedIn.

This new feature comes with the new SugarCRM 5.2 release coming out this month.

According to Martin Schneider, director of product marketing at SugarCRM, it’s all about keeping users in a CRM context and bringing content into the CRM.

As a result LinkedIn data can be imported into SugarCRM and pop-ups with relevant user-information will appear.

More about this month’s SugarCRM release.

November 21, 2008

A Single View of Enterprise Data Management

I just stumbled upon this article by Ajay Bhargava on BeyeNetworks. The article explores the recent trend of closer alliance between enterprise data management (EDM) and data warehousing/business intelligence. I quite liked the way Mr. Bhargava doesn’t leave out such fundamental components of enterprise data as data quality, metadata, data security, data governance, etc.

Here’s his vision of the key component that make up EDM and the fields that benefit from them:

September 18, 2008

Salesforce CRM Awarded Again

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 4:49 am received two 2008 CRM Market Awards, for Midmarket Suite CRM and Sales Force Automation from CRM magazine. The company also lead the Enterprise Suite CRM and Small Business Suite CRM nominations.

The awards were presented at this month’s destinationCRM 2008 Conference in NY.

But that’s not all good news for Not too long ago the company was placed on Standard & Poor’s 500 index and became the first Software-as-a-Service company to enter that listing.

“The decision to add to the S&P 500 is a clear sign that cloud computing has arrived,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO at “Every day, more than 47,000 customers rely on to help run their businesses. Now that incredible record of success in cloud computing has a new home — the S&P 500.”

September 10, 2008

Who Really Uses Mashups?

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 5:02 am

I recently came across Joe McKendrick’s blog post, where he talks about the phenomenon of mashups and discusses the problem of mashups not quite being there yet in terms of end-user experience. Well, a lot of mashups are designed specifically for corporate users to help solve real-world business problems. Lots of work stations, lots of issues…at this level it’s no wonder you’ll need a power user at some point.

Now, while that’s OK for the corporate world, this might be a problem when a user is trying to build his own, and more complicated application. The whole point of mashups is ease of use, your average user wouldn’t want to get too technical into the process when building an application for personal use.

Joe refers to Mozilla Foundation with their “Ubiquity” project, as an expample of a company trying to make its product easily accessible to any non-programmer out there. I quite like the idea they’re pushing through with Ubiquity, that of connecting the Web with language, thus having everything you might need at your disposal and not wasting time. Ugh, time! The one thing we’re always short of. =)

August 1, 2008

Apatar at LinuxWorld & Web 2.0 NY

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 1:23 am

If you didn’t get a chance to meet Apatar’s CEO, Renat Khasanshyn at Dr.Dobb’s Conference, be sure to catch him at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco on August 5. The “Case Study: Professional Open Source at Autodesk” session by Jason Pratt of Autodesk and Renat will focus on applying open source Apatar data integration software at Autodesk.

Visit Renat’s blog to see how you can get a free full conference guest pass to this year’s LinuxWorld.

That’s not all though.  Web 2.0 NY Best Practices panel is coming up! It will be held next week, on August7th . This is the first conference to focus on the case studies from companies that have successfully deployed them. As Apatar is one of those, Renat is sure to be there as well leading the discussion on how to monetize mashups.

Visit the conference website for full agenda.

June 20, 2008

Enterprise 2.0 and Data Mashups at Dr. Dobb’s Architecture & Design World 2008

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 1:53 am

Renat Khasanshyn, the founder and CEO of Apatar, will speak on the future of enterprise data mashups at Dr. Dobb’s Architecture & Design World 2008 conference, the independent event dedicated to software architecture, design, modeling, and UML. The event will be held on July 21-24, 2008 at the Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, and include 75 focused sessions on real-world topics, visionary keynotes, in-depth training, and networking with peers, industry leaders, and world-class speakers.

In his presentation, Renat Khasanshyn, the founder of the Apatar Open Source Data Integration project, will explore how enterprise architects, developers, and business users can leverage existing mashup technologies to build and deploy data mashups. The session will focus on tips and best practices and also highlight the major challenges preventing mashup design tools from being implemented across the enterprise sector. Finally, Mr. Khasanshyn will walk the audience through the process of building “Cold Call Assistant for,” the mashup that won the 2007 IBM Business Mashup Challenge.

Session information: what, where, when
“Enterprise 2.0 and Data Mashups: Bridging the Information Gap”
Renat Khasanshyn, founder and CEO of Apatar, Inc.
July 24, 2008, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Track: Service-Oriented Architecture
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin L. King Drive, Chicago, IL
Audience Level: Intermediate

Visit to learn more about the conference.

May 29, 2008

SOA vs. mashup confusion

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 7:48 am

The article “Tension emerges between SOA and mashup camps“makes a very good point about SOA vs. mashup relations.

Mashups make SOA real to business users - nothing wrong with that

…you have SOA practitioners on one hand, calling mashups ungovernable and Web 2.0 camp saying “SOA poisons the mashup well”.

Mashups are simple, convenient and helpful. I don’t see any reason for them not to be popular. If SOA is a complicated concept, how is it not natural for users to  favour a nice and sweet shortcut?

SOA is seen as complex, while mashups seen as an easy shortcut to agility.

“…The approach is not a black and white SOA vs. mashups choice for enterprise integration, but rather, use of mashups for the last mile of integration that may, in many cases, utilize data services, feeds, or other sources that more often than not are exposed as Web or RESTful Services.”

So it’s not the SOA vs. mashups, it’s the SOA crowned with mashups that would be the right solution. With this approach the corporate world will be able to “see and feel and touch service orientation.”

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