Serena software plans to announce a new version of its Serena Mashup Composer at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston on June 10.
The new Serena Mashup Composer not only will enable developers, IT departments and power users to build situational applications or business mashups, the new version introduces the notion of RIMs (rich interface mashups) where non-coders can drag and drop widgets to build applications. And Serena also will include some widgets with the release, said Tim Zonca, director of product marketing at Serena.
Serena is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of mashups an increasingly popular way for enterprises to deliver applications. Indeed, Forrester Research projects that the enterprise mashup market will reach nearly $700 million by 2013. Meanwhile, in a more aggressive projection, Gartner predicts that up to 80 percent of applications will be created via mashups by 2010, Zonca said.
Zonca said business users are looking to blend more consumer information and widgets into their workplace mashups. Thus the new version of Serena Mashup Composer that lets users drag and drop widgets, RSS feeds, Flash components and more into their business mashups. The resulting RIMs show that consumer data and social graphs are finally finding their niche in the workplace, Zonca said.
For instance, a sales rep preparing for a meeting with a new customer might start with the customer’s record in Salesforce.com, and have the mashup fetch related information like a photo and details from the customer’s Linked In or Facebook profile, external news feeds showing the company’s latest stock price, credit report information from a Dunn & Bradstreet Web service, and widgets showing local weather and traffic in the customer’s location. And the mashup can be reused for other meetings.
“Consumer data, widgets, social graphs and mashups have finally found a legitimate purpose in the enterprise,” said Rene Bonvanie, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Partnerships and Online Services, Serena Software. “With Serena Mashup Composer, any data from any source – whether it has SOA hooks or not – is now mashable. We’re entering a brave new work world where individuals are empowered to create new business applications that work for them, that make their lives easier.”
A Business Context for ‘Cool Technologies’
Serena Mashup Composer will consume and mix any kind of widget or RIA (rich Internet application), including: Adobe Flash, Amazon Search, Flickr, Microsoft Silverlight, RSS feeds, YouTube, any of the 30,000 Google Gadgets — such as calendars and maps — and more , Zonca said. These can be mashed with business processes and data from internal applications — such as Salesforce.com, Siebel, Oracle and more — and any Web-based services to create RIMs that can be delivered on demand with a single click, Serena officials said.
“The Serena Mashup Composer has enabled our customers to build out business mashups, and the people building mashups are these Web 2.0 savvy, tech-savvy people like business analysts that are used to the cool technologies out there,” Zonca said. However, the new version extends that mashup capability to enable users to make more useful presentation of social networks in a business context, he said.
This also is part of the next revision of Serena’s overall business mashup strategy where the company turns on its on-demand, software-as-a-service capability, Serena officials said.
Zonca said the latest version of Serena Mashup Composer, with services and support, will be available free of charge as part of Serena’s on-demand release in the third quarter of 2008.
Serena listed Monsanto and Financial Engines as two key customers using its business mashup technology.
IBM Mashup Center Debut
IBM Mashup Center will be hosted as a free trial on the Web, IBM announced June 5, so that non-technical business people can experiment and build customized mashups following the success of early corporate adopters Boeing and Carrefour Group.
IBM officials said the IBM Mashup Center will be available to users by “mid-year” or in a matter of weeks from the June 5 announcement. The IBM Mashup Center will allow business people to create mashups by remixing information from anywhere, such as Web sites and feeds, spreadsheets, databases, applications, unstructured text from an e-mail, video, audio and other information on the Web.
IBM will offer customers the opportunity to experiment with IBM Mashup Center and gain hands-on experience for free through IBM Lotus Greenhouse, the company said. Lotus Greenhouse is a Web site where anyone can register and try out IBM Mashup Center, and many other collaborative products, such as IBM Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Sametime and WebSphere Portal. IBM Mashup Center will be hosted on Greenhouse, giving customers a safe environment to try the technology and evaluate mashup potential without installing anything in their own environment.
The hosted version of IBM Mashup Center will include widgets from IBM and a growing network of IBM Mashup Center Business Partners, like StrikeIron and Kapow Technologies, IBM officials said.
Stefan Andreasen, founder and chief technology officer of Kapow Technologies, said, “We are just beginning to realize the efficiencies and new competitive advantages that are possible when IT organizations put mashups in the hands of knowledge workers. IBM has done more than any other major software company to provide enterprises with knowledge and easy-to-use mashup tools to help them confidently and methodically leverage this new technology class.”
Web 2.0 for Enterprise ‘Heavy Lifting’
Moreover, for enterprises to transform information into consumable or “mashable” assets, they need both the application development tools and the access to Web, personal and departmental information. Kapow Technologies provides access to Web data, no matter where it is located, then extracts and transforms it via a Web service or feed which can be used by IBM Mashup Center to power new situational applications for the enterprise.
“As an established innovator, Boeing believes in the power of Web 2.0 and embraces it not only for collaborative work, but also for the heavy lifting of enterprise planning and execution,” said Paul Comitz, program manager, NEO (Network-Enabled Operations) Demonstration, Boeing.
IBM Mashup Center also provides capabilities for managing information feeds from enterprise sources, IBM officials said. Information from a wide variety of sources can be mixed, filtered and mashed together to create new information sources and output in many different forms, such as RSS or Atom.
Moreover, with the ability to merge, transform, filter, annotate or publish information in new formats, IBM Mashup Center helps create a single view of disparate sets of information in a reusable manner. Feeds are an easy way to service-enable systems that do not natively provide RESTful (Representational State Transfer) interfaces, and thus provide an on-ramp for SOA (service oriented architecture), IBM officials said.