Get on the map

Attention, all you Mashup Camp attendees: go to Attendr to see a cool mashup example from Jeff Marshall that allows you to link to other attendees you already know or would like to meet. If you’re going to be at MashupCamp next week, be sure to look me up and say hi.

As for the rest of you, head on over and add yourself to my Frappr map. You can see where other readers of Column 2 are located, and I’ve added the capability to use coloured pins to denote whether you’re a customer, product vendor, services vendor or “other” as it relates to BPM and integration technologies.

BPM and AJAX

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the very bottom of an article on TIBCO‘s recent upgrades to its BPM platform (formerly the Staffware product):

The company [TIBCO] has upgraded the BPM user interface, as well, to include AJAX for the development of RIA (Rich Internet Applications).

Significant that a large BPM vendor acknowledges the existence of Web 2.0.

Considering that BPM products are, by their nature, typically both consumers and providers of web services (they are, after all, orchestration tools), how long until a mainstream BPM vendor jumps into the mashup fray? There’s already companies such as The Process Factory offering BPM in a software as a service (SaaS) model, we just need a BPM SaaS provider who also opens up the functionality via web services for integration into other applications, like Salesforce.com has done.

Or should BPM remain a part of an organization’s internal backbone?

Circular quotes on BPM and SOA

All of a sudden, there’s a lot of noise around enterprise mashups. Dennis Howlett posts about BPM and SOA, quoting a post by Jeff Clavier on the same topic. Dennis’ post also quotes a post by David Berlind which is actually a quote by me from an earlier quote that David quoted, and Jeff quotes David’s post that refers to me, so it all seems to come around in a circle to my earlier post on mashups and corporate SOA. Sometimes blogging is a bit like the telephone game.

Equally interesting is Jeff’s post about a TiE SIG Software event next week on Web 2.0 in the enterprise. I would SOOOO like to be there; if I had know about this earlier, I might have left for Mashup Camp a few days early.

What it comes down to is that Web 2.0 is, or will be, all about integration. David Linthicum posts about Salesforce.com becoming a web service provider (without yammering on about how they had another outage in the past week, as everyone else has been doing, ignoring the fact that outages occur all the time inside corporate IT but you just don’t hear about it) and links to Phil Wainewright’s interview with the Salesforce.com CEO, who has the grace to admit that he didn’t visualize the integration potential back when it all started.