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Top Stories In my October 2, 2008 blog entry, I shared the unfortunate news of Web 2.0's demise. This news is now hitting Silicon Valley and Silicon alleys around the world. Soon all Web 2.0 events will either be "cancelled," or their organizers will make a last-minute attempt to pull together a last show, but throw in the towel after that, IMHO. If they buck all business logic, and go ahead with their final scheduled Web 2.0 events, they'll lose millions of dollars and find out after their last show that Web 2.0 was DOA (as a software business model) anyway. Industry participation is a key indicator to determine the viability of technology trends. And what is better an indicator than the success or failure of an industry event on a particular subject matter. This week a WSJ blog entry (advertorial) written by Jeremy Liew entitled, "Will the Rece... (more)

Can You Teach an Old Developer New Tricks?

When SOA was declared dead there was a spate of articles and blogs on why the architecture “died.” Most pundits came to the conclusion that like many innovations it wasn’t the technology to blame but rather people. Architects lacked the skills to properly leverage SOA; business  stakeholders failed to look at SOA as a strategic architecture, choosing instead to use it as a tactical integration-solving solution; network and systems’ administrators did not understand the unique characteristics and issues a well-designed SOA raised within the network and on systems; and developers were loathe to “reuse” and “share” services despite alternate promises of carrots and sticks. SOA was treated as primarily a development concern, and thus network and systems’ administrators blithely ignored it rather than embrace its architectural quirks. The combination of dumping responsi... (more)

Kapow Technologies Opens Office in Japan

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kapow Technologies (, the leading provider of mashup solutions for the enterprise, today announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo, Japan. Macaraeg, an industry veteran who successfully established several U.S.-based enterprise software companies in Asia throughout his career, has been named as Kapow's General Manager, Japan. "Over the past two years we have experienced a steady uptick of interest in our mashup and web scraping software in the Asia-Pacific region, and have acquired NTT DoCoMo and KDDI as customers," said Stefan Andreasen, founder and CEO of Kapow Technologies. "The timing is right to formalize our operations in the region, and consequently, we're pleased to have Fred Macaraeg to lead our efforts. He comes to Kapow Technologies with more than two decades of experience in techn... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

Xignite and JackBe Partner to 'Mashup' Financial Web Services

Xignite, the pure-play provider of financial Web services for mission-critical corporate applications, and JackBe Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Web 2.0 infrastructure solutions that combine service-oriented architecture (SOA) and AJAX to create Enterprise Mashups and Rich Enterprise Applications (REA), have announced a joint solution that provides speed and flexibility for the development and deployment of Web-based “mashup” applications. The solution combines both companies’ expertise and strengths to demonstrate the ease of integrating financial Web services within a dynamic SOA environment, and to allow businesses to realize the full benefit of building a flexible IT infrastructure with SOA. In this collaborative solution, JackBe has built a dynamic, user-configurable “mash-up” Web application that consumes Xignite financial... (more)

AJAXWorld Major Sponsorship Opportunities Sold-Out!

SYS-CON Events announced today that AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West main sponsorship opportunities are now sold-out! The limited number of expo and event sponsorship opportunities that are still available are expected to be sold out soon. The new sponsors who joined the conference this week, and are not yet listed on the conference Website, will also be announced later in the week. The charter sponsors of the most significant Rich Internet Applications event of the year include: Laszlo Systems [Diamond Sponsor]: Laszlo Systems is the original developer of the open source platform OpenLaszlo, and provider of Rich Internet Applications and services that advance the Web experience. OpenLaszlo is an XML-native foundation for building next-generation Web applications that increase customer retention, conversion and brand loyalty. Laszlo provides comprehensive suppo... (more)

OpenAjax Alliance Announces New Initiatives for Secure Mashups and Mobile AJAX

OpenAjax Alliance, an organization dedicated to the successful adoption of open and interoperable AJAX -based Web technologies, today revealed new initiatives for secure mashups and mobile AJAX, as well as a new white paper on AJAX security. AJAX is the technology behind the increasingly popular "mashup," a Website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. As AJAX and mashups continue to gain widespread acceptance under the Web 2.0 umbrella, it is critical for organizations to understand these threats and to avoid them by adhering to some best practices. The alliance has released a new white paper titled "Ajax and Mashup Security," which summarizes the ways in which AJAX applications could be attacked and provides a set of best practice techniques to address each of the vulnerability areas. Available at www.opena... (more)

Kapow CEO: "Using the Right Data at the Right Time" Is the Key to Enterprise Mashups

"There's a lot of confusion about what a mashup actually is," said Stefan Andreasen, Founder and CTO of Kapow Technologies, as he opened his presentation on how mashups are transforming the world of enterprise, a transformation in which Kapow has recently been playing an increasingly active part. There are many data challenges associated with mashups, since there are currently only 517 mashable APIs despite the millions and millions of websites that comprise the Web, Andreasen noted. He gave an excellent run-through of the value drivers for mashups in the enterprise and ended up with a  demo of how the Kapow Mashup Server can add value to businesses today. ... (more)

Why AJAX and Enterprise Mashups?

More and more enterprises are looking into how they can benefit from mashups to improve their business. Unfortunately, many of the best-known mashups today are more consumer oriented. Many mashup examples do not pay justice to the real enterprise value of mashups and they certainly do not explain why mashups are something every company needs to start using. This talk walks through the value drivers for mashups in the enterprise and ends with a short demo of how the Kapow Mashup Server can add value to businesses today. View Video Stefan Andreasen has more than 20 years of experience in software design and development. In 1998 he started Kapow Technologies as a marketplace for cars, real estate, and boats for sale. In 2001, Stefan sold the marketplace to the largest bank in Denmark and changed Kapow Technologies into a pure software company and introduced a server-... (more)

Walking Through the OpenAJAX Ecosystem

As the Internet continues to evolve, new business and technical opportunities are emerging almost daily. This session will talk in detail about some of them but focus on the concepts of remixability of all types of content. We will discuss in detail the OpenAJAX Gadget Specification which provides an important building block of the mashup ecosytem. We will walk through the whole ecosystem from content creation to the cataloging of content from many sources to the mashing up of that content. Stewart Nickolas is a senior technical staff member in the Emerging Internet Technologies group within IBM. Stew's recent responsibilities include chairing the OpenAJAX Gadget Taskforce, leading the QEDWiki project within IBM, defining and shaping IBM's Web 2.0 and Situational Application strategies. Register for AJAXWorld Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)