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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)

Making Cloud Computing Ridiculously Easy

With all the hullabaloo about cloud computing, it is easy to get caught up in the trend of the day and miss the big picture. The big picture is that cloud computing disrupts the data center world by slashing the capital and skills required to deploy a web application. If that is the big prize, then most of what passes for news in cloud computing is more along the lines of "me speak cloud too." Today, cloud development and deployment is still the exclusive domain of highly paid web experts and just as highly paid hosting providers and systems administrators. As much as cloud provide... (more)

CIOs Beware: Citizen Developers Are on the Loose

Gartner this week released a report entitled "Citizen Developers are Poised to Grow." The report by Gartner Analyst Eric Knipp describes how forces like more computer literate employees, cloud computing and better tools are fundamentally changing the role of IT. Eric paints a vision that in one stroke could eliminate the feared IT backlog: "Citizen developers leverage shared services and 4GL-style development platforms, releasing IT resources to do what they do best, if IT leaders allow it." Gartner argues that CIOs should enable business analysts to build "self-service" applicat... (more)

Citrix & WaveMaker - A Little Leverage Goes a Long Way

Citrix and WaveMaker's partnership to deliver a complete cloud development platform is gaining attention. This week, John Abbott of the 451 Group wrote a piece on how the Citrix Cloud Center strategy is coming together, thanks to a little help from WaveMaker (registration required). The Citrix/WaveMaker development and test solution gives Cloud Hosting Providers a way to build a cloud ecosystem that will help them attract and retain customers. As John says: "Telcos and service providers want the elbow room to differentiate their services from competitors by adding their own intel... (more)

Evolutionary and Revolutionary Clouds

Now that we are a couple of years into the great cloud journey is it pretty clear that the big bang theory of cloud conversion is ain't happening. Yes, ISVs are moving rapidly to the SaaS model and it would be hard to find a software startup who is *not* starting in the cloud, but enterprise adoption of the public cloud is happening at a more stately pace. In large part this is due to the simplification required to make public clouds efficient and the complexity that characterizes most enterprise IT environments.  To put it differently, the public cloud makes app deployment simple ... (more)