Special Report

Enterprise mashup practices and standards

An enterprise mashup combines data and services from disparate sources into a new application. Because they can be made easily compared to other types of software, and because they can create new functionality out of existing parts, enterprise mashups are seen as valuable tools for integration and modernization. In this three part special report, learn best-practices, read an enterprise mashup user story, and discover new enterprise mashup standards.

Part 1: Tools build data integrations
Many companies have looked to enterprise mashups to meet business intelligence and data integration demands. But according to Forrester analyst James Kobelius, there are as many ways to do mashups as there are enterprises. How mashups are used often depends on integration demands and company culture.

Part 2: Pfizer uses mashups to shape IT culture
At Pfizer, mashups were intitially spurned by research-oriented employees unwilling to part with the data they had collected. But as the benefits of mashups were shown, the IT department became a place of collaborative experimentation and software production grew.

Part 3: In search of mashup standards
The diversity of approaches to enterprise mashup creation leads to innovation, but also limits broad compatability and collaboration. Several groups have set out to create mashup standards in order to strengthen the industry. Supporters of the Enterprise Mashup Markup Language and the Open Mashup Alliance are two growing standards bodies.

This was first published in November 2009

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