Friday, 13 October 2006
Does the Enterprise (Vendor) Get the Web?
A couple of interesting things have happened recently; first, Jonathan Marsh has a new job;
WSO2 is a year-old startup which provides support services around Apache’s Axis 2 Web services application server.
The company’s CEO, Sanjiva Weerawarana, on Saturday announced that it has hired Jonathan Marsh from Microsoft to head up development efforts in mash-ups.
“Jonathan will drive the development of our 3rd major product; WSO2 Tellurium, which will be a server-side mashup platform. (Somewhat akin to what a BPEL engine is but quite different in approach and usablity!),” Weerawarana wrote.
More on Jonathan’s blog. For those that don’t know Jonathan, he’s one of the folks who has been around Web services pretty much since the beginning, and he pretty much knows it all. Along with the other smart folks in WS02 (I guess Jonathan’s going to get to know the Sacramento to Columbo routes pretty well!), it’s a pretty strong combination.
The second was my old employer, BEA Systems, saying they were in bed with Google;
Google and BEA Systems are in talks about partnering on a new initiative that will let organizations create mashups between enterprise portals and applications such as Google Maps.
As part of the partnership, BEA will get access to some of Google’s hidden application programming interfaces (APIs), which will allow developers to create mashups using a new technology feature in BEA’s WebLogic Portal, called Adrenaline.
Is it just me, or does this have Adam Bosworth’s fingers all over it? Otherwise, why would Google pick BEA? Inside information gladly accepted in comments. :)
Emperors and Their Clothes
In both of these cases, the most noticeable thing to me is that folks who have been focused on the Enterprise and WS-* for the past ~7 years suddenly realising that maybe this Web thing is a good idea. The question is, do they really get it? Will their tools and frameworks and histories help, or just get in the way?
It’s not like they’re the only people doing this; e.g., mashery, which has a lot more experience in doing it for real (hi, Eleanor!). What about Axis makes it more compelling than a HTTP stack and some Atom goodness?
Of the two, WS02 is the more interesting; they’re smart, small and flexible, which plays into the “small pieces, loosely joined” ethic well. If they take it on board.
UPDATE: I just searched for “BEA Adrenaline” and found this, nearly spilling my drink (a serious occurrence in the Nottingham home, esp. when Tivo has almost enough BSG buffered). WSRP?!? Oh, dear. More/better thoughts from Graham Klyne.