Enterprise Mashups Spell Change for IT Departments

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The 451 Group has released an intriguing study about the impact mashups will have in the enterprise.


In the past, the study says, employees were wholly dependent on IT for the applications with which they did their jobs. But the emergence of a generation of computer-savvy employees is increasing pressure on IT to produce complex applications, including mashups, that are to their liking. The reason is simple: This class of employees is willing to develop and introduce mashups that will help them get their jobs done.


Enterprise mashups are generating a good deal of attention. This report on a presentation from last month's FASTForward gets very complex very quickly. Last year, companies demonstrated simple enterprise mashups. This year, the same folks (apparently) showed far more sophisticated and flexible platforms.


The complexity shows that mashups have potential. It also is a yellow flag for IT folks who haven't accepted the fact that they are going to be a key going forward. Those who haven't kept pace should reconsider their position.


This story reports on the latest version of Denodo's flagship product, and looks at what distinguishes an enterprise mashup from simple data integration. The writer cites three characteristics used by Gartner to identify an enterprise mashup. They get their data from external sources, are Web-based, and feature building-block applications whose initial identity is clear.


Earlier this week, Serena Software made several announcements, one of which focused on enterprise mashups. By June, Computerworld says, Serena will offer a way to build and manage business mashups in the cloud instead of within the enterprise's data center. Echoing the 451 Group report, the company's senior vice president of worldwide marketing notes that non-IT folks are putting mashups together. Clearly, the analysts see this as a challenge, and Serena sees it as as an opportunity. (Senena's other announcements involve software-as-a-service versions of its project and portfolio management and lifecycle management tools.)


Ross Dawson brings several things together in this post. He echoes The 451 Group's assertion that the emergence of mashups will change the role of IT departments because savvy employees will be able to throw their own applications together. Dawson also takes a shot at defining enterprise mashups. He seems to agree with Gartner, though his take is much less formal and more open ended. Finally, he names some of the leading initiatives, which include Yahoo Pipes, Microsoft's Popfly, IBM's enterprise-specific QEDWiki and Lotus Mashups.