Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets, & Widgets in the Enterprise

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Enterprise 2.0 App Stores

Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets, & Widgets with AJAX, HTML, & CSS

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The interest in Government 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 “App Stores” is increasing.  This is driven by the popularity of mobile apps and app stores like the “Mac App Store“, which published this press release today:  “Mac App Store Downloads Top One Million in First Day“.  Many tools are available to help users mashup data to create apps.  Some of tools can be reviewed in this previous article: Enterprise 2.0 Strategy For Empowering Employees.

Government 2.0 App Stores

Each Government  Agency is unique, their complex needs require state-of-the-art software to get business done.   The General Services Administration’s Cloud Business Apps provide solutions.   These Business Apps are geared towards the enterprise with cloud software solutions such as analytical, business processes, CRM, tracking and monitoring tools, business intelligence and more. Learn more about Gov 2.0 and Government App Stores in this previous article: Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra speaks about Government 2.0.

Web 2.0 Apps & Sharable Content Objects

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The concept of Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets, & Widgets is very similar to the “Sharable Content Object Reference Model” (SCORM) as defined by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) A “reference model” is something that shows what kinds of services will be needed to solve a particular problem, how they can be put together, the relevant standards that apply, and how they might be used.  The reason for using Enterprise 2.0 App Stores is explained in this article: Enterprise 2.0 Widgets, Mashups, App Stores & Cloud Computing.

The idea of App Stores is nothing new.  The technology used to support app stores is similar to Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) with JSR-168 and JSR-286, except these specifications do not support Web 2.0 technologies (AJAX) very well.  The higher concept of the Producer/Consumer architecture lives on.  New security models will emerge as app stores in the Enterprise continue to grow.  Improving methods for centralizing authentication and authorization will gain more attention as Businesses and Government move toward Federated App Stores hosted in a Cloud Computing Environment.

Web 2.0 Gadgets and Widgets Specifications

Web 2.0 Apps, Gadgets, & Widgets with AJAX, HTML, & CSS

What is the difference between a Web 2.0 App, Gadget, or Widget?  The difference between these terms depends on the context of the conversation and who is involved in the discussion.  Google likes Gadgets, Microsoft likes Widgets, and Apple likes Apps.  People from these organizations seem to use these terms interchangeably.  The high level description of these terms is: “A snippet of code that is shared to serve a specific purpose”.  It is important to know (for security and privacy issues) that the code can be hosted locally or externally.  The good news is apps, gadgets, and widgets can be created with common JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.  Here are a few resources that can help anyone create great apps to be hosted and shared in app stores.

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