Integration of heterogeneous data and services has always been a concern for creators and managers of services. With the emergence of the Web, the need for reusing data and services became even stronger, as the number of available services raised.
Cloud-based services are also created using different paradigms and present the same challenges as the ones found in Enterprise Services, or on the Open Web, and the opportunity to create mashups of services using different models.
There is currently extensive deployment experience with Web Services; the Semantic Web is more mature; and the XML Stack has become ubiquitous. The increasing use of JSON-based services and Cloud-based computing combined with experience and maturity of the XML-based services and of the Semantic Web technologies suggests that now is a good time to find ways to bridge and combine these various technologies to make a coherent platform for future business and technical work. Additional information, reports, and presentations are available from this W3C Workshop. Continue reading →
Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning “information which has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information”. According to Friedman (2008) the “main goal of data visualization is to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional or extremely sophisticated to look beautiful.
Data Visualization Strategy
Edward Tufte @EdwardTufte delivered a great presentation about data visualization strategy for the star studded Tech@State event audience. Tech@State ( @techATstate ) connects tech innovators and those interested in diplomacy and development to enable 21st century statecraft by improving education, health and welfare of the world’s population. The Edward Tufte: Beautiful Evidence (Highlights) video is available here. Edward Tufte’s complete data visualization strategy presentation video is available here, his presentation begins at 14:24.
If your display isn’t worth 1000 words, to hell with it – @EdwardTufte
Data Visualization Tools & Services
Google Data Visualization Services
Google Data Visualization Service provides a variety of charts that are optimized to address your data visualization needs. These charts are based on pure HTML5/SVG technology (adopting VML for old IE versions), so no plugins are required.
Sencha ExtJS Data Visualization Tools
Highcharts Data Visualization Tools
Current Data Visualization Twitter Game Board
Diversity fuels innovation. Sports fanatics have their fantasy football teams. This is my fantasy innovation team. This Data Visualization twitter game board represents people focused on sharing ideas about how to make data make sense.
The Ultimate Strategy & Development Guide to Mobile Markets
This beautiful and comprehensive guide created by the amazing people at “Enough Software” is a spectacular piece of work! You will be astonished by how incredibly fast you can establish your presence in the mobile market with the simple steps explained in this PDF guide for all things mobile.
Mastering the Mobile Market
Here are just a few things you will quickly learn in the “Mobile Developer’s Guide to the Galaxy”.
A mobile market strategy should be a foundational part of Social Business Models. I hope this encourages others to share their ideas about Social Business Strategy and their thoughts about Mobile Markets.
Trends about our culture today show us people are busy and tolerance for complicated things seems to be getting lower with each passing day. Twitter tapped this culture trend of time commitment by keeping post limited to 140 characters and with it’s User Friendly / People Focused Design. The Mobile Market is exploding, more people own mobile devices than computers. Twitter tapped this trend by integrating a mobile strategy early in their plan. People like things to fit their needs, this is why Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) should be a critical part of any technology strategy. Twitter empowers people through it’s API with the ability to share custom information across multiple environments.
Happy Fav Five Friday!
Fav Five Places
I actually have a few more than five favorite places. I hope you don’t mind.
The Famous Twitter Sketch
You can see the birth of the idea for Twitter in this sketch and you can read Jack Dorsey’s thoughts about this sketch here. Notice the simplicity of the design and how the idea of sharing across multiple channels was an early thought. The discovery (“find-em”) part toward the bottom is a very smart piece to include early in the design too. Sharing ideas (Collaboration) is the main point of Enterprise 2.0. This sketch reminds us of how a simple idea, shared with others can grow into something beyond your imagination.
Twitter Talk at TED
Evan Williams of Twitter talks about integrating his ideas about SMS with Jack Dorsey’s ideas about Twitter. Evan goes on to talk about the Fundamentals of Twitter. He quickly describes how people discover uses of Twitter for Business and in Government.
A great quote here is, “One of the many ways that users shaped the evolution of Twitter”. I can’t wait to here this in the Enterprise, “One of the many ways that USERS shaped the evolution of Enterprise 2.0″.
Twitter’s design and API make this tool so simple to use, that a common house plant can communicate to the world. This reminds us of the power of simplicity. Technology should lower barriers, not create new ones.
“Going far beyond the original idea” is another great quote. I believe Enterprise 2.0 is designed to support doing this very thing.
There are many things taught about innovation in this video
Twitter CEO Evan Williams speaks to users in Tokyo
“What we learned time and time again from listening…” is an important quote in this video. You can also see the chart of all the tweets over the course of the World Cup. This got me thinking about what would happen to your business if an idea had this much collaboration through Enterprise 2.0 tools.
Biz Stone and Evan Williams on Twitter
In this more recent video we hear Biz and Evan talk about how relationships are important. Listening to customers can help avoid PR disasters and improve brand loyalty. A little communication can reverse a customers decision about going to your competitor. They also share some important thoughts on privacy.
How Twitter Changed My Life
This is an impressive presentation about Twitter and how to harness it’s value.
Twitter provides a nice collection of case studies. These case studies include reports from big businesses, non-profits, and government.
The Power of the API
In the first video Evan mentions there were over 2,000 applications using Twitter’s API. Their API enables people to share filtered customized data across multiple environments. The ability to share information across multiple environments increases the opportunities for collaboration. What if your Enterprise 2.0 Solution had an API to support sharing data when you need it, where you need it?
Twitter API Mashups and Apps on Programmable Web
You can discover and learn from a huge collection of APIs and developers at Progammable Web.
Twitter API Mashups and Apps on Yahoo Pipes
You can discover some new ways of using Twitter at Yahoo Pipes.
Fav Five Faces
Who is on your “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week?
Here are just a few new friends that have connected me to new people and new ideas this week. You might be familiar with “Fantasy Football Teams” and such, well this is my “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week. I recommend following these smart, creative people on Twitter.
Communication strategist. Digital Something. Connector. Entrepreneur. Anime & SciFi lover. http://twitter.com/db
VP of Product at Spigit, the SaaS enterprise innovation management platform. And a Dad who misses running marathons. http://twitter.com/bhc3
IT consultant, managing software development/ integration projects for a living; .Net, CMS, intranet, collaborative workplace, knowledge management, e-learninghttp://twitter.com/dzhu
Technology consultant/architect at IBM in Cambridge MA, enterprise search, social computing; piano, a cappella, cyclist, origami, iPhone; my tweets are my own!http://twitter.com/eric_andersen
social media strategist, technological optimist, blogger, consultant, father, spreker, innovatie, php, wordpress | I collect and tweet interesting links http://twitter.com/rickmans
Web 2.0, Social Media, Mashups, and Rich Internet Apps in the Enterprise
Web 2.0 Strategy in an Organization
Web 2.0 is about two-way communication and collaboration. We see this Web 2.0 Strategy applied to a degree in most Enterprise 2.0 Solutions within organizations. We see this through employees using wikis, blogs, and other Social Networking tools on the Enterprise Platform. Using these tools to centralize conversations is great, but what if this same group of employees could connect their relevant data together into a visual display? This could be a “Dashboard” that displays charts, figures, maps, and other data related to a current project. This could also be something as simple as dynamic map widget on your org chart. These type of things are already available in the Web 2.0 World. These type of things can also be available in Enterprise 2.0 Solutions through Mashups. Here you will find some videos, slides, and other resources on How to use Web 2.0 Strategy in Organizations.
Introduction to Mashups
Learn what mashups are and why they matter with this short animated video.
What Are Mashups?
The Fast Track to Building an Enterprise App Store using Enterprise Mashups with Dion Hinchcliffe
Sure, you know what an ‘App Store’ is. But do you know how it can help your enterprise with strategic objectives like compliance, governance, transparency, profitability, and efficiency? And do you know the quickest way to get your Enterprise App Store going?
This was a great webinar by @JackBe and @dHinchcliffe. They explained how a Web 2.0 strategy in your organization can lead to greater productivity and higher collective intelligence. Mashups and Enterprise App Stores empower users and adds exponential value to Enterprise 2.0 Platforms. I included a few slides from this webinar, but you can get all of slides plus the webinar audio here.
Open Platform vs Closed Platform
It’s no secret that Facebook experienced tremendous adoption when they decided to move towards an open Web 2.0 Strategy.
Empowering Users with the Ability to Self-Service and Create will free resources and unlock the power of Crowdsourcing in the Enterprise. This has been a key Web 2.0 Strategy for many organizations in the public web space for a long time. It’s great to see more people thinking about how to use this strategy inside the Enterprise.
Seems like a lot of people are excited about using and creating APIs and Mashups in the Enterprise. You may be thinking, “How do I get started?” Help is available! JackBe has a friendly staff, active developer community, and PRESTO, An Enterprise-Ready Mashup Solution. You can let them do the heavy lifting, while you focus on what is important to you now.
From Enterprise Productivity to Collective Intelligence – Web 3.0, Social Media, Mashups, and Rich Internet Apps
Event: Free Webinar May 06, 2010 by Mark White, Principal – Deloitte Consulting LLP
New themes have emerged for enterprise applications, including intuitiveness, interoperability, portability, and aggregation. How are innovative CIOs employing these themes collectively to provide useful and usable solutions to end users? We’ll discuss:
Ways social media, information-sharing, and enterprise knowledge management combine to help deliver insight management – palettes and tools for collaborative results.
Mashups grown up – delivering a single version of the truth enterprise-wide through correlation, rules engines, visualization, workflow, contextualization, and tagging.
Updating the usability of legacy enterprise applications through flexing the front end.
Learn about ways collective intelligence can help organizations achieve more informed decision making and strategy execution. Register here.