Archive for April, 2008

Oberkirch on glue

April 16, 2008     |     posted by gluecon

Brian Oberkirch is one of my favorite bloggers. This morning Brian decided to take on identity and “glue” in a blog post. Brian writes of gluing things together via identity in a personal sense, but its got me thinking about Glue in an enterprise sense.

First, some quotes:

“Forgive me for thinking there isn’t a whole lot of life in lifestreams.  Dumb rivers of updates are a stop gap, surely better than what we had before (no centralized method for keeping watch) but not a durable solution for user or service value.  These dim aggregations cloak beautiful seams. “


“What’s interesting about our current round of science projects is the glue that holds them together.

Or, rather, what you could do if you started to really think about the various forms of data glue you could give your users.  Post It Notes use weak adhesive to make your information surface mobile and the medium more plastic.  Let’s not get hung up on form factors, but intstead look to the deeper needs this rash of feature copying is trying to meet. “


“By fixating on one or two specific types of data views (status messages, ‘life’ streams) we miss the larger point.  Adam Greenfield isn’t wrong when he notes that our current social software offerings are weak simulacra of the rich interplay we enjoy in our ‘real’ lives.  We aren’t going to give people richer experiences by mimicking a narrow range of interface ideas. “

The “grand problem” of Glue (in the enterprise sense) is that as “the web as platform,” “cloud computing,” and “everything as a service” move into the enterprise (a move that is starting, but will obviously take *years*), the “architects” that have to deal with that (and I mean architect to include marketers as well as IT folk) are going to struggle mightily with how it is they simplify, manage and reuse all of the stove-piped stuff that lives in different web applications.

The “seams” are the problem and the opportunity.

The “information surface” will no longer be living in large enterprise software suites.

The “end result” will resemble the weak and tenuous ties of real life networks more than the strong-armed structures of current IT architectures.

Glue, the conversation and conference, will be about those elements. I can’t wait.

Collapsing Windows that get glued together

April 11, 2008     |     posted by gluecon

There’s an interesting article out today detailing how two Gartner analysts believe that windows is “collapsing” – both under the weight of its own legacy code, but also (and more importantly) because people are increasingly using “OS-agnostic applications.” One account of the Gartner presentation says that the analysts believe that all OS applications have moved on to the web by 2011.

 We, of course, wouldn’t argue the point. The truth is that the browser is the new desktop, and the web is the new PC (heck, that’s not even new – that’s been true for years). The problem now is that existing vendors like Microsoft will have to adjust to what that radical change means. But even more so, new opportunities arrive in how it is that we can begin to integrate all of these “OS-agnostic applications.” And, by the way, having Google host all of those OS apps is *not* the answer.

 The collapse of “windows” leads to a lot of broken stuff that we have to glue back together. 

WOA and glue

April 4, 2008     |     posted by gluecon

Dana Gardner has an interesting post about how “web oriented architecture” may be closing the window on the opportunity that is “service oriented architecture.” In it, he hints at the idea that SOA is an extension of the EAI (enterprise application integration) of the late 90s, while WOA is the new and fertile ground in enterprise IT architecture.

Obviously, over here at Glue, we agree. In fact, one of the ideas behind Glue is that WOA is not only “eclipsing” other architectures, but that the big problem of EAI is happening all over again. EAI basically tried to “glue” together applications behind a firewall on a corporate network (and gave rise to a great many of the “suites” – like identity management suites – that we see today).

As WOA creeps into the enterprise, the integration (read: gluing together) of those apps becomes a ginormous problem once again. And that is one huge Glue thread.