Welcome to Glue!

March 19, 2008     |     posted by gluecon

Welcome to Glue! Glue is a conference (and blog) about the idea that now that the web is the platform, enterprise IT folks are faced with a problem similar to the enterprise application integration hell they faced in the late 90′s. Namely, integrating web applications; or more correctly, loosely coupling, abstracting and sharing  the data, process and workflow that is common to those applications. Some folks have described the idea as “Interop for the Web.” Others have called it “web oriented architecture.” No matter what you call it, we hope to be a resource for these ideas.

So, first questions first: When is Glue? Well, that’s the thing. We haven’t decided yet. We’ve set this site up well in advance of when we plan to have the conference (early 09) because we want to gather your feedback. Glue will be sometime in early 2009. In the meantime, we’ll be looking for every way possible to engage with people (architects, integrators, vendors, etc) around the ideas that make up Glue.


And what are those ideas? The categories are a bit fluid, but so far, we’ve identified the following:

  • Enterprise Glue: A “web oriented architecture” via mashups and RSS 
  • Marketing Glue: The abstraction of the management of ad platforms into a common interface
  • Social Network Glue: The movement toward cross-network interoperability and data sharing
  • Interface Glue: Cross-platform, cross-browser technologies like Silverlight and Apollo
  • Messaging Glue: Tools that are evolving for meta-messaging
  • Identity Glue: Reputation, user-centric identity and web SSO
  • OS Glue: Cross-operating system runtimes
  • Infrastructure Glue: Utility computing that binds back-end services 

    What are we missing? That’s the first place that you can help us build Glue…drop a note in comments.  

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    4 Responses to “Welcome to Glue!”

    1. Jerry Champlin Says:

      Enterprise Glue could be more broadly defined to include the emerging set of interconnect technologies focused on increasing the value of SaaS applications in mid to large enterprises by tying together transaction flows in multiple applications and further integrating them to the vast stores of information and transactions living in legacy systems. Today, there are several providers entering this space including Salesforce.com with their Force.com initiative, Boomi, Cape Clear and Opsource. It seems that some of the key elements to success are i) templated, reusable integration; ii) flexibility to support unique requirements in an efficient manner; iii) interoperability between service buses; iv) support for robust security policies.

      A deeper discussion of this component of Enterprise Glue can be found at: http://interarbor.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=259612

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    4. Rob Castaneda Says:

      Awesome stuff and an area that needs more attention. Some other challenges include migration between Saas/collaboration platforms.