Saturday, April 22, 2006

Mashups: The Next Generation of Employee Portals

If you're wondering what's next for employee portals, the answer is "Mashups".

Mashups are websites, blogs or web applications that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience.

Content used in mashups is typically sourced from a third party via a public interface or API. Other methods of sourcing content for mashups include Web feeds (e.g., RSS) and JavaScript.

In the same way blogs are revolutionizing online publishing, mashups are revolutionizing web development by allowing the ability to combine existing data from disparate sources in innovative ways with far less technology heavy lifting that was the previous case in early portal products.

1 comment:

double dubs said...

There's been some interesting discussion at systematicHR.com about RSS and the use of other "web 2.0" technologies in business environments.

As I stated at my site, I see a sue for RSS type feeds for recruiting and job posts, training courses, etc. but the actual use in transactional business processes simply isn't there yet. For organizations that want to automate process and gain efficiencies, RSS simply doesn't cut it.

Does RSS simplify some small portions of the employee portal? Absolutely! Can it replace the transactional meat of a web services portal? Nowhere close... not yet anyway.

-Dubs