OpenSocial: The Little Standard That Could Just Reshape the Enterprise

B. Shimmin
B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • The OpenSocial standard is being woven into enterprise collaboration applications, promoting both interoperability and extensibility.
  • OpenSocial is not yet complete or reliably employed, requiring careful screening by would-be consumers.

For decades, enterprise IT departments have sought out and experimented with component development models that would both allow for application interoperability and speed development.  Throughout that time, ORBs, Beans, and portlets have all had their turn and played influential roles in shaping how applications are built and interoperate.  However, a small standard created by Google in 2007 may put all of those efforts in its rear view mirror, at least within the collaboration platform marketplace.

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