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Krissi Danielson

Podcast - Companies Have Big Web 2.0 Plans, Says WaveMaker

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San Francisco's WaveMaker Software recently conducted a survey on companies' plans for Web 2.0 in the enterprise. This 5:41 minute podcast with WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene includes a discussion of those survey results.

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Hi, I'm ebizQ's Krissi Danielsson. Web 2.0 is very much the buzz word of the moment, and a lot of companies are planning initiatives and otherwise exploring the ways that Web 2.0 can boost business. San Francisco's WaveMaker Software is a company that makes Web 2.0 development tools, and today I'm speaking with Chris Keene, the CEO of WaveMaker, about a survey that WaveMaker did to find out more about companies' Web 2.0 plans.

Chris, can you summarize the most important findings in that Web 2.0 survey?

Chris_Keene.jpgCK: Yes, what we found was that companies very much want to get the benefits of Web 2.0, greater collaboration, the ability for users to contribute more to the overall running of the enterprise, but they're really struggling with the tools to make these Web 2.0 applications happen.

KD: Okay. So were there any other sort of key findings that you would want to highlight?

CK: What we found was that the vast majority of enterprises -- we talked to about 200 companies that are engaged in large scale IT, so these are global 2000 companies. The vast majority, almost 90 percent, said that they wanted to build even their internal applications as Web applications. But by almost that same percentage, almost 80 percent, they said that their existing tools be that JAVA and J2E tools, or .NET and C Sharp tools, the existing tools were just too complicated to allow them to build those internal business applications easily.

KD: Okay. Would you say there were any surprises in the findings?

CK: Well, I think the big surprise is that even though companies have been building Web applications now for almost ten years, there's still is paucity of tools that allow what we call non-expert developers to build applications. If you looked back to the last generation of development environments client server, there were a wide number of client server environments that were very effective for non-expert developers to build applications.

There was Lotus Notes, there was PowerBuilder, there was Oracle 4, then Visual Basic. None of those tools have made the transition to the Web and so today, if you're a client server developer and you're looking for a way to build basic business applications that can run effectively on the internet even internal business applications, there really are no good choices that exist for building those kinds of applications.

KD: Okay. So do you think that has an important ramification's for the market?

CK: What we believe is that the whole area of rapid application development and visual development tools is ripe for Web 2.0. I can go onto Blogger and get a blog up and going in five minutes. So clearly, it's possible to create very powerful software for creating at least certain types of Web applications. And yet, I can't go into some sort of a business tool and point it at a database and see forms on the Web like I could with Visual Basic or PowerBuilder.

KD: Okay. So looking at Web 2.0 overall, do you have any key predictions for the future of Web 2.0 in the enterprise?

CK: I think our predictions is that the overall trend of Web 2.0 is democrazation both of information and of applications. And that within the enterprise what that means the tools that will be successful are the ones that allow people to contribute content in a very democratic fashion, those are the wiki's and blogs and things like that, but also the tools that allow people to develop ad hoc applications or tactical applications in a very democratic fashion.

So tools that allow the developer to very quickly get started with a Web application. What we say at WaveMaker is "With WaveMaker anybody can be a Web 2.0 rock star". So the goal is to allow people to develop applications even if they don't have a great deal of expertise in these complicated technologies like JAVA, and AJAX, and JAVA Script.

KD: All right. Great. And also just as one final question, since ebizQ has an upcoming discussion on SOA and Web 2.0, do you have any comments about a role SOA might play in Web 2.0?

CK: Yes, we think again that SOA in some ways has been too long the domain of the high priest; that the real value of SOA lies when you create services that can be accessed by mere mortals. And so in particular, what we believe is that companies that have adopted, if you will, plumbing for SOA need to find a way to put a face on their SOA strategy and that developments platforms like WaveMaker will be a very effect way to allow non-expert developers to assemble applications based on underlying Web services.

KD: Great; this has been ebizQ's Krissi Danielsson speaking with Chris Keene, CEO of WaveMaker. Remember for more great resources on Web 2.0, including podcasts, news, white papers, blogs, and other great information, visit www.ebizq.net, and don't miss the roundtable discussion tomorrow on Web 2.0 and SOA. Thanks for listening and have a great day.

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