Open Mashup Alliance announced

I’m happy to report that the Open Mashup Alliance has been officially announced. I’ve known about the formation of this group for some time now, and I’ve had to bite my tongue to prevent from leaking the information in advance.

Read the full press release here. (You might notice that I’ve joined the effort as a member as well)

I think this is a really exciting development. I know; some of you might be thinking, “Not another ‘industry alliance’. What have those ever accomplished?” Well, this one has some meat on its bones, thanks to JackBe’s donation of EMML (Enterprise Mashups Markup Language) and run-time engine to the effort.

Having a lingua franca for mashups represents a huge boost to innovations in the mashup space. Let’s say you wanted to write a SharePoint web part to support mashups. How would you do it? Would you try and figure out the proprietary schema/structure of a file created in IBM Mashup Center or perhaps Serena Mashup Composer? Would there even be a market for such a strange animal if you did create it?

Now imagine that you build it around an open standard. First of all, your life is going to be significantly easier. And you’ll be able to pull in mashups created with other tools, like JackBe (and many others, I hope). Maybe there’s someone else out there who wants to make it easy to execute mashups from an iPhone – this can be their ticket to getting started, too.

In short, having an open standard in the mashup space is great. It’s like SQL for databases, or SOAP for APIs, or HTML for browsers (ha ha – just kidding about that last one. Cross-browser testing is a nightmare!). Vendors will compete on their implementations, efficiency, and tooling, and not waste valuable time and resources creating proprietary formats designed to lock us in to particular products.

When you consider how Google shut down their mashup environment, and Microsoft discontinued Popfly it’s natural to understand why some enterprises are a little uncertain if they should venture into this space. If the OMA can pull off its goal and level the mashup playing field, firms won’t have to worry betting on the wrong vendor. It’ll be mash once, run everywhere*.

There are a lot of great companies already committed to participate, and I’m looking forward to working with them to help mashups reach their full potential.

*By the way, the allusion to Java (which famously proclaimed “Write Once, Run Anywhere”) is intentional. JackBe’s CTO is John Crupi, formerly of Sun (and Chief Architect at the Sun Java Center). I can’t help but think his time working on Java had a strong influence on his desire to help establish the OMA.

Leave a Reply

  • XPS2PDF Web
    XPS2PDF is a web-based tool for converting documents from .XPS or .OXPS format into .PDF format. The XPS2PDF Web API allows users to convert documents directly or asynchronously, get a list of recent conversion jobs, get the status of a specific job, or retrieve the quota limits and current usage for a user's account. Date Updated: 2014-07-20 Tags: [fie […]
  • Pemilu Election Results
    The Pemilu Election Results API allows users to retrieve information on Indonesia's 2014 election results. These results can be sorted by party, province, electoral district, legislative body, and election year. The Election Results API is part of API Pemilu, a collection of APIs that provide Indonesia's approximately 187 million voters with import […]
  • Glitxt
    Glitxt is designed to let users encode text in an image in a way that conceals the text but makes it obvious to the human eye that something is hidden in the image. This encryption method makes it difficult for automated data miners to extract the encrypted data, but it is not an advanced encryption method. The Glitxt API allows users to encode text in an im […]
  • Passwd.me
    If developers have been looking for a different, yet strong password protection API, Passwd could be the ideal documentation for app creation. Three categories can be seen in the API site to classify password security: secure, super secure and insanely secure. Nowadays it is not enough to have the same access code for multiple sites, that is why a good combi […]
  • FoodCare
    When consumers have an ailment, they usually go to the doctor. Many times doctors recommend dietary changes in order to preserve health. FoodCare offers personalized nutrition for users from the comfort of a mobile phone. Unlike other apps, FoodCare uses a community based approach, where individuals, restaurants, schools, senior communities and hospitals can […]
  • Imgflip
    Imgflip is a SFW image generator targeted to the youth culture. In this site, teenagers can caption memes, make a gif from video, make a gif from images and even make a pie chart. Using the API, developers can reach a younger audience in their internet practices. The main value of this API is the possibility to make a paid version, even if at the moment it’s […]
  • Skynet
    Skynet is an API for the internet of things. With a collaborative approach, Skynet offers an API that helps developers to make drones dance, turn on hue light bulbs and control electronic devices like Belkin WeMo. This hybrid cloud API also offers to send and receive messages to and from devices to monitor sensor activities. The main value of Skynet is a chr […]
  • InboxApp
    Inbox is a tool that compiles all mail carriers into a single easy to use web service. It streamlines the email experience by giving added control over the collection & cataloguing process. The Inbox RESTful API allows one to access, modify, and filter incoming mail from popular providers like Gmail or Microsoft Exchange. Old protocols such as IMAP or MI […]
  • Events.com
    Events.com is the API in beta that developers might find beneficial to create activities in a local community. This API aims to provide an intuitive approach for consumers who tend to choose events targeted to their preferences. From the administrator perspective, the API serves as an organizer to spread the word of an event, track attendees, manage the acti […]
  • Wahoo Fitness
    In a time where exercise activity is connected to our mobile phones, Wahoo fitness offers an API so developers can create useful fitness software in iPhone devices with the main goal to monitor physical health. Various features of the API include multifunction capability, program navigation, economy, memory storage capacity and ease of internet upload. One o […]