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Open Source Mashups at LinuxWorld and Web 2.0 NY

Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Apatar, and Jason Pratt of Autodesk will be presenting a session called, “Case Study: Professional Open Source at Autodesk“ on August 5 at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco. They will be sharing their experience on applying open source Apatar data integration at Autodesk. For those who want to attend but can’t afford it, Renat has one full conference guest pass to give away to the readers of his blog on a first come first served basis. Please visit his blog to learn more.

As well, on August 7, Mr. Khasanshyn will attend the Web 2.0 NY conference. He will be sitting in the Best Practices panel with the subject of discussion how to monetize mashups. Three months ago I wrote an article called, “Six Ways to Monetize Your Mashup Development Skills“. If it is of interest to you somehow, join Renat in his discussion at Web 2.0 NY - Best Practices.

Six Ways to Monetize Your Mashup Development Skills

Recently I presented a “guest editorial” to readers. In this article I tried to explain how to get started in the mashup business and monetize your mashup efforts. Six examples of possible monetization models might be of interest to mashup developers and remind you of the basics providing the success of a useful information resource. Special thanks to Dennis Byron who invited us to share our thoughts with ebizQ.

“Despite what many people tend to think, mashups are not just grabbing someone’s Web content. A well-made mashup is actually a brand new information resource, which is unique, genuine, and represents a greater value than its single components. If the mashup fails to meet the above-mentioned conditions, one can write it off as a dustbin full of informational garbage.”

Read the full article…

Unstructured data: a challenge for IT decision-makers

Unstructured Data Growth DriversFound a great post by Paul Weinberg observing a recent survey report by Taneja Group, storage and server industry analysts. They surveyed 238 IT decision-makers in North America and Great Britain around different industries. To give you an idea about the audience, I’d quote that “53 percent of users had 11 terabytes or more of unstructured data in their environments”.

So, what’s the state of corporate information in today’s enterprises? 62 percent of the respondents reported that the unstructured data within their companies was growing between 16 and 75 percent per year. Despite the fact that the dispersion in this result is definitely too wide, this seems to be true.

Taneja discovered that the major drivers for unstructured data growth among survey respondents are Microsoft Office (78 percent), e-mail attachments (66 percent), and backup and archival (81 percent combined).

As you can see, enterprises are still sufering from files disintegration. For them, it is still a challenge to manage e-mail attachments and MS Excel spreadsheets as a part of one-view structure or SOA.

Furthermore, Steve Norall, senior analyst at the Taneja Group, is inclined to think that people are not going to move all of the data into a single storage space. Why?.. Due to huge expenses. (Yep, yep, the open source middleware is a Joker here.) So, he predicts that file management and integration companies will benefit from this and “should prosper”.

Finally, the majority of respondents expected their file management and control budgets would grow by up to 20 percent in the next 12 months [...]

This means the problem is really a headache and the executives are ready to pay for a solution. Besides the adoption of open source data integration and file management software, I expect that any related services are going to be on the rise, as well. One of the probable solutions is to take an open source toolset and allocate a budget for customizing this software to your unique integration needs.

In this case, the unstructured data management costs may stay far below the 20 percent level expected by the executives.

Open Source Globalization Goes On

Have you heard the news of the day? Sun Microsystems acquires MySQL. The two open source monsters are converging to deliver services and evolve together. “Being part of Sun will give MySQL more resources for everything from development, support, services, sales and marketing,” Zack Urlocker, Executive Vice President of Products at MySQL, said.

This acquision will surely accelerate the further adoption of MySQL and strengthen Sun’s credibility as an open source leader. Community members are already wondering, who will by Sun afterwards. =) Oracle? Or maybe Google?

I’m personally interested to know if the guys are planning to offer any new technology solutions for Java platform and MySQL database. Another question is how will the deal change the communities. Though Zack claims that for Sun “it is a part of an overall strategy to change the world”, it would be interesting to know WHAT actually is going to be changed.

Any predictions or thoughts?


SUN Microsystems Acquires MySQL


Step-by-step: Integrating with on-premises databases and applications

Dear fellows, inviting you to read the technical article I’ve written for TechRepublic. Complete with diagrams, this how-to guide covers 5 steps necessary for building an integration with

“If you’re considering or currently administering a account, this article may help you explore how to integrate your CRM data between and in-house databases, flat files, and legacy applications. Here’s a deep look at how to get the job done without having to study APIs and writing, debugging, and maintaining custom code.”

Read the full article at

Integration with

Business Mashup Challenges

Dion Hinchcliffe explores “The 10 top challenges facing enterprise mashups” in a recent post. Have a look at his article to get an idea about the state of business mashups today. He raises urgent questions and issues.

If enterprise mashups unleash hundreds of new applications inside an organization, then who will catalog them, support them, maintain them, and fix them when they break? The IT department? The business units? Using what tools? This is an objection I frequently get from enterprise IT about their fears that mashups will bring back the horrors of having unsupported Microsoft Access-based apps running loose in their organization [...]

Definitely, without support or, at least, ongoing collaboration, mashups can become just some old toys buried in a sandbox. That’s why it is a critical challenge when you consider any data integration or mashup tool. Are there community that can help you solve your problem? Do they sell a non-customized product, or it is constantly evolving and can be adjusted to your current needs? What plans do hey have for the next few years? Sometimes it is important to look beyond tomorrow.

Dion also referres to another article, which predicts “Ten strategic technologies to watch in 2008″. To name few, metadata, virtualization, RSS feeds, etc. And mashups are on the list, as well!

Furthermore, I’m proud to say that Apatar deals with most of these technologies already.

Top Business Mashup Challenges

Business Internet Conf.

Apatar participated in the Business Internet conference, held in Minsk, Belarus. Our presentation was entitled “Monetizing Media Content Using RSS Feeds”.

The event could have been better, actually. I wish there were more people interested in RSS technologies, Web 2.0, etc. in our section. I even cannot post video here, because the camera was installed in the main room only!

Most interesting things I’ve heard were about e-marketing. The guy selling XXX goods explained how he created virtual female sales managers to communicate with the prospects. =))

Next time we should pay more attention to the audience expected and cameras so that you could see the presentation, as well.

Me explaining how to aggregate RSS feeds with Apatar     Alex Khizhnyak and Ludmila Radzevich demonstrating the strengths of the RSS technology


Roadmap for the Next Month

Well, guys, I’m taking a week off! I just need to waste some time to have my mind rested.

Ok, I think I deserve it anyway. =)) This week I finally drafted a brief guide for each Apatar’s connector. They all are available at

I know, there’s a lot to be improved, but please keep waiting. =)

I also started working on the operation guides already. They will be completed in two-weeks time.

Also, I’m planning to post here some more articles about data integration, challenges, best practices, and so on.

Just keep in touch. See ya!

Apatar Wiki and Documentation

Currently I’m trying to post to Apatar’s wiki at least one short manual per day. So if you guys are watching the topic, you will find more documentation within the next weeks. I have a goal to give the users more knowlegde so that they could find how to start and run Apatar Open Source Data Integration themselves.

One of the useful wiki’s features is that there are RSS sumbission buttons here and there. So a user receives a notification when a new guide is drafted.

I hope this will help Apatar users learn more about the features they have but can’t use due to the lack of the documentation.

Bynet 2.0 Afterparty..

Alex Khizhnyak: Apatar Mashups

Yesterday I’ve presented mashup technologies at the “Bynet 2.0″ conference. Said too much about the business, though I didn’t mean it. =)) Actually, I was too confused to think clearly.. Anyway, some say that it was quite interesting. Thank you a lot, guys! I’ll upload the video tomorrow. Just need some time to calm down..


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