Home & Office

Google and BEA in enterprise portal mash-up talks

When web 2.0 and business software collide...
Written by Andy McCue, Contributor

When web 2.0 and business software collide...

Google and BEA are in talks about partnering on a new initiative that will allow organisations to create mash-ups between enterprise portals and applications such as Google Maps.

As part of the partnership BEA will get access to some of Google's hidden application programming interfaces (APIs), which will allow developers to create mash-ups using a new technology feature in BEA's WebLogic Portal, called Adrenaline.

The Adrenaline technology allows portal applications to run on other websites outside of the portal framework, using Ajax and iFrames web development techniques, while still keeping it managed as part of the portal.

Skip Sauls, senior product manager for WebLogic Portal at BEA, told silicon.com: "It allows you to take those applications and expose them to a web 2.0 front end but still manage them within the portal environment. It runs on the WebLogic Portal server so you still have access to all the freedoms, personalisation and security but you can render in a different fashion."

Sauls said BEA has been in talks with Google for "two to three weeks" and has been given access to hidden APIs. BEA is also looking at Yahoo! for a similar initiative but Sauls said no talks have yet started on that front.

Future WebLogic Portal releases will include additional tools around this as well as other web 2.0 capabilities such as RSS, according to Sauls.

Earlier in the day BEA's founder, chairman and CEO Alfred Chuang told delegates at the company's European conference in Prague that MySpace-style virtual communities are coming to the enterprise.

He said: "There is no doubt that culturally there is a new generation of communications going on. If you grow up with the virtual space you won't think of it any other way. I think the same thing is going to happen on the enterprise side."

But Chuang said service-oriented architecture (SOA) will be key to businesses being able to embrace these new technologies and ways of working.

He said: "I think there is some critical crossover point that has to happen for the enterprise to experience the same thing. With such tight integration between process and function it is impossible. You are coding to the specs of the business."

James Governor, analyst at RedMonk, told silicon.com that enterprise software vendors can't afford not to respond to the threat posed by the likes of Google.

Governor said: "We expect the same kind of experience from enterprise technology as consumer websites. Given those expectations are changing that is something enterprise software is going to have to meet. BEA and others need to respond to the richness of organisations like Google. If you want to create mash-ups between enterprise and outside data we are going to need technology like this."

Editorial standards