Monday, April 28, 2008

Web2.0 Recap

Last week, I visited the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo at the Mascone Center in San Francisco. I had hoped to attend some of the sessions, but vied for one-on-one face time with vendors at their booths on the Expo Floor. Most of the shows and events that I have attended in the last couple of years I have noticed a trend of less swag being given out, but at this show the swag was in abundance. There were many shirts, pens, stickers and tattoos. One booth gave out balsa wood airplanes, and another gave out a pen that projected their logo from the end of the pen... pretty snazzy.

But of course, I wasn't there for the swag; i was there to find out about up and coming companies/products, to try to identify trends, and make relationships.

Let me start by saying that this is my account of the companies' booths that I visited. This is not a compete list of vendors. [For a complete list of vendors, Click here ]

To see many of the presentations from the show, Click Here
testing& analysis of website’s availability and response time
Userplane is the premier provider of communication software for online communities. Five hosted web apps comprise the application suite – each adding core, must-have features to thriving websites. The apps are robust yet lightweight, cross-platform with no user installation, and customizable for a site’s specific needs.
Collaborate smarter immediately. Connect and mash-up enterprise systems, online services, and Web 2.0 applications today.
Coghead is a 100% web-based system that allows knowledge workers to create their own custom business applications. There’s never any software to install or servers to maintain. Just think it, build it and share it!
Sprout is the quick and easy way for anyone to build, publish, and manage widgets, mini-sites, mashups, banners and more. Include video, audio, images and newsfeeds and choose from dozens of pre-built components and web services.
Check out their Enterprise Mashups Webinar about Kapow OnDemand Tuesday, April 29, 8AM PDT:
Memeo Share is the one product that lets you share all of your digital media desktop to desktop.
Web2.0 Enterprise Mashups. Convertigo Enterprise Mashup Server
Kirix Strata is a “data browser” — a fusion of a web browser and a built-in relational database. Strata brings the sensibilities and simplicity of a web browser to the world of tabular data, making it easy to access, view and use data from any source.
Six Apart* makes the best blogging tools on the market and offers personalized services and innovative advertising programs that enable bloggers to be more successful.
Social site where people exchange sets of instructions.
yourminis Widget API. The yourminis widget API (wAPI) is an Actionscript 3.0 Library that allows flash content owners to quickly and easily create engaging widgets that run on both the web and desktop.
The Y!OS platform will centralize user profile and social data in one place on Yahoo! and make it available across Yahoo! properties and accessible by developers outside Yahoo!. We're creating a standard way for developers to build extensions (applications) into Yahoo!’s most popular websites, and we’re standardizing our web services so it’s easier to turn them into compelling mashups and apps.
Social Network site/community
Most Rearden companies start out as internal projects envisioned and developed by Rearden's cross-functional team of artists and technologists. Rearden provides the management, infrastructure and funding, while the team shapes, adapts and focuses the projects until they are ready to be released. Typically, projects are released within the for- or not-for-profit business framework of a Rearden subsidiary or a Rearden spin-off company that supports a particular service, creative work, or technology, and establishes a sustainable business model around it. Through this process internal Rearden projects are carried from conception, to refinement, and finally to the market as ongoing business entities.
Microsoft was there in force, plugging their Silverlight offering.
Oracle highlighted their Web2.0 offerings.
Oracle "Web 2.0" Resources
Oracle Mix - Oracle's social network
Oracle Wiki - [link above]
Oracle WebCenter - Web 2.0-esque features for enterprise apps
AppsLab Blog - blog by Oracle's own Web 2.0 think tank
OTN TechBlog - official voice of the OTN (developer) community
Oracle Community on Ning
Oracle Tweeters
Application Express
Disney was showing off their Websites and how they embrace Web2.0
Adobe was plugging their Max conference coming up in November, also at the Mascone Center. They were also plugging Flex and AIR and Thermo
On-Demand Customer Relationship Management
Brian Dillard of Pathfinder posted his presentation on Slideshare. He talks about where we are now, and where he sees things moving. Click here to see the presentation.

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