Refining the art of enterprise Web apps
JackBe Presto and Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 Suite converge on a powerful and productive model for server-side mashups supporting AJAX clientsFollow @peterwayner
Most IT professionals may be scared of such freedom, and with good reason. If the Nexaweb or Presto server does the mashing, it can decide on the rules for sharing information with the world. Control remains behind the firewall, not with some distant server farm owned by someone else. The downside of this tightfisted approach is that your customers will never surprise you with cool new applications or mashups, something that can be exciting until the so-called customers discover a way to embarrass or rob you. The obvious solution is to open up as many databases as practical but use tools such as JackBe Presto or Nexaweb to do the heavy lifting for more proprietary things.
The biggest customers for these products will be IT professionals with a deadline and a need to integrate a number of internal data sources. If the boss says that the customers need a single place to pull data and reports that tap disparate systems from different parts of the organization, then these are both good tools for creating a rich and usable application that hides some of the confusion going on in the background. They are even more valuable if the hidden sources can't be changed because the developer is long gone, too busy, or uncooperative. Scraping information from the other sources and integrating it all into one front end is quite useful. Both Nexaweb and JackBe Presto are ideal tools for the folks responsible for moving an enterprise's Web presence into Web 2.0 and beyond.