With the doors barely open on their new application mashup shop, JackBe (news, site) spent a few days at the Microsoft Partner Conference bragging up their new enterprise mashup solution for SharePoint.
Mashup Sites for SharePoint
Enterprise mashups are in wide use today and with SharePoint sitting predominantly in so many organizations, it only makes sense you would want some of those mashups to include its content.
JackBe, the creators of Presto, a solution that helps you easily create enterprise mashups without a developer background, has extended it product to support SharePoint.
So what exactly can you do with Mashup Sites for SharePoint?
- Transform lists into information sources that can be combined -- or mashed -- with information sources from the enterprise.
- Pull external sources such as databases and web services into SharePoint as customizable native web parts.
- Share mashups that include SharePoint content through other sources like Excel, the iPhone, Oracle WebCenter or IBM Websphere.
JackBe Mashups for SharePoint
JackBe's solution for enterprise mashups with SharePoint are secured by transparently connecting to authentication services, so you can be sure only the right people get the information they need.
An Alternative to BCS
The JackBe solution sounds like an alternative to using SharePoint 2010's Business Connectivity Services (BCS). If you are trying to offer your SharePoint data mashed up with other sources outside of SharePoint, then this is a solution you can look closer at.
If the goal is simply to look at data internally to SharePoint, BCS, which is part of SharePoint, is likely a better solution -- if only because it doesn't cost extra.
Of course, the other thing to note about the JackBe solution is that it is designed to be non-developer friendly. So you may have to closely compare the improvements to BCS in this regard to decide which one you like more.
Get more information on Mashup Sites for SharePoint on the JackBe website. It is available for SharePoint 2007 today, with support for SharePoint 2010 coming in the third quarter.