Enterprise 2.0 conference next week we will take a look specifically how the enterprise is adopting enterprise technologies. What services are companies using and why?For the
Dachis Group is one of the fastest growing consulting organizations in the Enterprise 2.0 space. In the past several months they've made a series of acquisitions, including the purchase of the Hinhcliffe Group.
So, it's noteworthy what technologies Dachis Group is adopting for its clients. Recently, the company adopted MindTouch as a platform for its collaboration laboratory.
MndTouch is a collaborative platform. It is used to aggregate data from multiple sources. Late last year, MindTouch launched an open-source, SaaS service that integrates business data from any number of sources, including Oracle, Sugar CRM and Salesforce.com.
MindTouch is designed for a business community to create their own dashboards. It allows users to collaborate with a familiar wiki environment with the capabilities of an enterprise platform.
Dachis Group says too often collaborative technologies are either specialized point applications or monolithic platforms. The specialized applications are difficult to extend and integrate. The monolithic platforms are often hard to use and expensive to use for third-party development.
Bryan Menell, Collaboratory Director, Dachis Group, said they were able to use the MindTouch platform to create and iterate custom applications with more flexibility than other applications.
"We chose MindTouch for several reasons, but among them was the ability to customize pretty much anything we want, the ease of integration with any external systems that support API's, the granular level of permissioning (so we can invite clients into our workspaces), and in general the way it gets our people collaborating together to deliver outstanding services to our clients."
Enterprise applications are becoming increasingly complex. We spent the past week at the IBM Rational conference where the discussion centered around the issues with integrating mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and increasingly more embedded software. These included interconnected networks that connect everything from cars, mobile devices and homes.
In addition, the Internet is moving to the center of a new dynamic supply chain that requires information to reach people in real-time. Services like that from MindTouch will become critical for the enterprise in its move to a web oriented architecture.
Enterprise 2.0 is a conference that has a focus on customer stories. We will use this perspective in our coverage next week as we look at the technologies available in the market for the enterprise and how they are being applied.