If you are interested in Web 2.0 in the Enterprise and don't subscribe to Dion Hinchcliffe's blog on Enterprise 2.0 you really should since he is talking about the shift that information delivery Web2.0 technologies are going to enable. His latest post Mashups: The next major new software development model? is definitely on target with some conversations i have been having around 'mashup' technologies and their use in the Enterprise space.
Hincliffe's post clearly defines some benefits as well as the challenges and opportunities of Mashups. If you're responsible for an information delivery strategy in your enterprise you might have someone in your IT department who has brought up mashups, but most likely it is one of your 'geekier' knowledge workers that have sent you a link with a 'masterpiece' they have created- all by themselves. And don't worry, if they haven't yet- they will soon.
I have posted my thoughts before on how i think mashup tools are going to be adopted by enterprise users- if i get to create my own content consumption model as a consumer- why wouldn't i be able to leverage those same technologies to create and share with my coworkers in the enterprise. Over the last few months however i have also been paying attention to some of the enterprise grade mashups such as Kapow (read through some of their 'success' stories to see how big companies are using) and IBMs QEDWiki. However, these tools are not really built for an 'end-user' in mind and as Hinchcliffe points out still need to address items such as "single sign-on (SSO), LDAP, JSR168 (portals/portlets), legacy integration, management, monitoring, RSS strategy, etc.".
Another important issue that Hinchcliff writes about is that most Enterprises are not ready because not a lot of Web services are available within the Enterprise to supply the data and back-end functionality to create mashups- and the value of course is in mashing up internal and external data. For years i have worked with clients to create information delivery strategyies built on SOA principles and those customers that have implemented such a strategy are ready to rock-n-roll in this brand new world as these mashup tools are enabled in their Enterprises.