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How do you get interactivity, securely?

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Recently I wrote about why rich interactivity matters but what are the concerns around it? Ajax has made new kinds of web applications possible by bringing interactivity usually seen only on the desktop to a web browser. Google Maps and countless other web applications have begun adding interactivity throughout the application.

It isn’t easy though. Many times interactivity is cobbled into existing applications with a mish-mash of code–creating a Frankenstein of multiple technologies and line-after-line of code. This approach is difficult to maintain and can open several security threats to the user, server and data. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bungee Connect named as one of the Top 10 companies to track for 2008/2009

Robin Bloor, partner at Hurwitz & Associates, and founder of Bloor Research just published a list of 10 companies to track in 2008/2009. He named Bungee Labs as number 3, right behind Twitter.

“If your looking for new start-ups that might be successful, then keep your eyes on “the cloud”. Bungee almost counts as a case study in cloud computing plays, because it takes a complete charge by usage approach to garnering revenue from its development software.”

You can read the full write-up here.

-Brad

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@task, with Nate Bowler

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Nate Bowler, CTO of @task, becomes our first in-studio guest on the Bungee Line. @task provides project management, Gantt chart, workflow, and time tracking software through both traditional host-your-own and Software-as-a-Service models. As with so many companies in the providing web-based software, they provide an API.
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Death by Refresh – Why interactivity matters

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This morning I was running some reports and adding information about customers in our hosted CRM and had to click through no less than 5 page refreshes just to change a single field in each customer account. Is it just me or do we waste too much of our lives waiting for a new page to load in the browser? That’s not an isolated example. It takes just as many page refreshes to do similar tasks throughout the CRM. Take the calendar for instance, to change the start time of a meeting in your calendar it takes 6 page refreshes. Allow me to detail the insanity:

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  1. open your calendar
  2. go to the day view and click on the appointment you want to change
  3. view the full appointment, click the edit button
  4. change the field and click save
  5. see the appointment again
  6. back to the day view

I’m not just picking on our CRM, the problem exists all over the Internet.

For me, Google Maps first showed me what the browser could do with rich interactivity. You know what I’m talking about—no more clicking and refreshing, just drag and drop to move the map. This interactivity is much more intuitive and makes online maps much more useful for me. I was already used to this type of interactivity inside of desktop applications, but not on the web.

Even though interactivity like Google Maps is far more intuitive and user friendly, it is still largely absent from the sites we use every day. When you consider the effort involved in adding interactivity, it is no wonder implementations have been limited and require large development projects. There are two main obstacles that I see keeping people from adding more pervasive interactivity:

  • Complexity and cost
  • Security

On the complexity side of the issue, there are many moving pieces in adding rich interactivity. Generally, the most time consuming and complex issue is ensuring cross-browser compatibility. Every browser has it’s own idiosyncrasies in running JavaScript; pages that behave one way in Internet Explorer are very different in Firefox. On top of that, the synchronization between the client and server and the connectivity to multiple data sources adds a whole new layer of complexity. This complexity adds to the development time and the size of the development team, also known as cost.

On the security front, traditional approaches push a lot of the application execution and data connectivity to the client. This approach exposes too much business logic and data on the client and opens the opportunity for malicious individuals to exploit these holes.

At Bungee Connect, we have been working to make rich interactivity a reality by removing the complexity involved in developing a web application. Bungee Connect removes the need to learn multiple technologies and languages to develop web applications. With Bungee Connect, there is no need to write any Javascript or worry about cross-browser compatibility. Also, the Bungee Connect architecture leaves the application logic on the sever, minimizing the attack surface of an application. Data is also kept secure by leaving the connection to the data source at the server and pushing only the data being displayed down to the client.

Just like my experience with Google Maps, when I first saw Bungee Connect in action I could see new user experiences would be possible on the web once you move beyond the page refresh model. You can read more about the Bungee Connnect approach here.

What do you think–is the move to a richer web experience long overdue?

-Brad

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Who’s afraid of the big bad cloud?

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Since we first announced Bungee Connect we have been advocating moving development of web applications to the cloud. During this time we have talked with many companies and developers about the benefits of a cloud-based development process. While most have been receptive to the idea, a few are a little afraid of what development in the cloud means and its impact to their overall productivity. Some of the most common fears we hear include things like “the code is not on my machine”, “I don’t control the environment”, “What about source control and team development”, and “I don’t manage the provisioning process”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bungee Labs goes to the Prom in Boston (a.k.a. Evening in the Cloud) & Enterprise 2.0

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On June 9th, David Berlind is hosting an interesting opportunity to discuss the impact the cloud is having on business applications from both a cloud-based service provider and customer perspective. Brad Hintze, Lyle Ball and Dave Mitchell will be representing Bungee with a table at the event demonstrating Bungee Connect and some of the applications that have been built with Bungee. Evening in the Cloud is a free event, register here.

The Bungee team will also hang around for Enterprise 2.0 June 10th-12th.

If you are going to be in the Boston area and would like to meet up with us leave us a comment.

-Brad

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Free Whitepaper: Capitalizing on Platform-as-a-Service to achieve your business objectives

Picture 5.pngWith the growing popularity of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) many businesses have been wondering how they can leverage the benefits provided by on-demand development and deployment to achieve their business goals.

To that end, THINKStrategies has published independent analysis on behalf of Bungee Labs to highlight the business benefits of PaaS. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Webcasts for Bungee Connect Developers: 101 and 201

Bungee Connect’s Webcast series is expanding!

In addition to the Bungee Connect 101 Webcast for developers working on the Start Tab tutorials (or those that recently completed them), we’re adding a new Bungee Connect 201 for developers who have moved beyond the Start Tab contents, starting on June 4th. Read the rest of this entry »

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Startup Series video from Web 2.0 Expo

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While at Web 2.0 Expo, Jesse Stay interviewed me and Corey Olsen about Bungee Connect. He just updated his blog with some video of the demo we gave him.

Tonight we will be hosting the Social Media Developers Garage. At the event tonight, Ted Haeger and I will be providing a Hello World introduction to using Bungee Connect with a few services like Facebook, Twitter and possibly even Google Contacts.

-Brad

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Bungee In the News: May

We have gotten a lot of great coverage lately and I want to call out a few key pieces:

Bungee: The Software Life Cycle as a ServiceRobin Bloor, Hurwitz and Associates

Nowadays development environments are like amoebas, they all look alike to me and they all seem to work in a similar fashion, but BungeeConnect is startlingly different in several ways.

How PaaS pulls software pricing downPhil Wainewright, ZDNet

The pricing is interesting because Bungee has done away with separate pricing for storage, bandwidth, processing and so on, instead setting a single fixed price of $0.06 (six US cents) per user-session-hour.

Jumping from SaaS to PaaSLauren McKay Destination CRM

Picking up where software-as-a-service (SaaS) leaves off in terms of integration and interactivity is the relatively new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model. Bungee Labs, a young PaaS vendor, aims to ease the process of integrating siloed CRM applications with other Web-based business solutions and third-party data.

Bungee Jumps into a federated platform model – Robert Mullins, SD Times

Bungee Labs, a platform-as-a-service provider, is offering two options for hosting applications created on its developer platform, in an effort to serve enterprises who want to keep their applications on their own network as well as those with their heads in cloud computing.

Bungee Jumps into federated hostingClint Boulton, eWeek

Startup Bungee Labs is taking the next step in what it believes is the first comprehensive platform-as-a-service offering with federated hosting for its Bungee Connect platform.

Bungee Labs Evolves Federated HostingRichard McManus, ReadWriteWeb

Federated hosting, low pricing and perhaps eventually open sourcing parts of the platform are good moves – but the bottom line is that those features need to attract new customers. It’ll be worth checking back on Bungee Labs again at next year’s Web 2.0 Expo!

Enterprise Software: Customer Survey 2008McKinsey & Company

The second archetype is the development platform, typified by companies such as Bungee Labs and Coghead. The innovation here is around providing all or some of the integrated developer environment (IDE) tools needed for creating an application on the Web, in addition to hosting. It is a cost-effective alternative to licensing on-premise toolkits for developers, i.e., SDKs. While this is the most nascent, and hence least understood, of the three archetypes, it could create a tectonic shift in software development by opening application creation to a much wider array of developers for a modest cost and even enabling a new generation of non-developers to create SaaS applications easily.

-Brad

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