As I work through the Glue agenda, I’m finding myself in a position of having WAY too much to cover and not enough room. I don’t mean that in a “i’ve got to cram my sponsor’s product pitches onto the agenda” sense; I mean it in a “there is just too much to cover — purely topically” sense.
Here’s what I’m looking at (both on the agenda and floating around in my head):
1. This whole area of app development frameworks/environments. I mean everything from Azure to Google App Engine to Tweetapp (a framework for developing twitter apps *on* Google app engine) to Morph Labs to you name it.
2. App hosting, measuring, reporting, governance, etc . Here I mean everything from cloud hosting to things like Engine Yard’s vertebra stuff (hey – engine yard – call me back!), to Appistry’s stuff to the myriad other cloud offerings out there (SOASTA, New Relic, etc) — and, by the way, there is virtually NO overlap in offerings.
3. The whole API – REST universe. And, man, is this one big! From leveraging API infrastructure (best buy) to the shifting landscape of SOA to WOA (and REST) to aggregating and standardizing APIs – yikes.
4. Data Portability/Continuity. Coghead anyone? There are *serious* interop issues in the Glue universe that aren’t so much about interop-in (interacting) as interop-out (getting your stuff if something dies).
5. Virtualization, Context, Identity, Social Data — the list seems endless.
6. Did I mention things like webhooks, cloud databases, or evolving client-server models?
When I start a new conference, it’s always nice to have a big, chunky problem-set, so that you know you’ll have something with legs to run. The trick is to put fences down very carefully (if at all) early on.
Glue’s problem-set revolves around the massive shift happening as all of our applications move to the web as platform — and I guess I’ve reached the point where I’m seeing just how BIG big is.
The truth is, I’ve got enough content to go “5-wide” (5 concurrent sessions at a time). That won’t happen this year, so some things won’t make the cut. But for Glue 2010- watch out.
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