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Getting your data in and out of the enterprise: Jive joins Data Portability Project

Jive SoftwareMuch has been said about you as a user being able to use your data more intelligently—making your data portable—among Web 2.0 properties and social networks. But what about all of that data you’re creating—and own—on the corporate side of the firewall? How do we make that type of data portable?

Well, Portland-based Jive Software may be well on the path to answering that question with today’s announcement that Jive has joined the Data Portability Project.

“The benefits of data portability are not confined to consumer social networks,” said Matt Tucker, CTO, Jive. “Corporate users maintain profiles behind the firewall as well as in external communities and third party platforms, and the ability to simply and securely migrate that information as necessary will be a boon to the IT organizations of tomorrow.”

I hear you. “Data port-uh-what?” Let’s step back.

What is Data Portability?

According to the Data Portability Project, “Data Portability is the option to use your personal data between trusted applications and vendors.”

Heretofore, those “applications and vendors” have dealt with data that resided in the public space with companies like Digg, Drupal, Facebook, Flickr (and by association Yahoo!), Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netvibes, Plaxo, Six Apart, Corvallis-based Strands, and Twitter.

Porting the data relies on standardized and publicly accessible means of transferring that data from service to service, which enables one service to “listen” to another service or “scrape” the data from an existing profile.

To accomplish this, a number of open standards, formats, microformats, and protocols have been established. These include APML, FOAF, hCard, OAuth, OpenID, OPML, RDF, RSS, SIOC, the XHTML Friends Network (XFN), XRI, and XDI.

Okay, I can feel your eyes rolling back in your head. Enough alphabet soup.

What’s the big deal about Jive, a corporate-side technology, joining a group of the cool kids on the social networking scene?

So what?

In my opinion, Jive’s decision to become the first corporate-side technology company to adopt this standard is momentous and game changing.

Why? Because it shakes the very foundation of what businesses think they own.

Today, most any of you on the corporate side of the firewall have signed some form of agreement. It could be a “noncompete” or simply a contract for employment. If you’re an exempt employee, it’s generally pretty strict in terms of what the company owns.

And generally, most companies will take the opportunity to cast a wide net over your work—claiming the company owns the intellectual property for anything you create while you’re employed by the company.


That means your IM, your email, your time on Facebook, your tweets, your voice mail, your iTunes playlist… All corporate property.

Seems a bit at odds with the way things are going, doesn’t it?

And as more and more of the “Web 2.0-esque” technologies find their way behind the corporate firewall, it’s going to seem even more and more wrong.

Even today, we’re beginning to see glimmers of the data we’re generating in public beginning to mesh with the type of data we’re generating at work. (LinkedIn anyone?)

The burgeoning workforce who lives and breathes in this brave new world will expect that the data they create is data they own and can move. And this is at direct odds with what the old school corporation thinks that the business should own.

It’s not going to be a pretty battle. But with this announcement, Jive is taking a step in the right direction—siding with the future instead of the past.

So what will enterprise data portability entail?

Honestly, it’s going to take a little while to figure that out. But Jive has started the ball rolling.

Jive’s latest high-profile hire, Gia Lyons, a former IBMer, understands the depth of this undertaking:

Think about all the bits and pieces of your worklife, strewn about all those different systems: HR systems, skills databases, LDAP directories, employee whitepages, LinkedIn, etc. Wouldn’t it be great if you could manage all that personal data from a single spot? It can live where it lives – I would call it data transparency, though, not data portability. This can already be accomplished by using data mapping tools in market today, but it takes some serious customization muscles to pull off, not to mention many lunches and cocktails to woo the czars in charge of all of those internal systems so they play nice.

And Jive CMO Sam Lawrence has grand plans for where this enterprise data portability might have the chance to go:

In the meantime, we’re interested in working with the Data Portability group to help contribute to these standards as well as new ones as well. Hopefully, the organization is now at a point in its evolution to proceed with formal and elected leadership, a standards body, voting process and the rest of the stuff that makes organizations successful.

Again, a vast project with which to grapple, but one whose time has potentially come.

It will be interesting to see where this one goes, and to see watch Portland’s role blossom—as the de facto hub of open source and as a growing proponent of open standards—in this new way of thinking about who owns what.

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 14, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

SXSW: A “Noob” With a View – Media Bullseye

A little Silicon Florist egosurfing, again. This time, my write-up on SXSW for Media Bullseye.

Portland Small Business updates its look

Well, I kinda put the whole message in the subject line there, didn’t I? Check out the latest version of Portland Small Business.

OTBC: FastTrac TechVenture Information Session

Steve Morris writes “If you are thinking about starting a high-tech or biotech company (or you already are in an early-stage startup), come to this brown-bag lunch event to learn about how the FastTrac® TechVenture program can help you succeed.”

ExpressionEngine 2.0 Preview

I wrote up a quick piece on Bend-based EllisLab’s demo of the new version of ExpressionEngine. But, with a picture being worth a thousand words and whatnot, this video probably does it better justice than my write-up.

Jive Talks: Millions of downloads for Openfire and the Ignite Realtime products

Jive’s Matt Tucker writes, “We recently saw our Openfire downloads counter hit seven digits worth of downloads. The Openfire project is close to my heart and I first want to extend a sincere congratulations to my incredible team for developing the project into one that has hit 1 million downloads. Now the family of Ignite Realtime products have hit a collective download total of 3 million.”


Neven Mrgan writes “So, this is the project we went to SXSW with (more on that whole trip later). I’m the designer/UI dude. We’re just getting started, but we’ll try not to get too Beta on you. Nobody likes that. Jump in now, check it out, send a bug report. And don’t forget, we love you.”

SplashCast First to Launch on MySpace Platform

SplashCast CEO Mike Berkley writes “Without a lot of fanfare, MySpace launched their Developer Platform today. SplashCast is one of only a few developers launching applications on day one — which was also the case with Facebook’s platform launch in May of 2007. Mashable, Centernetworks, SiliconFlorist, and TechVibes all covered our MySpace launch today.”


Grant Kruger writes “So we are having our DrupalCamp on May 10th. One hell of a crowded meeting last night, so clearly DrupalCampPDX is something we as a group are excited about. Folks came from other parts of Oregon too, including one from Eugene, a sure sign that it’s going to be a statewide event at the very least.”

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

CNN has launched a new “unfiltered” news site for user-generated news reports. What does that have to do with Portland startups? It’s built on Portland-based Jive Software’s product, Clearspace.

OTBC Lunch & Learn (Feb 19): RSS with Marshall Kirkpatrick

Marshall Kirkpatrick is one of only two people who have written for two Top 15 most linked to blogs on the internet (TechCrunch and now ReadWriteWeb) and is a consultant specializing in bringing advanced RSS practices to businesses. These days, Marshall is both a lead writer at Read/Write Web , one of the world’s top web 2.0 news blogs, and a consultant in new online software and marketing.

Calagator: Next Code Sprint: Saturday 2/16

The Calagator team will be having its next work meeting this Saturday at CubeSpace, starting at 10AM. There’s lots of work for coders, designers, documentation writers, and calendar users. Come help them implement iCalendar imports and make sense of event venue info.

Metroblogging Portland: OLPC meetup

Dieselboi of Metroblogging Portland describes his encounter with the “One Laptop Per Child” machine: “The OLPC is a great little machine. I was able to play with one for a few minutes. It comes with two antennae – one for wireless 802.11 and the other or a radio network specific to the OLPC. It has a mapping utility that shows where other OLPCs are, wifi hotspots and other items on the network. The radio antenna can also be used as a bridge/repeater to extend the mesh network. It even had PONG!”

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