November 2nd, 2007 | Published in Google Enterprise
Last night's OpenSocial announcement highlighted the simple idea that the web becomes more valuable for users when they can more easily interact with friends and colleagues.
As members of Google's Enterprise team, we have a particular passion for serving business users and use cases, which is why we're extra-excited about the business apps OpenSocial will enable.
In fact, in addition to the support announced last night by folks like LinkedIn, Viadeo, and Oracle, we're proud that several Google Enterprise professional partners participated in last night's announcement with demos to preview how OpenSocial will help businesses:
- Salesforce.com demonstrated its platform support as an OpenSocial-enabled website (video, demo about three quarters in)
- Theikos and Appirio created OpenSocial apps that run inside Salesforce.com
- LimitNone's iBuild app can now add OpenSocial-powered features to its Gadget-based apps
Appirio's Google Gadget Builder for Salesforce.com, which currently allows you to display dynamic "dashboards" of Salesforce.com data on iGoogle, will take a similar approach by incorporating OpenSocial-powered features.
Both developers and users win because these products will work across a growing number of OpenSocial-enabled sites.
If you're a developer and would like to learn more about OpenSocial applications for business, you can start today by signing up for an Orkut or Salesforce.com OpenSocial sandbox account. The list of OpenSocial websites for business will grow over time, but these two early adopters enable you to start exploring today.