OpenSocial as the platform of social business middleware

Short Form


Learn how the component model of OpenSocial enables creating ecosystems with ease.


Social is all the rage these days, starting from the high awareness in the consumer space with Facebook, Twitter, and others paving the way. Business has seen this trend, and are looking for ways to leverage social technology for improving thier own workflows. While there are several companies looking to define this space, the need to have a social middleware standard has grown to help spur enterprise adoption.

Enter OpenSocial, which by defining a rich technology specification provides the framework for interoperability thru Activity Streams with Embedded Experiences. In this talk, you’ll learn more about the spec and see how to build a gadget using standard HTML and Javascript, using an example of SugarCRM. You’ll also see how this gadget can work on a multitude of OpenSocial container platforms, such as Apache Rave, IBM Connections, and Jive.

Speaking experience

OSCON, POSSCON, Open World Forum, and other numerous PHP and Open Source developer conferences around the world


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    John Mertic



    John Mertic serves as Solutions Architect and Community Manager for SugarCRM, having several years of experience with PHP web applications and open source communities. A frequent conference speaker and an avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connection, and is the author of the book ‘The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications’ and the book ‘Building on SugarCRM: Creating Applications the Easy Way’. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer. He also sits on the board of the OW2 Consortum, and serves as secretary of the OpenSocial foundation.