I'm increasingly convinced that an RSS server is a critical part of the Enterprise Web 2.0 stack - its a messaging system that should be as important as email. Attensa add some meat to this idea by putting forward 3 key reasons for implementing an Enterprise RSS system:
"Enterprise RSS - Why Not Just Use Google Reader?
It's a question that inevitably comes up in every conversation we have with businesses looking to use RSS for streamlining communications. We think there are three big, compelling reasons to use a managed system for integrating RSS in your enterprise communications mix: synchronization, analytics and security."
If you check out their original post, they actually offer 9 further reasons. Now, these reasons are all good but I'm actually looking for some extra pieces of functionality to round out two of the key reasons they put forward:
- Federated synchronization between organisations for direct sharing of private RSS feeds;
- While we wait for encrypted feeds to go main stream, I want managed secure feeds for external consumption - I'm actually thinking of a couple of levels, with options for authenticated feeds and also public feeds with readable titles but content that is either encrypted or sitting out on a HTTPS site so only an authenticated user can read it.
We take the ability to transport email between organisations for granted and I think we need RSS to have the same abilities. I know the Attensa guys drop by occasionally, so hopefully this might give them food for thought.
Of course I'd also like an enterprise version of Yahoo! Pipes too! :-)