Datablogging, The Newest thing

John Robb’s Weblog
The concept is simple. Data is usually locked up in monolithic applications (CRM, ERP, etc.). Application seats are expensive. Training is expensive. Etc. People that need the data often can’t get to it.

What if human readable data flows (via RSS) could be generated by these applications? It would allow the development of easy to read weblogs (that republished these RSS flows) that almost everyone in the company would find valuable. The combinations are almost limitless and the flow is completely automated.

I’ve been recommending this sort of approach to folks for awhile. To me RSS feeds are essentially a by-product of data entry in any db system, just one last statement (open the RSS file and add and entry) tagged on the end of the code that creates or edits the row in the db.