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When I say that users need a master's degree to get at data in a

particular Cloud application,  I mean that because each ...
One company might think that getting a username,  a password and a
security token is the kind ofauthentication that should...
” If you are trying to use a report writer and that report writer wants to send
a structured query language (SQL) statemen...
I have seen some subsets of SQL,  and that is fine,  but I have not seen any
system yet that implements all of SQL as thei...
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A Master’s Degree in “The Cloud”

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Business users are using the Mensagam to access SaaS data via their favorite reporting and BI tools, Application developers are using the Mensagam to create new features or completely new applications - in their preferred development language - using data from existing SaaS applications

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A Master’s Degree in “The Cloud”

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  2. 2. When I say that users need a master's degree to get at data in a particular Cloud application, I mean that because each of these SaaS applications has been built mostly with the user interface in mind — the user is immediately able to start using the application by simply getting an account and logging in — access to the data from programming languages or tools is almost always an afterthought. What we have right now is an industry wherein recent surveys have shown only half of the applications to have any type of web service application programming interface (API) at all. The ones that do have AP| s are arbitrary. I am not saying that they are not well designed or well written by good engineers. They are, but each engineer and each application had its own reasons for making their API one particular way.
  3. 3. One company might think that getting a username, a password and a security token is the kind ofauthentication that should be done, and it should be passed in the simple object access protocol (SOAP) header. Another company might think, "No we're going with OAuth, and OAuth is how we're going to do authentication. "One company might think, ''well, let's see. For the retrieval requests, for sending us a request for information, well, we have an object model and we're going to let each of our objects find a record or find a group of records, and they can even give us two values and we'll give them records in the range of values. They can give us two dates and we'll give them all the records in that date range and they can do that in each ofthe objects and that's how they'll access our data.
  4. 4. ” If you are trying to use a report writer and that report writer wants to send a structured query language (SQL) statement, and it wants to be able to say, ”Find me all the records where the last name equals Smith and the state equals Minnesota, and it's in this date range; then find me all the bills that he has paid from this other table and then sort all that by date and give me that answer. ”We| |, neither ofthose AP| ’s can do that. Even though pretty much everybody who is doing any programming knows SQL, as you cannot get out of college with a degree in computer science anymore without knowing SQL, these systems do not implement SQL.
  5. 5. I have seen some subsets of SQL, and that is fine, but I have not seen any system yet that implements all of SQL as their API. Even if they did, they cannot implement it across systems. That means that there is a crying need for the MenSagam, to receive an SQL statement and return data. That relieves all the programmers of the world from the need to get a one hundred page document downloaded, study the API that those developers of that application came up with and basically become an expert on it. You do not and you should not have to get a master's degree in a particular company's API in order to get access to your own data.

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