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Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch

Aggregation Patterns in OnDemand Edge Platforms: River vs. StreamWork

At the recent SAP Influencer Summit, SAP announced its new OnDemand strategy in which a distinction was made between Video Blog: Talking Business ByDesign and On-Demand Strategy  with SAP’s Rainer Zinow. The two platforms that are currently placed in the Edge category are River and StreamWork.  Edge applications “are different in their nature – they are not necessarily transactional, and often they have a collaborative or social component” [SOURCE] 

What interested me was the question: How do the two platforms differ from one another? What use cases do each cover?  

In this blog, I’ll focus on one aspect of this comparison – the platforms as aggregators. I’ll explain what I mean in the video.

Note: I started with a single PowerPoint slide depicting my idea but found that it was too complicated as a static image. I’ve created a YouTube video of me presenting the slide. I’m hoping that the animation is easy to follow.


Of interest is that the aggregation-related intentions of the two platforms don’t conflict with another but complement one another. 

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Thanks for doing this.  A great way to economically (in terms of your viewers/listeners) get info communicated.  Bravo on your choice of content delivery.  This was a nice use of voice over PPT.  Did you use built in function of Microsoft to do it?
      Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch
      Richard Hirsch
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      I used CamStudio and just recorded my voice talking about the slides. It was easy to do and would have been much more difficult to describe textually. I'll being using the same technology in the future - it is a quick way to create content.


      Author's profile photo Nigel James
      Nigel James
      What you don't show Richard is River consuming Streamworks activities and updating them. River could well aggregate the activity streams from Steamworks.


      Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch
      Richard Hirsch
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      True - that is on my ToDo list. You could use the REST API to add an activity to StreamWork. The only challenge was the use of OAuth but there is a sample app that shows how to use it.

      I didn't want to make the slide any more confusing.