Today at the IMPACT 2008 conference, IBM made an announcement covered by the press about its new Web 2.0 Portal Software capabilities. That announcement included the following content from the Lotus Forms team:
"With diverse data sources and inefficient, time consuming processes needed to turn data into useful information, more companies are turning to web-based forms. In response, IBM announced today a new lightweight entry-level product code-named TotalForms which the company plans to ship in beta in June."
"TotalForms is an easy-to-use version of IBM's Lotus Forms software that will enable nontechnical people to quickly create, publish and route electronic forms submitted via the web. It can be used for a variety of tasks including customer satisfaction surveys, job applications and product orders. Based on an open and scalable nonproprietary software platform and Web 2.0 technology, TotalForms will integrate with IBM WebSphere Portal to provide one familiar interface for customers."
So you know, Total Forms, will offer not just web forms based on XForms, but also a web-based design experience for forms. More importantly, though, the value of Total Forms is that it provides a server-side repository for completed form data as well as listing and reporting functions. This means that users will have a point-and-click gestural design experience and run-time capability for the full, end-to-end Web 2.0 application. This puts the computing power into the hands of the people who have the problems that computing power can solve.