Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
For those of you attending the Web 2.0 Expo this week, I highly recommend you attend Rod Smith's session on "Mashing Up Business Value With Web 2.0". You'll hear about how there's a need within the enterprise to have a "mashup eco-system" comprising of data sources (mashup widgets, feeds) along with tooling (such as IBM's enterprise mashup maker-QEDwiki). What's the business value of Web 2.0 mashups within the enterprise? You'll hear from one of IBM's key customers about their view of Web 2.0 mashups and how it can help attract new customers for their business.
Rod always puts on an entertaining presentation so stop by his session if you're at the Expo on Monday morning!
Wikis are popping up everywhere. The are even making the news, with well publicized stories about people changing articles on . Wikis provide a great way for people to collaborate on Web content and form a community around a goal. But, are wikis right for the enterprise? Are people trying them in the business setting? The answer to both of those questions is "yes."
Wikis are in the early stages of adoption within the enterprise, and many companies are only in the pilot phase of deployment. But others are already using wikis to support critical business operations. Their application falls mainly into the following categories.
Communities of interest or project teams benefit from collecting and sharing knowledge about the subject of common interest. Wikis are used in businesses to allow such communities and teams to support themselves by building up bases of knowledge that can be used and augmented over time. The joint ownership and shared authorship of the content helps keep the information timely and up-to-date.
Project management accounts for a significant proportion of enterprise wiki usage. Project control documents, plans, status, sub-team reports, "how-to" documentation and specifications are collaboratively created and maintained in the wiki. The wiki can augment and sometimes replace more formal project management tools.
Working Document Repository
Many types of documents are authored by teams of contributors. The document creation is usually centered on a single editor and often involves iterations of team comments and revisions. Usually, the editor distributes new versions via e-mail and the reviewers send marked up versions back (or share them with the other reviewers) via e-mail, making it difficult for reviewers to know what the latest version is and forcing the editor to reconcile conflicting comments. Using a wiki to collaboratively create such documents eliminating much of the e-mail and allows to the team to make changes or post comments directly to the shared view of the document.
A good example of an enterprise that uses wikis for all three of these purposes is IBM. Within IBM any employee can create a wiki instance via a central wiki deployment infrastructure by a couple clicks of the mouse. Main-line product development groups, discipline-base communities of interest, topical study teams, and other communities use wikis in the ways described above. Some groups use wikis in pilot projects, while many have wikis serving in support of critical processes.
This seems like the time for businesses to explore how wikis could help their employees be more efficient and effective. In later posts, I'll offer other ideas on how wikis can be use and how the wiki concept can be evolved.
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If you're already using a Feed Reader, go ahead and skip this post. But if you're a fan of a lot of different websites and it's becoming too much of a hassle to constantly check them, then RSS subscriptions may be your answer.
A feed reader helps you out by checking your subscriptions for you and displaying the stuff you haven't seen yet. For those familiar with TiVo, it's like having a "Season Pass" (with subscriptions to web content) and viewing your new stuff in a sort of "Now Playing" list.
Getting started is extremely easy. You start by choosing a Feed Reader. There's a lot of good choices out there: some of them are standalone apps, some are Firefox browser extensions, but I like the Google Reader, which is a web-based feed reader.
To get started, you have to register an online account at: http://www.google.com/reader/
Logging into this site lets it keep track of your personal set of subscriptions so you can get to them from different computers. You can also share your subscriptions with friends (this is the Social Networking aspect) or import / export your list.
You'll find one at the top of the developerWorks page on which this blog resides. If you click it, you'll see the actual feed. Firefox will put a helpful "Subscribe to this feed using..." link at the top. If you want to add it to Google, just select Google from the drop-down list and click "Subscribe Now". That's it! You've added your first subscription.
If you aren't using Firefox, just click "Add a subscription" from the Google Reader page and paste in the URL to the feed. The URL for this blog is: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/roller-ui/rendering/feed/etech/entries/atom
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Those of you who read this space regularly may recall some referencesI've made to a project underway in my organization called QEDWiki. Unfortunately, I've not been able to say much about it because therehasn't been much made public (internally or externally) for me toreference. But that's beginning to change now and hopefully soon I'llbe able to provide links to places where you can play with andlearn more about our little toy. But in the mean time, here's apointer to a short interview of my VP and IBM Fellow, Rod Smith on QEDWiki, situational applications and programming for the masses. Here's my favorite quote:
"It's hard for me to say 'end-user programming' without cracking a smile. It's been overhyped and overpromised,"WithQED, we've got a chance of actually getting it right. Watch thisspace for announcements and news regarding QED as it occurs.
Thanks for reading,
The Integrated Development Environment for Laszlo now runs on Eclipse 3.1. You'll want to use the latest Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) and OpenLaszlo 3.0.2 releases.
It looks like Eclipse has finally released an all-in-one download for the 0.7 WTP, which is a welcome convenience for those of us who are tired of having to download five separate packages.