Emerging Technologies You Need to Know
From archive: September 2008 X
I created You Tube video which shows how IBM Mashup Center can solve the problem of spreadsheet overload. This video complements the developerWorks article "IBM Mashup Center: A Solution for Spreadsheet Overload". This video provides an example "spreadsheet overload" scenario that manybusiness users encounter and how Mashup Center can provide asolution to these users. This video then shows how asales manager can consolidate data from her staff and then tailor thatdata into a personalized dashboard using IBM Mashup Center.
IBMjStart Emerging TechnologiesDevelopment Manager
Are you getting overwhelmed by the number of spreadsheets being sent to you?
Currently, many business users spend too much time collecting, combining, consolidating, and distributing data when they use spreadsheets as their primary information distribution system. I have written a developerWorks article along with my colleague, Chris Gruber, which describes how IBM Mashup Center can be used to ease the burden of "spreadsheet overload". Turning spreadsheet data into data feeds allows the information to be easily used by enterprise mashups applications. The developerWorks article, "IBM Mashup Center: A Solution for Spreadsheet Overload", describes a use case in which a sales manager consolidates data from her staff and then tailors that data into a personalized dashboard using IBM Mashup Center.
Update: Scott Laningham just created an IBM developerWorks podcast where he asked me a few questions about this article and the growth of mashups on the web and in the enterprise. Feel free to listen and let me know what you think.
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager
David Barnes released a new You Tubevideo which shows how Boeing used IBM Mashup Center to create a emergency response situational application. Boeing wanted to utilize existing data sources to improve rapid response capabilities for the FAA. With assistance from IBM's jStart team, Boeing was able to show the FAA a "Usable Airport Search Mashup". This mashup application could be used to enable government officials, in response to local or widespread emergency, to quickly identify the nearest airport that can safely handle an incoming aircraft based on aircraft’s performance characteristics such as Airport location, Airport status, Runway length , and Local weather. All this information is spread out among different government agencies, government contractors, as well as from other companies. This Boeing Mashup shows how all this information can come together to create a intergrated dashboard for an emergercy responder.
IBMjStart Emerging TechnologiesDevelopment Manager
So much is going on in nearly every direction everywhere that it's hard to get a bearing on
what is really going on anywhere: the US presidential election represents more than the
selection of the 44th president; the Beijing Olympics revealed more than quadrennial
athletic achievements (now we know that 1/100 of a second can create alot of space);
Georgia is now known to Americans as more than the favorite to win a college football league.
A few Web 2.0 notables from the summer:
- Mobility: I like my new 3G iPhone. I am offered over 800 Internet-based applications
from the related Web Apps store which range in price from free to $39.99. Two of my
favorite are Remote which allows me to control my home stereo from my iPhone as I stream
iTunes music via our wireless network (if I can do it , you can too!) and Netter's Anatomy
Flashcards which offer 900 intricate views of the human body to help doctors advise patients.
I can imagine similar applications on mobile computing devices for nearly everyone of our businesses.
- Mobility II: if the trend of cell phone purchases begun in 2005 continues through 2009, on
average, nearly every person on the planet will have bought a cell phone in this period. Each
of our businesses require a mobile strategy as these devices outnumber PCs 3:1.
- Which is why Microsoft purchased Greenfield and Google launched Chrome, it's open source browser.
Microsoft is not conceding the battle for advertising on the mobile device. Internet Explorer
may be the browser of choice on the PC and Chrome is a framework intended to convert the browser
to a desktop by enabling us to populate our browsers with applications of our choice (see Web
Apps above). Then such a desktop could easily be shared on our mobile devices which outnumber
- Batman with The Joker and Wall-E with Eva were favorite films (insert your own presidential
campaign comparison). It's worth noting that Wall-E was produced by Pixar and Pixar is owned by
Disney and Disney's largest shareholder is Steve Jobs. Now consider video on the mobile device.
- Closer to home, one son headed to college armed with converter boxes to watch Internet TV and to
play his PS3 on his 23" monitor. Attending school in Colorado, he researched and transferred his
banking, savings and investment accounts from North Carolina to Texas solely via the Web. In our
basement, or command center as we call it, I watched his brother so much enjoy on-line PS3 games
(it is almost like being in your own movie) that have I've almost given up on the battle over screen-time.
We've come a long way from Pong.
Internet Strategist, IBM jStart BusinessDevelopment Manager
ChannelWeb has a review of several Business Mashup Technologies including IBM Mashup Center, Google Mashup Editor, and Yahoo Pipes. I was happy to see IBM Mashup Center got their highest rating and beat out all the other choices that were reviewed.
"The IBM Mashup Center provides a slightly more attractive alternative because of the platform's flexibility and easy-to-deploy approach."
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development