Our IBM jStart Emerging team celebrates it's 15th anniversary this year. Our team has worked on a variety of technologies though the years. We first started working on Java in the late 90's and then progressed to XML to (SOAP) Web Services to Web 2.0/Mashups to Big Data/Unstructured text analytics. One common theme to our team's work is provide solutions to our customers to address "real world" business problems. I like to call our team's work "applied innovation". Our team's mission is to take technologies and apply them in a unique way to address customer needs.
Here's an article that describes our team's mission and how we execute on that mission
Manager, IBM jStart Emerging Technologies