The IBM emerging technologies team has been keeping busy working on new technologies. We are still active in mashups and mashup applications, but we also are working on new technologies that are on-the-horizon. Today, I'd like to highlight a project we call "Blue Spruce".
Project Blue Spruce is an early cooperative web platform thatenables virtual meeting conversations without sacrificing the qualityof face-to-face interactions. Collaboration between remote parties is typically aone way street through a few legacy channels. Project Blue Spruce extends andsimplifies many collaboration scenarios (co-browsing).
Edgewater Technology Weblog recently wrote an article which explains "co-browsing" and also provides a positive review of the IBM Blue Spruce technology.
One of the key differentiators of Blue Spruce is the fact that customized "high-value" collaborative co-browsing applications can be created. For example, the IBM created an online radiology theater prototype where a group of doctors can log into a sercure Web site at the same time to review and analyze a patient's recent battery of tests. In this scenario, a set of data always needs to be displayed and the doctors wanted to have a standardized template. Instead of bringing up a traditional web-meeting, Blue Spruce was automatically started with the screen filled with various patent record information frame which helped the doctors make an informed decision.
If you are interested in learning more about Project Blue Spruce, contact the IBM jStart team.
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies DevelopmentManager