I should start by introducing myself. My name is Vijay Bommireddipalli, and I am part of the Data Studio Enablement team. Our team works with customers and IBM Business Partners to get up and running on the latest and greatest stuff coming out of the development teams of Data Studio.
I just finished a couple of single day customer events that are part of a multi-city U.S. roadshow about Data Studio and IBM Mashup Center. The theme of this roadshow is about enabling a variety of enterprise data assets to end users in a services oriented paradigm, allowing business users instant access to information and freeing up IT from application development overload. These roadshows are *free* events that anyone can attend, so I'dlike to give you a little taste of what you can expect if you decide to come to one of the remaining shows in Chicago, Dallas, New York, or Boston. (See the front page of the Data Studio community space for links to registration or contact your favorite IBM sales rep.)
The morning session focuses on Mashups. Here my colleagues, Tom Deutch and Chris Gruber, showed how Mashups and other Web 2.0 technologies are changing the role of IT in an enterprise. IBM introduced IBM Mashup Center, which enables a situational application environment inside the enterprise. Using IBM Mashup Center, IT can relieve themselves from being a bottleneck for application requirements and become an application enabler. You can read more about IBM Mashup Center here. The afternoon session focuses on one aspect of Data Studio, which is creating the most efficient data access mechanism to backend data sources. This focuses on architectural approaches to data access in general. The idea is that IT can enable data assets by taking best practices, efficiency, and security etc. into account while relieving themselves of churning out end user applications. This is a key aspect of eliminating the applications backlog that most IT departments typically seem to face. These data assets can then be accessible to a variety of applications (including Mashups).
The way we present the material is walk the attendees through building Mashups on the screen, all the way to accessing and organizing data in their enterprise backend sources, showing a number of live demos of the technologies along the way. The attendees at a recent session in California seemed to "get" that picture. It was good to see the reaction of the attendees and the affirmation that some of the problems we are solving with IBM Data Studio and Mashup Center are actual problems they face on a daily basis.
On Thursday (Aug 21st), I will be in Chicago on the next leg of this roadshow. Hope to catch you at one of the future road shows. I also hope to catch some live blues music while in Chicago :)