There is now a QEDwiki ACORD demo available on You Tube. IBM has been recently working on projects related to situational applications and application wikis.
An Application Wiki enables non-technical users to rapidly design their own means of interaction with data or business services. QEDwiki is IBM's application wiki framework for collaboration, and situational dynamic content development.
QEDWiki is a platform for collaboration
Lightweight standards based collaboration environment
Unstructured to Structured Data Definition
Enables personal publishing
QEDWiki is a runtime for aggregated services:
Dynamic platform for integrating “live” data
Personalization in consumption of external services
March was the 1st month of the Roman calendar. The Caesars, Julius and Augustus, were honored with the naming rights to July and August relegating October (#8), November (#9) and December (#10) to their current slots of 10, 11 and 12 in the lunar batting order. Unquenchable ego, sloppy derivatives and hapless government intervention pre-dates the year 0.
As I prepare for a banking conference presentation (feel free to add your own punch line), I observe the following which could be extrapolated to a variety of industries: media, telecom, retail, transportation.
Bank of the Future predictions: let's keep copies of these in the files along with our stash of 'companies long-gone' memorabilia. IMO, banking in 5 years will be ubiquitously mobile, provided by highly trusted and broadly recommended sources (other customers) and regional in size and behavior.
Bank branches are models of the '*way it used to be.*' Going someplace so that someone else can enter some data into a computer is nearly completely anachronistic anyway. And espresso machines and elaborate video presentations won't entice many desirable customers. The financial disaster of today is good news for the Mint.coms, peer to peer lenders, Pay Pals and atypical financial services entities of the future.
I still contend that the Apple Store and IKEA are examples of what a bank should be. IKEA opened a store near Charlotte, North Carolina recently and people camped-out to be among the first through the doors. Customers want to belong to something not transact somewhere.
When the dust and smoke of the financial crisis clears, Google and China will retain their respective dominant positions as the more creative and the lowest cost producers, sharing the title of Best Capitalized. Now is the time to prepare for resumption of the related global competition.
Things aren't as foregone globally or even locally as one is stampeded into believing. 80%+ of the equivalent value of the stock market is on the sidelines, in cash, awaiting market stability. I envision this being like the starting line of the Oklahoma Land Rush. Every loud noise sends the 'Sooners' out 150 points or so. Do you add value? Can I trust you? Will I be associating with people like me? are questions to which every type of Financial Institution will have to answer 'yes' merely to earn the right to join the customer-rush line-up.
There are plenty of technically savvy, motivated and conscientious younger people out there (gen whatever, doesn't matter). They want to make a difference and are willing make to personal and professional investments before they reap attendant rewards (they elected a president, after all). Successful enterprises of the future will modernize the descriptions of their business challenges so that this talent generation can participate.
Some days I wonder what is in store for my teenaged sons over the next 30 years. Every day I wish that I was 30 years younger to be find out with them. Welcome to March. In like a lamb, out like a lion?
As I prepared for a presentation last week, I required a photo of a bank in San Francisco. Could not find precisely what I needed on Flickr or via a basic search of the Internet. So, I Google-mapped the address and was introduced to the recently launched Google Street-Smart application. Amazing, in short.
Looking at my browser, my computer mouse can literally drive up and down California Street in San Francisco. Up and Back with my mouse takes me east and west; if I rotate the mouse left 90 degrees or right 90 degrees, I see what is on the left and right sides of the street. Two dimensional movement provides 360 rotation!
BTW, the view that I received was not graphics nor animation, but actual photographs (take every 33 feet by specially equipped Google vans) of California Street in San Francisco.
A colleague informed that when he travels he looks up the neighborhood around his hotel on Street-Smart and then goes to Yelp.com for reviews of where to dine, buy coffee, and hang out. No longer strangers in a strange land?! cperrien
IBM recently announced that IBM computing system named “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful "Grand Champion" contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson is a breakthrough human achievement in the scientific field of
Question and Answering, also known as "QA." The Watson software is
powered by an IBM POWER7 server optimized to handle the massive number
of tasks that Watson must perform at rapid speeds to analyze complex
language and deliver correct responses to Jeopardy! clues. The shows will be aired on Feb. 14-16, 2011 and it will be interesting to watch. I remember watching the play-by-play on the Deep Blue chess match against Garry Kasparov. It was impressive to see IBM Deep Blue win the match, but remember chess is a game that has fixed set of variables and a finite set of possible moves for each play. This endeavor competing on Jeopardy is much more complex. Using natural language processing to decipher puns, riddles, and word clues is very difficult. The range of topics in Jeopardy is enormous and the correct "questions" need to be determined in a matter of seconds. (Watson will need to buzz in within a few mili-seconds after the answer is read or Jennings/Rutter could easily win the game.)
Mashup fans will appreciate the elegant visualization. Mouse over the map to see the most popular titles for each zip code. Adjust the slider if you want to see beyond the top ten.
You can also choose a specific movie using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons. (Or use the Alphabetical slider). The title is displayed to the left along with thumbnail graphic and synopsis. The popularity of the selected movie is displayed as a heat map, with red spots being where lots of Netflix members have added this title to their queues.
They've cleverly integrated a link in the synopsis to point to movie reviews on their NYT website. And the NYT site has some nice Web2.0 features, like adding comments, sharing, etc. They've also improved their friendliness to casual visitors, as I was not prompted to login as the NYT site frequently did in the past.
There's clearly a massive amount of data behind this mashup, but rather than being overwhelmed, the UI allows us to make sense of it. That's a hallmark of a good data mashup, so we can all learn from their example.
So what else can we do with it? If you happen to live in one of the twelve available cities (or have lived there in the past), you can check out your neighborhood or old haunts by looking up your zip code(s). You might be reminded of some movie titles you missed in the theatres and might be tempted to see on DVD (great for Netflix). Maybe you'll check out a review or participate the NYT web community (great for NYT, particularly if new patrons are moved to register an account).
Getting back to the business side of things, Netflix could use this data to improve the efficiency of their internal operations, although they probably have a lot more data and a different mashup is probably better suited to this end.
As we move into 2010 and beyond, I think we will see well-crafted mashups pop up in more places. As they become commonplace, mashups may lose some of the novelty, but that's a good thing. Whipping out my flip phone in 2010 impresses few people, but it was not so long ago that such actions were the sole domain of Captain Kirk and his intrepid band of adventurers.
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Those of us who are wondering what mashup support is in the Notes 8 Client might want to check out the YouTube video below, where Lotus executive architect Ron Sebastian demonstrates some of the new features, including a mapping mashup. (Also called a "composite application")
Jim Hsu IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development
This trial technology preview allows users to easily create views of feeds they create without writing code. Users can customize widgets
such as changing colors, size, feeds, and data feeds. The widgets created using this tool can then be posted on a variety of platforms such as on the Mashup Center palette, OpenAjax runtime, blog pages, or web pages by simply using the "Get This" button which is by default at the bottom of each created widget.
Here's a few screen shots of the Widget Generation Plug-in so you can get an idea of what is offered with this technology preview.
The first screen shot shows that there are a wide variety of widget types to choose from (Feed reader widget, Photos widget. Java applet widget, etc.) It is possible for you to add your own widget template to this list that your Business Users can use as well.
Once you have selected a widget type for a particular data feed that you want to visualize, you can easily customize the widget by changing colors, titles, widget size, and data feeds. These changes require no programming ability at all. A business user can easily create a widget that he/she could then propagate to multiple web pages.
IBM jStart Webinar-- Mashup Patterns for Your Business using IBM Mashup Center If you missed the webinar that was held on April 30, 2009, a replay is available on the IBM jStart webcast web site. A copy of the charts are available on the Lotus Greenhouse web site.
During this webinar, Mashup thought leaders Mike Ogrinz, author of Mashup Patterns,and John Gerken, a Senior Architect for the IBM jStart Emerging Technologies team, discussed:
Why mashups have become popular solutions for solving every-day business problems and have evolved into patterns.
How mashup patterns allow you to quickly discover and build upon mashup solutions that others with similar business goals have already demonstrated.
Understand how your business can implement mashup patterns to maximize the value of mashups for your business needs/challenges.
How mashup patterns highlighted in Mike’s book can be implemented with IBM’s Mashup Center.
Mike and John demonstrated real mashup solutions and the associated patterns that reinforce them to help new users understand these concepts and experienced users to gain additional insights.
John Feller IBM jStart Emerging Technologies DevelopmentManager
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
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.
John Feller IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager
Vijay Dheap pointed me to a couple of interesting BusinessWeek articles: Can Widgets Save the Television Industry? and IBM Roars into Business Consulting. The first article describes the increasing importance of web widgets, which can migrate content and media from a source website to other web pages, blogs, or onto the handheld screens of the users' mobile devices. The second article, about the increasing importance of business analytics and data mining plays into this trend, because now the big looming questions become: who is watching the content, and from where.
Jim Hsu IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development
I spent the past week in Chicago discussing Community Building andMash-Ups with a half-dozen of IBM's Financial Services customers. Just as it is good to get-away from the familiar to recharge one'soutlook, this week travels were enlightening for me to get away fromthe daily stream of technology scholarship and have a look at what ourfield teams and customers read and discuss everyday. ITdiscussions may presently be more about business and less abouttechnology, but they are not about Web 2.0. Customers are awareof iPods and YouTube and MySpace, but not Mash-Ups and Ajax and Wikisand iPhones.
They ask: What is Web 2.0?, What are my company's options deploying these technologies? How do I get started?
We all pay attention when we can personnally relate to Web 2.0 (oranything else for that matter). Mash-up or Situational Apps orQED Wikis seem, at first glance, to be little more than the latestgizmo. Ditto for Community Building experiments or CEOblogs.
Mash-Ups interest customers, both IT & LoBs, as theyenvision accessing back-end data without the need for an ITproject. IT execs agree that 60% of their app-developmentprojects won't be needed for as long as the time it took to buildthem. And business execs agree that they can make plenty ofuseful decisions by mashing-up two fields of data to create a thirdfield of information. The Blog and Wiki discussions gain tractionwhen we discussed blogs as a lower cost, more personalized one-to-manymodel of communication; wikis are intriguing as a many-to-many model ofcollaboration. Both offer lower-costs for implementationand support when compared to web sites and email streams and otherelements of MarCom.
At this stage of awareness (low) and customer adoption (lower), Iam convinced that Web 2.0 is a useful topic for connecting IBM's visionfor Innovation, On-Demand (open standards & systems), and even ourSoftware Group's recent acquistions, to technology trends in themarketplace that can enable the business objectives of ourcustomers. We must be cautious in the speed of our approach ascustomers are not ready to be Second Life-like or even ready topurchase a package of Web 2.0 from one of our IBM brands.
First steps are to show customers how the tools and techniques ofpopular culture (RSS & Tagging, mobile phones, Social Networking)might relate to their businesses; then we must show them how to evolvetheir business processes to take advantage of these emergingcapabilities. Customers are interested in this approach as theysense by watching Google that Web 2.0 can level the playing field.
Recently, there have been several positive articles reviewing IBM Mashup Center 1.1. For example, Nelson King wrote in his article, "Put to the Test: IBM Mashup Center 1.1", that "it's not hard to argue that this [IBM Mashup Center 1.1] isthe most comprehensive and, in many ways, most effective mashupenvironment for the enterprise".
So how do you get a free trial copy of Mashup Center 1.1 to try it out yourself? IBM recently created a trial download on the IBM Mashup Center web site that you can evaluate for 60-days. Make sure you first review the Mashup Center system requirements.
If you rather not download and install Mashup Center on your own system, you always have the option of trying Mashup Center 1.1 on the Lotus Greenhouse web site. Once you log in to Greenhouse, simply select the Lotus Mashups application.
I would suggest all users start by going to the Mashup Center wiki where there is a copy of product documentation along with tutorials and videos.
John Feller IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager
For developers looking for one site to get a quick glimpse of what is happening in the "Mashup" world, you should check out the newly launched developerWorks Community Space focused on Mashups .
The Mashups community consolidates information on mashup makers and utilities to createsituational applications, including information about mashup utilitiessuch as QEDwiki (IBM's Enterprise Mashup Maker) being developed by IBM's Emerging Technologies team.
Also, there is an Ajax community available which is one-stop shop for information on the Ajax programming model, includingarticles and tutorials, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, events, andnews.
Since Mashups and Ajax are closely related topics, I suggest you check out both communities on a regular basis. These communities just launched with an initial set of functions, but will continue to evolve to add more community functions later this summer. For example, these communities will offer public and private chat rooms for relationship building.
John Feller Manager, IBM Emerging Technologies Development