Dion Hinchcliffe gives QEDwiki a very nice shout today in his article Enterprise mashups get ready for prime-time.
"..users have always had development tools they could use and understand, particularly the ubiquitous corporate spreadsheet. If we could only provide mashup tools as easy to use as the spreadsheet with automatic enterprise development best practices, along with access to all the services and content in the enterprise and on the Web, users might indeed use them to solve their business problems and not have to ask IT departments to deliver these solutions using older, (much) more expensive methods."
Interestingly, the documentation is very clear that IBM understands dynamic software ecosystems, viral propagation, and triggering application adoption via network effects.These are very modern concepts from the consumer Web, where the networks and audiences are so large and informal. It's both encouraging and fascinating to see these ideas moving into the enterprise.In any case, though it's clearly an ambitious project, QEDWiki still has a few rough edges that one would expect by trying to do so muchinside the browser, however what IBM has provided so far is extremely compelling and does much to show the promise of this new application development model.
It's worth nothing that almost all of the elements that I believe are essential in enterprise mashup tools are present in QEDWiki including vital enterprise context such as security as well as a rich pallete of pre-defined widgets and services for users to work from. QEDWiki is open and extensible and supports plug-ins, SOAs, and much more. It'll be fascinating to watch this mashup platform evolve, particularly how it compares with the raft of other products aiming for this space coming to market very soon. Because whoever hits on the right model for user-generated software might just well do for end-user computing what Dan Bricklin did with VisiCalc all those years ago.
Well stated if I do say so myself.
Thanks for reading,