IBM Mashup Center and the IBM jStart Emerging Technologies team
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  qedwiki strikeiron mashups jstart web2.0 ibm kapow mashuphub mashupcenter 4,213 Views
For those that have been reading this Emerging Technologies blog on a regular basis, you already should be aware that the IBM Emerging Technologies team has been defining, developing, incubating, refining, and validating Mashups technologies and tools over the past few years. Our team first started with a mashup maker prototype utility called QEDwiki and a feed server called MashupHub which later evolved into the enterprise-ready productized version called IBM Mashup Center. The IBM jStart Customer Innovation team worked with several customers such as Boeing and Carrefour to define "real world" mashups, figure out what worked (and what didn't), make refinements, and prove that indeed that a Mashup Utility such as IBM Mashup Center can add real business value to our customers.
It's taken awhile to produce a mashup solution with the key functions and features that enable our customers to address their business needs. But I believe that Mashup Center was worth the wait. Soon MashupCenter will be hosted as a free trial on the Web with whichnon-technicalbusiness people can use to experiment and build customizedmashupsfollowing the success of early corporate adopters and business partners such as Boeing, Carrefour, StrikeIron, and Kapow.
Even though the Emerging Technologies team has now seen the concept of enterprise mashup tools and utilities successfully become available within an IBM product, there's always more to do. We are just at the beginning of the formation of an "Enterprise Mashup Ecosystem" and, thus, new requirements and capabilities will be continually defined. As I mentioned earlier, the IBM jStart Customer Innovation team has worked with several customers to create Mashup prototypes and they have identified some mashup best practices and business usage patterns. The jStart team works with customers to evaluate whether mashup technologies could add value to their business. The jStart team is also able to share their experiences and observations of working with mashups over the past few years. Interested in getting more information? Want to figure out if "Mashup" technologies can solve a problem for you? Send an email to email@example.com .
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