Details are now available on the aW site.
alphaWorks Services extends alphaWorks beyond a place to download emerging technologies. Now you can also leverage the software-as-a-service delivery model at alphaWorks. Now developers, businesses and universities can easily
access emerging technologies over the Internet directly from IBM R&D labs, and provide real-time feedback to help shape these technologies -- and the future.
We at IBM see alphaWorks Services as benefiting both the community and IBM. For IBM, alphaWorks services serves as a tool that will help IBM respond quickly to changing business needs and requirements, and in turn, deliver higher quality software to the marketplace. For early adopters and innovators, alphaWorks Services will let organizations adopting these cutting-edge technologies more quickly, and make it easier to collaboratively innovate.
As part of today's announcement, aW offers its first technologies to be offered as a service:
- Ad hoc Development and Integration tool for End Users (ADIEU) is a simplified online tool for rapid collaborative development of Web apps and Web services. It lets you develop applications in an environment designed for non-programmers. (Example: create a Web service in a matter of minutes that will deliver stock quote information as an RSS or Atom feed.)
- Web Relational Blocks (WebRB) is a visual web-based tool that lets you easily build enterprise Web applications through a simple browser interface. Components are dragged and dropped onto the canvas and then wired together to visually assemble the GUI. (Example: rapidly develop and deploy web-based e-commerce applications such as a shopping site by simply adding the store features through the drag-and-drop mechanism.)
- Deep Thunder provides local, high-resolution weather predictions. For many businesses, such as transportation agencies or supply chain companies, expected local weather conditions are critical factors in planning operations and making effective decisions. Companies can use weather predictions from this tool to collaborate with other organizations and plan accordingly.
It's great to see the continued innovation from alphaWorks ... to see aW itself adopting of new concepts and technologies. Services are a big deal not just for alphaWorks, but across all of IBM -- and across many of today's businesses, too. In the coming weeks and months, look for more info and resources related to services -- as well as SOA (service-oriented architecture) -- from alphaWorks and developerWorks.
Meanwhile, give these new alphaWorks Services a try.