2 What is alphaWorks?
A proving ground for emerging technologies and ideas Facilitates immediate feedback from early adopters and targeted communities Helps to determine new markets for technology, including commercial interest Has established market leadership: over 800 technologies published, many graduations to products and open source
3 alphaWorks reach: Relevance in
the marketplace Primary resource for early adopters alphaWorks Users consist of enterprise, SMBs, individuals, academic and other niche communities Facilitates immediate feedback to help determine demand and future of technology development Creates communities around key IBM strategies including open-source technology, standards and specifications Top 10 Google hit for “emerging technologies”
4 alphaWorks 2007 focus
alphaWorks Services: Increase pipeline of high-quality, broad- appeal technologies for alphaWorks Services Emerging technology: Focus on early-stage prototypes and less on later-stage incremental innovations Community: Promote alphaWorks’ mission, goals and value proposition, and increase collaboration and feedback, in both internal and external communities
6 alphaWorks Services Online
access to emerging software services from IBM labs Targets broader communities of business, technical and end-users Focus on building community: Web 2.0 tooling, feedback, collaboration Emphasizes low barriers to the use and adoption of IBM services
7 alphaWorks Services: Current offerings
QEDWiki: Extends current wiki technology to enable rapid deployment, content aggregation, structured data, and powerful extensibility. IBM Development Engagement Service: Provides an Ajax-based development environment that enables business users to visually develop form applications. ManyEyes: Combines information visualization with social software, enabling collaborative visualization by groups of users. Web Relational Blocks: A visual builder for rapid development of W eb applications. ThinkPlace: Facilitates innovation through idea generation, collaboration, and refinement.
8 alphaWorks Services: DevEngage
IBM Development Engagement Service: Provides an Ajax-based development environment that enables business users to visually develop form applications. Allows the creation of simple form-based applications that solve daily tasks Targets business users without technical skills Visual GUI familiar to business users Ideal for SMBs, individual users, enterprise Tools to provide immediate feedback to tech creators and community Saves time and development work for the IT department Collaboration features in next phase
13 alphaWorks Services: Many Eyes
Many Eyes: Combines information visualization with social software, enabling collaborative visualization by groups of users. Allows visualization and analysis of new and existing data sets Numerous methods and techniques for visualization Facilitates sharing of data sets and visualizations with the community Targets business users and consumers Ideal for SMBs, individuals, enterprise
20 Emerging technology for early
adopters Focus on early implementations that: – Explore new strategic directions for IBM or target early-entry marketplaces – Introduce upcoming industry standards and/or specifications – Are appealing to early adopters 250+ technologies currently offered (over 800 published) Numerous successes include: VitalFile: Became Tivoli Continuous Data Protection Servlet Express: Part of WebSphere Application Server UIMA: Included in OmniFind, on SourceForge, and continues to be available on alphaWorks