IBM promotes Web 2.0 mashups with new tools
IBM has unveiled a range of Web 2.0 and collaboration tools to enable enterprise mashups and drive the deployment of social networking software in business.
"Web 2.0 for business is about empowering users with the content, social connections and mashup tools to solve business problems," said Michael Rhodin, general manager at IBM Lotus Software.
IBM Lotus Mashups allows non-technical users to easily create enterprise mashups. To solve real business problems with mashups, users can create ad hoc visualisations by blending enterprise and web-based data.
IBM Lotus Mashups includes a browser-based tool that provides easy assembly of new mashups a set of out-of-the-box, business-ready widgets and a catalogue for finding and sharing widgets and mashups. There is also a builder for the creation of widgets that access enterprise systems.
In addition, IBM introduced the next release of its social software for business, IBM Lotus Connections.
Expected to be released in the first half of 2008, plans for Lotus Connections 2.0 include several new features such as a new widget-based homepage.
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