IBM said Tuesday that it will launch an enterprise mashup portfolio for corporate use. The so-called Mashup Center launches a beta April 15 and targets non-technical customers, IT folks and developers.
Big Blue has been pushing the concept of enterprise mashups for months. The problem: Few enterprises have policies governing them. With IBM's stamp of mashup approval that situation could change.
Among the key pieces:
IBM Mashup Center: The mashup center is a group of Web applications that account for IT requirements such as security and governance. Underpinning the Mashup Center is IBM's Lotus Mashups and InfoSphere MashupHub. IBM has been experimenting with mashups internally. Among the components:
- Lotus Mashups allows business types to drag and drop mashup components from Web, personal and enterprise sources to launch custom Web apps.
- Techie types get the InfoSphere MashupHub--described as "a lightweight environment for unlocking, transforming and mixing enterprise, departmental, Web and personal systems while enforcing enterprise-class security and governance." In other words, it's for folks that want to mess with a little code.
IBM WebSphere sMash: sMash is a development platform that supports dynamic scripting languages and aggregates data from various sources. It employs REST. The developer edition of sMash remains free, but a commercial platform will be licensed.