Interesting to see that IBM today released a pair of tools to help non-IT types to create, deploy and share customised web applications.

Firstly IBM Mashup Center, which will go into beta tomorrow, and secondly WebSphere sMash, a development environment which incorporates dynamic scripting languages (downloadable today at

Interestingly, and in answer to enterprises continuing concerns over governance and security implications, both include the management, security and governance capabilities that IT departments require.

IBM says that;

The browser-based tool includes a set of pre-built business widgets, a widget builder, and a catalog to store and share widgets and mashups. A company can use publicly available widgets or create its own, each with community features like ratings, tagging and user comments. Data can come from all sorts of enterprise sources, from Office documents to Information Management System (IMS) databases, and is stored in RSS, ATOM or XML formats.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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