by Len Barker, Managing Partner – Lotus Practice
If you have your Len Barker tracker turned on you would have noticed that I am spending a lot of time in California lately. What you probably couldn’t have figured out is that the reason for my regular trips to this great state is to lead a Davalen team that is producing an Executive Dashboard built on IBM Mashup Center. Mashup Center is a perfect fit for this project and provides a great story for me to showcase the value of Mashup Center to you.
IBM Mashup Center is not a repackaging of WebSphere Portal. Both run on WebSphere Application Server and the themes and skins in Mashup Center make you think you are in WebSphere Portal at times, but the technology is completely different. There are two parts to Mashup Center: the Mashup Hub and the Mashup Builder. Mashup Hub is a wonderfully versatile tool that contains the real power of Mashup Center. It is here that information sources are truly “mashed up”.
From the Mashup Hub, an administrator can create feeds to any number of enterprise data sources. In my project, I have created feeds to everything from data stored in spreadsheets on a corporate Sharepoint site to Oracle databases. Once the feeds are created they can be combined into a single feed (i.e. mashed up) or consumed by any application that can access the Mashup Hub. I use IBM Web Experience Factory to consume the feeds and create widgets that are then deployed to Mashup Center for display in the Mashup Builder. The Mashup Builder has a WebSphere Portal like interface that allows you to create spaces and pages within spaces and then to put widgets on the pages. Web Experience Factory 7.0.1 allows you to publish widgets directly to the Mashup Center widget palette.
IBM software makes it easy to create applications that provide business value without investing in a team of high-end java developers. Within two weeks our team was able to make the first set of widgets available to the executive team. This was possible because IBM Mashup Center made it easy to create feeds to existing data sources, IBM Web Experience Factory made it easy to create the widgets, and Davalen Charts made it easy to create the great looking charts that the executives were looking for.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
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