Thursday, February 19, 2009
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Asaf Adi, Manager of Simplified Middleware & Tools at IBM’s Haifa, Israel Research Lab.
Asaf gave me a demo of an IBM technology called IBM Application Creator for Business Users, a model-driven, web-based, end-user development platform that is optimized for business users. It was designed from the start to be a situational application platform – it simplifies development by quickly focusing on the business goal at hand, using the visual attribute of the task as the development abstraction using WYSIWYG editing.
“The application creator effectively puts business users in charge of their own solutions and gives rise to do-it-yourself (DIY) situational applications”, says Asaf. “The prototypical target audience is an educated professional (e.g., accountant, HR personnel) whose main goal is business-specific. They have modest computer literacy (and interest) that mostly includes the web and MS Office. This allows us to infer only basic computer experience like using a wizard to generate something new; interacting with spreadsheets, documents, and forms; and using drag and drop to rearrange items on the screen.”What’s really interesting about the technology is that it is based on the concept of Goal Driven Development (GDD).
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IBM Application Creator for Business Users
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