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IBM Posts Four More AlphaWorks Tools

IBM's alphaWorks emerging technologies Web site now contains four ISV developer tools tied to its middleware portfolio for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB) Wednesday.

The Armonk, N.Y., IT giant has earmarked $1 billion for software developers who make applications for them. IBM considers alphaWorks software code for future development. And although the code is pre-beta with all the "as-is" caveats, developers can download the software after registering on the site.

The most recent SMB additions include:

  • VitalFile for Real-Time Workstation Protection, which is built on top of the FilePath file system filter driver and makes three copies of any modified "user-created" file, storing one in the local system, another in a file server and a third in a Tivoli Storage Manager back-up server.
  • VitalFile for Simplified Document Retention, a document retention program that allows users to retain files for a specified amount of time before it can be altered or deleted.
  • Industry Process Accelerator for Business Intelligence, an OLAP-based modeling application for creating business intelligence (BI) templates in the workplace.
  • Framework for Application Data and Sources, an application that exposes Java interfaces defining application data and its format, as well as where it should be written or read from. The framework cuts down on programming time by acting as an application simulator with business logic as the only input to run.

According to Marc Goubert, IBM alphaWorks senior manager, the four alphaWorks programs take some of the software development time out of the process.

"This latest release of software tools allows our partners to spend less time worrying about developing technology to free up more time for innovating and focusing on the strategic business objectives of their mid-market customers," he said in a statement. "By leveraging emerging technologies showcased on our Web site, IBM developers and solution providers can get their tools to market faster and increase return on investment.

Since March, the Armonk, N.Y., company has been putting a lot of emphasis on its ISV members, called IBM Business Partners, who create the end-user applications that integrate with IBM's middleware.

Last month, the company relaxed membership requirements to its ISV PartnerWorld network, a community first started in March.