IBM Offers Social Networking Tools for DeveloperWorks
DeveloperWorks site may be more than a decade old, but the IT giant has decided the
old dog deserves to learn a few new tricks: now integrated into the resource
are several new social-networking tools allowing designers to collaborate on
open standards-based projects.
DeveloperWorks includes tutorials, sample code, standards and other resources for open-standard technologies such as Java and XML. It currently has around 8 million users, according to IBM.
MyDeveloperWorks, found here, adds another layer of tools, including
the ability for users to set up customized profiles, receive real-time feeds
from blogs and wikis, and create groups. According to IBM, some 65 percent of
the software development professionals surveyed wanted social-networking tools
as part of building their skill sets and collaborating with colleagues.
With MyDeveloperWorks, developers can tailor a personal
homepage to receive content on particular areas that interest them,
such as XML standards, and join professional groups. They can "tackle
new IT challenges by
quickly establishing a worldwide network of peers, gain recognition and
find technical resources they need to succeed in their field,"
Martin, director of DeveloperWorks, said in a statement.
The site's real-time access to personalized content includes
tagging, so developers can sort and track through libraries of content, and
includes customizable feeds and events widgets. An in-line commenting feature
allows users to ask questions and contribute input, while recommending blog
posts and articles to others.
Developers can also search through others' profiles by keyword, tag, location or name to find potential collaborators, or at least someone who shares the same interests or skill sets.
Collaboration tools have begun penetrating deeply into the enterprise
and IT worlds, as more and more users find utility in social-networking
applications that allow for real-time messaging and collaboration. On May 4, Oracle
announced an update to its Beehive platform that includes a wiki, team
workspaces with granular file-sharing, and instant messaging.
IBM's Lotus Connections, along with LinkedIn, Socialtext, Jive Software and others, have all created social-networking applications for the enterprise that incorporate messaging and the ability to collaborate on projects.
In a 2008 report, Forrester Research predicted that business spending on social-networking and collaboration tools would become the biggest IT spend by the enterprise in coming years.