alphaWorks is IBM's "emerging technology portal". It is a web community for early adopters to preview and collaborate on prototype technology from IBM Research labs.
alphaWorks was founded in August 1996, in IBM's Advanced Technology group (called "Internet Division" at the time). The alphaWorks program has launched early release technology implementations in nascent technology communities of software developers, in areas like Java technology, XML and web services. Since 1996, alphaWorks has succeeded in helping IBM connect with innovative developers to lead the development of promising new standards (for example, Enterprise Media Beans), products and open source technology. alphaWorks is a key aspect of the developerWorks resource for developers.