IDS Scheer has taken the next step beyond business process creation and governance to data visualization with a new mashup server.

ARIS MashZone 1.0, released Monday, is designed to let business users create their own data views. The software can import data from a variety of sources ranging from internal data center applications to external Web services, said Helge Hess, director of product solutions for process intelligence and performance management at IDS Scheer.

Adapters and extractors are available for common file systems such as JDBC and ODBC, and all major Internet protocols are supported, Hess said.

Further, MashZone integrates with other products in the ARIS portfolio, including ARIS Process Performance Manager for process cost analysis, Hess added.

The server was built using Adobe’s Flex architecture and follows its data visualization techniques, Hess added. Although sharing mashups is permitted, access is role-based, and MashZone integrates with LDAP directory services.

A personal edition of MashZone is free for single users, with additional licenses costing US$90 per license. A professional edition has an upper limit of 100 users (with the option to purchase more licenses for $300 per seat), and an enterprise edition is available at customer-specific pricing.

IDS Scheer was acquired by Software AG in July 2009.