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Global WebSphere Community Newsletter‚ÄĒJuly 2011
By The Global WebSphere Community
4:13PM - Jul 20, 2011

     

WUG News and Updates

The GWC Announces the Launch of the Lawrence/Topeka and Colorado Front Range WebSphere User Groups

Lawrence/Topeka WebSphere User Group
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Lawrence/Topeka WebSphere User Group.  This WUG  is a cross-industry and government organization focused on improving WebSphere-related technology skills and processes for its members.

Please direct questions group owner Niall Cargill by clicking on the Contact Group Owner link on the Lawrence/Topeka WUG page. You can also contact Niall (ikhnaton@us.ibm.com) or group moderator Dan Kies (kiesd@us.ibm.com) via email.

To join the Lawrence/Topeka WebSphere Users Group, you must be a member of the Global WebSphere Community.  If you are not already a member, you can sign up for your free account by visiting www.websphereusergroup.org and clicking on the Join link in the upper right-hand corner. After you have signed up, go to the Lawrence/Topeka WUG page and click the Join This Group link under the group profile picture on the right (you must be logged in to your GWC account to complete this step).

Colorado Front Range WebSphere User Group
We are pleased to announce the start of The Colorado Front Range WebSphere User Group serving the greater Denver and Boulder areas. The goal of this group is to unite WebSphere users to share lessons learns and to support one another. There will be quarterly meetings and ongoing online communication via the dedicated Web site which offers Q&A, blogs, and more. The presentations will be technical in nature instead of marketing-focused, so that the members can walk away for new best practice methods and tricks of the trade. Members will be encouraged to share their own case studies so that everyone can benefit from their experience with the WebSphere suite.

This group is owned by the users in this geographical area; therefore, feedback is appreciated along with involvement in the group planning committee. Please direct questions to group owner Sounia Chaney by clicking on the Contact Group Owner link on the Colorado Front Range WUG page.  You can also contact Sounia (snchaney@gmail.com) or group moderator Emily Drew (emilyd@us.ibm.com) via email.

To join the Colorado Front Range WebSphere Users Group, you must be a member of the Global WebSphere Community.  If you are not already a member, you can sign up for your free account by visiting www.websphereusergroup.org and clicking on the Join link in the upper right-hand corner. After you have signed up, go to the Colorado Front Range WUG page and click the Join This Group link under the group profile picture on the right (you must be logged in to your GWC account to complete this step).


We Value Your Opinion! Take Our MQ Survey for Your Chance at an American Express Gift Card
The Global WebSphere Community is looking for your feedback to ensure that we are meeting your needs for education on WebSphere MQ . Please click here to complete this quick survey, and you will be included in a drawing to win an American Express gift card.


August 2011 Monthly Focus: Integrating Your Business in the Cloud with IBM WebSphere

Date: August 4, 2011
Title: Every Cloud Needs an SOA Lining: Architecting SOA for Cloud Success
Time: 11:00 AM EDT (GMT -4)

Watch the video replay and download the presentation

A recent IDC Cloud survey revealed the top two technologies to support Cloud success were web services and SOA: "Given the flexibility, configurability, scalability, extensibility, and maintainability required of cloud services, SOA is currently the best architecture for ensuring that these needs are met."

Join us for this webinar to learn how to answer the following questions and more:

  • Why does the infrastructure matter from a business perspective?
  • What non-functional characteristics are important?
  • How can your infrastructure deliver high RAS?
  • How are mixed workload solutions handled?
  • How can variability in workload demand be addressed?


Date:  August 11, 2011
Topic: Securing and Connecting the Cloud; Insider Tips on Successful Cloud Adoption Strategies
Time:  11:00 AM EDT (GMT -4)

Watch the video replay and download the presentation.

Today’s organizations are rapidly adopting Cloud or SaaS applications due to the many potential benefits, such as reduced  costs in licensing and maintenance, as well as increased user adoption and IT agility. Yet factors such as security, integration, and user adoption are among many considerations which are key to a successful Cloud adoption models. In this webinar, you will hear from technology experts and learn how best practices, fit-for-purpose solutions and  trends in cloud computing can empower your organization to successfully adopt and deploy your Cloud strategy.

Date:  August 25, 2011
Topic: Smart and Secure Hybrid Cloud Integration
Time:  11:00 AM EDT (GMT -4)

Watch the video replay, download the presentation, and view questions from the webcast in our Cloud Computing forum

As enterprises increasingly make use of cloud-based resources and applications, in the form of private clouds on-premise and public clouds off-premise, they are facing a variety of challenges to connecting resources and applications in clouds and traditional deployments. The Cast Iron product family is already addressing a number of those challenges today. In this session, we will discuss the many facets of Hybrid Cloud Integration and provide a snapshot of ongoing work to address them in an effort between WebSphere and Tivoli. Topics discussed will include policy-based workload provisioning, unified workload monitoring, data leakage prevention, high availability, cloud metering, cloud billing and client controlled cloud security.


Save the Date: August 17, 2011 GWC Lab Chat with Dr. Adolfo Rodriguez: Challenges and Trends In Service-Oriented Networking

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The increased complexity and demands of business-critical applications coupled with the dynamic nature of a rapidly evolving business climate have led to a new genre of IT computing called service-oriented networking.  In this environment, network-resident devices operate on layer 4-7 content and protocols to route, modify, secure, or optimize traffic as it progresses through the network.  While the topological vantage points of client-side, server edge, intranet, and data center locations enable convenient places to perform application- and service-rich functions, such capabilities come with many challenges.  In this discussion, we will focus on the emerging trends in this landscape and survey the challenges (with possible solutions) associated with them.

 


Highlights From the July Blogs:


Recap: July 2011 Monthly Focus: Developing Mobile Applications with WebSphere Technology
 
Topic:  Enterprise Development Options for Mobile Devices 

Watch the video replay, download the presentation, and view questions from the webcast in the WebSphere and Mobile forum

Many of today’s applications must not only run on the desktop and a Web browser but, increasingly, on smart phones and tablets as well. Software developers now are faced with the challenge of adapting their apps to these mobile devices.  

This presentation looks at the many issues facing enterprise software developers and discusses the choices they face when creating mobile versions of their enterprise applications. Explore the pros and cons of the various alternatives and get an introduction to IBM’s suggested approach.

Date:  July 28, 2011
Topic:  Overview of the WebSphere Application Server Web 2.0 and Mobile
Feature Pack
Time:  11:00 AM EDT

Watch the video replay and download the presentation

The latest release of the Web 2.0 and Mobile Feature Pack contains a full spectrum of services to enable enterprise software developers to now create applications for mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). Developers can take desktop and Web browser user interfaces and reuse their back-end connectivity to WebSphere to create mobile versions of their apps (with each version respecting the native platform’s look and feel). The Feature Pack leverages many well-known open standards technologies for maximum developer productivity. This presentation will explore the technical features and benefits of the new Feature Pack and is designed for software developers and architects.


Recap: July GWC Lab Chat with Graham Charters, Senior Technical Staff Member, Lead Architect for WebSphere OSGi Applications, IBM

Topic: How Can OSGi Make Your Enterprise More Agile?

Watch the video replay, download the presentation, and view questions from the Lab Chat in the OSGi forum

As a typical application evolves, the number of components it comprises and its component interdependencies increase.  Furthermore, the Java EE packaging and deployment models promote the creation of self-contained applications.  Consequently, over time applications become large and brittle and are no longer able to adapt to meet the changing needs of the business.  Do these experiences sound familiar?  Come and share your pains and requirements and hear how IBM is using OSGi modularity and services to help customers to remain agile and avoid hitting the application brick wall.


WebSphere News and Announcements

Comprehensive Application Release Automation From Development to Operations
With out-of-the-box support for IBM WebSphere®, WebSphere Portal and other application middleware, BMC Application Deployment graphically moves releases through the deployment pipeline, quickly and reliably — without scripting.

• Collaborative release workflows
• Incremental conversion to automation
• Distributed automation infrastructure
• Environment configuration management
• Defect identification

 

From Development to Operations, BMC Application Deployment provides comprehensive application release automation.


IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliance Support and Firmware V4.0 and V4.0.1
IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliance Support and firmware V4.0 and V4.0.1 offer improved interoperability and connectivity.

  • IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V4.0.1 electronic delivery is available June 30, 2011.
  • IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V4.0.1 is available on appliance shipments starting July 29, 2011.

Withdrawal of Remote Technical Support for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance 9003 Hardware Generation
IBM currently supports three distinct hardware generations for the WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance portfolio. They are:

  • MT 7993 9003 appliance
  • MT 9235 9004 appliance
  • MT 4195 XI50B appliance

Effective 31 December 2011, IBM will withdraw support for the DataPower Appliance MT 7993 9003 appliance hardware generation. Remote Technical Support provided through the IBM hardware and firmware services and support organization will be withdrawn for the MT 7993 9003 Hardware Generation.


DataPower 4.0.1 Supports WebSphere Transformation Extender Enterprise Application Packs and Industry Packs
The following site provides detailed information about WebSphere® DataPower® SOA Appliances' support of WebSphere Transformation Extender Enterprise Application Packs and Industry Packs.


IBM CICS Performance Analyzer For z/OS, Version 3.2
As your business strives to compete in a challenging economic environment, your IT teams are under pressure to operate their systems at peak levels and within budgets. Agile IT strategies such as event processing, service-oriented architecture, Web 2.0, and dynamic scripting place even greater demands on your mission-critical IBM CICS applications, increasing the risk of failure to comply with service level commitments. To mitigate this risk while keeping control over costs, your IT processes should include performance management to help ensure continued customer satisfaction. The major changes to the latest edition of this popular publication reflect the use of the CICS Explorer plug-ins for CICS Performance Analyzer and CICS Interdependency Analyzer to identify suitable candidates for threadsafe optimization.

IBM CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS® supports all of the IT service management processes that require a good understanding of CICS performance, from capacity planning and problem management to service-level management and system tuning.

Whether you plan, build, deploy, or manage complex mainframe CICS applications, CICS Performance Analyzer’s ease of use, level of detail, and flexibility make it easy for you to find new ways to improve CICS system performance, reduce maintenance costs, and strategically plan IT investments.


IBM Session Manager For z/OS, Version 3.1

Simple, secure session management
Many business tasks require users to switch among a variety of applications on different systems. For example, when taking orders, users need to validate client information, check client credit history, and determine whether items are in stock and when delivery is possible. Users might also need to arrange client financing and payment schedules. And because users must keep track of all the applications and systems they work on, becoming proficient at completing complex transactions like these can be difficult and time-consuming.

IBM® Session Manager for z/OS®, Version 3.1 provides IBM VTAM® software users, as well as TCP/IP users, with security-rich, highly-available, and user-friendly access to multiple IBM z/OS systems from a single 3270 terminal. A password or passphrase-protected menu means that users are within a few keystrokes of any business application from multiple, concurrent virtual sessions. System details are transparent to users they can access the information they need without having to know where the applications are or what system they run on.

IBM Session Manager provides a consolidated view of a user’s business application network from a single workstation, helping to reduce system administration time and provide quick access to a variety of applications. Because users work with applications from one easy-to-use menu, training requirements can be minimized.

IBM Session Manager is a part of an extensive portfolio of IBM System z tools, including CICS tools, problem determination (PD) tools, application development tools, and data management tools. The tools support the entire application life cycle, which helps you to build, test, deploy, and manage enterprise solutions. As a result, you can make the most of your System z platform investments and take advantage of the latest functions introduced in CICS Transaction Server, Version 4.


IBM Workload Deployer v3.0
IBM Workload Deployer v3.0 was available on June 15th, 2011.

Enhancements for IBM® Workload Deployer V3.0 provide:

  • End-to-end management of web applications with support for IBM Workload Deployer Pattern for Web Applications V1.0
  • Increased compute power and storage capacity with support for more robust hardware platforms
  • Support for automated elasticity of environments in which IBM WebSphere® Application Server Hypervisor™ Edition Intelligent Management Pack is leveraged
  • Relocation of virtual machine workloads to optimize resource utilization
  • Support for Computer Associates' VM:Secure product in IBM z/VM® environments
  • Creation of usage reports as human-readable Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets
  • More finely grained control of IP address assignment and node naming in pattern deployments

Additionally, IWDv3.0 ships a base RedHat Enterprise Linux image. Using the "extend and capture" feature of IWDv3.0, you can customize the base image to accommodate IBM products, which are not available as Hypervisor editions as well as 3rd party products. This provides the flexibility to customize the private cloud as per your needs while reducing the time to market.


WebSphere Makes Going Mobile Easier
IBM has just released the new WebSphere Application Server Web 2.0 and Mobile Feature Pack version 1.1.0, a free and optional add-on that works with the WebSphere Application Server.  With this release, software developers will now be able to use open standards such as JavaScript, CSS and HTML to build applications that can run on the desktop and on mobile devices (tablets and smart phones).

You are encouraged to visit and join the Web 2.0 and Mobile Developer Community pages,  where you will find Videos, Demos, Blog posts, and more.


Gartner: IBM Simplifies Its BPM Strategy and Portfolio to Put "Business" Back in Business Transformation
IBM's radical overhaul of its portfolio of business process management products, methodologies, services and industry solutions sets a clear direction for customers, and broadens IBM's market opportunity.

Analysts who are on-board with our vision: Janelle Hill and Michele Cantara.

Please see Report Use Policy before distributing this.


News on the Web

CICS — An Icon of Progress
As we enter the second century of IBM’s existence, we are proud that CICS is one of 100 icons of progress, marking that historic occasion.


Have You Seen the Updated IBM Support Portal?
There's a new look to the IBM Support Portal pages. Changes to the design and color scheme make for a crisper, more attractive page. Everything you need for IBM technical support is available on just one page! Other changes include a beta mobile page. Read the Electronic Support blog post for details - and then go have a look for yourself!


IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances Support Information
The IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances support site now provides information on supported firmware versions and recommended upgrade levels. It also includes target dates on fix packs.


DataPower SOA Appliance Service Planning, Implementation, and Best Practices
Published in June 2011 this IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you to better understand the effective use of the WebSphere® DataPower® family of appliances. It provides guidance on the best methods identified to date for building the various components that implement solutions, such as handling MQ-based message flows or creating authentication and authorization policies. The information and recommendations in this publication are the result of real-world experiences using the appliances. Such experience shows that taking the time to plan a solution implementation before beginning the work yields the greatest savings in time and energy and the highest quality outcome. This publication begins with a checklist of items to consider when planning a DataPower solution.


DataPower SOA Appliance Administration, Deployment, and Best Practices
Published in June 2011, this IBM Redbooks publication focuses on operational and managerial aspects for DataPower appliance deployments. This IBM Redbooks publication provides guidance at both a general and technical level for individuals who are responsible for planning, installation, development, and deployment. It is not intended to be a "how-to" guide but rather to help educate you about the various options and methodologies that apply to DataPower appliances. In addition, many chapters provide a list of suggestions.


Follow IBM DataPower on Twitter
Follow IBM DataPower on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IBMDataPower to receive timely updates.


New in the SOA Sandbox

Recent Updates

Implement Dynamic Endpoint Lookup: Learn how to use the endpoint lookup mediation primitive in IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (WESB) to retrieve a service stored in WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) so that it can be updated dynamically.

Recent Releases
Monitor and manage VMware hypervisors: Learn basic, real-time monitoring capabilities using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal interface to customize the Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers (ITMVS) monitoring agent for VMware hypervisors.

Event Processing in Action:Use WebSphere Business Events to define events and actions for a simple business scenario. You will then assess how the events trigger specific actions to ensure conformance with documented business processes.

This exercise has been adapted from the textbook Event Processing in Action by Opher Etzion and Peter Niblet.


Introducing the IT Storage Community Sponsored by IBM
IBM has announced a new online IT Storage Community at www.storagecommunity.org.  The new site is designed to help you network with peers, share best practices, and dialogue with storage experts. Via this community, you’ll be able to learn about new developments in the Enterprise Storage Space from one single source, made up of many opinions and experts. The community is designed as a “coming together" of the world’s leading storage industry analysts and consultants, along with IBM customers and company leaders. Simply point and click to the community at: www.storagecommunity.org to learn how leading companies are transforming their data infrastructure to drive incredible efficiencies, breakthrough innovation and improved IT economics by effectively deploying data reduction, virtualization, data protection, and application integration strategies to drive business value.


BPM Quarterly E-Zine
Considering the potential benefits business process management (BPM) can provide, it's easy to take such a system for granted. But with companies still cautious from a turbulent economy and fiercely competitive market, it's more important than ever to ensure your investments are providing value.

This BPM Quarterly e-zine explores ways you can accurately gauge the progress of your BPM effort. Inside, find not only best practices and expert advice, but access to additional resources about reducing the complexity of BPM integrations and successfully combining BPM and customer relationship management (CRM).


New Book Marks IBM's Centennial —  40% Off for GWC Members
In Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey M. O'Brien mark the centennial of IBM's founding by examining this iconic company's impact on modern technology, on the global corporation, and on the way our world works. They offer fresh analysis and extensive research, including interviews with key figures, new reporting from around the world, and the presentation of rich archival material. They recount missteps as well as successes, capturing moments of high drama and surprising discovery. Most importantly, they show the impact of a set of powerful ideas — on institutions, on people's behavior, and on the culture at large. Through the lens of one company's experience, we learn where technology has been — and where it is going today, how the institution of the modern corporation is changing, and new ways to improve the complex systems that make up our increasingly interconnected planet.

GWC members receive a 40% discount on this book!. Log onto WebSphere.org and click on the IBM Press banner halfway down the page


TM Forum Case Study with IBM and Mobitel
TM Forum, the communication industry's leading standards body, recently published a case study book highlighting the partnership between IBM and Mobitel, a European service provider. Learn more about how IBM helped Mobitel streamline its order management process and launch new services to the market faster than ever before.


eBook: IBM Smart SOA Foundation: Application Foundation from WebSphere
The eBook, IBM Smart SOA Foundation: Application Foundation from WebSphere features use cases and examples for Banking, Insurance, and Telecom industries. Learn more how the WebSphere Application Foundation can help increase business agility in your organization.


Enterprise OSGi YouTube Channel
For those with an interest in OSGi, why not look at the Enterprise OSGi YouTube channel which contains short videos of OSGi education. Feel free to submit your own video by contacting @sjmaple.


"Quick Win Pilot for Business Process and Decision Improvement" — New Video
Get measurable business results in 10 weeks. This short video provides an overview of the value of starting small, building safely but rapidly to address the business issues you have right now. It features actual Quick Win Pilot results from the financial services, insurance and transportation industries.

Contact: Cheryl Wilson or Latricia Golden

Agility Meets Stability: Best Practices for Application Integration
Today’s companies are faced with integrating a hybrid world of cloud and on-premise applications that are distributed in managed and co-located data centers and hosted sites for Infrastructure, Platform, and Software as a Service (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS) – which dramatically increase the complexity. Learn more about emerging trends, what to look for in an integration solution, integration best practices and pitfalls to avoid and how a large enterprise and a mid-market company are solving these integration challenges.


Nucleus Research Note: IBM Cast Iron Cloud Integration
Rapid Integration Case Studies
As cloud adoption accelerates, integrating Software as a Service (SaaS) applications with existing on-premise or other cloud applications is emerging as a top priority.  Leading analyst firm Nucleus Research shares how companies use rapid integration to connect critical applications, accelerate project timelines, improve ROI and reduce costs – while improving the functionality and value of existing applications.

Discover how in these in-depth customer and partner case studies where you’ll learn how to:

  • Complete projects quickly – Rapidly connect on-premise and cloud applications, public clouds and private clouds
  • Avoid custom code – Leverage reusable integration templates to eliminate coding and expedite projects
  • Reduce costs – Complete integrations with minimal IT support and little or no training, decrease software licenses, and automate tasks such as monitoring, testing, and upgrades
  • Accelerate time to delivery to customers for SaaS Providers – Reduce custom integration work and on-going support costs so you can focus on core competencies, application development and enhancement

Introduction to CICS Dynamic Scripting
IBM® CICS® Transaction Server Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting embeds and integrates technology from WebSphere® sMash into the CICS TS V4.1 run time, helping to reduce the time and cost of CICS application development. The Feature Pack provides a robust, managed environment for a wide range of situational applications allowing PHP and Groovy developers to create reports, dashboards, and widgets, and integrate CICS assets into mash-ups, and much more.

The CICS Dynamic Scripting Feature Pack combines the benefits of scripted, Web 2.0 applications with easy and secure access to CICS application and data resources. The Feature Pack includes a PHP 5.2 run time implemented in Java™ and with Groovy language support, support for native Java code and access to many additional libraries and connectors to enhance the development and user experience of rich Internet applications. Access to CICS resources is achieved by using the JCICS APIs.

In this IBM Redbooks® publication, the authors introduce the Dynamic Scripting Feature Pack, show how to install and customize it, and provide examples for using it.


Datasheet — IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute
Grid V8

Today’s globally integrated business environment needs smarter IT solutions that respond to changing business demands of the dramatic growth of web activity and requires cost effective business transaction processing. With rising customer expectations, businesses require 24×7 availability for OLTP processes while at the same time needing to take advantage of the cost savings available through batch processing. Traditional batch, however, suffers from the limitations of a “batch window,” which does not support the 24×7, always-on, uptime requirement of OLTP applications. To achieve the best of both worlds, IBM has introduced an integrated multifunctional and multiplatform Java batch solution that improves operational efficiency of business transaction processing, with support for batch jobs alongside online transactions. It delivers a near real-time user experience while optimizing costs.

Simple batch jobs alone may not address the challenges of the modern enterprise. Your IT team needs to repeatedly extend custom functionality to meet tactical needs. But over time, it becomes a suite of custom middleware that is expensive to maintain and draws resources away from core business objectives.

A batch solution that takes into account your requirements and uses your existing infrastructure is now available. The solution incorporates best practices and lessons learned from the emerging paradigms of High Performance Computing, GridComputing, and Utility Computing. Today’s infrastructures must easily adapt, incorporating future technologies, and the applications hosted within it need to be able to use modern tooling and programming best practices.

IBM® WebSphere® Extended Deployment Compute Grid V8 is a next-generation batch processing system, designed to meet the requirements of any industry and company size.

With WCG v8, your organization can:

  • Optimize cycle time—provide flexibility in business processes to run bulk or real-time activities, depending on business needs
  • Simplify architecture and manage costs with shared service infrastructure for batch and OLTP
  • Improve time-to-market of deliverables with a standardized programming model, tools and a shared infrastructure for developing batch and OLTP services
  • Experience “batch as a service,” an emerging service paradigm for using Java batch front-ended with web services
  • Simplify end-to-end batch management across different execution environments such as WAS (V6, V7 and V8) and CICS
  • Reduce costs by executing batch processing in Java and off loading to zAAP engines on z/OS®

 

Figure 1: Customers need near real-time information and an always-on OLTP system. The IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute Grid
solution enables the interleaving of OLTP and batch workloads 24×7, as shown in this diagram (click image to enlarge).


Benefit from a proven batch architectural framework for modernization:
IBM has created an architectural framework that provides a platform for meaningful integration between OLTP and batch applications. This approach allows continuous batch execution using shared business logic on a shared infrastructure between batch and OLTP applications without impacting response time requirements for OLTP applications, providing you with a near real-time experience.

WCG is an integral part of this architectural framework for batch modernization. It offers a consistent and systematic integration strategy across multiple business components. It allows for continuous batch processing, enables SOA transformation through reuse of services, uses in-house Java skills for batch modernization projects, reduces cost through use of specialty processors and improves hardware efficiency by utilizing unused capacity during OLTP processing for batch windows.

The WCG, in combination with WebSphere Application Server (WAS), offers multiple configuration options and support for multiple business models and deployment platforms. It also supports a wide range of scenarios, from open source projects with no up-front budget, to simple administration of a single server environment, to a clustered, highly available, high-volume environment with edge-of-network services.

WCG can address a number of usage patterns:

  1. Share services and reuse code between OLTP and batch
  2. Reduce batch windows or compress time using the Parallel Job Manager
  3. Run batch workloads in a 24x7 mode in conjunction with OLTP applications

Figure 2: WebSphere Application Server is a powerful Java execution platform. WCG extends the WebSphere Application Server to provide a managed batch execution container environment. It is designed to run on both IBM System z® and distributed platforms. (click image to enlarge).


The new version of WCG v8 provides a managed batch execution environment that enables the entry, execution and management of Java batch processing in distributed or on mainframe environments.

Figure 3. Click image to enlarge

 


Figure 4. Click image to enlarge

IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute Grid v8 provides an end-to-end managed batch execution experience by combining enterprise-strength qualities of services with developer and data center productivity tools to bring time-to-value benefits into a pre-integrated framework for batch workload execution.

For more information:
To learn more about the IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute Grid v8, please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner or visit: ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/extend/computegrid/.  Additionally, financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can enable effective cash management, protection from technology obsolescence, improved total cost of ownership and return on investment. Also, Global Asset Recovery Services help address environmental concerns with new, more energy-efficient solutions. For more information on IBM Global Financing, visit: ibm.com/financing.

Education and Certification

Bite-Size WebSphere Application Server Administration 
Check out our three new, self-paced courses that are ideal if you need a working knowledge of WebSphere Application Server V7 administration. These courses include content from IBM's five-day administration course covering topics such as WebSphere architecture, installation and administration, and federation and workload management. Enroll today for (ZA007) IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Architecture and (ZA008)IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Installation and Administration. The workload course will be available soon.

View all WebSphere Application Server training.


New WebSphere Message Broker V7 Certification Validates Administrator Skills
IBM Professional Certification is the ideal way to demonstrate your WebSphere skills proficiency to your employer and clients. Set yourself apart as a certified WebSphere Message Broker Administrator. The newest intermediate version of this certification, System Administration — WebSphere Message Broker V7.0, is available for test scheduling. Get the details.


Extend Your WebSphere Education with IBM WebSphere Expert Arena
Experience full function versions of WebSphere software in a safe sandbox environment. You can learn by doing — change product configurations, explore features or experiment with code. You can also use IBM WebSphere Expert Arena as a test environment to help you avoid costly issues as you deploy your project. Get the details.


Upcoming Webcasts, Seminars, and Events

Infoboom: The Community for Midsize Business Leaders Brings You FREE Online Events
Infoboom is the IBM–sponsored professional social community designed for the leaders of the midsized businesses. Using infoboom, small and midsize business professionals can access industry, analyst and IBM experts, expand their network, collaborate with peers, and gain IT and business perspectives from across the Web. infoboomers will get direct access to the most powerful, relevant information and points-of-view to this audience in a timely, topical and engaging environment.

All members can access content and engage in conversations in any infoboom region.

Infoboom conducts regular online events with IBMers, business partners and experts from around the technology world. All are free to members.

Please go to the link provided here and click the links to register for an upcoming event or access the recorded archive of previous events.


OSGi in the Enterprise — An Interview with Ian Robinson
Ian Robinson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM's WebSphere development organization, chair of the OASIS Web Service Transactions technical committee, and co-author of the OSGi Transaction Service specification.

In this interview, Ian Robinson discusses modularity in general, the use of OSGi within the WebSphere application server product, and what makes OSGi a good compliment to the Java EE programming model. He also discusses the OSGi Enterprise Specification, its reference implementation Apache Aries, and Oracle's project Jigsaw which aims to bring modularity to the reference JDK.


 Don't miss these upcoming and on demand webcasts:

August 18: IBM TechChat Series for Monthly Online Chat with IBM Experts
The IBM TechChat Series provides IT professionals and practitioners with an opportunity to chat online “live” with IBM experts worldwide, in three different time zones. Each TechChat is scheduled for 30 minutes monthly between April–Nov. 2011 and features built-in translation so users can chat freely and easily without a language barrier between them. A one-time registration for one or more chats is available at www.ibm.com/smarter/techchats, where users also can submit a question to experts in advance of the TechChat.
 

 

On Demand: Achieve Business Agility with DataPower SOA Appliances
Listen to Steve Craggs from Lustratus Research, England and Ben Wen from the IBM, America speaking on three critical SOA paradox – Scalability, Security and Cost. In this four podcast series hear them speak on each of the challenges with SOA projects and how with proper strategy, solution and expertise - companies can drive Business Agility while keeping costs down.

On Demand: BPM: Conquering Complexity
With ever-changing customer demands, fluctuating market opportunities, global competition, and the tangled web of local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations, the business environment seems more of a challenge than ever. But companies that can see through the complexity to identify underlying opportunity stand to rise above the crowded playing field.

Available on demand, a 60-minute interactive discussion of how efficient processes help ensure that organizations can capitalize on change, rather than be overwhelmed by it.

You’ll learn:

  • How business process management helps companies deliver better services faster, with fewer mistakes, and at a lower cost
  • Best practices for successful BPM implementation
  • The key elements any BPM solution must offer
  • How new features in IBM Business Process Manager enable companies to design process applications that integrate with internal systems and manage productivity in real-time.
Register to listen to this important discussion today.

Comments from Attendees:
  • Interesting concepts. Excited to discuss with others in the company.
  • Very valuable information which I'll be considering for the very near future.
  • Inclusive of all aspects of a business process.
  • Hum... My whole industry could use this to innovate.

On Demand: Government Series: Reduce Total Health Care Costs Through Automated Claims and Benefits Management
This two-part series will help local and state governments efficiently process health care claims and change the way they determine eligibility and calculate benefits.

On Demand: Cap Market Series: Decision Management on
Wall Street

This two-part series focuses on how financial services firms can create business value while complying by improving the timing and quality of key opportunity- and risk-based decisions.

On Demand: How to Pilot Your Way to Greater Business Agility and Near-Term ROI
This webcast series features five proven IT projects for greater business agility and flexibility, designed to deliver faster ROI by taking a practical and incremental approach to implementation.

Each project:

  • Targets a key initiative where IT can expand its business impact as a value creator and cost cutter: process improvement; operational decision-making; business connections; cloud and virtualization; build, deploy and manage applications.
  • Provides assurance of a successful initial implementation with actual business results; establishing the proper infrastructure for expansion and preventing wrong and costly redesign and changes down the line.
  • Register to watch one or all 5 of the IT projects and if you miss the live date, you can watch to on demand replays.

Part 1: NACCO Increases Engineering Productivity by Managing Change Effectively in 15 days
NACCO Materials Handling Group implemented new BPM processes for Engineering Change Notice (ECN) and Product Cost Authorization, using IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition and Lombardi Edition for Microsoft Office, because the existing platform was inefficient and manual-intensive. The new system increased the productivity of NACCO engineers by reducing their manual hand-offs and interactions with legacy systems. One process was selected for implementation before wider roll-out.

Attend this webcast to learn how the ECN was designed, developed and deployed in 15 days, and how NACCO extended this process to all ECNs (both new and existing).

Part 2: How to efficiently deploy and virtualize your application environment
Wondering if your organization can leverage cloud in the midst of flat or tightening budgets? Don't miss this webcast to learn how you can begin enjoying the cost saving benefits of efficient application deployment to private Clouds with WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, regardless of your enterprises size, industry or internal expertise. Additionally, enhance server utilization and efficiently manage application workloads with WebSphere Virtual Enterprise. Don't miss this time and investment saving session!

Part 3: Intelligently manage your application environment and deliver rich user experiences faster with WebSphere Application Server v8
Do you struggle with the business demands for fast delivery of innovative, high performing applications and services and the concurrent need to manage costs? Learn how a strong, flexible application foundation, based on the new WebSphere Application Server v8, helps you quickly deliver on business needs while balancing key considerations such as security, scalability and manageability. Control costs and improve TCO in homogenous and mixed infrastructures, from distributed to z/OS environments. Listen to the webcast to learn more about how IBM's market leading application server can promote the agility you need for business success today.

Part 4: Decision Automation Pilot: "Improve the timing and quality of your most important operational decisions within key business processes"
Imagine being able to implement 20% of your business rules that cover 80% of your business transactions; allowing you to double the pass-through rate of all billing transactions in just 9 weeks. One major transportation company in North America did just that. With this Quick Win pilot, you start small, with meaningful business rules, deploying a subset of your business decisions to demonstrate and validate the value of the technology and implementation methodology. Through this pilot, you will directly and measurably experience how intelligent decision automation can improve your business before making a larger investment.

Part 5: Making Vital Business Connections Faster and More Effectively
Did you think you could onboard a new business partner 50% faster, or reduce the time and cost to change your IT systems by 50%? You can. 

By leveraging an incremental approach to SOA, you can begin to make faster, better, and richer connections across your business network in less than 9 months. Watch this webcast to learn how.

On Demand: From Oracle to IBM: A Customer's Journey
Please join us for a webcast “From Oracle to IBM: A Customer's Journey” to hear from D+H, a premier integrated solutions provider to Canadian banks and financial institutions. The webcast will outline the rationale behind their decisions to migrate from Oracle/Sun technology to IBM technology within a key line of business.

With over 4500 employees in over 20 locations, D+H offers a diverse set of solutions including cheque programs, lending solutions, student loan processing, and registry services.

In this webcast, D+H will share the key differences between the IBM and Oracle solution offerings, customer experiences, and the tangible business benefits of their evolving relationship with IBM from vendor & customer to strategic partner.

On Demand: WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration
Customer Video

Michael Knibbs and Nina Pe Benito of CompWest Insurance explain how WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration brings agility and flexibility as well as assists in data quality compliance in the highly regulated insurance industry.

Speakers:
Michael Knibbs,  Vice President & CIO, CompWest Insurance
Nina Pe Benito, Accounts Receivable Supervisor, CompWest Insurance

On Demand: Accelerate Your Applications — Learn How IBM WebSphere Application Acceleration Solutions can Enhance Applications Performance (Public Sector)
Are you expanding your application services through the use of Cloud Computing?  Do you reach an international web audience? Are you achieving your web application service delivery objectives?  Are your enterprise applications secure from malicious attacks? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, IBM has solutions that address these business requirements.

Learn how to accelerate your applications across the Internet, while providing consistent end-user response across the globe.  At the same time, you can improve your enterprise application security, improve availability, and better utilize all of the server resources.  If you are exploring or are using Software as a Service applications via Cloud connectivity, learn how IBM's acceleration solutions can improve performance, simplify cloud connectivity, and secure these external connections.  In this webinar, you will be introduced to the family of IBM Application Acceleration solutions that are available today.

On Demand: Introduction to WebSphere Application Server V8 Part 1: Speed Delivery of New Applications and Services
The pace of business is unrelenting and it falls to developers to deliver new applications and services as quickly as possible. In this first session of a two part series, learn how the new WebSphere Application Server V8 speeds development through broad choice and support of programming models and open standards including JEE 6, IBM Java SDK 6.0 (J92.6), OSGi, SCA, XML, CEA, SIP, Java Batch and Dynamic Scripting. Learn how you can also easily extend the reach of WebSphere Application Server applications from the desktop to mobile devices with the new Web 2.0 and Mobile feature pack.

On Demand: Accelerate Your Applications — Learn How IBM WebSphere Application Acceleration Solutions Can Enhance Applications Performance (Global Sector)
Learn how to accelerate your applications across the internet, while providing consistent end user response across the globe.  At the same time, you can improve your enterprise.

On Demand: BPO Insider Secrets: Successful Cloud
Integration Strategies

Easily Integrate Multiple Applications to Automate Business Processes

In today's competitive global business environment, Business Process Outsourcers (BPOs) strive to penetrate new markets, add new clients and onboard customers faster while delivering client satisfaction, reducing customer churn and lowering the overall cost per client. Hear a leading analyst from Saugatuck Technology share the latest trends in Business Process Outsourcing, key insights on why outsourcers are beginning to leverage cloud technology approaches and how you can gain significant improvements in your cost, performance and business agility.

Learn from IBM how new cloud integration approaches enable BPOs to onboard new clients in days – rather than weeks or months – accelerate time to revenue, improve client adoption and customer retention while opening the door to sell into new markets that have historically been just too difficult to penetrate.

Speakers:
Robert McNeill, Vice President, Research, Saugatuck Technology
Ron Wastal, VP, Business Development, IBM
Vidya Chadaga, Senior Product Manager, IBM

On Demand: Insider Tips: Manufacturing Best Practices through Cloud Computing and Rapid Integration
As a manufacturer you are faced with the need to streamline business processes and improve supply chain and vendor management while empowering your sales team with a 360° view of customers. Industry experts from salesforce.com, Summa and IBM Cast Iron Systems will share customer case studies and their insider tips on:

  • The latest trends in manufacturing
  • The impact of cloud computing and cloud integration 
  • How to reduce time to market 
  • Best practices in channel/supply-chain/human capital management
    and operations 
  • How to increase visibility, influence and sales by collaborating with
    channel partners 
  • How to improve customer service and satisfaction

Speakers:
Dwight Moore, Manufacturing and Retail Industry Director, salesforce.com
Steve Lippock, VP CRM Sales and Business Development, Summa
Jaime D'Anna, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, IBM Cast Iron Systems


Don't miss these whitepapers:

IBM Business Agility Study: Cutting Through Complexity with Business Agility
This Business Agility study surveyed companies in the financial, insurance and healthcare industries. Each company surveyed described themselves as agile and achieved significant business results. The study reveals strong correlation between business agility and success and agility can be a powerful tool for cutting through the complexities dominating the corporate landscape to seize opportunities.

Download the whitepaper to gain greater insights into these industry leading companies and understand what these companies discovered and how they realized greater agility to achieve success.

WebSphere® for z/OS® Prescriptive Use Cases: Providing the Benefits of Co-Location on z/OS with Competitive Price Performance
Why and when should I deploy WebSphere middleware on System z and z/OS?

Is the price/performance competitive with alternative deployment options?

Imagine processing 10 thousand real business transactions at a cost that is less than a burger at your favorite fast food restaurant.

Dramatic improvements have been made in System z transactional price/performance over the past 3 years. It may be time for IT Managers and Professional to re-think co-locating WebSphere work loads on the System z.

Positive trends in customer adoption of WebSphere® middleware on System z® and z/OS® are driving the need for a more comprehensive evaluation framework to determine the platform on which a new workload runs. One of the most visible components for customers in making a platform decision is price/performance, which is the subject of this whitepaper. To address price competitiveness, we use the term, “prescriptive use cases”. The WebSphere z/OS prescriptive use cases are intended to provide solid proof points and exhibits that demonstrate the cost benefits of deploying new WebSphere workloads on z/OS for customers who have already made a significant investment in z/OS. The prescriptive use cases address in this whitepaper will provide our customers with answers to the above questions.

The prescriptive use cases effort recognizes the customer’s starting point, in terms of commitment to z/OS, and then illustrates the value of deploying new WebSphere workloads on z/OS, that is, the achievement of performance equivalents to alternative deployment platforms at a competitive price while building on the customer’s existing z/OS investment in Qualities of Service (QoS).

From Project to Program — The Proven Guide to Rolling out BPM From IBM
Business Process Management (BPM) is in a period of transition. For the past several years, companies have been getting familiar with BPM, undertaking specific projects to address “burning process problems”, or launching tightly-scoped projects to understand the capabilities of BPM Suites (BPMSs) and how they should be used.

The successes of those initial projects and pilots have given companies the confidence and vision to take their BPM efforts to the next level – moving beyond that first project to a broader program encompassing multiple projects that are part of a larger business process improvement initiative.

This whitepaper describes how the movement toward broad BPM Programs has changed what companies need in terms of BPM technology and “know how”. We describe 3 steps for establishing a solid foundation for a BPM Program that will enable your organization to scale its process improvement capability in a way that will deliver maximum value to the business.


Don't miss these WebSphere events:

New IBM Software for zEnterprise — Enabling Smarter Workloads
New IBM Software for System z continues to exploit the cutting-edge capabilities of the IBM zEnterprise System, supporting smarter computing by enabling smarter workloads. These new offerings allow clients to create new, traditional and mixed workloads in the areas of multi-platform development, transaction processing, virtualization, risk management, business intelligence and analytics, and business process management – in hybrid and cloud computing environments.

Learn more about the new System z software announcements
Learn more about System z events in your area

July 25–29: OSCON 2011 — Portland, Oregon 
Here are some can't-miss sessions from OSCON 2011 this month:

Building Native Mobile Applications with PhoneGap
Speakers: Becky Gibson and Simon MacDonald, IBM

The PhoneGap open source mobile platform bridges the “gap” between Web and native technologies. It enables the development of mobile applications using the Web skills most organizations already have in-house. Build the application using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Access device features such as the address book, camera, accelerometer, file system and more via common JavaScript APIs without having to learn a device specific language such as Objective-C or Java. Compile, test and distribute on up to 6 platforms; Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. PhoneGap is completely open source under MIT license.

PhoneGap is built using a plugin architecture so you can include only the device features you need or add additional features as necessary. Wherever possible, the PhoneGap APIs to access native features follow the specifications from the Device Independence working group at the W3C. Thus, PhoneGap is working to make itself obsolete! When the mobile browsers implement these device specifications, the PhoneGap bridge will no longer be necessary but PhoneGap applications will already implement the standard, W3c APIs. In addition, PhoneGap works with JavaScript frameworks such as Sencha Touch, JQTouch, XUI and others. to provide a native UI look and feel for several platforms.

This presentation will explain the basics of PhoneGap development and then demonstrate building an running a native application on several platforms.

Becky Gibson is a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Her current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable building compelling mobile applications using Web technologies. Becky works on the iOS side of things and has enjoyed dusting off her C/C++ skills to learn Objective C! While busy with PhoneGap she hasn’t forgotten her roots in Web Accessibility and making the Web usable for all. Her goal is an inclusive mobile world with applications usable by all in any environment. She was the Accessibility Lead for the Dojo Open Source toolkit and contributed to making it the first truly accessible JavaScript toolkit. Becky has over twenty years of development experience and has worked on various Read More.

Simon MacDonald is an Advisory Software Engineer in IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Simon has over fifteen years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using Web technologies. Simon’s been building web applications since the days they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.

Debugging Mobile Web Applications with weinre
Speaker: Patrick Mueller, IBM

Web developers are no doubt familiar with debugging tools such as FireBug for FireFox and Web Inspector for WebKit-based browsers. But what about the mobile platform? How can you debug your web application running on a mobile device?

weinre is a debugging tool which provides capabilities found in desktop web debuggers for the mobile web environment. It’s a desktop application which allows you connect to your mobile web application running on a device or emulator, to view and interact with the DOM, JavaScript, and more.

The weinre project reuses the user interface code from WebKit’s Web Inspector debugger, so will be familiar to anyone who has used that tool. It can debug applications running in a mobile web browser, as well applications which embed a web browser control in their application, such as applications built with PhoneGap.

This presentation includes a demo of weinre, description of how you can install it to debug your mobile web applications, and discussion of the future of weinre.

A screencast of weinre demonstrates its capabilities, and the documentation provides additional information.

Patrick Mueller is a software developer at IBM in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He’s been working on web software and mobile software for a long time. Don’t ask how long, unless you want to hear about how great it was to use Smalltalk for web and mobile software development.

Aug. 29 – Sept. 1: vmWorld US — Las Vegas
vmWorld takes place on Aug. 29 – Sept 1. in Las Vegas. Jason McGee will be speaking at this event.

Jason McGee: Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect WebSphere Cloud, IBM

Jason McGee is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect WebSphere Cloud Platforms and Runtimes. Jason has been on the WebSphere development team from the beginning and has focused the last 8+ years on virtualization technologies and more recently “Cloud”. Jason is currently responsible for IBM's platform cloud computing architect and products, including IBM Workload Deployer. Previously, Jason was the lead architect responsible the WebSphere Extended Deployment (WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, WebSphere Compute Grid and WebSphere eXtreme Scale) products, WebSphere sMash, and WebSphere Application Server on distributed platforms. He has worked at IBM since 1997. Jason graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1995.

Title: Simply Provision and Manage Applications in the Cloud: Your Methodology and Implementation Cookbook

Abstract: Has your CIO or IT Director prescribed an end-to-end cloud strategy for your business? Executed correctly, cloud computing will save you money and save you time. However, there are a few caveats to getting it right. IBM is helping clients excel in cloud computing by providing simple and reliable Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions for clouds. Here, we explore the lifecycle of managing images, applications, and workloads in a cloud. For most enterprises there are a number of pressures to speed time to develop, test and host applications in a heterogeneous environment. This includes more than simply deploying a set of virtual machines but includes other considerations like capturing configuration information such as agents that need to be installed, allocation and management of IP addresses, integrating with management networks and maintaining the deployment over time. IBM can help you plan and implement a secure cloud, efficiently deploy images/workloads, and manage them effectively in a VMware vSphere virtualized environment. Attend this session and learn from IBM Distinguished Engineers so you can increase time to value and focus on what is important — building new revenue opportunities for your business!!

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: IBM Platinum Sponsorship at Dreamforce 2011
Join IBM at Dreamforce 2011, salesforce.com's annual user conference in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Center from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 at Booth 1101. You will learn how WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration enables you to connect salesforce.com to your enterprise applications in just days with a simplified template-based architecture that leverages best-practices, as well as flexible deployment options (physical appliance, virtual instance or multi-tenant Cloud service). You will also see how Cognos 10 empowers organizations to outperform by providing analytics everyone can use, collective intelligence with built-in collaboration and actionable insight everywhere. Be sure to check out:

  1. WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration Panel: IT Executive Insider: Secrets to Successful Salesforce.com and ERP Integration. You'll hear from IT and Business executives about how they've optimized salesforce.com's sales cloud, service cloud, custom cloud and Chatter by integrating them with other SaaS and on-premise business critical systems. Cloud integration maximizes their Salesforce experience, accelerates user adoption and saves them thousands of dollars by providing real-time visibility of data locked away in other enterprise applications.
  2. Watson at our IBM booth #1101 to challenge him in a round of Jeopardy. While you're there, you can pick the brain of specialists from WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration or the Cognos team.

Aug. 30 – 31: Goto Conference 2011 Prague
Erich Gamma will be speaking at this event in Prague.

Presentation: "Design Patterns ? Past, Present & Future"
Time: Tuesday 09:00 - 10:15
Location: To be announced

Design Patterns are now a 15-year-old thought experiment. And today, for many, Design Patterns have become part of the standard development lexicon. This talk looks back to the origin of Design Patterns and how they evolved since their initial description. Erich will then show patterns in action in the context of the Eclipse and Jazz platforms. Finally, Erich will discuss how the Design Patterns from the book can be refactored towards a Design Pattern 2.0 version.

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Join IBM At Dreamforce 2011
IBM will be a Gold sponsor of this year's Dreamforce, salesforce.com's user group conference (Aug 31 - Sept 2 at the Moscone center in San Francisco, CA) -- the largest SaaS event of the year. Stop by the IBM booth #1101 and hear about exciting product updates, view live demos and have the ability to speak with technical experts from the WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration and Cognos teams.

At the show:

  • IBM's Watson will be featured throughout in the main booth; stop by for the Jeopardy challenge
  • Product experts will be available in the force.com Zone
  • You'll have the possibility to attend 3 IBM speaking sessions on a variety of Cloud computing topics, including a customer discussion panel with Burberry's, Bausch & Lomb and Siemens Energy, Inc.

For more details, visit the Dreamforce website at http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF11/

Sept. 20-21: TM Forum Management World Africa
Larry Hargrove is giving a session titled "Examining how Mobitel leveraged TM Forum's Frameworx to accelerate process transformation and reduce time to market for new services" at TM Forum Management World Africa September 20-21. Here is an abstract:

  • Understanding how Information Framework and Process Framework were used to accelerate the adoption of a standard-based SOA transformation by:
    • Using pre-built accelerators and a policy driven implementation of SOA to reduce the number of business processes needed to implement automated processes.
  • Examining the standards-based implementation of a flexible order management solution that integrates with ISV and legacy applications
  • Developing a policy driven approach to reduce the number of processes that needed to built

Speaker Larry Hargrove is IBM’s Global Solutions Executive for Telecom Industry Software. He is responsible for leading IBM’s global sales strategy for software technology that helps service providers and their partners select, create, deliver, integrate and manage revenue generating services. In his previous roles within IBM, Larry has been responsible for the development of network solutions with Canadian service providers, product management of managed e-business services and relationship management in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining IBM Larry launched, managed and sold several businesses that provided telecommunications and consulting services. Larry is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of New Brunswick.

10 Oct. – 12 Oct.: 2011 IBM Exceptional Web Experience and WebSphere Technical Conferences
Join us for the 2011 IBM Exceptional Web Experience and WebSphere Technical Conferences  in Berlin, Germany.  Take this opportunity to participate simultaneously in Europe’s largest annual technical events dedicated to Portal and WebSphere products and solutions.


Upcoming Calls for Papers

SoCal Code Camp LA
Date: Oct. 15 – 16, 2011
Deadline: Open
Location: LA — USC

QCon 2011, San Francisco
Date: Nov 14 – 18, 2011
Deadline: July
Location: San Francisco, CA

CloudCom 2011
Date: Dec 5 – 8, 2011
Deadline: Aug. 21
Location: Athens, Greece

Cloud Connect, Santa Clara, CA
Date: Feb. 13 – 16, 2012
Deadline: Aug. 5
Location: Santa Clara, CA

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
Date: Feb 27 – March 1, 2012
Deadline: August 25th
Location: Barcelona

Planet Under Pressure
Date: March 26 – 29th, 2012
Deadline: August 19th
Location: London, UK

ICBPM 2011: "International Conference on Business Process Management"
Date: Nov. 23 – 25, 2012
Deadline: Open
Location: Venice, Italy


Free Upcoming August 2011 WebSphere Support Technical Exchange Webcasts
The upcoming links will work for two days past the presentation. A week after the webcast, an audio replay of the exchange will be available on the Previous Webcast tab on the WebSphere Technical Exchange home page. Participation is easy and free — no registration required.

Date: August 9, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: Understanding the WASService with the WASServiceCMD Tool
Presenter: Randal Anders, Alain Del Valle & Paul Van Norman
Presenter Title: WebSphere Level 2 Support Software Engineers for WASADM team
Abstract: This presentation covers the WASService command and a new utility WASServiceCMD to minimize error for WebSphere V6.1, V7.0 and V8.0. The talk also discusses basics on how the WASService command is used in WebSphere, and the minimum privileges needed to have this command work properly.

Date: August 10, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: CICS Storage 102 - Debugging CICS Short on Storage
Presenter: Sarah Bertram, Erich Hoppe
Presenter Title: Advisory Software Engineer, Staff Software Engineer
Abstract: This Support Technical Exchange is a follow on to the CICS Storage 101 presentation delivered in November 2010. This particular session focuses on storage conditions inside CICS and shows debugging techniques using system dumps.

Date: August 24, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: Troubleshooting WebSphere Process Server - Integration with LDAP Systems for Authentication and Authorization
Presenter: Dr. Stephan Volz
Presenter Title: BPC L2 Software support engineer
Abstract: This webcast focuses on common pitfalls observed during the integration of WebSphere Process Server with LDAP, including information on how to analyze and solve these issues. The presentation covers the configuration of the federated repository/VMM, Business Process Choreographer and people assignment problems during runtime.

Date: August 25, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: Configuring WebSphere Adapter for File Transfer Protocol using WebSphere Transformation Extender
Presenter: Alex Reyes, Ken Amelio, Greg McEachern
Presenter Title: WBI Adapter L2 Support; WBI Adapter L2 Support; WTX Level 2 Customer Support, Team Lead
Abstract: This presentation explains how to configure WebSphere Adapter for File Transfer Protocol using WebSphere Transformation Extender, the different settings needed to perform operations with the Adapter for File Transfer Protocol, and the corresponding WebSphere Transformation Extender settings.

Date: August 30, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: Improving Your PMR Experience: Insights into WebSphere Message Broker Support
Presenter: Thomas Bien
Presenter Title: Staff Software Engineer
Abstract: This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange is designed to provide some insights into the PMR process, as well as initiatives and expectations of the IBM Support team. While the presentation focuses on the WebSphere Message Broker product, it also provides information applicable to all IBM products.

Date: August 31, 2011
Time: 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)
Title: Troubleshooting WebSphere Process Server - Integration with an Oracle Database
Presenter: Dr. Stephan Volz
Presenter Title: BPC L2 Software support engineer
Abstract: This webcast focuses on common database issues observed with WebSphere Process Server and an Oracle database. Topics include what configuration needs to be checked when using one, and the available tools for analyzing performance related problems.


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