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IBM XIV mirroring with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror using XCLI commands
This article explains the steps to configure IBM® XIV® Storage System mirroring and IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® to monitor and manage the XIV disks using XCLI commands. In case of a disaster scenario such as fire, earthquake, and so on, the configured XIV resources can be moved from the disaster location to some other backup location thereby minimizing the loss of data and business application's downtime.
Articles 02 Dec 2014
How to share DoDAF2 data with Rational System Architect
Sharing enterprise architecture data across modeling tools, databases and analysis tools can be accomplished using spreadsheets. This is especially true for DoDAF2 data where spreadsheets, like the SV-06 System Resource Flow matrix and OV-03 Operational Resource Flow matrix, are both universally used and well defined. Recent changes to the DoDAF2 implementation in Rational System Architect make importing data from spreadsheets easy to do and sufficient to generate DoDAF2 diagrams, matrices and reports. While this tutorial uses examples based on importing SV-06 System Resource Flow matrix data into Rational System Architect’s DoDAF2, this technique can be used to import other spreadsheets into DoDAF2 and into other frameworks.
Articles 02 Dec 2014
InfoSphere Guardium data security and protection for MongoDB Part 2: Configuration and policies
This article series describes how to monitor and protect MongoDB data using IBM InfoSphere Guardium, including the configuration of the solution, sample monitoring use cases, and additional capabilities such as quick search of audit data and building a compliance workflow using an audit process. Part 2 describes how to configure InfoSphere Guardium to collect MongoDB traffic and describes how to create security policy rules for a variety of typical data protection use cases, such as alerting on excessive failed logins, monitoring privileged users, and alerting on unauthorized access to sensitive data. Many organizations are just getting started with MongoDB, and now is the time to build security into the environment to save time, prevent breaches, and avoid compliance violations.
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Articles 16 Sep 2014
Feed InfoSphere Streams applications with live data from databases
This tutorial shows you how to connect IBM InfoSphere Data Replication Change Data Capture (CDC) as a near real-time data source for InfoSphere Streams. Walk through several integration options for a ready-to-use and custom user exit, then explore the pros and cons of each. Downloadable example sources for the user exit are provided and can be customized to fit your requirements.
Articles 04 Sep 2014
The pillars of knowing your software is right
In model-driven development and formal specification of software systems, the quality feedback mechanism is reinforced by the more extensive validation of early lifecycle representations of the system. It is worth replacing a well-understood and trusted validation and verification model based on hand-crafted requirements, code, simulation, and test with a formal requirements engineering approach.
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Articles 21 Aug 2014
Design an SOA solution using a reference architecture
The Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) reference architecture discussed in this article provides a blueprint for an enterprise or application architecture. It also establishes the building blocks of SOA: services, components, and flows that collectively support business processes and goals.
Articles 13 Aug 2014
Improving performance and scalability for IBM Sterling Order Management
This article discusses the design best practices that are important for the performance and scalability of the IBM Sterling Order Management solution. Adopting these design best practices during implementation, helps eliminate the common performance bottlenecks that are introduced with custom design or code.
Articles 07 Aug 2014
Using the MDM Application Toolkit to build MDM-centric business processes, Part 4: Work with MDM integration services
This is the fourth article in a series that describes how to create process applications for master data by using IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). Specifically, this series refers to the IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) application toolkit and IBM BPM 8.0.1, both of which are provided with InfoSphere MDM 11.0. This article explores the BPM integration services provided with the Application Toolkit. Learn how these services can help you to create workflows easily that integrate with InfoSphere MDM.
Articles 26 Jun 2014
Adoption Scenarios for IBM PureApplication System
Download this comprehensive role- and task-based guidebook designed to help all users and organizations be successful with IBM PureApplication System. Organized by goal-defining stories, use cases, and tasks, the information you need to predictably and reliably achieve your objectives with PureApplication System can be found with one starting point.
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Articles 29 May 2014
Enforcing environmental limits
Controlling user limits should not only cover the resources being used, it should also encompass environmental limitations on the account in general. This article describes what user limits should cover and also demonstrates the concepts of limits with examples.
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Articles 11 Apr 2014
Real world, real urgency: How IBM Worklight, MQ and WebSphere Message Broker deliver near real-time 911 call data to emergency responders
In an emergency, seconds count. Providing information to emergency responders even before they’re dispatched to the scene can mean the difference between life and death. Delivering that information quickly and reliably requires careful planning and the right combination of technologies. This article provides a case study of a real world emergency mobile web application developed with a combination of IBM Worklight, IBM MQ and IBM WebSphere Message Broker technologies for a specialized rescue team in a major urban police department.
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Articles 09 Apr 2014
BPM Voices: Don't forget the basics of software design when architecting BPM solutions
Some process applications can be implemented easily, but all BPM applications require the discipline and rigor that are the fundamental foundation for developing business applications. In fact, you can argue that BPM's business-centric user population actually exacerbates the need for this architectural rigor. Many business users do not understand the underlying complexities associated with application runtimes; IT needs to ensure the applications are optimized. In short, just because BPM appears to be "simple" - organizations still need sound architecture to ensure robust applications. In this column, we discuss key architectural aspects that are critical for building an optimized BPM application with references to case studies and for crafting BPM solutions that are architecturally sound.
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Articles 02 Apr 2014
Parallel processing of unstructured data, Part 2: Use AWS S3 as an unstructured data repository
See how unstructured data can be processed in parallel fashion. Leverage the power of IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows to provide efficient highly scalable access to unstructured data stored on the cloud.
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Articles 13 Mar 2014
Parallel processing of unstructured data, Part 1: With DB2 LUW and GPFS SNC
Learn how unstructured data can be processed in parallel fashion -- within a machine and across a series of machines -- by leveraging DB2 Linux, UNIX, and Windows and GPFS SNC to provide efficient highly scalable access to unstructured data, all through a standard SQL interface. Realize this capability with clusters of commodity hardware, suitable for provisioning in the cloud or directly on bare metal clusters of commodity hardware. Scalability is achieved within the framework via the principle of computation locality. Computation is performed local to the host which has direct data access, thus minimizing or eliminating network bandwidth requirements and eliminating the need for any shared compute resource.
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Articles 30 Jan 2014
A macro-pattern for public sector systems architecture
The article presents a common systems architecture pattern for public sector organizations that has been derived from a variety of different projects and use cases during the period 2010-2013. The pattern that is presented is sufficiently flexible to express all the use cases and can be used as an accelerator in the design of new systems architectures for public sector organizations.
Articles 05 Nov 2013
InfoSphere Guardium data security and protection for MongoDB, Part 1: Overview of the solution and data security recommendations
This article series describes how to monitor and protect MongoDB data using IBM InfoSphere Guardium. Part 1 describes an overview of the solution, the architecture, and the benefits of using InfoSphere Guardium with MongoDB. The value of the fast growing class of NoSQL databases such as MongoDB is the ability to handle high velocity and volumes of data while enabling greater agility with dynamic schemas. Many organizations are just getting started with MongoDB, and now is the time to build security into the environment to save time, prevent breaches, and avoid compliance violations. This article series describes configuration of the solution, sample monitoring use cases, and additional capabilities such as quick search of audit data and building a compliance workflow using an audit process.
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Articles 30 Oct 2013
Guaranteed delivery with InfoSphere DataStage
This article describes how you can use the InfoSphere DataStage Distributed Transaction Stage to guarantee delivery of data. It also addresses the use of local transactions within DataStage database stages. Finally, it describes how the Change Data Capture Transaction stage works with InfoSphere Data Replication to guarantee the delivery of changes to a target database.
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Articles 17 Oct 2013
DB2 Advanced Copy Services: The scripted interface for DB2 Advanced Copy Services, Part 2
The DB2 Advanced Copy Services supports taking snapshots for backup purposes in DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows databases. Customers can use the DB2 ACS API either through libraries implemented by their storage hardware vendors or implement this API on their own. Additionally, it requires a high degree of effort for customers to implement. This changes with IBM DB2 10.5.
Articles 10 Oct 2013
Explore the advanced analytics platform, Part 1: Support your business requirements using big data and advanced analytics
Analytics platforms are increasingly important with the growth of big data. Learn about the key characteristics of the platforms and the underlying components. This article is the first of a series that will help you design and implement such a platform.
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Articles 24 Sep 2013
Explore the advanced analytics platform, Part 2: Explore use cases that cross multiple industries using the advanced analytics platform
An analytics platform requires investment of products and sourcing of data from multiple sources. By its very nature, big data leads to extreme requirements in data volumes and velocity that make it hard to replicate data across organizational silos. The platform must support multiple use cases for an organizational data lake (a common big data store across many divisions of the organization) to justify such investment. Explore multiple successful big data use cases and the flow of one use case to learn how the architecture supports the use cases.
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Articles 24 Sep 2013
Best practices for systems and software development
Authors Graham Bleakley, Keith Collyer, and Joanne Scouler present an easy-to-understand explanation of the best practices for the IBM Rational Solutions for Systems and Software Engineering. The article describes the purpose, outlines the content, and explains how they support regulatory standards.
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Articles 17 Sep 2013
Migrate terabytes of data from IBM Balanced Warehouse to IBM Smart Analytics System
In the current, ever-demanding world, data warehouse environments are continuing to grow exponentially both in terms of data and real-time data processing requirements. To meet these demanding needs, organizations have to make right decisions to move the applications to the right platform, and more importantly, at the right time. Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. was an early adopter of the IBM Balanced Configuration Unit (BCU) Warehouse and recently upgraded to the next generation IBM Smart Analytics System (ISAS) to help financial customers with a better user experience, while providing higher data capacity.
Articles 12 Sep 2013
Introducing the Liberty collective: A cloud-enabled application server management foundation
Evolutionary forces driving the IT industry toward cloud computing increase the pressure on application server management solutions to both accommodate traditional infrastructure deployments and enable cloud-based deployments. Lightweight, standards-based, flexible scalability are among the necessary hallmarks of an architecture that embraces this duality. Liberty collectives deliver next generation application server management for the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile both inside and outside the cloud.
Articles 04 Sep 2013
Scalability and elasticity for virtual application patterns in IBM PureApplication System
IBM PureApplication System is an integrated system that combines hardware resources (compute nodes, storage, and networking) with software resources, using virtualization to maximize the utilization of the system. Workloads (for example, transactional applications, web applications, or data-centric applications) are supported via the use of patterns, which offer abstract views of the software components of a solution; for example, web applications, or databases. This article describes the various options that exist in IBM PureApplication System and IBM Workload Deployer for the creation of scalable middleware deployments using virtual application patterns.
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Articles 04 Sep 2013
Best practices for using InfoSphere Federation Server to integrate web service data sources
This article introduces the overall architecture of the Web services wrapper of the IBM InfoSphere Federation Server. It explains how to integrate data from web service providers by web service nicknames step-by-step. This article also introduces some of the restrictions of the Web services wrapper.
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Articles 15 Aug 2013
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer 8.5.x: Rapidly build web apps with Rational Application Developer's JPA Manager Beans
See how quickly you can build a web application using IBM Rational Application Developer's JPA Manager Beans and Rich Page Editor to retrieve and update from your information systems and render it professionally in a JavaServer Faces facelet.
Articles 30 Jul 2013
Best practices for patterns adoption in IBM PureApplication System
The pattern-based deployment approach of IBM PureApplication System has influenced, changed, and revolutionized the relationship between development and system operations, as well as the roles within these teams. Organizational and operational best practices must be adopted in order to maximize the potential of IBM PureApplication System and realize the major positive effect on efficiency and total cost of ownership that are possible. This article outlines six important best practices to help you be successful integrating IBM PureApplication System into your IT governance policies and data center management strategies.
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Articles 17 Jul 2013
Extending the Basic Initial Load in InfoSphere Master Data Management Advanced Edition
The Master Data Management (MDM) Advanced Edition (AE) Basic Initial Load (BIL) DataStage assets can be successfully extended. The BIL DataStage project presents a patterned and disciplined approach to the initial loading of data. This article highlights, in an easy-to-follow fashion, how to utilize the existing structures to successfully add additional tables to the types of data that BIL currently loads into the MDM data base.
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Articles 03 Jul 2013
InfoSphere Guardium data security and protection for MongoDB, Part 3: Reporting, automating, and blocking
This article series describes how to monitor and protect MongoDB data using IBM InfoSphere Guardium, including the configuration of the solution, sample monitoring use cases, and additional capabilities such as quick search of audit data and building a compliance workflow using an audit process. Part 3 describes the capabilities in InfoSphere Guardium to search and report on audit data, how to create an audit process, and how to block users (available only with the Advanced Monitor). Many organizations are just getting started with MongoDB, and now is the time to build security into the environment to save time, prevent breaches, and avoid compliance violations.
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Articles 27 Jun 2013
Deliver actionable business insight with low latency analytics using WebSphere eXtreme Scale and Cognos Real-time Monitoring
The use of data analytics promises to deliver a wealth of opportunities that will enable game-changing advances in the level of achievable business insight across all domains of computing applications. As such, organizations are being urged to implement integrated information platforms that support multiple modes of data analysis. This article shows how data written to an IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale-based distributed cache can be consumed by IBM Cognos Real-time Monitoring, thereby enabling low latency analytical processing.
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Articles 08 May 2013
Product Design for Variants
Recognizing the need to design for product variants and the best methods to manage variants is critical to product development success over time. Variant management is how you organize the list of feature variants and put them into products. With new product development projects, planning for future variants is not typically done at the beginning. In this article. Joanne Scouler and Marty Bakal explain how to get started with variants. They illustrate their points with examples from Eaton Corporation's experience in developing variants of transmissions for heavy-duty hybrid vehicles. The authors also describe how various Rational software products can help.
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Articles 07 May 2013
Accelerating web applications with OpenCL
The Web Computing Language (WebCL) enables web applications to execute functions on the host's graphics processor, dramatically accelerating many types of data-processing routines, such as data sorting, text searching, and solving systems of matrices. Learn how WebCL's JavaScript classes enable high-speed number-crunching by delivering computing tasks to graphics processors.
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Articles 23 Apr 2013
Developing a transactional Advanced Integration Service with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 3: Implementing the Advanced Integration Service
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced, this series describes how to implement a distributed ACID transactional scenario in IBM Business Process Manager that includes two databases on different machines. The scenario shows the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS. Part 3 describes how to implement the AIS for the transaction.
Articles 27 Mar 2013
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer 8.5.x: Create JPA entities with Rational Application Developer 8.5.1
Learn how to create Java Persistence Architecture (JPA) entities using preexisting relational tables that use database-generated primary key values. You will use Rational Application Developer to build JPA entities easily from an IBM DB2 database.
Articles 19 Mar 2013
Import Microsoft Visio diagrams into IBM Rational Software Architect: Part 3. Transferring and converting network diagrams to topology diagrams
Ritesh Prasad describes how to import network diagrams created in Microsoft Visio 2010 into IBM Rational Software Architect Version 8.5 and later. He also describes what to expect from the import.
Articles 19 Feb 2013
BPM Voices: Insight at the edge
In the world of mobile, cloud and APIs, how do you assert control at the edge of the enterprise, the boundary between the unpredictable external environment and the internal managed systems? And, perhaps even more importantly, how do you gain insight into customer behavior and preferences so that you can advance the customer relationship with every action you take? Resolving such questions is dependent on "insight at the edge" - the idea that by applying service-oriented principles to interactions between external systems of engagement and internal systems of record, you not only protect against undesired external influences, but can tap into the stream of consciousness that already flows through the business.
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Articles 13 Feb 2013
Design management with Rational Software Architect 8.5: Effective collaboration for better design
Learn how Rational Software Architect can help to improve design and be more productive with team collaboration.
Demos 29 Jan 2013
Integrate your enterprise and software architectures
Steve Arnold and Jas Atwal walk you through integrating enterprise architecture stored in IBM Rational System Architect with model elements stored in the Rational Software Architect extension for Design Management. Then they show how to use the integration to save time by easily navigating between the enterprise and system elements and how to spot traceability gaps and to visualize the relationships.
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Articles 22 Jan 2013
Mask archived and extracted data directly into CSV, XML and ECM formats using InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution
Learn how file format types that are now supported by IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Masking Solution will help you to increase the interoperability of your data and support data privacy and security requirements. This article describes options to convert your data to XML, CSV, or ECM format types, and explains how various threshold limits can be applied. In addition, you'll learn how to apply data privacy modules for these file format types and how to manage LOB and XML data types during this process.
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Articles 10 Jan 2013
Information Server Deployment Architectures
This IBM Redbooks publication presents guidelines and criteria for the successful deployment of Information Server components in typical logical infrastructure topologies that use shared metadata capabilities of the platform, and support development lifecycle, data privacy, information security, high availability, and performance requirements. This book can help you evaluate information requirements to determine an appropriate deployment architecture, based on guidelines that are presented here, and that can fulfill specific use cases. It can also help you effectively use the functionality of your Information Server product modules and components to successfully achieve your business goals.
Redbooks 11 Dec 2012
21 principles of enterprise architecture for the financial sector
The article lists the most relevant architectural principles for an IT department to follow in the financial market, with details about each principle. These principles are essential for an IT department to take on a strategic role in the company and to indicate actual value generation in IT decisions within an environment where pressure and business decisions are critical.
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Articles 20 Nov 2012
Shredding XML in DB2 with pureXML and XMLTable
DB2's XML processing capability makes it simpler to turn XML data into relational data. The built-in XMLTABLE function provides an easy-to-use and powerful mechanism to turn hierarchical XML data into parent-child relational data. Whether your tools do not support XML, or relational processing is required, XMLTABLE provides a means to bridge the gap.
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Articles 15 Nov 2012
Pragmatic architecture for agile application lifecycle management
This article explains how agile teams use design management to produce and maintain software-intensive systems. It describes a pragmatic approach for efficient collaboration on designs in an application lifecycle management (ALM) environment. Based on realistic examples, the article focuses on concrete architecture and design activities using the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM).
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Articles 30 Oct 2012
Virtualize the IBM DB2 pureScale Feature on Linux using Kernel-based Virtual Machine
Learn how you can improve your return on investment when you deploy the IBM DB2 pureScale Feature with Linux on IBM System x servers. Modern System x servers have an ample number of cores and amount of memory and I/O capability. By using virtualization technology, you can deploy multiple DB2 pureScale instances on a common infrastructure and achieve greater efficiency.
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Articles 25 Oct 2012
A flexible data integration architecture using InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Federation Server
Combine InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Federation Server to provide an efficient and flexible architecture for moving and transforming data.
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Articles 04 Oct 2012
Introduction to IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Reference Data Management Hub V10
IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Reference Data Management Hub v10.0 (RDM), released in July 2012, is a new product providing a series of features that are essential to seamlessly managing reference data in the information landscape across different business domains, including comprehensive authoring and lifecycle management functionality, versioning model, role-based security, and access control.
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Articles 04 Oct 2012
Enterprise architecture in the age of cloud services
This article shows how to use an enterprise architecture to specify requirements for public cloud service, using a hybrid software as a service (SaaS) example. Enterprise architecture (EA) is a key tool to help cloud customers understand how to take advantage of the new business model that is enabled by the technology and how to fit external services into their current applications and technical environments. In reading this article, an IT architect will learn how to use EA notations and IBM Rational System Architect to communicate effectively with business users and other stakeholders, including the service provider.
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Articles 25 Sep 2012
IBM XL C/C++ installation on IBM AIX 7.1
IBM® XL C/C++ is a high-performance optimizing compiler designed to use IBM POWER® processors and enable the development of parallel applications that use the multi-core and vector features of these processors. This tutorial helps readers with a basic technical background information about the XL C/C++ V11 installation on the IBM AIX® 7.1 operating system.
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Articles 21 Sep 2012
System administration in WebSphere Application Server V8.5, Part 4: Using pluggable SDK 7 to enable WebSphere Application Server for Java 7
The article provides instructions for enabling the IBM WebSphere Application Server to use IBM Software Development Kit, Java Technology Edition Version 7.0.
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Articles 12 Sep 2012
FC adapter-based WPAR creation and Oracle database configuration
Workload Partitions (WPAR) is a licensed program product included with IBM® AIX® 6.1 and later versions. This article explains the concepts and configurations of a WPAR with Fibre Channel (FC) exported. Also, it describes the steps to install and configure both Oracle database and Oracle Automated Stress Test (OAST) workload inside the WPAR.
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Articles 12 Sep 2012
Introducing Spring Roo, Part 7: Develop Spring MongoDB applications using Spring Roo
MongoDB is a very popular document-oriented, horizontally-scalable NoSQL datastore. With Spring Roo version 1.2, you can build Spring applications with MongoDB as data storage solutions. Investigate MongoDB and then build an enterprise Spring MongoDB application using Spring Roo.
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Articles 07 Sep 2012
Introducing Spring Roo, Part 6: Develop Spring MVC and GWT applications using Spring Roo 1.2 and deploy them on Cloud Foundry
Spring Roo advanced considerably with the release of Version 1.2. This article introduces the new features in the current release like multi-module project, MongoDB support, JSF support, and many more. You then will develop a multi-module GWT web application using Spring Roo and deploy the application to Cloud Foundry.
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Articles 07 Sep 2012
Deploying the DB2 pureScale Feature with EMC Symmetrix VMAX
In today's highly competitive marketplace, it is important to deploy a data processing architecture that not only meets your immediate tactical needs but also can grow and change to adapt to your future strategic requirements. In December 2009, IBM introduced the DB2 pureScale Feature for Enterprise Server Edition software (DB2 pureScale Feature). The DB2 pureScale Feature builds on familiar and proven design features from the IBM DB2 for z/OS database software (DB2 for z/OS), bringing the industry-leading technology and reliability of DB2 for z/OS to the open systems platform.
Articles 06 Sep 2012
Use this algorithm to map deployment of virtual machines
Deploying virtual machines in bulk is a very tedious and cumbersome job. Deploying a virtual machine on a data center involves various tasks, such as installing the operating system, prepping the machine for a system (sysprep), adding a system to the domain, and giving proper access to users. One of the key challenges is planning what to deploy where. The authors propose an algorithm that provides a simplified and efficient solution to the problem.
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Articles 04 Aug 2012
Assessing database migration with InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay
Migration projects that enterprises undertake can be complex, costly, and disruptive. If migration teams are not equipped with effective testing tools, they may spend months reviewing code to prioritize conversion efforts and preparing scripts to simulate production workloads, draining businesses of their valuable resources. With InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay, organizations can handle enterprise changes safely. Using its ability to easily capture production workloads, replay them on target databases, and generate comparison reports, data teams can systematically manage problematic issues that arise as a result of database upgrades.
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Articles 02 Aug 2012
Enhance IBM Intelligent Operations Center-based applications
The IBM Intelligent Operations Center supports standard operating procedures. When an incident occurs an activity is created for each step defined in a procedure. This article describes how architects and developers can modify existing artifacts, and develop new ones, to present data to and collect data from a user as a part of an activity, then record both presented data and collected data, and propagate it to a later activity as part of the same incident.
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Articles 17 Jul 2012
Reasons for resistance to enterprise architecture and ways to overcome it
Since the mid-1990s, enterprise architecture has been evolving as an independent design discipline in the area between strategy and architecture. Although interest has been growing in recent years, the discipline is still considered immature, and many enterprises remain ambivalent or skeptical. Jan Gravesen discusses the considerable value that enterprise architecture can bring and how it can be successfully implemented to overcome much of that organizational skepticism.
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Articles 10 Jul 2012
Using IBM InfoSphere Streams for simulations
Learn how you can use IBM InfoSphere Streams for simulations. In this article, we will build a traffic simulation for highways according to the Nagel-Schreckenberg model as an example.
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Articles 05 Jul 2012
Oracle to IBM Informix porting guide
This article describes the differences between Oracle and Informix functionality and syntax. In addition to DDL, DML and overall SQL syntax, you'll explore the differences between Oracle and Informix with regards to the use of large objects, user-defined types, user-defined routines, and table partitioning.
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Articles 01 Jul 2012
Navigating the IBM cloud, Part 1: A primer on cloud technologies
This article series explains the basics of cloud computing, beginning with some of the underlying technologies that support a cloud environment. Along the way, you will also see where some of IBM’s key cloud offerings fit into the picture and how they can help you be successful in the cloud.
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Articles 20 Jun 2012
Evaluate performance for Linux on POWER
Learn to evaluate Linux on POWER performance issues that focus on compiled language (such as C or C++) environments. This article explains the POWER7 CPI model and demonstrates the use of commonly available Linux tools to show potential CPU stalls, pipeline hazards, and performance issues. Analyze and optimize an algorithm for POWER7 in the final section.
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Articles 12 Jun 2012
What's new in Rational Software Architect 8.5 and Design Manager 4 beta
IBM Rational Software Architect Version 8.5 introduces technology support for Spring, Hibernate, Struts2 and Java 7, and makes adoption easier by providing a Visio import option. This new version also includes the Design Manager Version 4 beta, which introduces simplified team working and improves reuse. Steve Arnold describes these and other highlights of this release.
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Articles 05 Jun 2012
Design service interfaces with industry models
Read how industry models can help architects overcome the difficult task of defining enterprise service interfaces. Understand the need to strike a balance between competing design principles, in particular, reuse and loose coupling, and how the type of SOA governance model embraced by an organization is in itself an important element to take into account for an effective service design.
Articles 01 May 2012
IBM Rational DOORS: Linking and traceability
Learn about standard IBM Rational DOORS links and external links.
Demos 11 Apr 2012
Introducing Spring Roo, Part 5: Write advanced and wrapper Spring Roo add-ons
Spring Roo Advanced add-ons provide the mechanisms to add Java code in applications (for example, building an add-on that can write equals and hashcode methods for your domain object). With the addon create command, you can create a template of an advanced add-on. You then can extend the template to meet developer requirements. This article walks through the steps to create an advanced add-on.
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Articles 10 Apr 2012
Migration of WebSphere Deployment from IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6 to V7 on AIX 6.1
This article provides insight to a migration exercise in clustered production environment and covers issues and resolutions on the way to successfully achieving the migration of complex network deployment configuration from IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (ND) V6 to V7 on AIX 6.1 platform. The WebSphere and AIX system administrators would benefit most from this article as these migration issues may occur in one form or the other.
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Articles 01 Apr 2012
Smarter Cities Series: A Foundation for Understanding IBM Smarter Cities
This IBM® Redguide™ publication is the first paper in the Smarter Cities™ Series of Redguide publications. This particular guide provides insight into the IBM Smarter Cities vision and explains how information and technology can help make cities smarter. It focuses on the foundation that is used to build a smarter city. It also explains how data and information found at all levels of the city form an intelligent operation center this is critical to understanding and making good decisions for the city and its citizens.
Redbooks 29 Mar 2012
Dimensional modeling with IBM InfoSphere Data Architect, Part 3: Transformations
Learn how to build a dimensional data model IBM InfoSphere Data Architect that efficiently captures analytical requirements at the logical and physical levels of detail. IBM InfoSphere Data Architect is a collaborative data design solution that helps you discover, model, relate, and standardize diverse and distributed data assets. It is a pivotal component of an IBM initiative to enable an integrated data management environment throughout the entire data management life cycle.
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Articles 22 Mar 2012
Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we show you examples of how InfoSphere CDC can be used to implement integrated systems, to keep those systems updated immediately as changes occur, and to use your existing infrastructure and scale up as your workload grows. InfoSphere CDC can also enhance your investment in other software, such as IBM DataStage and IBM QualityStage, IBM InfoSphere Warehouse, and IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, enabling real-time and event-driven processes. Enable the integration of your critical data and make it immediately available as your business needs it.
Redbooks 20 Mar 2012
Innovations within reach: Elastic cache beyond the Java heap with IBM eXtremeMemory
The 7.1.1 release of IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale introduces an additional in-memory model for elastic caching called IBM eXtremeMemory, which enables you to utilize the system memory outside of the Java heap as elastic cache. This allows for smaller Java heap sizes of the WebSphere eXtreme Scale containers and minimizes the effects of garbage collection pauses on transaction response times. Since eXtremeMemory is outside of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) environment, a new transport called IBM eXtremeIO was developed to facilitate fault tolerance of the eXtremeMemory elastic cache. eXtremeIO enables efficient memory to memory replication between WebSphere eXtreme Scale containers. This article provides an overview of the eXtremeMemory and eXtremeIO features.
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Articles 14 Mar 2012
Boost IBM InfoSphere Streams performance with Linux channel bonding
Have you ever wondered if Linux channel bonding would allow you to get faster throughput using IBM InfoSphere Streams? We have answered that question when running InfoSphere Streams release on Red Hat Enterprise Linux release 5.5. In this article, we describe what channel bonding is at a high level, how we set up our test environment, and the results we observed. In our experiments, channel bonding increased bandwidth by as much as 68 percent.
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Articles 16 Feb 2012
Design a message and service definition integration strategy based on Common Information Model standards
Users of IBM Rational Software Architect are familiar with its UML modeling capabilities, as well as its ability to transform a model into other domains, including Java, XSD, and WSDL. However, when it comes to using an energy industry information model and evolving the model into definitive message and service definitions that can be used directly in an SOA messaging infrastructure, there is very little guidance. This article describes a process and the use of Rational Software Architect extensions that use the International Electrotechnical Commission's Common Information Model (IEC CIM) to guide message and service definitions.
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Articles 31 Jan 2012
Smarter city data model standards landscape, Part 2: Transportation
In this series, learn about data model standards for smarter cities. Information exchange is challenging among city agencies, regardless of city size. The proliferation of different vendor solutions deployed across agency and departmental boundaries is the root of the problem. The solution is defining a common, standards-based smarter city data model that determines how information is structured and what it represents on a semantic level. This article focuses on the core concepts and standards that are common in the smarter city transportation domain.
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Articles 17 Jan 2012
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 7.6.1 and Rhapsody Design Manager 3.0.1
IBM Rational Rhapsody 7.6.1 and IBM Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 3.0.1 provide new features and integrations that help improve cross-discipline team collaboration and continuous development of high-quality and safe designs. Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 3.0.1 improves the design management capabilities by adding integration with the Mathwork Simulink, so you can share and review architecture and algorithms together. Support for Elektrobit EB tresos and AUTOSAR improvements enable a continuous integration and deployment development environment, with early validation for AUTOSAR-based E/E and ECU software. These updates also include improvements for systems engineering, safety-critical development, and many usability enhancements.
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Articles 16 Dec 2011
Using models to design business processes and services
Get an overview of designing business processes and services, the roles and tools involved, and workflows that software architects can use. The author highlights advantages of assembling the participants and services in a business process or service and provides examples to demonstrate the effects that different models have on the tools used to generate deployable artifacts. She also explains techniques to use to achieve good results, even from incomplete models, and summarizes the SoaML modeling practices to use when assembling processes and services.
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Articles 13 Dec 2011
Toward a Basic Profile for Linked Data
W3C defines a wide range of standards for the Semantic Web and Linked Data suitable for many possible use cases. While using Linked Data as an application integration technology in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) domain, IBM has found that there are often several possible ways of applying the existing standards, yet little guidance is provided on how to combine them. This article explains motivating background information and a proposal for a Basic Profile for Linked Data.
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Articles 06 Dec 2011
Develop a custom third-party call web service using WebSphere Telecom Web Services Server
Telecom products' interaction with particular network equipment, such as softswitches from a manufacturer, may require customizing the solution or service that interacts with it. Find out how to develop a custom web service implementation using IBM WebSphere Telecom Web Services Server as the development platform to cater to functioning of the solution with the specific softswitch.
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Articles 28 Nov 2011
Building a sample application to showcase integration between WESB and WSRR V7
This article will be useful to developers who are starting out with WESB and WSRR, providing a reference point for building a simple solution using WID to showcase integration between the aforementioned products.
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Articles 21 Nov 2011
Case study of model-based systems engineering (MBSE): Part 1. The centralized systems model of IBM Rational Harmony
Modeling has been an important part of systems engineering since its inception. During the last decade, engineers have significantly increased their use of model-based technologies to evolve a new discipline of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). This discipline differs from traditional systems engineering in that it emphasizes a central system model that captures both system requirements as well as the design decisions that fulfill them. In addition to serving as a knowledge repository for systems engineering work artifacts, the system model can also be simulated to validate cost or performance studies and design choices. Highly practiced MBSE processes like IBM Rational Harmony for Systems Engineers focus on system functional analysis, which is the translation of functional requirements into a coherent description of system operations. The system operations are then used to derive ports and interfaces among the allocated system architecture blocks. These interfaces form the basis of the formal hand-off among various sub-systems.
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Articles 15 Nov 2011
Case study of model-based systems engineering (MBSE): Part 2. Develop data-focused processes for distributed systems analysis and design
Distributed systems are inherently data-oriented, with data entities dictating the sub-system boundaries and specific data interaction that defines the dynamic characteristic of a system. The focus on data entities and their behavior in distributed environments cannot be undermined. Thus the derivation of ports and interfaces (data interactions and attributes) being a consequence of functional analysis in a typical MBSE workflow, such as the IBM Rational Harmony systems engineering process seems an oddity in such a case. In this article, we explore how to develop an MBSE process suited for analysis and design of distributed systems.
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Articles 15 Nov 2011
Migrate OpenMRS to DB2 and WebSphere Application Server
Learn how to migrate OpenMRS into IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere Application Server. This article shows you how to prepare the database, import the source code, and modify the project for WebSphere Application Server.
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Articles 15 Nov 2011
Generate design work products from models
Outdated design work products are a big challenge in development and maintenance phase. This article shows how we can generate design work products from IBM Rational Software Architect design models by using Eclipse provided Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT). This allows the modeling team to focus more on designing the models rather than producing the work products. The generation of work products is as easy as clicking a button, once the BIRT report has been authored.
Articles 01 Nov 2011
Smarter Planet Industry Solutions technical podcasts
Hear industry experts, as they provide their perspective regarding industry challenges and technical insights. IBM Business Partners share technical detail about industry solutions and the results driven by the implementation of IBM solutions.
Articles 21 Oct 2011
A practical guide to developing enterprise architecture
To develop a useful enterprise architecture (EA) it is important to first understand the questions you want to answer with your architecture. Then based on these questions, you can develop an approach and identify the models that you need. Finally, you can do both quantitative and qualitative analysis on your architecture to either see where the business can be improved or identify necessary changes or enhancements to the architecture. This article offers a summary of an enterprise architecture program and its processes.
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Articles 18 Oct 2011
Define application architectures with Rational Software Architect: Part 2: Iteratively refine the architecture
This series presents techniques for creating models to specify and communicate the architecture of software-intensive systems. It illustrates the elaboration of the Online Catering architecture for a fictional company, Yummy Inc. Using an iterative approach, it describes the key architectural activities that are necessary to specify a software-intensive system with IBM Rational Software Architect. Part 1 of the series explained how to create a vision for the architecture during early stages of your project. In part 2, we describe how the architecture is iteratively refined using Rational Software Architect. Both articles assume that readers are familiar with methodologies based on iterative development.
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Articles 11 Oct 2011
Why software quality assurance and IT security need to work together
This article describes a new approach to security, with the software development and software quality assurance teams working together to be exponentially more effective. It explains how quality assurance processes can help IT be more secure and how IT security can help secure the test environment more efficiently. Readers will also learn how to incorporate security testing better into the software development life cycle.
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Articles 04 Oct 2011
Speed up deployment of your industry solutions
Industry solutions usually involve complex, distributed deployment with a manual approach that is often time-consuming and unreliable. Learn how to reduce the complexity and cost of industry solution deployment through reuse and automation. The accelerated approach can benefit development and test teams, and can increase the customer's use of the solution. Best practices and an example scenario are included.
Articles 04 Oct 2011
Best practices and tuning for large objects in WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus
Ensuring optimum performance is attained on systems processing large objects is an issue commonly faced by users of middle-ware software. In general, objects of 1M or more can be considered to be 'large' and require special attention. This article aims to provide you with the necessary information and advice required to successfully utilise the WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) V7 product to process large objects efficiently in a 64 bit production environment.
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Articles 03 Oct 2011
USB-Like Universal Ports Type for Enterprise Service Bus, Part 1: Problems with current ESBs
In this installment, part 1 of this series, you will first learn about the basic functionalities of the currently available Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs). In this part 1, you will also learn about some of the difficulties in the use of the currently available ESBs. In the later installments of this series you will learn about the new concept of the Universal Ports type for ESB. Universal Ports provide solution to the many of the problems that the current users of the ESBs experience. A Universal Port works analogous to the USB port of a computer, which is to connect devices of varied kind to connect to the computer. In a similar manner a Universal Port can be used to connect to any application to the ESB and, indirectly, to the other applications. These applications may employ disparate forms of services to expose some or all of their functionality and still use a single port type.
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Articles 26 Aug 2011
Get the maximum value from your enterprise architecture consultant
Many companies hire consultants to set up an enterprise architecture (EA) or to provide best practices. These engagements are not always successful. This article offers practical tips based on real-world experiences to help organizations achieve a more successful experience with consultants, and realize the true value of their investment.
Articles 16 Aug 2011
Develop decision services, Part 3: Deployment and beyond
In this article, the final in this series, we detail the process for the technical developer to deploy the initial rule artifacts and enable non-technical business users to continue rule development and testing.
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Articles 02 Aug 2011
Top 10 SOA and web services tutorials and articles
Check out which SOA and web services tutorials and articles developerWorks readers are finding the most interesting.
Articles 27 Jul 2011
Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples
Four of IBM’s SOA practitioners identify core IBM SOA Foundation components and usage scenarios, and walk you step-by-step through implementing them in real-world environments.
Books 19 Jul 2011
Cut complexity in software and systems with Collaborative Design Management
Complexity is the biggest challenge in delivering innovative products, systems, and applications today. To address this issue, IBM Rational software promotes a model-based approach that improves quality and increases collaboration across the entire team. Our new Collaborative Design Management (CDM) features extend these capabilities so you can involve stakeholders from across the organization and beyond in the design process and improve the integrations of designs to artifacts across the software development lifecycle.
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Articles 06 Jun 2011
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody: Version 7.6 and Rhapsody Design Manager 3.0
New capabilities enable team collaboration; sharing, and reviewing of design artifacts; improve validation of designs early; and help meet safety standards. IBM Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 3.0 leverages Jazz integration to enable teams to share design information on a central location that is accessible from a web client. The new Rational Rhapsody Version 7.6 development environment offers systems engineers improved activity diagram simulation and co-simulation with MathWorks Simulink, which can be used for early validation of functionality. Additional improvements assist in the development of software that meets safety-critical standards with ARINC 653 support and optimizations to make it easier to certify applications. Version 7.6 also includes a user interface with a new look and colors, improved testing support, and usability enhancements.
Articles 06 Jun 2011
Optimize load handling for high-volume tests with IBM Rational Performance Tester
When using IBM Rational Performance Tester for testing diversified protocols and large volume load simulations, it is essential to optimize the performance of your testing machines and tools, as well as your network and infrastructure. In this article, you will discover best practices that you can adopt to enhance the load generation capability of Rational Performance Tester per machine by configuring both the testing tool and the operating system. You will also learn about techniques that you can use to alleviate trivial errors that occur during large volume load simulations.
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Articles 24 May 2011
Define the scope of your development environment
Applying a consistent and comprehensive definition of a development environment ensures that nothing is overlooked, whether you're planning, defining, deploying, or managing such an environment.
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Articles 24 May 2011
Define the scope of your development environment
Applying a consistent and comprehensive definition of a development environment ensures that nothing is overlooked, whether you're planning, defining, deploying, or managing such an environment.
Articles 24 May 2011
Steps to develop a plan for incremental capability improvement
This article describes the process that Rational Specialty Architects use in a complimentary workshop about ways to improve capabilities in an IT organization. We use the term application delivery to include all types of software development and delivery, whether that be COTS or complete custom development to fit your business requirements.
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Articles 10 May 2011
Tune your Informix database for top performance, Part 1: Tuning the data model and the application
Author Jack Parker analyzes the "Fastest DBA benchmark" to explain some basic principles of how to tune your Informix database application to get the best possible performance. In Part 1, of the series, he examines how the data model and the application, together with ensuring that you have updated statistics, play into performance.
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Articles 14 Apr 2011

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