IBM has worked with retailers for over 50 years to deliver innovations that have transformed the industry. IBM continues to deliver innovation to retailers through close collaboration with Business Partners and IBM Research teams. At NRF 2008, IBM demonstrating how retailers can turn shoppers into advocates for their brands by creating unique, memorable experiences for consumers.
Link here for more http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/23261.wss[Read More]
Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
From archive: January 2008 X
Here are a few highlights:
IBM Super Session, "Harnessing the Chaos in Today's Connected World," hosted by Fred Balboni and featuring Dan Pink: STANDING ROOM ONLY! This Super Session was one of the best at the conference, according to client and NRF feedback. With standing room only and attendance of over 4500 people, we proved once again that our thought leadership sets us apart in retail.
IBM Retail Horizons Overview, moderated by Tyrone Parnell: STANDING ROOM ONLY! Over 425 people packed in to hear the results of the joint research conducted by IBM and NRF. This research supported our IBV research on what drives advocacy with retailers.
IBM Booth Personal Shopper Tours: These were SOLD OUT! We held over 150 personal shopper tours and delivered over 2000 demonstrations in 2 days, showing our Retail Solutions, enabling technologies and innovation in action. In a 5 hour period on Monday we hosted over 600 people in the Multi-sensory Room alone!
NYC Store Tours: These were SOLD OUT! 52 tour guides led hosted over 300 clients on Sunday afternoon to see examples of retailers who deliver a superior shopping experience in their stores.
Del Posto Reception and Dinners: SOLD OUT! We moved our flagship Monday evening hospitality and thank you reception to one of the hottest new restaurants in NYC, hosting over 900 people at our reception and 300 at dinner.
Press and Analyst Briefings: SOLD OUT! We met with over 25 reporters from top tier media including CNN, Fox News, BusinessWeek TV, The Washington Post and Dow Jones resulting in over 50 placements. We met with the top Retail Analysts to update them on our strategy. See below for additional details on our press coverage!
NRF Pavilions: IBM Everywhere! We extended our presence outside the IBM booth and showed deep dives on core offerings and partners in NRF's Customer Experience, X08 Store of the Future, Supply Chain, Green and ARTS pavilions.
IBM Store Integration Framework
Enable the On Demand Store with IBM Store Integration Frameworkhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246698.html?Open
IBM WebSphere Remote Server 6.1
WebSphere Remote Server InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/topic/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/retail_welcome.htm
Enabling the On Demand Store with IBM Store Integration Frameworkhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246698.html
Highly Available Architectures & Capacity Planning with WebSphere Remote Server V6http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247184.html
White paper: WRS Monitoring Installation of an Enterprisehttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/entmon.pdf
White paper: Reference implementation for end-to-end monitoringhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/e2emon.pdf
White paper: RMA v2 and IBM Director integration with WRShttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/rmadir.pdf
White paper: In-Store Processor Update Strategyhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/updisp.pdf
White paper: Deploying WebSphere Remote Serverhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/depwrs.pdf
White paper: POS Deployment and Update Strategy for WebSphere Remote Serverhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/posdep.pdf
IBM Support Assistanthttp://www.ibm.com/software/support/isa/
IBM Solution Assembly Toolkithttp://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/expressruntime/features
General Best Practices
Best practices for software development projectshttp://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/library/techarticles/0306_perks/perks2.html
Common malpractices whitepaper (Eleven ways to wreck a deployment)http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&context=SSEQTP&q1=%22Best+Practice%22&uid=swg27007543&loc=en_US&cs=utf-8&lang=en#Development
Best Practice for Using Common Application Fileshttp://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&context=SSEQTP&q1=%22Best+Practice%22&uid=swg27006159&loc=en_US&cs=utf-8&lang=en
Key principles for business-driven developmenthttp://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/oct05/kroll/
IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.1
WebSphere Application Server InfoCenter 6.1http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wasinfo/v6r1/index.jsp
WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Technical Overviewhttp://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/abstracts/redp4191.html?Open
Designing and Coding Applications for Performance and Scalability in WebSphere Application Serverhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247497.html?Open
WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Planning and Design WebSphere Handbook Serieshttp://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247305.html?Open
IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Security Handbookhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246316.html?Open
WebSphere Application Server V6.1: System Management and Configuration,http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247304.html?Open
WebSphere Application Server V6.1: Planning and Designhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247305.html?Open
Web Services Handbook for WebSphere Application Server 6.1,http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247257.html?Open
WebSphere - Best Practiceshttp://www-1.ibm.com/support/search.wss?rs=0&apar=include&q1=%22Best+Practice%22&tc=SSEQTP&loc=en_US&cs=utf-8&lang=&sort=desc&rankfile=8
Sample common scripts for WebSphere (start/stop, etc etc)http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/library/samples/SampleScripts.html
WebSphere Installation Factoryhttp://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24009108
IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal: The top Java EE best practiceshttp://www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/techjournal/0701_botzum/0701_botzum.html
Older but goodWebSphere Application Server - Express V6 Developers Guide and Development Exampleshttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246500.html?Open
WebSphere Application Server V6 Migration Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246369.html?Open
Migrating Applications from WebLogic, JBoss and Tomcat to WebSphere V6http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246690.html?Open
IBM WebSphere MQ 6.0WebSphere MQ 6.0 InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqv6/v6r0/index.jsp
An WebSphere MQ Primerhttp://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=171&uid=swg24006526&loc=en_US&cs=utf-8&lang=en
IBM WebSphere MQ support (FixPak/CSD, SupportPacs and technotes,etc.)http://www-306.ibm.com/software/integration/wmq/support/
WMQ publications and Library:http://www-306.ibm.com/software/integration/wmq/library/library6x.html
WebSphere MQ V6 Fundamentalshttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247128.html?Open
WebSphere MQ V6 and Web Serviceshttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247115.html?Open
WebSphere MQ Solutions in a Microsoft .NET Environmenthttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247012.html?Open
IBM DB2 9.1
DB2 9.1 InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v9/index.jsp
High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windowshttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247363.html?Open
DB2 best practices for basic design, performance, and manageabilityhttp://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0709martin/
DB2 Migration Toolkithttp://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/db2/migration/mtk/
Older but goodDB2 UDB V8.2 on the Windows Environmenthttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247102.html?Open
DB2 UDB V8 and WebSphere V5 Performance Tuning and Operations Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247068.html?Open
DB2 UDB/WebSphere Performance Tuning Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246417.html?Open
MySQL to DB2 UDB Conversion Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247093.html?Open
Oracle to DB2 UDB Conversion Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247048.html?Open
Microsoft SQL Server to IBM DB2 UDB Conversion Guidehttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246672.html?Open
IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1
IBM Tivoli Monitoring InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp
Getting Started with IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1 on Distributed Environmentshttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247143.html?Open
Deployment Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247188.html?Open
IBM Tivoli and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)http://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/features/ITIL/
Demos/Videos of Tivoli Monitoring in actionhttp://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/library/demos/
Step-by-step guide on how to integrate and manage your old and new Retail devices in IBM Remote Management Agent and IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/tivoli/library/t-rmaitm/index.html?S_TACT=105AGX14&S_CMP=EDU
Step by step how-to on integrating your application with IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/tivoli/library/t-inttivmon/index.html?S_TACT=105AGX14&S_CMP=EDUIBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software 5.1
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v21r1/topic/com.ibm.tivoli.tpm.doc/welcome/tpmsofthome.htm
Deployment Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager Version 5.1http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247261.html?Open
IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager 4.2.3
IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp
Deployment Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Configuration Managerhttp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246454.html?Open
All About IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager Version 4.2http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246612.html?Open
Automated Distribution and Self-Healing with IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager V 4.2http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246620.html?Open
Demos/Videos of Tivoli Configuration Manager in actionhttp://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/library/demos/
IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console
IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console InfoCenterhttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp
White paper: WRS Monitoring Installation of an Enterprise (best step by step guide on installing Tivoli Enterprise Console)http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/imshelp1/v3r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wrs61.doc/entmon.pdf
IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console Integration with Service Desk Applicationshttp://www-18.lotus.com/tec?NavCode=1TW10EC04
Tivoli Enterprise Console Rule Development Guidehttp://publib.boulder.ibm.com/tividd/td/tec/SC32-1234-00/en_US/PDF/ecodmst.pdf
Demos/Videos of Tivoli Enterprise Console in actionhttp://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/library/demos/[Read More]
By June 2003, IBM had made significant progress in changing the way it managed new, emerging businesses. Describes the development of a separate management program at IBM designed to identify, fund, and shepherd new businesses through growth. Traces the history of the program, its evolution, and the current challenges senior management faces in scaling up the program.
In 2000, IBM established its Emerging Business Opportunities (EBO) program to identify and nurture new lines of business. An EBO focuses on “white space” opportunities that can become profitable, billion-dollar businesses within five to seven years. EBOs are typically assigned an experienced IBM executive “champion” to manage the venture during its startup phase. Pilot projects, almost always involving clients, validate and refine initial ideas for the EBO’s products or services. Once an EBO has grown to sufficient size, it usually becomes part of an existing IBM business unit. Of the 25 EBOs that have been launched since 2000, 22 ventures are in various stages of maturation and growth.
* Four EBOs— Digital Media, Life Sciences, Linux and Pervasive Computing each achieved more than $1 billion in revenue in 2003 and again in 2004.
* Three additional EBOs —Blade Servers, Flexible Hosting Services and Storage Software — doubled their revenue in 2004. And two new EBOs were launched: Information-based Medicine, and Sensor and Actuator Solutions.
People who are on the internet can contact any IBMer via our extranet IBM Sametime service through IBM Collaboration tool.
All you need is:
1. An account on IBM.com which most people have when registering with IBM websites like IBM Support or IBM DeveloperWorks.2. The email address of the IBMer you'd like to talk to.
Start talking to an IBMer now by going to IBM's Collaboration website at https://www.ibm.com/collaboration/.
IBM Collaboration Instant Messaging servicehttps://www.ibm.com/collaboration/Send a short text message to an IBM employee.[Read More]
The server has an initial ip and hostname of 192.168.100.100, alias and alias.us.ibm.com.
1. Put in a entry into /etc/host with
192.168.100.100 alias.us.ibm.com alias
2. Install all IBM products against "alias" hostname3. When you need to change the hostname, expand the alias entry to /etc/hosts. Your /etc/hosts should look like this
22.214.171.124 newhostname.us.ibm.com newhostname alias
The IBM software should resolve always to "alias" while the external connectivity would be tied to "newhostname" and "newhostname.us.ibm.com". Works with WebSphere Application Server, DB2 Workgroup Server and WebSphere MQ Server.[Read More]
IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software 5.1.1 (TPMfSW) was just released and I decided to install it just to see if it's a lot easier to install than the last version (TPMfSW 5.1). After installing the product, I am happy to say that TPMfSW 5.1.1 gets Albert's stamp of approval. See below for my rough outline of TPMfSW 5.1.1 install using the install guide on InfoCenter.
Clean install of TPMfSW 5.1.1 on SLES 9.3. I installed DB2 8 FP 11 before I started TPMfSW.
Running preinstall script, I get the following issues.expect - need to install from SLES 9 disk 2 using yast2/etc/hosts - needed to move some lines in the /etc/hosts file around (eg. static ip and names to the top)xinetd - PMR# 67959 033 000, needed to go into yast2 to turn on all inet servicesumask - PMR# 68022 033 000 , needed to add umask 0002 into .bashrccreate "tivoli" group - groupadd tivoli
Running install script, I get the following issues in validation screen.tioadmin - PMR# 68024 033 000, found out 1. user tioadmin's primary group must be itoadmin 2. user tioadmin must be in groups: tivoli and db2grp1 3. tioadmin's home directory must exist (useradd -m tioadmin)db2 connection - PMR# 68025 033 000, needed to add db2profile into tioadmin's .bashrc and added tioadmin to db2grp1 group
IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) 6.2 is a major upgrade to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.x product line. Installing ITM 6.1 was relatively easy (just follow the InfoCenter) and I was wondering if ITM 6.2 was just as easy. I took ITM 6.2 for install and found out it was just as easy and that many system components "seem" to work faster and better.
Steps on install:1. Download the ITM 6.2 core installation file (~4 gigs)2. Follow the ITM 6.2 InfoCenter install guide.
You should be done in under 30 minutes (excluding software download) and have a nice working ITM envirnoment.[Read More]
White paper: WRS Monitoring Installation of an Enterprise (Update Jan 2008) - How to install Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.9 with Tivoli Management Framework 4.1.1
In an older posting I mentioned how to install Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.9 (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/PragmaticOpenComputing?entry=how_to_install_tivoli_enterprise) and Tivoli Management Framework 4.1.1 (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/PragmaticOpenComputing?entry=how_to_install_tivoli_management) using the WRS Monitoring Installation of an Enterprise white paper (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/PragmaticOpenComputing?entry=white_paper_wrs_monitoring_installation). Updated fixpacks for both products have been released since and made it easier for you to install the software. Below are the updates to the WRS Monitoring Installation of an Enterprise white paper.
FYI on changes needed to WRS Tivoli install PDF based on the latest fixpacks.
Installing Tivoli Management Framework- Install TMF FP7 after installing base TMF 4.1.1 code
Fix Java- No need for this section with TEC FP7
Install wizard- Download TEC FP7 Install Assistant. Use that to start install.- Need to change to a user with db2 dba permission or add db2profile in .bashrc and add user into db2grp1. Then run tec_install.sh
Installing TEC 3.9- Install TEC 3.9 JRE and then install TEC 3.9 FP7 JRE- Install rest of TEC 3.9 components- Install rest of TEC 3.9 FP7 components
Man is it getting easy.[Read More]
A great article written by one of my teammates, Colin Meiser.
Over the past few years, much has been written about DB2 design and implementation best practices. There are many books, along with dozens of articles, that provide insight into how DB2 should be designed and integrated into applications. To provide some basic guidance for customers and business partners entering this maze, this article compiles a list of arguably the best practices to be considered during design and implementation of your application using IBM® DB2® technology. The intended result of this article is a more effective and efficient DB2 implementation. This article is not intended to provide detailed performance best practices for existing DB2 customers and independent software vendors (ISVs).
Here's the short answer of how to change hostname and ip address of a DB2 database server.
1. change the file /home/db2inst1/sqllib/db2nodes.cfg with the right hostname. If the server is called sampleserver.ibm.com. The file should have one line with "0 sampleserver.ibm.com 0".2. change your db2 client setting. Execute "db2set -g DB2SYSTEM=sampleserver.ibm.com". Check to see if it was set correctly by executing "db2set -all". If it isn't set, change to root or db2inst1 and try again.3. Execute "db2stop" and "db2start"
Here is a link for details -> FAQ: How do I rename a server that is running DB2?[Read More]
IBM launches Retail Integration Framework - RIF will ease integration between legacy and packaged applications
IBM launches Retail Integration FrameworkRIF will ease integration between legacy and packaged applicationsBy Ephraim SchwartzJanuary 09, 2008
IBM announced today the availability of its Retail Integration Framework (RIF).
RIF is a SOA-based delivery mechanism that will support Big Blue's four retail process solutions or assets: multichannel retail; merchandising and supply chain; total store integration around point of sale and inventory; and retail business intelligence.Working with its ISV partners, RIF will give companies easier access to these four solutions through an SOA engagement, according to Patrick Gibney, director of industry solutions at IBM.
"Basically when you need to integrate an Oracle application to the total solution you buy from IBM, the Framework exists to allow the solutions to install quicker with higher quality and benefit from best practices," said Gibney.
RIF allows a company to integrate in a heterogeneous environment at a customer location and gives a company a BPM (business process management) approach for the retail market.
"Model, assemble, run, monitor, and govern is what our BPM approach gives customers," said Gibney. However, he added that there is nothing turnkey about the IBM solution because the company understands that any out-of-the-box item requires some customization.
Gibney also remarked pointedly that RIF "is not a product. You cannot go to IBM and buy it."
Rather than a product, the Retail Integration Framework represents a long-term strategic platform that incorporates a number of key IBM assets, said Rob Garf, a vice president of retail at AMR Research.
"It incorporates Websphere but also takes advantage of Tivoli and Rational," said Garf.
The trend in retailing appears to be the adoption of packaged applications rather than the creation of homegrown solutions. The Framework will allow retailers to take advantage of the more innovative packaged applications now available while still giving them the ability to integrate them with their own legacy applications, according to Garf.
Rather than just implementing another technology, RIF will also give retailers a governance structure that will allow all future implementations to work together.
"It also gives IBM stickiness [in retailing]," said Garf.
Retail Integration Framework is available now and is an extension of IBM's existing Store Integration Framework.
See http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/01/09/Ibm-rif_1.html?t=sendEmail.jsp for the original article.[Read More]