Couple of months back, I moved to a new role, within Kenexa, an acquisition, which was announced by IBM in Aug 2012 and completed in Dec, 2012. It been a relocation for me, after spending over 11 years in Bangalore, to Visakhapatnam. Post this relocation, I've been thinking, if I need to change my blog title and it occurred to me, to name it, The Social Experience, aptly reflecting the Smarter Workforce vision of IBM's Kenexa acquisition and its integration within the Social Business group of IBM. I plan to blog along the way, in this Smarter Workforce journey, sharing my experiences and pointers to it.
An expert speak on Bringing Smarter Workforce to Life Series – Part 1: Kenexa ATS is scheduled for July 24th, 2013, 3PM India Time.
The speaker is a Sr Development Manager, Kiran Sangita. You can check out the link for registration.
You can check further on IBM's Smarter Workforce portfolio here.
Couple of days back, we've shipped WebSphere Cast Iron fixpack 18.104.22.168. This highly recommended fix pack in 6.1.x level, contains couple of important security fixes, so you may want to review them and upgrade to this level. This time in the announcement, we've added a separate tab for Download links, for various form factors, rather than having them in the main announcement. As the good practice, we've a document on any upcoming fixpacks, which will give you an heads up to plan your upgrades.
An interesting study done by IBM Center for Applied Insights
. Checkout here
What the survey found about these four technologies is astounding:
Only one in 10 organizations say they have all the skills they need
60% or more of the IT/LOB decision makers agreed there is a moderate to major skills gaps
Nearly half of the educators and students surveyed indicated major gaps in their institutions ability to meet IT skill needs
Security is one of the top two barriers to adopting business critical technology
Some of the study findings are covered in this nice graphic.
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The following 30 new TIPs are now available from Cast Iron community repository. All of these have Salesforce.com as one endpoint and the other endpoint being a generic endpoint like HTTP, Webservice, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere MB using the following commonly used objects of Account, Contact, Product in integrations. Keep watching this space for more to come soon.
1 T0261-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere MQ - Account Sync
2 T0262-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere MQ - Contact Sync
3 T0263-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Account Sync
4 T0264-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
5 T0265-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Product Sync
6 T2066-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Account Sync
7 T0267-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
8 T0268-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Product Sync
9 T0269-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to HTTP - Account Sync
10 T0270-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to HTTP - Contact Sync
11 T0271-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Account Sync
12 T0272-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
13 T0273-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Product Sync
14 T0274-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to Web Services - Account Sync
15 T0275-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to Web Services - Contact Sync
16 T0276-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using MQ
17 T0277-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using MQ
18 T0278-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using MQ
19 T0279-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using MQ
20 T0280-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using MQ
21 T0281-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using HTTP
22 T0282-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using HTTP
23 T0283-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using HTTP
24 T0284-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using HTTP
25 T0285-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using HTTP
26 T0286-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using web service
27 T0287-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using web service
28 T0288-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using web service
29 T0289-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using web service
30 T0290-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using web service
WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration 22.214.171.124 was released recently. This is a Mandatory fix pack to apply, you can refer to this announcement
, and download the relevant form factor applicable to you.
- There was a refresh to Studio build recently to address a scenario where-in there is an error when trying to publish projects having nillable fields being mapped.
- Along with this 6109 release, there was a refresh of the following Type II aka CDK connectors; Force.comBulkAPI, Taleo, RightNow.
Pls note the minimum Studio version required to use these three refreshed connectors, is 126.96.36.199.
- Last week, a currency update of Force.comBulkAPI connector was released and uploaded to the community repository. The latest Force.comBulkAPI connector version 1.2, now supports Salesforce.com API version 25.
Web APIs are a enterprise's external persona that enable them to connect more easily with partners, and allow other companies to build businesses on top of the enterprise. WebSphere Cast Iron Live Web API Services provides a complete set of web API capabilities.
- The new Web API allows rapid creation of new APIs from existing business assets or cloud services through configuration.
- You can attract more partners and innovative application developers, both internally and externally.
- The web API services provide capabilities for web API assembly, securing and scaling web APIs, analytics for business operations, and a developer portal to socialize the APIs.
You can try out a 90day free trial here http://webapi.castiron.com.
Came across these two articles on WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration. The Monitoring one is quite useful, as it talks about some best practices while creating orchestrations for integration.
Social Happy Hour on May 1 sponsored by ON24.
Refer to this Social flyer for this years IMPACT in LV from April 29 to May 4.
Last week, on April 4th, 188.8.131.52 is out for Physical/VM form-factors. You can refer to this announcement link
to know about the fixes made and the download locations.
In WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration, there are two types of connectors. They are primarily differentiated due to their internal implementation. They are:
- Type I (aka Java) connectors like Salesforce.com, Domino, Siebel, SAP.
- Type II (aka CDK) connectors like Force.comBulkAPI, SugarCRM, Taleo.
The difference between them being that the Type I connectors are built in Java, while the Type II connectors are built using a framework & the activities being implemented as a set of orchestrations. I plan to blog in detail later about this framework. As the list of Type II connectors is small, let me list them :-), you can assume the other connectors are Type I
Type II connectors, as of now, December 2011.
Type II connectors are not available out of the box, they need to be downloaded from a repository. This repository is same as the TIPs repository. You'd need a community credential to login and download. If you don't have one, you can register here
and pretty soon, you'd get your id created. So once you received your community id, in Studio preferences, go to Session Login and enter this URL: https://ciapps.castiron.com/SSO
, under Server Name group. You can also save your community credentials, under Login information grouping. Then, click on Login, at the lower right corner, in Status view of Studio. Once you're authenticated, click on Solutions->Plugin connectors, which will open up a window of Available and Installed (Type II) connectors. You can then, select the connector you want to use and click Install. Once the installation is done (wont take more than few minutes), you can view this connector listed, under New endpoints.
This way, a Type II connector is installed and is available to use within Studio.
On Friday, Dec 16th, WebSphere Cast Iron Fix pack 3 was released. This fix pack, brings about a lot of improvements and is very much recommended to migrate to. You can refer to the announcement doc here
and click on the downloads link to grab your form-factor's image.
The wait is over. The much sought after Getting Started with IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration is now available in draft.
You can download it for free, and send any feedback in two weeks time, after which the final draft will be published. As with any other Redbook, it is rich w/ technical aspects of the product, and helps you better understand the product. 3 detailed scenarios are considered as well.