is part of Professional services group of IBM/Kenexa, based out of IBM Visakha Hills Lab in Visakhapatnam. He was earlier part of WebSphere development at IBM India Software Labs in Bangalore. Prior to this, he was a consultant at WebSphere BPM Practice. He is a Certified SOA Solution Designer(2007), Certified SOA Associate, co-author of WebSphere InterChange Server Migration Scenarios redbook. He is Member, Board of Studies, Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, Andhra University. He blogs here and tweets, sharing his Social Experience, as the scroll of Life unrolls in the Eternal Enterprise!
One of the most sought after technical conference, WebSphere Technical conference is happening in India for the second time, this time from July 21-24 in Bangalore. You can check out the details at the exclusive site built for the event. (Some sections of the site are still under development).
Expect tons and loads of WebSphere and SOA gyan during these 4 days
I'm talking on few topics at the upcoming SOA Entry Points and Lifecycle Briefing. I'll be at Bangalore and Delhi locations. If you're in this part of the world and would like to hear more on the entry points of SOA, this is a must attend one day event. This event also covers an overview of SOMA, IBM's SOA Methodology.
An excellent redbook is shaping up on WBSF. As usual with all IBM Redbooks, it comes with complete information on WBSF right from the challenges business face to integration with other key middleware products. Click here to have a look at the draft and let the team know of your feedback. In fact, 4 of my colleagues (who are Fabric experts) from ISL, have contributed to it.
"I am very pleased to report to you on a superb year for your company – a year of record revenue, profit, cash flow and earnings per share. It reflects the hard work of some of the world's brightest and most innovative women and men – the IBMers I'm proud to call my colleagues", says Samuel Palmisano, IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in his opening remarks to IBM Investors.
Every year I look forward to the annual report, which gives a snapshot of our business and a high level strategy overview, though I need some help to understand the financials side of it. This week the 2007 Annual report is published and you can have a look at it here.
Further to my post below, IBM’s INNOV8 won the Business/IT Alignment category by a “landslide,” according to Datamation. Not only that, but the Innov8 awards mark the first time that a videogame has won a Datamation Product of the Year award. IBM also won in Enterprise serevr and Office Productivity Software. You can view the full results here. Thank you for your vote!
Finally I could get sometime to blog after settling down into the new year and a good vacation! It was great to participate at the Indian Science Congress and glad that our sessions went on well as planned. I'm posting here some photos of the event, covering Dr C Mohan's participation at four different tracks. The co-panelists and the audience of Bio-informatics (For the first time in the history of Indian Science Congress, a track on Bio-Informatics was held) track got a good glimpse of the kind of work that IBM is doing at Computational Biology Center under IBM Research. One of my next steps is to link the research work being pursued by Dr Allam Appa Rao Prof in Bio-informatics and Principal of College of Engineering(Autonomous), Andhra University and his research team with Computational Biology Center.
This was followed by a session on Women Scientist sensitization program, which was briefly covered in the Bay news under the title Unique workshop for women scientists and the address given by him at the Children Scicence Congress was very inspiring to the children and was covered very well in the city edition of The Hinduhere. He stressed on the need to remain technical and be passionate in your career and still can make a big difference to your organization. The best part which I liked is, Dr Mohan surrounded by children after his talk for a photo and autograph. Finally we could get sometime to attend other tracks and network.
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The prestigious 95th Indian Science Congress is being hosted by Andhra University, Visakhapatnam from Jan 3 to Jan 7, with Knowledge based society using environmentmentally sustainable science and technology as the theme. Honourable Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh will be inaugrating it on Jan 3 and the main venue is the sprawling grounds in the engineering college, where I used to play cricket, when I was pursing my BE in AU.
Being CRM (Campus Relations Manager) from IBM to AU, I also work for IBM's participation in various technical events happening in the campus and establish a long standing relation. IBM conducted a Technology Day during Aug 2007 at the engineering college campus, which I've posted earlier here. Dr C Mohan, IBM Fellow and IBM India Chief Scientist is participating at this event by being part of a panel discussion and giving a talk on Women in Technology hosted by Dept of Science and Technology, Govt of India. I'll post more on the happenings in my later postings here and I'm looking forward to visit my good old campus this weekend.
Innovation keeps happening all around us be it at the individual level, community level, or business level. Hear from Nick Donofrio, IBM's EVP for Innovation and Technology, about how IBM is innovating itself, at an interview given to Gartner. No wonder Inspiring Innovation is the theme of the Software Universe event held for the third time in India.
This year's software universe is starting off today evening in Mumbai in India with Inspiring Innovation as the theme. This year there are lot of sessions focussed on industry verticals and few key IBM executives viz Shanker Annaswamy, Regional General Manager India/South Asia; Bruce Harreld, SVP, Marketing & Strategy, IBM Corporation; Tom Rosamilia, General Manager, Application & Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group delivering key-note address.
Its conference time for Apache in US during Nov 12 - 16. Two of my colleagues Vamsi and Shiva, in Geronimo team, who are committers are presenting some interesting stuff on security and eclipse.
They're repeating the same topics of security, eclipse at the OS Summit, Nov 26 - 30 at Hongkong. The titles being "Securing Java EE Applications in Apache Geronimo" and "Java EE 5 App Development on Geronimo 2.0 simplified using Eclipse" respectively.
There are discounts on registration fee, if registered before Oct 22. So hurry up!
Continuing our announcements/offerings around SOA, Click here to register for the webcast on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:00 AM EDT to 12:15PM EDT. If you wanna email this event to your friend, another click here.
Special Bonus: All registrants who attend the live web seminar will receive complimentary access to the IBM Online SOA Business Value Analyzer.
PLUS, attendees will receive access to the new "IBM Real World SOA Stories Flash Book."
Further to my posting earlier announcing the residency on WAS CE, the redbook is now published and is available for customers. I guess this is the first redbook on WAS CE. Check here to download and rate it. It details on migration from WAS CE to WAS editions.
While talking to many people on SOA, I keep hearing questions on the success stories of SOA and availability any case studies for references. One of the best case study is IBM's own business transformation using SOA. There were some five plus cases and each of these are detailed in these series of developerWorks articles. Happing reading!
Last weekend I was in Vizag, along with three of my other colleagues to conduct the IBM Technology Day (ITD) at the College of Engineering(Autonomous), Andhra University. ITD is an initiative under the IBM's University Relations division. The objective being to introduce/update the young technologists on the latest happenings in Technology (in general) and the related tools/products from IBM (in particular). The event saw an audience of 300+ at the opening function, which was held at the spacious auditorium.
After a 20 mins inauguration function, the event was opened by the Rector of the University. We then started by giving an overview of IBM in India and then splitting into two parallel tracks, one on EDA by Subhrajith B and another on Bio-Informatics by Dr Senthivel. This is the first time that we are conudcting a track on Bio-Informatics at the ITD. I've got sometime to move around the campus, catch-up w/ my professors from the EEE dept.
Post lunch we started off with Cell Architecture, followed by an introduction to Autonomic Computing, by Suresh B. Then Suresh slipped into the role of quiz master and conducted a quiz, w/ some gifts (T-shirts) for the right answers. After a quick break for tea/snacks, I continued on SOA and Web-services and the close-out program. It was a great moment for me to be in the campus after a gap of six long years, since my graduation from the same college. I look forward to organize the same event next year. I'm posting here some of the pictures from the event.
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Further to my posting on WebSphere Technical conference being hosted here in India for the first time, yesterday the conference kicked off. There was a keynote address from Rob High, IBM's Chief Architect for SOA Foundation. The keynote was an an overview on SOA and covered some of the products fitting in the IBM's SOA Reference Architecure. Some interesting queries have come up around ESB. I'll gather some more of them and post them later. Over 77 sessions are being held over the 4 day event, with good hands-on sessions as well. Have a look at some of the event pictures of Day 1. I'll post more as I get them.
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A heads-up on an upcoming book called WBI Primer from IBM press. You can get more info at Amazon here. Says Ashok Iyenger, one of the authors, "It does not contain secrets from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or any sinister plots...it presents WPS, WID, SCA, and BPEL in plain English with lots of examples and screen shots. There is also a section on Modeler, Monitor, WESB, and WSRR to make it a true Primer."
WebSphere Technical conference is being held for the first time across Asia Pacific this year. This conference will deliver deep technical content targeted at architects, developers, integrators and administrators by offering lectures and hands-on labs that focus on the best practices and practical skills required. Attendees can take tests at a reduced rate or without charge. The tracks across WehSphere and SOA are:
An open customer and business partner beta testing of an enhanced version of the DB2 9 "Viper" data server was announced yesterday by IBM. The upgrade -- code named Viper 2 -- will build upon the success of DB2 9 by further enhancing the product's industry-leading security and workload management features. Customers, developers and partners can register for Viper 2 open beta program and learn more about the upgraded capabilities of DB2 here.
Continuing further on my two earlier postings on Software Assets and Asset standard, this posting introduces Rational Asset Manager (RAM), which GA'd last week. RAM can be viewed more as a development time asset repository, storing all the development related assets/artifacts. You can get more resources on RAM at developerWorks here and a good whitepaper on the Federated Metadata management and also on RAM, WSRR integration.
Yesterday I received a note sent by the blogging team let us know about the coool new Google gadgets from devWorks team.
Yon can download the gadget from this devWorks article, by Melinda, devWorks editor, IBM. A must for people surfing devWorks!
RAS was initially developed by the RAS consortium 2001-2003
RAS was adopted at the St. Louis OMG meetings, April 2004
The RAS FTF submitted its Final report to the OMG in March 2005
RAS FTF Final report accepted and final voting completed by OMG in June 2005
So, next thing to ponder on is the need for RAS. RAS is needed for a common representation of assets to enable the transfer, sharing, and management of software assets. RAS provides the organization and structure of information and artifacts for an asset. Lets see in a later posting, on asset management/governance provided in the form of asset repositories, which is critical in SOA implementations.
IBM has launched its first ever external Thinkplace site on the Alphaworks platform. Click here to read the press announcement. The top ideas will then help shape the agenda for the GIO sessions that begin on June 6 in Nairobi and conclude in September in Cape Town, with stops in Dakar, Paris, Lisbon, Atlanta and Beijing in between. More than 150 global thought leaders are expected to convene across these seven “deep dive” sessions.
With this launch, every one can get involved in this important global discussion. Log into ThinkPlace on IBM’s alphaWorks Services site to contribute ideas and to join the conversation. The first-ever public challenge will run for three weeks through May 25. I'm there already, how about you?
This is exactly what we mean by Innovation that matters, for our company and to the world, one of three IBM values at work.
I guess, underlying all of SOA benefits is the concept of reusability. Services are assets that grow in value as they are reused. I'll try to post some material on asset, its management and on some of the products/solutions from IBM for the same.
A Software Asset is
a collection of Artifacts
which provides a solution to a requirement or business/mission need, for one or more contexts, with instructions for usage and variability points, as shown in the beside diagram
What are Artifacts?
Workproducts from the software process
Requirements, Designs & Models (including enterprise and systems architecture), Source code, Data, Tests, User Interfaces, Documentation, Service Interfaces, Estimates and so on.
Kinds of assets
Applications, components, patterns,software that runs systems or products, services, frameworks, templates.
As assets are comprised of a number of software development artifacts, those artifacts may exist in many forms and reflect a variety of styles. Such diversity increases the costs of discovering, comprehending, and reusing. I'll talk about a standard in my next posting, that provides a standardized way to organize, structure, describe, and package these artifacts.
Such an approach mitigates reuse costs by providing consistency and predictability across assets, which in turn reduces the costs of asset production and asset consumption.
Here comes another presentation from marketing team, for IMPACT 2007. IBM WebSphere Technical Exchange (WTE) and IBM Transaction and Messaging (T&M) conference have been combined to become IBM IMPACT 2007, coming May 20-25 to Orlando.
Please join Sandy Carter, IBM Vice President of SOA & WebSphere Marketing, Strategy, and Channels for an insider’s perspective into achieving greater business flexibility for competitive advantage. She will be joined by Gary D. Cripps, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance and Information Technology, Delaware Electric Cooperative, Inc., who will give a compelling first-hand account of experiences solving business challenges by using SOA for greater business flexibility. Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM GMT Duration: 60 minutes
IBM in India bagged another deal, this time in the real estate space. DLF, with a pyramid symbol and a caption of 'BUILDING INDIA', is the largest real estate company in India. IBM and DLF entered into a 10 year contract, valuing around US$29m. The deal is to transform and manage DLF's IT Infrastructure. As part of the partnership IBM and DLF will also set up a Technology Innovation Council (TIC) with joint participation, to deploy innovative solutions to support world class real estate services. Click here to read more from IBM Press room.
IBM Support Assistant (ISA) V3.0.2 is now available. Getting new product plug-ins (customizable features) and tools is now faster than ever. With this update and the 140+ product plug-ins, customers will be more productive in their efforts to find answers and resolve problems quickly and easily.
How to get the latest version
There are two easy ways to get this latest update to ISA:
If you already have ISA installed, start the application and click on the Updater tab, then click on Upgrades. You will see "IBM Support Assistant" V3.0.2 available. Simply click on the available features and click on Install.
If you do not currently have IBM Support Assistant installed, download the latest version from our website, http://www.ibm.com/software/support/isa
The ISA team would love to hear from you about your ISA experience, so feel free to click on the Feedback link within ISA.
Another landmark deal was closed yesterday by IBM in India with !dea Cellular, a leading GSM mobile service provider in India. The deal would size around US$ 600 million to US$ 800 million over the 10-year period, with some conditions attached to it.
An excerpt from a note sent by IBM's Regional GM India/South Asia:
...The strategic win is a strong testimony of our leadership in the Indian market and the trust clients place in IBM...It further widens the gap between IBM and competition in the Indian communications sector by a huge margin. The proven delivery capability of IBM in the Indian telecom market set IBM miles ahead of competition.
This is a second major deal with a telcom major in India, by IBM, the first one being with Bharti Tele-Ventures, inked in 2004. I like the background music of one of !DEA cellular's ad, in which the connection between to people talking/thinking about each other is shown as zeros and ones(bits and bytes). Some of their TV ads are posted at their site here.
Ankura, a three day tech workshop at NIE, Mysore was organized by a local student chapter of IEEE and the students of NIE. IBM, one of the silver sponsors, received a 3 hr slot to conduct a tech workshop. A manager in ISL, an alumni of NIE, along with IBM India's University Relations team, was co-ordinating the IBM's event. The event was scheduled to start at 10AM, and we had to start from Bangalore early in the morning at around 5:45AM - 6AM. Mysore, is a three hour drive from Banaglore and with the recent four laning of the road, it was a very smooth drive.
I got another chance to spread the benefits of building Open skills and how one can contribute to open source projects. The title of my talk was What OPEN means to YOU!. Two of my colleagues, spoke on Web 2.0 and Autonomic computing. The audience were very attentive and asked really some good questions. I'm posting some of the pictures taken at the event by the organizers and also from one of my colleague. I'm posting the picures in a loop for easy viewing.
Whoa! The website is sooo beautiful and the logo astounded me much! Just opened the website and got struck with the beauty of it. I'm not saying the previous website style was worse - it's just that it's
fresh. I like it.
This is a great improvement both in what the website offers as well as how easy it is to update
Yep... It looks awsome. Gr8 work. :)
Yes, looks really great!
Says a committer woking on the update: "Some work is going on for a totally
refreshed L&F but it's not ready for review yet, you folks will have to wait ;-)". So Stay tunned!
Further to my posting on G 2.0 release plan, G 2.0 M3 is now available from the Geronimo community (since 03/04). This milestone release received 12 votes (called +1s in the commutnity) and no objections. Couple of new features include:
We had to move to a bigger hall for the workshop as the initially planned location was housefull and we are expecting more. We (my self and my colleague) were really surprised at the large turnout, since it was Sunday and also the final day of the event. The workshop went on really well with very active participation from the students, who are under grads, post grads and some pursuing PhD. All were really interested in knowing the open source licensing part, how companies make money from open source software and of course, how to get an internship at IBM. At the end of the workshop, we presented some goodies to the winners of the paper presentations, and to few smart guys from the audience.[Read More]
There is an interesting webinar being hosted by Covalent, on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 11:00am PDT (2:00pm EDT). The title of the webinar is 'Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo - How to Choose the Right Solution for Your Needs', presented by Jim Jagielski, Chief Technology Officer for Covalent Technologies and member of the Board of Directors of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) where he also serves as Executive V.P. and Secretary. Jim will co-present with Aaron Mulder, CTO, of Chariot Solutions and committer for Apache Geronimo.
The webinar intends to cover the following:
Overview of Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo
Feature comparison list of Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo
Suitability matrix for Java environments
Overview of a newly available Tomcat to Geronimo migration tool
To register, please click here, select the "Register" button and follow the provided steps.[Read More]
Each year Developer.com asks readers to nominate then vote on the technologies, tools, and programs that they think are the best in their field. This year, WebSphere came out on top in the Development tool, Java Tool and Open Source Tool category. You can click here to read the full article.
Last week, IBM has together with, in a joint effort with Covalent developed a JBoss to Geronimo conversion tool. This tool is used when converting applications from JBoss to Geronimo, and automatically converts the configuration file from one app server to the other. This feature is being planned to be made available as code donation. You can view here the earlier code donations made by IBM to Apache Geronimo and also the necessary IP clearance required. Just in case you are wondering how the code donation is accepted, here is an high level over-view of the process, as detailed by a PMC member.
1) The Geronimo PMC votes on whether or not to accept the donation.
2) Assuming that the donation is accepted, the Geronimo PMC must complete an IP Clearance Form --
http://incubator.apache.org/ip-clearance/ip-clearance-template.html. Note that this form must be "executed" by an ASF
Officer or Member.
3) The completed form must be committed to the incubator svn repository.
4) The incubator web site is updated with info about the donation.
5) A note is sent to general@incubator to inform the incubator of the donation.
6) Assuming no dissent from the incubator, after a lazy consensus period of 48 hours, we can commit the code.
I'm extremely happy today, to hear the announcement made by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh state, that the Central Government of India has agreed to grant IIT status to Andhra University College of Engineering,(AUCE in short) the campus college where I pursued my engineering course. I guess this will make way for further investments into the campus college, attract more bright young minds and reputed companies to strike an alliance for joint R&D, etc.
Further to my posting on Geronimo's 2.0 release plan dates, Geronimo 2.0 M1 was released on Dec 22, as per plan. You can download it from here and give it a try. This is a preview of Geronimo's Java EE implementation, with EJB 3, JPA, and the recent servlet/JSP specifications. This is only a preview, so things might not be stable, but it's definitely worth looking at.