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