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!
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.
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration 22.214.171.124 is now eGA. In addition to a new upgrade of physical appliance hardware, a new offering of WebSphere Cast Iron Express is now available. You can check out the new express offering here. Express offering supports the following endpoints: FTP/SFDC/Oracle/MySQL/DB2. You can try out a free 60day trial. You can click here for a mandatory fix pack details for your form factor.
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.
Couple of days back, I got a query from my customer on how to re-configure BPC in WPS (v6.1.2). The reason to do is at the time of profile creation the embedded derby database was used for the BPEDB. As its not a scalable DB, we had to point to another DB, Oracle in this case. Though this won't be a regular scenario, thought it would be helpful to point the same here. Even this might be useful when there is a change in DB vendor in your location and want to migrate to a new DB. Here are the steps:
First you need to stop and undeploy all your business process and human task applications.
Then run this nice bpeunconfig.jacl under (WPS_install_dir)\ProcessChoreographer\config. More on the same in WPS infocenter.
After successful running of the script (which undeploys the BPC related apps and resources), re-start the server and BPC is now available for new/fresh configuration.
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:
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.
Oracle CRM OnDemand
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.
From Vegas, to Japan and now to India. The very successful Smart SOA event aka IMPACT, in its third avatar in India on May 21. Check out the one day event agenda here. Sandy (@sandy_carter) delivering one of the Key notes on Smart Work.
Check out a 12 page Thought Leadership whitepaper on SAP and Cast Iron, Rapidly integrate SAP with cloud applications in days with WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration. It talks about traditional SAP integration choices, rapid/flexible/simple solution offered by WebSphere Cast Iron.
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.
WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration 126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52.
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.