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!
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.
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.
On Aug 21, 1 PM EST, developerWorks is bringing out a live chat on What's new in WebSphere BPM product suite 6.1.2. The experts are a Chief Architect, a Lead Architect and a DE from IBM. You can check here to participate. A must attend for those focused on WebSphere BPM.
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.
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.
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.
Today morning, I received this note from one of my colleague. Very good one!
At 10 minutes to seven on a dark cool evening in Mexico City in 1968 John Stephen Akwari of Tanzania painfully hobbled into the Olympic Stadium -- the last man to finish the marathon .The winner had already been crowned, and the victory ceremony was long finished. So the stadium was almost empty as Akwari --alone, his leg bloody and bandaged--struggled to circle the track to the finish line.
The respected journalist Bud Greenspan watched from a distance. Then, intrigued, Bud walked over to Akwari and asked why he had continued the grueling struggle to the finish line.
The young man from Tanzania answered softly, "My country did not send me 9,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 9,000 miles to finish the race".
Attitude should be commitment to finish a task through to the end.
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.
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.
Further to my posting on FOSS.IN, which drew some 4500+ visitors this time, I've got the pic of IBM's stall at the event. The stall set up to educate visitors on IBM's participation/contribution to some of the open source projects including Linux, Apache Geronimo.
One of my team-mate, in the stall was present to educate visitors on WAS CE.
Around 500 visited the stall eager to know more about WAS CE and IBM's contribution towards Apache Geronimo. Several engineering students as well as different companies enquired about more assistance/resources to build skills on WAS CE.
It was definitely a common platform to showcase IBM's
strength in Open Source. I guess Open standards, Open source in a way open minds to open opportunities, a little modification of Bob Sutor's blog title.[Read More]
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!
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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.