I was just about to pull up a list of the top Cloud sessions at the upcoming IBM Impact conference (Las Vegas, April 29 – May 4) when a tweet from Audrey Plaza (smiling @IceQueen2305) came to my rescue. She drew up a list of top sessions from the event’s agenda builder.
Here’s a sample:
1063 Future of Cloud Computing - IBM's Vision and Strategy
Cloud computing enables enterprise customers to fundamentally transform their datacenter. Private cloud enables customers to offer cloud-based services to their lines of business, and hybrid cloud capabilities enable customers to leverage external application and system resources. These services range from compute resources, to middleware capabilities, to application services that may even be running off-premises. This session will discuss IBM`s cloud strategy and vision which covers infrastructure and platform as a service, hybrid cloud capabilities and workload optimized systems. Information in the session is grounded on customer experiences gained over the last several years.
2974 Don't Underestimate Monitoring in the Cloud! And What to Do When It Breaks
Migrating applications to the cloud often breaks monitoring. Yet monitoring is even more critical during the move, and thereafter as the virtualization of components increases the complexity of distributed applications. True visibility into a cloud-based applications health state requires a comprehensive view of the state of the many components on which it depends. Even more important is a filtering mechanism that permits users to quantify an individual applications usage of shared resources. This session will discuss the monitoring-related issues that arise with cloud-based applications, and various fixes when visibility goes dark. Use cases using highly scalable yet lightweight deploy-on-demand solutions will be presented.
2631 Choosing the Right Security Strategy for Cloud
Cloud computing ranks among the top-three security concerns for most organizations. With cloud, its no longer obvious where a companys data is being stored, who has access to it, how its being used and how to demonstrate compliance to the business. In this session, we will discuss how organizations shouldnt let security concerns be an obstacle to adoption of cloud computing. We will discuss a holistic view of securing cloud environments and understand how best to secure various patterns of cloud adoption. The session will also discuss best practices in implementing a successful and sustainable cloud computing security strategy, elaborating on different delivery models and capability alignment.
Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Palazzo L - Venetian
View the full list on the Agenda Builder by searching for the ‘cloud’ keyword.
Beyond these sessions, I’d recommend paying a visit to the cloud zone in the Solutions Hall where you will find a panoply of partners.
Rapid changes in mobile technologies are creating opportunities and challenges for mobile developers and those looking to extend legacy applications out to mobile devices, whether on the Android, iOS or mobile web platform.
Furthermore, maintaining enterprise-level security in a Bring-Your-Own-Device environment presents problems of its own, as does the collection of data from mobile users.
developerWorks provides all of the technical skill building information developers need to start building mobile solutions ranging from simple apps to integrated web-based and native architectures, especially around IBM Worklight and other IBM mobile technologies.
Look out for the Worklight product trial that developers can use to gain experience with hybrid solution development as well as IBM products that streamline device management. The Worklight free trial will help developers to build mobile development skills by allowing them to free of charge start building mobile solutions - from simple apps to integrated web-based and native architectures. The trial will also allow for the development and testing of applications across platforms.
developerWorks has all the technical content and resources developers need to learn about PureSystems, develop skills, and to see why expert integrated systems fundamentally change the experience of IT.
We have articles, demos, and videos ready to get you up to speed quickly on this new wave of computing, including architectural and pattern overviews and application development and migration how-to kits. For instance, if you are a WebSphere user, see our 5-part series Preparing for PureSystems.
Be among the first to experience the benefits of PureSystems first-hand with the cloud based trial and the development kit. Discover the value of using repeatable, deployable, and proven best practices via built-in patterns with our trials. With minimal management and maximum flexibility, you can develop, and test and deploy your applications to the cloud in minutes.
Yesterday I talked with Will Smythe with the IBM Rational strategy offerings team about his upcoming Impact session, where he plans to discuss how Rational's Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools fit into the development and delivery of mobile apps. He also plans to talk about how Rational CLM tools integrate with Worklight.
Check out Will's session, Accelerating the Software Development Lifecycle Using Application Virtualization. 3:15 on Thursday!
To start, the results of IBM’s community-driven
RFE system are remarkable. Over 20,000 RFEs have been submitted to date with almost
2,300 already delivered into a previously released version of a product, or in
the next available release. Customers may submit RFEs for products in five IBM
product families: Lotus, Rational, Tivoli,
Information Management, and, recently WebSphere. And with the success of the program,
more product groups are getting onboard, bringing closer to making the IBM RFE
the one-stop shop for customer-driven requirements gathering. As a customer, never
again do you have to worry about your requirements falling into virtual black
holes. And as a product decision maker, the IBM RFE gives you access to your
customers through a direct, manageable, and productive model.
Join the Unconference today (Wed May 2) at Impact to learn more about WebSphere RFE Community with Andrew Bates!
Influence WebSphere product development with the WebSphere Request for Enhancement (RFE) community on IBM developerWorks. Unlike many other companies’ requirements submission systems, the IBM RFE is an online community consists of both customers and product team members. In fact, IBM product decision makers are active participants of the RFE community, communicating with and working alongside to refine requirements to produce products that meet customers’ needs. RFE submissions are, in general, open to other community members to view, remark, and improved upon. IBM developerWorks is IBM’s premier development resource site, making it the ideal home for the IBM RFE community.
Stay tuned to check out the Unconference (Wednesday, May 2, from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm) where Andrew Bates from WebSphere will give you a demo of the tool!
Randy Sanders, Program Director of Synchrony explains how Cincom helps its clients work in a multi-channel selling environment. The solution ties in neatly with the IBM Smarter Commerce solutions. Where IBM Unica can track across personalized offers, web channels and email, Cincom Synchrony pulls in other channels such as face-to-face, the call center or self-serve environment.
Given their inclusion of the IBM stack into their solutions, Cincom is one of the partners that has been enabled on IBM Puresystems.
We launched the WebSphere RFE Community this week at Impact. We are exciting how this will change the way WebSphere customers can influence the future of their products. In case you missed the Unconference on the RFE Community, or simply want to learn more about how the RFE Community is your tool to access IBM product teams, here is a video put together by our resident RFE expert, David Salinas, that explains it all:
Check out this 10-minute video overview of some of the great things you can expect at Impact 2012 from Duey Patel, IBM Software Services for WebSphere Business Executive for North America, and host Chris Rothemich. Register for 1-on-1 client clinics; come to the Product Technology Center for Meet the Experts sessions and Hands-On Labs; attend over 80 ISSW-led technical sessions; and engage with IBM services experts face-to-face. ISSW at Impact: Overview video
Forefront worked with Cast Iron to create a solution for Ipswitch Inc that helped them bridge processes across their CRM and ERP applications. Mike Mulryan, Director of IT at Ipswitch and Anne Marie Berger, Managing Partner at Forefront explain why they picked Cast Iron and what the major benefits have been.
A great discussion on mobile trends and challenges with Greg Truty, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Mobile Foundation, and Roland Barcia, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Mobile and WebSphere Application Infrastructure, IBM Software Services for WebSphere.
In this interview with Scott Laningham, Tom Young explains what is exciting about the newly launched mobile site on developerWorks. You will find advice from your peers in the forums, demos, how-to articles and other content that will help you get up to speed on mobile application development.
This year at Impact we’re happy to announce there will be a new way to disseminate and share information: via a meet up. Part presentation, part networking event, the meet up pulls together experts and the inquisitive around a common subject.
As our own Noah Kuttler succinctly puts it in his guidance to organizers: “Most importantly, it is [the participants’] meet up. Not yours! Try to make sure the ratio of you talking, to them talking, is 40/60 in their favor (if not higher).”
At Impact we’ll have separate meet ups around developer trends, cloud computing, PureSystems and mobile.
All meet ups will take place at the Social Playground in the Solutions Hall.