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We are very pleased to inform you the IBM Redbooks team has just published the following API Connect Redpapers:
• Getting Started with IBM API Connect Concepts and Architecture Guide, REDP5349
• Getting Started with IBM API Connect Scenarios Guide, REDP5350
The “Concepts and Architecture Guide” gives a broad overview of APIs and API Connect and covers key considerations for managing the lifecycle of APIs. It has the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction to APIs
Chapter 2. API, Microservices and API Management
Chapter 3. IBM API Connect overview and offerings
Chapter 4. Principals of good API design
This is the book you need to read first if you are not familiar with API Connect. Once you get the hang of it and ready to play with the product, you should switch to the The “Scenarios Guide”. As the name implies, this book is scenario based and walks you through several examples of managing the full API lifecycle with API Connect. Within the context of an Inventory and a Social Reviews application you will learn how you can use API Connect for creating, running, security and managing APIs.
The “Scenarios Guide" has the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction to API Connect and environment setup
Chapter 2. Developing and deploying LoopBack applications and APIs
Chapter 3. Managing the APIs
Chapter 4. Securing the APIs
Chapter 5. Consuming the APIs
Chapter 6. Monitoring and analyzing the APIs
If you are working in the hybrid integration area, I have good news for you! Currently I am working with an international team of SMEs, creating the following Redbooks publication:
“An Architectural and Practical Guide to IBM Hybrid Integration Platform”, SG248351. This book will be available by the end of September.
In this book you will find a lot of practical scenarios for creating hybrid clouds with API Connect and IBM’s integration portfolio, such as MQ and IIB. We are also creating a workshop for hybrid integration based on the Redbooks material and will teach it in 12 WW cities starting Oct 15th.
So that’s all for now on the IBM Redbooks front! I will continue to keep you up-to-date on new API Connect related projects from our team.
Vasfi Gucer is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He works with technical experts to create books, guides, blogs, and videos. Follow Vasfi on Twitter at @VasfiGucer.
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In my job as an IBM Mobile Solution Architect in Europe, I frequently get in touch with organizations that are interested in IBM MobileFirst strategy and that have a certain footprint of business processes supported by SAP systems. These clients want to leverage the strength of IBM Mobile solutions without disrupting their existing investments on the SAP domain.
Since the first day of my 17 year career with IBM, I always had some affinity with SAP solutions. To make a long story short, there is always one thing in common to the many jobs and roles I had: ensure that clients design and implement the optimal solution for their business needs integrating SAP implementations with IBM enterprise software.
Today I work in the IBM Mobile consulting practice in Europe and I love talking to customers that are designing their mobile strategy and introducing mobile capabilities into their business processes. Naturally, I gravitate towards projects that have SAP heritage in their landscape. It is like speaking a special IT dialect that translates IBM software value proposition for the SAP-minded clients.
To help clients and consultants to design heterogeneous solutions, IBM created the IBM Reference Architecture for SAP, a prescriptive blueprint for using IBM software in SAP solutions. The IBM® Redbooks® publication IBM Software for SAP Solutions explains the value of integrating IBM software with SAP solutions. It describes how to enhance and extend pre-built capabilities in SAP software with best-in-class IBM enterprise software, enabling clients to maximize ROI in their SAP investment and achieve a balanced enterprise architecture approach. I'm the author of the mobile chapter in this book.
With the rising popularity of mobile solutions we saw also a need to provide more technical details and implementation scenarios that are common in the IBM and SAP mobile solutions domain. For that reason we developed the IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation which I authored with the support of colleagues in my consulting practice and in the IBM development teams. Working on this paper afforded me the unique opportunity to develop reusable assets that can be used as a base when implementing mobile solutions and shared the knowledge I gained through the documentation of the usage scenarios.
The IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation covers the following scenarios:
- Mobile application authentication with SAP ERP systems.
- Mobile application single sign-on (SSO) using the IBM MobileFirst Cast Iron adapter as the integration component.
- Mobile application single sign-on (SSO) using the IBM MobileFirst SAP NetWeaver Gateway adapter as the integration component.
- Offline SAP business data storage and synchronization in mobile scenarios.
In this paper, we made some assumptions for the implementation of the scenarios which might be different for a particular client scenario but I tried to cover many combinations in the paper's chapters so that you can understand the basic concepts and customize the examples to your particular needs.
If you have further questions around IBM and SAP integration topics, specially when it comes to mobile solutions, feel free to drop me an e-mail. I'm eager to get in touch with you and discuss your specific business challenges.
Khirallah Birkler is a Certified IT Specialist and IBM/SAP Mobile Solution Architect in the IBM Software division, IBM Germany. Khirallah helps clients to identify requirements, design, and architect mobile solutions based on the IBM MobileFirst portfolio. A special focus of his work is the integration of enterprise data into mobile scenarios, which is always a key requirement for enterprise customers. Khirallah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart. Khirallah is the author of the IBM Redpaper publication Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation. He can be reached at BIRKLER@de.ibm.com.
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As a resident of a huge city where the streets are always very crowded like Cairo, I do appreciate the value of working from home. It saves me 2+ hours in commuting every day, makes me more available to my family, and more easily committed to my daily 2000 meters swimming exercise.
With the union of Mobile and BPM, the shape of office spaces will totally change. Not only will it be possible to work from home but from every where. It will be very easy for jobs like accountants, clerks, administrators, lawyers, and more to do a large part of their work from anywhere using their smartphones, or if it the task is a little more complex, from their tables.
I was recently part of the team that produced the IBM Redbooks publication Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight. While working on this project in Austin, TX, I noticed that few IBM colleagues work on premises. We walked through several empty buildings on our way to the cafeteria. Several of these huge and expensive to maintain buildings with reflecting glass windows will not be used any more. People are choosing more and more to work from home and now even from anywhere.
Office space will only be used as meeting places. Team mates come together just to synchronize their work, have productive face-to-face discussions and then they go back home to execute their tasks. Furthermore, many of the meetings are held as Web conferences, workers collaborate using cloud-based tools, and the meeting space required for face-to-face meetings will be needed only for short periods of time. Companies will rent the office space as needed for the required time and capacity as opposed to owning the expensive office buildings.
It is clear that the question of "where" became irrelevant and the question of "when" will also be irrelevant soon. Working hours will be replaced by measuring workers based on objectives, quality of work, and tasks accomplished regardless of when and where the job gets done. You can complete many tasks in the waiting room of your dentist or while waiting for a delayed flight.
Picture a mortgage lending company. Would-be borrowers submit their requests through their mobile browser. Mortgage officers receive the mortgage requests for review as human tasks on their mobile app. They process the requests along the day as they arrive wherever they are, whether watching their kids playing soccer or at their home office. At the end of the day, they process the same number of requests as they would have in a 9 to 5 job but with more flexibility, more time for family and personal life, and even more timely as they will process requests even after 5 or before 9. Meetings with applicants take place in rented meeting rooms only if needed. All the information required to approve the mortgage application is updated as it is received and questions to the applicants are sent immediately with no delays which results on processing the application faster. The IT team is always available for support or to monitor the IT infrastructure that they rented on the cloud!
With this very low cost of assets and minimal spending on operations, comes some drawbacks. Team mates no longer see each other. The fun, jokes, and bonding that come with staying long hours together late at night, working on a critical situation in the machine room is no longer there. What remains is the stress that you have to face alone, either at home or while waiting for your plane to take off. Team and face-to-face relationships are converted to chat messages, mechanical speaker voices, and artificial live streaming on screen. But this change is inevitable by now, there is no way to turn the clock back. Organizations that have a clear direction for their mobile efforts and see their mobile
strategies as distinguishing them from their peers, outperform their peers across a number of business metrics. Extending core business processes to the mobile space is a key aspect of mobile-enabling the enterprise. Mobile Smarter Process helps organizations to reinvent how business is performed exploiting mobile technologies. The goal is to fundamentally change how an organization does business by integrating Mobile and processes.
The IBM Redbooks publication Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight outlines an approach that organizations can use to identify where within the organization mobile technologies can offer the greatest benefits. This book discusses architectural patterns for exposing business processes to mobile environments and it includes practical implementation examples.
Ahmed Abdel-Hamid is a Certified Expert IT Specialist in Software Group Services in IBM Egypt. Ahmed has over 12 experience in services projects in Mobile, IBM IBM Business Process Manager, and IBM Web Content Management. Throughout his career, Ahmed took on many roles, including software developer, solution architect, and consultant. In his
current role, Ahmed is a developer and architect in the IBM Mobile Center of Competence team. He is a husband, father of two kids and an avid swimmer and running fan! Ahmed is a co-author of the IBM Redbooks publication Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight
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The IBM International Technical Support Organization just published a new IBM Redbooks publication called Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight. The book provides insights regarding how to connect customers and employees to their critical business processes while on-the-go. The book also provides the sample code for the implementation of the use case scenarios described in the book.
This is a short summary of the chapters in the book:
Chapter 1 provides an overview of the market forces that push organizations to re-invent their process with mobile in mind. It describes IBM Mobile Smarter Process and explains how the capabilities provided by the offering help organizations to mobile-enabled their processes.
Chapter 2 provides an overview about the IBM Worklight platform. It describes the main components, business value, and what's new in Worklight V6.2.
Chapter 3 provides a general overview of IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) product and includes concepts such as understanding business process management, the lifecycle of a business process, and new features in IBM BPM V8.5.5.
Chapter 4 discusses architectural patterns for exposing business processes to mobile environments. It includes an overview of IBM MobileFirst reference architecture and various deployment considerations.
Chapter 5 describes important aspects of mobile security that enterprises must consider when designing a mobile app. It also introduces features of IBM Security Access Manager and new security features in IBM Worklight V6.2.
Chapter 6 describes the solution design and implementation for a scenario that represents a cable TV installation service company. Some of the Worklight features described in this scenario are adapter-based authentication, geolocation, offline storage, push notification, and adapters for integration of the mobile app and IBM BPM. The IBM BPM features shown are business process definition, the Java integration service, and IBM Bluemix integration.
Chapter 7 builds on the implementation of the same scenario described in Chapter 6 by adding advanced features from IBM Workligt and IBM BPM such as LTPA authentication and token propagation, device single sign-on, simple data sharing, integration with IBM Bluemix Mobile Data, IBM BPM responsive coaches and IBM BPM case management.
Chapter 8 provides an overview of the basic analytics capabilities available for IBM BPM and IBM Worklight.
Finally, ask your doctor if reading an IBM Redbooks publication is recommended to cure your insomnia.
Joking apart, IBM customers, IBM Business Partners, and IBM consultants leverage IBM Redbooks publications every day to find solutions to real technical problems. You can download the book from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248240.html
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am one of the authors of this book. You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment in this blog post.
Jorge Gonzalez-Orozco is a senior Mobile Solution Architect in IBM. He has experience in Mobile, eCommerce, enterprise integration and software development life cycle. Jorge is a hands-on IT Architect who has successfully led multiple teams in the role of lead architect and project manager. Jorge has led the strategy, desig,n and delivery of IT solutions for the automotive, retail, insurance, and energy industries by managing large global delivery teams. Jorge is also an IBM RedBooks thought leader and he holds the IBM IT Architect and SOA Solution Designer certifications. Jorge is currently based in Raleigh, NC USA.
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In my role as a Mobile Solution Architect I have spoken at length with several customers about the need to tie existing business processes in with their mobile strategy. There is a wealth of value in this approach because it enables organizations to enhance the customer interaction while streamlining the overall process.
In this blog I discuss the value of combining IBM Smarter Process and IBM MobileFirst initiatives to achieve an IBM Mobile Smarter Process. To be clear, a Smarter Process is simply a business process, which is invoked in response to an event (for example, a loan application or an insurance claim). The IBM MobileFirst platform enables an enterprise to support a complete mobile strategy.
Mobile Smarter Process helps customers to reinvent how their business executes by exploiting mobile technologies. The goal is to fundamentally change how an organization does business by integrating Mobile and processes. It enables a radical simplification of every customer interaction and leverages new mobile contextual opportunities for customer engagement.
Mobile provides the channel and the functionality. Process provides the rigor and the discipline. Organizations should identify the mobile interactions that add value to their processes and then re-designed or re-invent those processes to harness the mobile interactions. Mobile creates numerous timely interactions that can be harnessed for goal-oriented results with Smarter Process.
Harnessing Mobile interactions with Smarter Process
By definition, IBM Mobile Smarter Process enables organizations to take advantage of mobile technologies and embed those very technologies directly into the enterprise. It promotes radical simplification of every interaction, allows organizations to use new mobile contextual opportunities for customer engagement and personalization, and it allows the clients to interact with the organization when, where, how and as much as they want to.
Additionally, IBM Mobile Smarter Process creates a "never before seen" level of personalization between the organization and the client. It allows organizations to empower their employees. No longer are employees tied to their desks in an office, now they have the ability to work more closely with their clients, make improvements, and come up with new innovations to drive greater value and efficiencies. Lastly, it allows organizations to establish their ecosystem where new partners, new sensors, and new data lead to the establishment of completely new set of experiences and possibilities.
IBM Mobile Smarter Process is a true game changer, and it's ready for primetime now! The IBM Redbooks publication Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight outlines an approach that organizations can use to identify where within the organization mobile technologies can offer the greatest benefits. This book discusses architectural patterns for exposing business processes to mobile environments and it includes practical implementation examples.
Steve Mirman is a Senior Certified IT Architect focusing on IBM Worklight and the MobileFirst portfolio. He has over 15 years of IT experience as an application developer, solution architect, and product specialist. In his current role, Steve leads proof of concept implementations and consults with customers throughout North America on mobile strategy, architecture, and integration. He holds numerous IT certifications and has authored several technical articles. Steve is a co-author of the IBM Redbooks publication Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight
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Author Hugh Lofting's "Doctor Dolittle" featured an intriguing two-headed animal character called a pushmi-pullyu. Upon starting to move, its heads would go in opposite directions until both minds, equally stubborn, agreed on a common direction.
The same push-pull battle has been waged in the world of mobile application design since mobile devices were invented. Should users submit queries to pull the latest information from the systems of record? Or should the most critical information be pushed to users' devices proactively?
Naturally, there is no one-approach-fits-all answer. But two forward thinkers at IBM have come up with a model that shows that in the proper situations, a push design could consume just a small fraction of the network, server, and other resources needed to support the same application in a traditional pull-based architecture.
I just finished editing Mobile Design Patterns: Push, Don't Pull, an IBM Redbooks Point-of-View by IBM WebSphere VP Jerry Cuomo and Program Director Robert Vila. And it's an eye opener. The authors use a mobile banking scenario to show the dramatic resource savings that could be achieved by using push notifications to update users' mobile banking apps. They say their approach might even lead to the elimination of banking apps' "Check Balance" buttons, which millions of users press several times each day, initiating multiple millions of resource-intensive queries to bank servers.
How much more efficient might a push pattern be in these instances?
By the authors' reckoning, for common bank account-related queries, a typical pull pattern results in 20 million so-called load units on a bank's back-end systems each day. That's in part because users frequently press "Check Balance" even when there has been no change to their account.
By changing to a push design, a messaging infrastructure would bypass the bank's web servers and send secure updates to each user's device whenever (and only when) the user's account balance has actually changed. The back-end server load would be trimmed to just 4 million load units a day -- an 80% savings compared to the pull approach. Eventually, when users come to trust that their app's balance information is always current, there would even be less need for the bank to maintain the higher server capacity that is required today to handle the deluge of "Check Balance" requests that come in on paydays. At these peak query times, the authors see app-related server load dropping to as little as 1/25 of what is today.
Like I said, the piece is an eye opener. It has convinced me that banks and other enterprises will be heading in the direction of push patterns in future mobile applications. I think even a pushmi-pullyu would agree that is where things are heading.
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Hidden within the code of any mobile application (app) that communicates to a source of data is an API call. This API call is invoked to request data from a server, for example in a banking app the API call might return your bank balance, or it might send data to the server, such as a command for your bank to pay a bill.
This will be perfectly obvious if you are a programmer. After all, how else is your application going to get (or put) data? But underneath the obvious is something a little less so. How does that organization build the APIs and expose them to the mobile app?
How to build APIs and expose them to a mobile app?
When considering the app developers
- Mobile app developers like REST APIs and prefer data in a JSON format. XML is OK too. But having to call a SOAP service makes things harder. The trouble here is that many backend data sources could be legacy systems without a REST interface. The likelihood is that to expose this data, some development might be needed to build a REST service for the app developer.
- The app developer needs to know how to access these APIs. This entails building some kind of portal that publishes all the documentation and code samples that the app developer will require.
When considering the organization
- As soon as you start exposing services you open up those services to attack. So you need a security gateway to prevent, for example, denial of service attacks.
- Some form of user authentication/authorization may be needed. This is commonly OAuth but if the app is for internal employees your existing LDAP services might be needed.
When considering performance and user experience
- If an API is slow in returning a response, this directly impacts the users of the app and they will not be using the app for long.
- An app has to be considered as a product and a bad user experience with a product will reflect badly on the organization.
To expose your data to a mobile app, you can build out the services indicated above or implement an API Management solution. IBM API Management is a solution from IBM to do just this.
Implementing an IBM API Management solution
Key capabilities of IBM API Management include:
- Cloud or on-premise solution
- Security gateway using IBM's trusted DataPower technology
- The ability to proxy to existing REST Services
- The ability to create new REST APIs by connecting to databases and web services
- Aggregation of multiple backend services and data filtering
- A developer portal that can be set up in a matter of minutes
In addition, there is performance tuning and caching, and a comprehensive analytics capability that enables you to search and analyze business information in the API messages, important information over and above simple API statistics.
I have just finished a couple of chapters on the IBM Redbooks Publication for API Management. The IBM Redbooks publication details both the theory of APIs as well as a describing a practical implementation. Check it out.
For IBM API Management related blog posts, see:
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Today's post is by Ewan Auguste, Market Development Leader for IBM WebSphere Marketing; Mary Forlenza, IBM Marketing Communications; and Botond Kiss, Program Director of IBM Application Infrastructure Marketing
The Bryan brothers just missed winning a rare Grand Slam when they lost the doubles tennis competition at the US Open. The last doubles team to win four Majors in one calendar year did so in 1951. In the technology world, IBM has earned a rare Grand Slam by being positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrants for four reports around clients' mobile, cloud and application integration initiatives.
As the number of devices and sensors grow into the billions, organizations are embarking on these initiatives as the way to establish competitive advantage by mining the Internet of Things. To facilitate client success, IBM provides a single software portfolio that enables organizations to create mobile and cloud-based apps, and integrate them with on-premises applications and back-office systems.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant reports include the following solution areas:
- On-Premises Application Platforms
- Application Services Governance
- On-Premises Application Integration Suites
- Mobile Application Development Platforms
How to meet your application challenges
The Bryan brothers, who happen to be twins, move around the tennis court in a very synchronized, fast and flexible fashion. This is just how you'd want your business to operate, but organizations have some daunting application challenges to overcome. Not only are you building traditional, on-premises applications, but you also want to take many of these applications to the cloud. In addition, you want to build new cloud-born applications and new mobile applications. All of these applications need to work together from front-end systems of engagement to back-end business systems.
The measure of success is when your organization can provide seamless service based on consistent data to customers, partners and employees wanting to interact with you on their preferred platform. The following leadership solutions can help you hit that sweet spot. They are organized by the four Gartner Magic Quadrant reports that assess them. Read about some client implementations and learn about new and enhanced offerings introduced this fall at the IBM InterConnect event in Singapore and other industry events.
On-Premises Applications Platforms
Gartner assessed the application infrastructure vendors providing end-to-end support for enterprise application projects. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
The assessment covered various IBM WebSphere® family offerings, currently used by more than 100,000 clients globally, as well as IBM Rational® and other IBM software. Key offerings covered in the report included WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere eXtreme Scale v.8.6 and WebSphere DataPower® XC10 Appliance. Gartner also noted the value of IBM's patterns of expertise technology, provided by IBM PureApplication™ System and other IBM software.
Joining the growing IBM PureSystems family, the IBM PureApplication System "mini" on IBM Power Systems™ delivers increased application density and reduced power and space consumption for running web and database applications. The new POWER7+ version, combined with IBM Patterns, deliver a complete cloud application platform in a small 25U package for accelerated cloud deployments.
Part of IBM's migration of WebSphere to the cloud, the new Liberty Buildpack runtime is available on the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud platform as a service development environment for fast web application development, increased developer productivity and improved experience with Liberty Runtime on the cloud.
How Cincom Systems improved time to market
At Cincom Systems, a provider of computer services, the engineers develop using open source and deploy on licensed software, which can cause inconsistencies between the user experience in development and the customer experience. Using IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.5 Liberty Profile software, Cincom quickly corrects errors and reduces development cycles. The benefits include a projected 20-percent reduction in development cycles and time to market, the ability to fix errors and redeploy 60 times faster, and streamlined development of high-quality desktop and mobile applications. View the video with Raj Chacko, Technical Product manager for Cincom Systems.
Application Services Governance
Gartner assessed vendors of application services governance solutions, noting that vendors have extended their on-premises and cloud offerings to support the API management and service oriented architecture (SOA) governance needs of organizations. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
IBM products having comprehensive SOA governance functionality include WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, WebSphere DataPower, IBM Tivoli® Monitoring, IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management and Rational Asset Manager.
IBM API Management V2.0 is a single solution with an intuitive user experience to create, socialize and manage APIs, and it comes with native, built-in integration with IBM DataPower. The IBM solution eases the assembling of APIs by using configuration rather than coding. The administration portal helps you establish policies for critical API attributes like self-registration, quotas, key management and security policies. The analytics engine provides valuable role-based insight for API owners, solution administrators and application developers. To learn more about API management, watch a brief demo and read this eBook.
IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances extend industry-leading SOA and business-to-business security, control, optimization and integration capabilities to web, mobile, and API workloads. These appliances also support Web 2.0 integration with JSON and REST, advanced application caching, and rapid integration with cloud-based systems. WebSphere DataPower V6.0 helps reduce infrastructure complexity and lowers total cost of ownership for security and integration gateway solutions. Besides providing API gateway functionality for IBM API Management, it offers security-enhanced integration with IBM Worklight software.
Mobile Application Development Platforms
Gartner assessed major vendors of mobile application development platforms for enterprise IT developers creating mobile apps for customers, partners and employees. The report focuses on IBM Worklight, the development platform in the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, which also includes IBM Rational, IBM WebSphere Cast Iron,® IBM Tealeaf® and IBM Endpoint Manager capabilities. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
IBM MobileFirst provides the key elements of an application and data platform with the management, security and analytics capabilities needed for the enterprise. IBM Worklight® provides standards-based, cross-platform mobile app development. It connects and synchronizes with back-end systems. Worklight also provides governance and security at the application, network and data layer. Worklight received a 2013 CODIE Award for Best Mobile Development Solution.
The new IBM Worklight V6.1 further accelerates service-driven mobile development for higher quality, higher impact apps. In addition, new IBM UrbanCode plugin for Worklight automates mobile application deployment and availability from development through test and production.
How freedomone mobile slashed development costs
Freedomone mobile, an IT consulting firm based in Montreal, needed to create a security-rich mobile application development platform designed for reliability. The company used IBM Worklight software to create code once, and then deploy it to multiple devices and operating systems. On one project, freedomone mobile cut development costs by about 70 percent using the Worklight application.
"The freedomone solution is all based on IBM WebSphere® technology," says Pierre Paul Samson, cofounder and chief technical officer, freedomone mobile. "So we are leveraging IBM WebSphere Application Server and the IBM DB2® relational database. And when we developed our interactive communication platform, we saw mobile apps as a channel among a number of other channels. But the mobile app channel was huge and we were looking for a strategic partner to undertake that piece. And IBM did."
Read the case study to learn more about the implementation and benefits of the freedomone mobile application development platform.
On-Premises Application Integration Suites
Gartner assessed vendors whose software supports systematic application-to-application, business-to-business and cloud-based application integration. Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant report.
Among the market-leading offerings for application integration covered in the report are IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM Integration Bus, IBM WebSphere DataPower appliances and IBM WebSphere Cast Iron software.
IBM WebSphere MQ helps organizations to accelerate the delivery of applications with a highly configurable messaging environment. The new IBM WebSphere MQ Advanced for Developers provides faster access to WebSphere MQ advanced capabilities so developers can enhance applications with message security, managed file transfer and mobile access. It is available for download at no cost for developers to use on their own machines at home or at work. Learn more on IBM developerWorks. Join the IBM Messaging Community.
How Follett integrates e-commerce platform with inventory control
Follett Higher Education Group is a family-owned bookstore provider that supplies management systems, support services, and used textbooks to more than 1,800 independently managed bookstores. The company is also the largest operator of college bookstores in North America, with more than 930 stores. Follett pioneered selling college textbooks online in 1995 and now serves some four million students at more than 1,000 campuses nationwide through efollett.com - the most widely used e-commerce platform in the college bookstore industry.
A non-public-facing inventory control system backs up Follett's e-commerce platform and uses IBM Sterling Commerce® software and IBM WebSphere® Application Server and WebSphere MQ to tie everything together. To learn more about Follett's solution, read the case study.
WebSphere Integration Bus, formerly known as IBM WebSphere Message Broker, is an enterprise service bus (ESB) providing connectivity and universal data transformation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and non-SOA environments. With Integration Bus, businesses of any size can eliminate point-to-point connections and batch processing regardless of platform, protocol or data format. IBM Quick Win Pilot for Integration Bus is a new service to help you define an end-to-end integration solution for your objectives and deliver a tangible subset of the overall solution. With the Quick Win pilot project, you can establish a simplified and flexible integration foundation to quickly support business needs and growth.
IBM intends to introduce an Integration Bus Retail Pack with capabilities for ready-to-use connectivity and time-saving patterns for retailers seeking cross-channel integration. Pattern-based, retail-focused development tooling will provide rapid integration without detailed knowledge of integration engines or enterprise service bus technologies.
The WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration platform can enable rapid, no-coding construction of integration among software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, on-premises packaged applications, custom applications and generic systems such as databases, files and web services. New IBM WebSphere Cast Iron V7 software brings to the hybrid cloud integration market enhanced application connectivity, cryptography, security, audit, performance and scalability.
Review the Gartner reports to find the best solutions for your application challenges. Learn why IBM was positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrants for the four reports around clients' mobile, cloud and application integration initiatives.
Successfully triumph over your application challenges and integrate new systems of interaction with back-end systems by using IBM's market-leading software. While IBM just earned a rare Grand Slam, let's hope the Bryan brothers also succeed in breaking the 1951 Grand Slam record in the coming years.
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The Fiberlink acquisition is a key part of IBM's strategy to provide clients with management and security capabilities across every aspect of the mobile enterprise - devices, applications, data, transactions, and the networks they run on. Here is a selection of today's tweets, blog posts, photos, news and more summarized with Storify.
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APIs have been around for a long time but gone unnoticed because they were the preserve of the few people who created and needed them for integration and for applications.
With the rise of the internet and mobile working, applications (apps) have become much more prominent, available and numerous, generally being functionally very specific or limited. Those apps require data, and that data comes from calling an API. Companies, therefore, are now in the position of needing to make APIs available, whether it is for developing apps for internal use only or to expose their data publicly. But they can't just go 'here you are, here's our API'. There needs to be control. And those APIs , whether publicly available or not, need some care and attention; they need to be treated as a product, because if something goes wrong then damage to the company's reputation will most likely occur and sometimes some things much worse.
The answer to this need for control is to implement an API Management solution. IBM API Management is IBM's offering and it comes either as an on-premise solution or cloud hosted. I have been on the team writing the first IBM Redbooks Publication on API Management and have just finished the chapter introducing the product.
API Management is not just about the creation of APIs. It is about the packaging, distribution and control of those APIs and the analysis of how they are used. Key aspects in this could be summarized as follows:
It might seem obvious that creating APIs is a fundamental capability but those APIs have to be designed correctly. And not just that, they need to be updated so an API lifecycle and versioning control needs to be in place. Updating an API could mean the applications using that API will be broken. When releasing an API you can proxy to an existing service or create new APIs which might, for example, aggregate and filter data from more than one data source.
Security is paramount not just to protect the back end data sources from attack but to ensure that APIs are not misused. Security such as API entitlements/rate limiting, basic authentication, OAuth and LDAP are all necessary. A security gateway is a mandatory requirement.
It goes without saying that APIs need to perform. Generally APIs are created for the development of applications and if the user experience is poor then they are not going to be used. In the global environment latency is the key and this might mean deployment over many data centers. Depending upon the API call volumes might be in the many millions per month but it is the peak that has to be managed for and this in some circumstances (think of new product promotions or global news events) might be hundreds of thousands of calls in an hour. Like security, caching is vital.
Once you have a nice secure API you need to release it to the app developers. Simple! Not quite. An app developer needs documentation, examples, and the ability to sign up to the entitlements. They need to know terms and conditions, where to go for support and so on. All of this requires a developer portal.
It's always good to understand what is happening and analytics should give you that. This isn't just about what apps are out there, the devices the number of API calls or how long it takes for each API call to run. Business information is vital. You'll want to analyze the content, what are people asking for and what do they do when they've got the information.
Releasing an API requires consideration of a number of factors as indicated above. The IBM API Management solution addresses these and the IBM Redbooks Publication covers the theory as well as a practical implementation. Check it out.
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Once again in 2014 key IBM thought leaders will be at SXSW and look forward discussing the business impact of the latest trends in technology, with a particular focus on social, mobile, big data and cloud.
And once again, you, the audience, will have the opportunity to vote on what sessions you would like to hear.
Voting runs until September 6. In order to vote, first create an account and then click on the session links below. You'll see the 'Thumbs Up' icon for voting in the top left.
Now, who should you vote for? Here is a taster of just some of the IBM submissions to help you decide:
Avoid being a social zombie in a global world
From Dubai to Mumbai to Zürich, companies report that zombie communities abound. Who knew? Just as there are similarities globally for social, global nuances are also emerging. Leading author and well-traveled IBM senior executive Sandy Carter stresses the importance of thinking through our cultural differences when it comes to engaging on social media.
Sandy will be bolstering her presentation with observations from Tom Smith, CEO of GlobalWebIndex, one of the leading research organizations on global social media trends.
Socialytics Bootcamp! Social+Big Data+Analytics
This time Sandy Carter focuses on the power of combining social, big data and analytics to transform your business, whether that be through understanding the importance of trust and influence, personalizing the customer experience or creating fast and flexible business processes.
Sandy will be enlisting Lowe's Vice President, Clarissa Felts to share real examples in this dynamic, action-oriented bootcamp.
Mobile enables the Internet of Things
Ed Brill, Director, Mobile Enterprise Marketing at IBM will explain why mobile is more than phones and tablets.
Advances in technology are enabling machine to machine connections that are redefining business. For instance nanotechnology helps us infuse intelligence and processing power into objects to create thinking things and the latest power technology allow us to place devices in more remote locations than ever before.
Impact of Cloud, Social, Location-Aware and Mobile Technologies Converging
Another submission by Ed Brill, this time looking at the solutions and services enabled by the convergence of cloud, social and mobile.
Big Data: The art of the possible
Dave Wilkinson, VP IBM InfoSphere Development, will explore how Big Data and advanced analytic techniques are being used today and what are the social, societal and business implications as data expands exponentially and computing power continues to grow.
User Experience Design and Agile at the mobile frontier
Good design is good business. Leigh Williamson, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Rational CTO, describes how to face mobile projects with an Agile methodology: adapting your deliverables to your stakeholders whilst incorporating a distinctive design.
The Wrong Side of History - Worst Technology Ever
Heather Hinton, IBM Distinguished Engineer for Cloud Security will join a lively panel exchange, going way deeper than simply successes and/or effects on society, but diving into precedents and ethics associated with technologies ranging from mustard gas to apple newton.
The Rise of Wearables: Innovations and Impacts
Dr. Bob Sutor, VP of Research at IBM will explain how wearable technology is poised to become an integral part of our world. Advances are already allowing wearables to monitor and track our activities and actions and anticipate and react in a variety of ways and situations.
You can see more talks submitted by IBMers for SXSW 2104 by searching on 'IBM' here.
Want to see a recap from SXSW 2013? Take a look at this Slideshare by Ryan Boyles.
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We're excited to announce that IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty will be our very special guest at InterConnect this year and will share her vision on how to speed our journey into A New Era of Smart.
Ginni will be joined by IBM's senior leaders Robert LeBlanc, Mike Rhodin, Tom Rosamilia and Jim Bramante who will help us understand how to effectively leverage the breadth and depth of IBM's capabilities to execute against this most compelling vision.
At the conference, attendees will learn how:
- The convergence of Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data & Analytics will deliver better business outcomes
- Expert Integrated Systems are changing the dynamics of today's infrastructure
- Security Intelligence can make organizations smarter and safer
- DevOps are innovating the way products and services are brought to market
- Smarter Commerce Solutions are transforming today's consumer experience
Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear these speakers, deepen your knowledge of comprehensive business-IT solutions and network with peers. Register today at www.ibm.com/interconnect!
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Following the success of the inaugural IBM InterConnect last year, Singapore has again been selected to host this IBM global event that is expected to receive more than 2,500 clients, business partners and industry leaders from around the world at Marina Bay Sands from October 9th to October 11th, 2013.
IBM InterConnect 2013 is uniquely special as our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty, will be speaking at InterConnect to share her vision on the New Era of Smart.
As our key priority, we want to feature the broad range of our client successes at this event. We are looking for YOUR stories and best practices with topics covering Cloud, Mobile, Social, Big Data & Analytics, Expert Integrated Systems, Security, and Smarter Commerce. If your role is in marketing, finance, IT, HR or operations, we want to share your real-world examples. Take a look at the dates below and speaker guidelines here.
Call for Speakers closes - August 16, 2013
Speakers notified - August 30, 2013
Final presentations due - September 20, 2013
Conference begins - October 9, 2013
Register and submit your experiences today at www.ibm.com/interconnect! For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meeting customers on their own terms requires providing immediacy of response, individualized marketing offers and self-service capabilities. Organizations are developing new systems and applications to give customers the features they relish. What businesses may not yet realize is the importance of connecting the new systems that support customer engagement with back-end systems of record. Forrester Research recently surveyed IT and marketing decision-makers in four countries for a study commissioned by IBM and found that although deep integration with back-end systems "is the biggest barrier to consumer-facing systems of engagement," it was not a top-priority investment of the respondents' organizations.1
Mobile, social and cloud technologies quicken the pace of change and bring unprecedented levels of information from decentralized endpoints to the business, taxing the systems of record that control business processes and data. A new type of system is needed to make both ends of the spectrum work in unison and to help businesses create value from new opportunities. Where systems of engagement, together with the Internet of Things, intersect with systems of record - that's where IBM sees the new systems of interaction coming into play, tying front-office mobile engagements to back-office process innovation.
A system of interaction provides flexibility and scale in back-office systems to keep pace with the rate of change, and connects them to all of the new endpoints of front-office engagements. Organizations can make the most of customer engagements and take advantage of every interaction, while managing the growing decentralization of IT across cloud, mobile, social and web channels. Developers can create and deploy applications for these technologies more quickly. Decision-makers can improve business outcomes by uncovering insights from data through the integration of mobile interactions and analytics. Forrester Research concluded from their survey that spending on systems of interaction is increasing, and that increase will continue for the next few years.
What is the best approach for building a system of interaction? At the IBM Impact 2013 global conference, IBM speakers outlined the key imperatives.
Five keys to building systems of interaction
1. Put mobile first
Mobile is becoming the first and the primary means of interaction between organizations and clients, employees, partners and citizens. Ninety-one percent of mobile users keep their device within arm's reach 100 percent of the time.2 According to IMS Research, there will be more than 22 billion web-connected devices by 2020.3 Taking advantage of the new information from mobile devices and the Internet of Things requires extreme scalability and the capacity to continuously listen to these inputs.
At Impact 2013, IBM announced a new messaging appliance that supports over 1 million simultaneous connected devices and 13 million messages per second. IBM MessageSight is engineered to handle the massive scale of the Internet of Things, from connected cars to machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and integrated health care and mobile applications. MessageSight builds on Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) standards.
The city region of Eindhoven (SRE), Netherlands, is using IBM mobile software capabilities and services to pilot a traffic management solution that collects and analyzes data in near-real time from the sensors embedded in today's cars and roads. This city region set out to improve traffic conditions and the driving experience for its road users. Traffic authorities, armed with critical information from the solution, can quickly resolve traffic issues.
A sophisticated analytics engine monitors and analyzes incoming data. Commuters equipped with a smartphone app can be alerted to incidents in near-real time, and find alternate routes. The solution is meeting SRE goals by providing visibility into traffic and road conditions without an expensive infrastructure investment. Traffic issues are resolved more quickly, and traffic can resume its normal flow faster, improving the driving experience. Learn more.
2. Reinvent your business design and processes
Process reinvention enables organizations to meet new expectations for instant, seamless and insightful interactions. Read the IBM Software blog, "Reinvent processes for mobile and innovate with cloud" from The Navigator newsletter at http://www.ibm.com/navigator.
To help clients infuse processes and operational decision-making into mobile apps, IBM has extended Business Process Manager and Operational Decision Manager to integrate with the IBM MobileFirst portfolio. IBM is also making its BPM and ODM solutions available on the IBM SmartCloud as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. These advances complement the new release of IBM BlueWorks Live,™ an SaaS-based cloud offering. In addition, new IBM BPM Industry Solutions combine IBM Global Business Services' deep industry and process expertise with IBM software to enable clients to be proactive and respond rapidly.
As you determine your unique processes and services, you have an opportunity to participate in the emerging API economy by opening up your services to others. This can provide a new means of engagement and a new revenue stream. IBM announced IBM API Management, a single, comprehensive solution to create, socialize and manage APIs. IBM already provides SaaS-based capabilities for API management with IBM WebSphere® Cast Iron® Live. And, IBM recently announced an effort with AT&T to expose their API services for the cellular network as a set of IBM Worklight adapters.
Read more about these announcements.
3. Adopt a flexible and secure integration model
This is the key to ensuring that back-office systems can keep pace with rapid change. New business models require seamless integration of people, processes and information.
At Impact 2013, IBM introduced a new consolidated enterprise service bus offering, IBM Integration Bus, bringing together the best of IBM WebSphere Message Broker and WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus.
A robust IT infrastructure was essential to Post-n-Track Corporation, which serves extremely large and complex health plans. Post-n-Track wanted to enhance its cloud-based collaboration capabilities with greater speed and scalability, while also controlling and reducing cost for itself and its customers. IBM Business Partner Prolifics helped the company design and implement a fully developed, deployed and managed cloud communications platform that enables healthcare entities to connect, communicate and collaborate securely and reliably in real time.
The platform is based on IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Message Broker and IBM Tivoli® software. Built using service-oriented architecture (SOA), the IBM platform allows Post-n-Track to provide disparate healthcare entities with the speed and agility to comply with healthcare-sector requirements. The new platform also scales easily, while enhancing control over development and infrastructure costs. Read more about this solution.
4. Be Insight- and Data-Driven
Gaining insight from data enables you to uncover opportunities, build efficiencies and make informed decisions. Businesses are gathering more information than ever before, including transactional and application data, enterprise content, social media, and mobile and sensor data. Making sense of it and using it to improve operations or uncover new insights is a big challenge.
To help enterprises find insights from big data, IBM announced at Impact 2013 the newest member of the IBM PureData family, IBM PureData System for Hadoop. It leverages IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights® software that combines the power of Apache Hadoop with IBM innovations. In addition, the IBM BLU Acceleration technology leverages in-memory capabilities to deliver up to 25 times faster reporting and analytics.
5. Build on open architecture
Go beyond your enterprise and simplify application development. Deliver new technologies on an open architecture so you can quickly and easily integrate capabilities from different sources to create compelling business value.
Healthcare providers need to ensure patient eligibility for services at the time the service is provided and not during overnight batch processing. A few years ago, as it was growing exponentially, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) processed 42,000 eligibility requests through its systems. Unfortunately, the eligibility systems would crash every morning due to heavy volume, as well as customers using real-time channels for batch processing, and lack of a suitable connectivity solution with external customers.
Using a service oriented architecture (SOA) approach, BCBSNC implemented IBM WebSphere DataPower® Appliances and IBM WebSphere Message Broker as a hybrid enterprise service bus, enabling real-time eligibility responses to requesters from the outside. This enabled 1,429-fold growth over the past three years, 60 - 80 percent cost reduction in integration projects; and 10 times less coding needed than with Oracle Sun Java4 Complex Application Platform Suite (JCAPS).
You can also view this video to learn how Sprint uses IBM WebSphere DataPower to reach new audiences.
Forrester Research notes, "Finding vast pools of new customers is unrealistic, and so business growth depends primarily on expanding your relationships with the customers you already have." Make sure your organization is ready to meet customers, partners and employees on their own terms by building a system of interaction based on the five imperatives. To learn more, visit IBM Systems of Interaction.
- "Systems of Engagement Demand New Integration Solutions - And A New IT," Forrester Research, April 2013
- "China Mobile 50k survey," Morgan Stanley Research, 2011 and "Most Smartphone Users Feel Naked Without Their Devices"
- "22 Million Web-Connected Devices 'by 2020'," Marc Chacksfield, August 18, 2010.
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By Craig Riegelhaupt, Product Marketing Manager for IBM Business Process Management and Operational Decision Management
In 2011, IBM conducted over 3,000 CIO interviews and 99 percent of these CIO's who had mandates to transform their business wanted to create better processes. The IBM Global CIO Study confirmed that process reinvention is a top priority. Since then, technologies like big data, cloud, mobile and social business increasingly have changed the way work gets done. These forces require processes to become:
- Instant: At internet speed
- Seamless: Interconnected and ubiquitous
- Insightful: Targeted and relevant
Forrester Research forecasts that companies will spend about $900 million on mobile process reinvention services in 2013 and up to $2.7 billion in 2014.1 To succeed, you will need to transform your view of process improvement by keeping mobile in mind from the beginning. With mobile as the central tenet, you can reinvent business operations to enable greater customer-centricity, while increasing the efficiency and optimization of end-to-end processes.
In a mobile enterprise, processes must be:
- Mobile-Aware: Be context-aware to engage with all process participants anywhere and anytime
- Mobile-Specific: Capture mobile data to enrich and optimize processes improvement
- Mobile-Centric: Engage in mobile processing of human services to change how employees interact with the enterprise
With mobile, you need to engage all process participants anywhere and anytime to ensure timely success of critical operations. You also need to be able to accelerate development of customer-ready mobile experiences. By reinventing business processes for mobile, you will make processes instant, seamless and insightful. IBM recommended this approach to process reinvention at the IBM Impact 2013 Global Conference, and announced mobile capabilities to help organizations transform and optimize their processes and become mobile-aware, mobile-specific and mobile-centric. These announcements integrate BPM and ODM solutions with the IBM MobileFirst portfolio as follows:
- IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Worklight Bundling: Gain access to non-production use of IBM Worklight Enterprise Edition to develop customized mobile process applications
- IBM Operational Decision Manager Mobile Support: Manage business policies and regulations in real-time via mobile applications, leveraging a RESTful API that allows IBM Worklight developers to embed and invoke business rules
- IBM Integration Bus Mobile Integration with IBM Worklight: Extend data from back-end systems to mobile devices with push notifications and patterns for IBM Worklight
One of the largest academic teaching hospitals in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Hospital, wanted to improve its patient focus for optimal care and safety. At the same time, the number of patients with complex symptoms was growing and so were advancements in treatments. The way that delivery teams managed care was a largely manual and un-orchestrated process that varied by individual. The hospital needed to ensure patient care data was available across the whole care team and across unconnected systems and a broad range of communication channels.
Using business process management and operational decision management software from IBM, the hospital reviewed best practices, and then modeled them to make its processes more predictable and easier to execute. The IBM solution integrates with existing hospital IT systems and enables users to interact through web browsers and mobile devices.
The care management platform improves coordination of and visibility into changing patient and hospital conditions. Now practitioners spend less time chasing information and more time delivering care to the patients. The new system helps doctors collaborate and spend more time doing rounds at the bedside. For example, one doctor noticed a patient's behavioral changes at the end of a four-day period, and just prior to the patient's discharge, leading to the life-saving discovery of a brain tumor. Learn more by watching the video or reading the case study.
Cloud: Scaling IT resources for faster innovation
Just throwing technology at today's complex business issues is not enough. IT budgets are diminishing, and technology cannot scale fast enough to meet today's complexity. Most organizations understand the immense potential the cloud holds for quickly scaling their IT resources to meet the fluctuating demands of their consumers and the marketplace. While this ability to quickly scale was a key reason for cloud, and remains a basic benefit of its adoption, the ability to quickly innovate has become the driving force forward. Gartner ranks Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) as the fastest growing cloud segment with 47 percent annual growth.2
As an innovator and leader in cloud computing for more than 45 years, IBM announced at Impact 2013 its BPaaS solution, IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud, plus IBM Business Process Manager Application Patterns and IBM Operational Decision Manager Application Patterns.
IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud is a fully managed business process management (BPM) environment in the IBM SmartCloud. It provides the full benefits of the market-leading IBM Business Process Manager as a cloud-based Platform as a Service. With this PaaS, an organization can obtain a comprehensive BPM suite with flexible pricing and enterprise-level security to accelerate their process management adoption and ultimately their customer success.
In addition, IBM announced IBM Business Process Manager Application Patterns, which are pre-defined configurations of IBM Business Process Manager optimized to run in an IBM PureApplication™ System. Each pattern captures proven best practices for a highly available, production-ready BPM environment in an easily deployable form. The release of the Business Process Manager Application Pattern V8.5 adds new elastic scaling policies that can be leveraged to automatically detect when the configuration capacity should be increased to meet increasing demands on a process application. IBM Business Process Manager Application Pattern includes the same BPM capabilities as delivered in IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.5.
IBM also announced IBM Operational Decision Manager Application Patterns. Each pattern contains a comprehensive set of collaborative, role-based capabilities that enables you to model, simulate, execute, rapidly change, monitor and optimize core business decisions that can be deployed onto the IBM PureApplication System through IBM Workload Deployer or PureApplication System. These Patterns are designed to accelerate the setup and management of complex, highly available IBM Operational Decision Manager configurations that are pre-optimized for production use, enabling organizations to focus critical resources more on value-add activities and less on installation, configuration and management. IBM Operational Decision Manager helps improve the management, productivity and governance of your operational decision management projects, and provides the same capabilities as delivered in IBM Operational Decision Management V8.5.
There is no arguing about the challenges and opportunities that big data, cloud, mobile and social business technologies bring forward. But what is not well understood is how to deal with the challenges, and capture the opportunities, that these shifts present. Instant, seamless and insightful process reinvention, like that provided through IBM Business Process Manager mobile and cloud technologies, offers the visibility and transparency into business operations that can help your organization become agile enough to leverage these forces and accelerate innovation.
- "Embrace Mobile Engagement As A Catalyst To Drive Process Change," Forrester Research, 2013
- "Gartner Says Service-Led Solutions Will Displace Traditional Sourcing Approaches Through 2015," Gartner Press Release, March 2013
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