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Over on the IBM Software blog, post author Mark Scapicchio has outlined some great reasons why you would want to subscribe to IBM Software Newsletter. But let's not stop there, you can even follow the IBM Software Newsletter on Twitter!
Here's Mark's top ten list, as gleaned from his blog post. While these ARE Mark's words, I find I agree with them and likely can't have framed it any better myself:
Top 10 reasons to subscribe to the IBM Software Newsletter:
For any System z users: Subscribe by Friday, June 8 – and check the ‘System z Software’ interest on the subscription form – to make sure you receive our next System z Edition!
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Darrel Rader, a technical skills and development leader in IBM Rational has built this amazingly short (only 6 slides!) but robust presentation on slideshare.net to help explain what learning circles are:
Now that you know what a learning circle is, did you know we've got five of them currently rolled out (with more to come)? Check out the great learning circles below, choose one, and dive in! These learning circles focus on aspects of the product and application lifecycle:
Because you may not have time to browse all the resources and mingle with other learners in one sitting, learning circles help you create your own personal roadmaps, your pathways through the resources.
You can check off items as you complete them, break away whenever you need to, and easily return anytime. No guesswork; no wasted time trying to recreate where you were.
You can keep your progress confidential, of course. But you also have the option of easily sharing your progress with a mentor, your manager, or your team so you can all progress together.
Don't forget to keep and eye on our developerWorks Learning Circles page to see when new circles are added!
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Continuing with our Innovate presenters theme, today we spotlight James Chung. As one of the presenters for next week's IBM Innovate2010 conference, James will be speaking on "How to reference a datasource using Resource Injection in a JEE application using IBM Rational Application Developer (IRAD) and WebSphere". Read on below for James' speaking schedule and abstract, and to learn more before you meet him at Innovate2010!
Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support?
I started out in the RAD L2 support for one year as a contractor. It wasn't even called RAD at that time. The tool was called WSAD. After that, I rejoined as a full time and after 2 years, joined the Premium Support/Accelerated Value (AVP) team. This will be the third year that I will be assigned to work 100% with US Social Security Administration. AVP is really a great program. Being engaged with the same customer on a daily basis really allow me to build a relationship and know their environment which in turn provides me with the ability to assist them more efficiently and effectively.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
Hard to believe but it will be 6 years as of May.
Describe a normal day for you.
I work mostly from home, so for most days the commute to work is just a couple flight of stairs. Contact with my customers is through phone, email, and occasional on-site visit. I check CallCenter a couple of times to see if there are any new issues or see if there are any updates. Coworkers will also find me on Sametime and I am very prompt responding to my emails.
What project are you the most proud of?
Currently it will be the speaker role in Innovate 2010. I am partnering with my customer (US Social Security Administration) and the details of our session is as follows:
Session:MAC-2153A: Case Study: Using Rational Application Developer to develop JEE solutions for WebSphere at US Social Security Administration
What's the coolest piece of tech news you've heard lately?
Recently I was reading about Enhanced Vision that creates 6th sense. It consist of a computer enhanced eye tracking technology that is mounted onto a pair of glasses. The technology could be used to find out information. Example, you are in a new city. You look at a building and instantly you get information about the building and the surrounding areas or you run into someone you haven't seen for a long time and this technology is able to provide you the information about the person. Pretty cool till someone figures out how to link up advertisements into the feed .
What is your favorite part of working for Rational Client Support?
Solving customers' problems and trying to ensure the solution is available to everyone by sharing the knowledge. The other amazing part of RCS and IBM is that we are a world within a world. We have so much diversity culturally, geographically but no matter who you contact, everyone is ready to help.
What tip or trick would you like to share with the class?
Listen. Most times it's not what someone is saying but how they are saying it.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
How do you grow your technical skills?
Being curious. I read lots of articles, take the occasional class and applying the knowledge to my day to day activities.
What publications / websites do you read / visit?
DeveloperWorks, Java Developer Journal, server side, Digg, Slashdot, Wired...
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since November 12th! These links below are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products....
Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
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