You know that rumor going around a couple of weeks ago about IBM buying Sun Microsystems?
Insert "Oracle" where "IBM" was and you apparently now have a fact and not a rumor.
C:NET's reporting that Oracle will be buying Sun in a $7.4B deal.
MySQLers, are you ready for your Oracle database upgrade?
Speaking of upgrade, if you haven't yet signed up for the Impact event in Viva Las Vegas May 3-8, seats are still available.
I could give you five good reasons to attend, but my friends in WebSphere have already provided them.
Of course, you don't have to wait to get to Vegas to find out what's going on with Smart SOA.
On April 28 and 29, IBM is offering the first exclusive virtual worlds SOA tour into the Virtual Forbidden City.
Launched last year, the Virtual Forbidden City is built using service oriented architecture principles and IBM technology.
This limited attendance tour will demonstrate how similar methodologies can be used to integrate your business with linked, repeatable business tasks and services.
You can get a feel for the environment and hear from the Virtual Forbidden City project lead, mi amigo John Tolva, in this really cool overview video.
Technorati Tags: oracle, john tolva, soa, sun, virtual forbidden city, websphere
If you missed last year's WebSphere Impact conference, and if you haven't registered for this year's, there's still plenty of time to do so.
And only at this massive Impact event will you be able to see Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, "Whose Line Is It Anyway's'?" Drew Carey, and the B-52s -- all on the same stage.
Yes, you read that right: The B-52s are playing an IBM event centered around the integration and optimization of your IT infrastructure.
Rock lobster with that WebSphere Common Connector, anyone?
Yes, yes, I know, it's not your father's IBM. Way not.
If you sign up now you could still enter the contest to win a Smart car in the IBM Innov8 Smart SOA Challenge.
And if you do make it out to Viva Las Vegas, don't forget to stop by our Purple Lounge to celebrate WebSphere's 10th birthday.
Yes, I understand it's kind of weird to celebrate a product line's birthday, but the B-52s are playing and Jimmy Wales is keynoting and Drew Carey is emceeing, so come to Vegas and bounce off the satellite with us for a few days.
And please, no gifts.
Registration information is here.
It's a hardware kinda day.
some long-rumored new Macbooks and MacBook Pros, probably overdue, but a bit of a yawn by comparison to all the fuss around the Air the last few weeks.
IBM also made a new hardware introduction with the System z10 Mainframe, designed from the ground up to help increase data center efficiency through performance and power reduction improvements. The z10 also helps drive down cooling costs and, with its new footprint, has smaller floor space requirements.
The z10 Mainframe uses Quad-Core technology and 64-processors, and was built for sharing in mind and providing virtualization capabilities that can support hundreds to hundreds of millions of users.
How'd ya like to have one of those big honkin' computers sitting in the corner of your office?
The Macbook Air is cool and all, but c'mon, this new mainframe is a computer!
Some more details: The z10 supports a broad range of workloads, including Linux, XML, Java, Websphere and increased workloads from ServiceOriented Architecture (SOA) implementations.
IBM is also working with SunMicrosystems and Sine Nomine Associates to pilot the Open Solarisoperating system on System z.
From a performance perspective, the z10 is designed is designed tobe up to 50% faster and up to 100% performance improvement for CPUintensive jobs compared to its predecessor, the z9, with up to 70% morecapacity.
The z10 also is the equivalent of nearly 1,500 x86servers, with up to an 85% smaller footprint, and up to 85% lowerenergy costs -- it can consolidate x86 software licenses at upto a 30-to-1 ratio.
So, if you happen to be looking for greater datacenter effienciency or need your organization to more efficiently share and parse out precious IT resources through virtualization and chargeback scenarios, check out the full lowdown on the z10 here.
Somebody's been earning their keep in the IBM speaker's bureau.
I just received an email about a killer keynote coming up at the IBM Impact Smart SOA event being held April 6-11 out in Las Vegas: Wikipedia.org founder Jimmy Wales.
Though I'm not personally slated (yet) to head out to this WebSphere and SOA customer event, Wales' speaking gig certainly makes the proposition that much more alluring, as I'm a big fan and frequent Wikipedia user.
If you don't know the backstory, Wales started Wikipedia.org in January 2001, which grew like an Internet wildfire (and is now used by graduate students around the globe!).
Global Wikipedia usage statistics defy description, but feel free to stop here for a snapshot.
More recently, Wales started Search Wikia, a "human-powered" search engine based on the same open, community-driven principles of Wikipedia.
To learn more about Wales and to see some of the other excellent speakers being lined up for the Impact event, go here.
To learn more about and register for the Impact Smart SOA conference, go here.
Technorati Tags: impact, jimmy wales, ibm events, soa, websphere
IBM announced this morning that it is acquiring AptSoft Corporation, a privately-held software company based in Burlington, Massachusetts.
AptSoft technology helps businesses uncover the cause-and-effect relationships between seemingly disparate business events that occur in milliseconds or throughout defined periods of time.
Business event processing software helps customers identify patterns and establish connections between events and then initiates a trigger when a trend emerges.
Event processing's role in business is becoming increasingly important to help companies proactively analyze and respond to minute market changes that can significant business impact. This allows companies to seize critical business opportunities or mitigate risks before they negatively affect their ability to compete.
AptSoft products will become part of the IBM Software Group WebSphere software brand.
You can learn more in the press release here.
Technorati Tags: acquisitions, business event processing, websphere, soa
IBM announced an expanded electronic payments strategic alliance with ACI today.
ACI is a leading international provider of solutions for banking, retail, and cross-industry solutions, and serves more than 800 customers in 84 countries.
As part of this new alliance, ACI will be optimizing a new generation of payment solutions on the IBM System z platform, and will include IBM DB2, WebSphere, and Tivoli software, as well as IBM Crypto-chip technology.
The alliance is aimed primarily at the financial services industry. Banks in particular are struggling to manage aging payments systems running on disparate platforms that are siloed and expensive to maintain.
ACI payments software running on System z provides an SOA foundation that opens up disparate payments information to be shared across the enterprise in support of multiple software applications and lines of business.
In addition to benefiting from the SOA approach, ACI clients that bring their payment transaction traffic to the System z platform can also take advantage of industry leading security, reliability and availability, and help reduce power consumption and maintenance costs through server consolidation.
Learn more about this announcement here.
Technorati Tags: aci, banking, epayments, ibm, soa
Redmonk's James Governor gives IBM some props
for its SOA leadership in a post from his Monkchips blog yesterday.
He writes that "its pretty clear that in the Fortune 500 SOA game IBM is playing its hand extremely well. To see competitors play on IBM's turf is very interesting."
James goes on to explain he's not an unabashed fan of BIG SOA, preferring instead the "Tabula RASA - Rest ATOM Scripting and Agile" approach. Very clever. I think there's probably room for both.
If you're interested in learning more about creating impact through your own SOA implementation, sign up for the coming Webcast
on June 5 featuring Steve Mills, our senior VP for IBM Software, and Robert LeBlanc, the man behind our SOA madness.
Meanwhile, know that not everything can be as hot as SOA, especially on Google's new "Hot Trends" from its Google Labs.It's Paula Abdul By A Nose
TechCrunch's Duncan Riley writes
that Google Hot Trends "takes the idea behind Google Zeitgeist to the next level," providing daily search data trends (Google Trends provided weekly increments).
This morning, "paula abdul broken nose" came in at a whopping number 23. "google hot trends" came in at 44, suggesting that somebody cares, but only about half as much as Paula's nose.An Eye For An Eye
And if that's not humorous enough for you, NewTeeVee is reporting
the short format Daily Show-like entity for financial news online, has been swooped up by the big serious boys and girls at Black Rock.
Will they make fun of themselves getting bought ought by the man!
More importantly, will they make fun of themselves for becoming part of CBSNews.com, which has always been so deadly serious about its news bidness?
Only time, and sweeps week, will tell.
But somehow I don't think Edward R. Murrow would be LOL.[Read More
I've been holed up in meetings here in Armonk, so all kinds of news has been sneaking past, including some from IBM.
Yesterday, for example, we announced a new and simplified version of IBM's WebSphere Portal software, one that has some Web 2.0 enhancements as well as a set of tailored "accelerators" that help customers get implemented quickly (also leading to faster ROI).
Some examples of the new Web 2.0 capabilities include enhanced interactivity and responsiveness (including Ajax and REST support), in-line editing, intuitive drag-and-drop, and intelligent page refresh.
Later this month we'll also make the IBM Portlet for Google Gadgets
available that will make over 4,000 existing Google Gadgets readily integratable into your WebSphere Portal environment.
You can read more here
or you can register here to check out the demo.
I know St Paddy's Day is behind us for yet another year, and the Guinness countdown clocks have been reset.
But I was excited to see this news
about our expanded investment in Ireland (specifically, in Galway and Cork) to help boost Tivoli's infrastructure management software portfolio.
I wholeheartedly volunteer for a fact-finding mission, so long as I can bring my golf clubs with.
Meanwhile, as the subprime market continues to get its face re-arranged, IBM is establishing the formation of a new business unit that will specialize in mortgage origination services.
Yah, you read that correctly.
According to the press release, the new unit will offer a "full range of lending services, including loan application, underwriting, processing, vendor management, document preparation, and loan closing."
It's all about improved business and document management and workflow (including digitization of former paper-heavy processes).
The move will take advantage of capabilities from our recent FileNet acquisition, as well as an SOA-based approach to loan origination.
You can learn more here.
Finally, our research scientists have improved on existing optical networking transciever technology: It will soon be able to download a feature-length film in a single second, as opposed to 30 minutes.
Does that include "Godfathers I and
Check out the new bits in thisComputerWeekly coverage.
And don't forget the popcorn.[Read More
...And once you've gotten off that airplane, know that we've come up with a new way of making those servers more personally productive as well, and it has nothing to do with to-do lists.
Late last week, we announced new virtualization capabilities for service-oriented architectures.
The new capabilities for IBM's System p servers help maximize utilization of your existing hardware and software resources by helping centralize tasks, streamline your business processes, and improve your overall system performance. Learn more about these new capabilities here.
And speaking of SOA, our own Sandy Carter has a new book out, aptly entitled "The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0." You can learn more about the book here
Sandy's book explains how organizations can use an SOA approach to information technology to become more "flex-pon-sive," which she defines as a business enabled by thoughtful, well-designed investments in IT focused on business models and processes.
In it, she reveals the secrets of SOA success from industry leaders at organizations of all sizes and from over 50 countries, and explains IBM's roadmap for SOA and Web 2.0 deployment, the approach for which can help companies realize significantly better business results than their peers.
If you're hankering for a Halloween Web fix, Search Engine Journal brings us these scary links.
I'm pretty partial to the ghost photographs myself...now you seem 'em, now you don't.
Speaking of virtual apparitions, IBM recently held a Virtual Universe Community meeting inside SecondLife. Apparently it included a pumpkin-making tutorial (here's a screenshot on Second Life Insider.) I imagine there is just all sorts of freaky stuff going on for Halloween inside Second Life. Me, I'm gonna stick with the real world pumpkin' carving this year.
Of course, while others are carving up virtual pumpkins, though, no flies are sticking on our leadership team. We continue to expand our presence in the East, having announced overnight more big plans for both China and India.
Specifically, IBM announced close to $1B in investments in two services-oriented architecture solutions centers in both India and China (Pune and Beijing, to be precise).
Calcutta's The Telegraph covers it here, or you can read the official IBM press release here.
The story cites that we've gone from 9,000 to 43,000 employees in India, and a network of 2,500 business partners. We also now employ some 7,200 in China.
These new SOA Solutions Centers are intended to provide industry-specific business services, and will help us build out a new, globally integrated model for delivering SOA-based services to our customers.
These centers will create and manage a portfolio of repeatable, industry-specific services components (based on technology from our recent acquisition of Webify Solutions) which can be delivered more quickly and consistently than was previously possible.
If you're looking for an SOA refresher after an exhilirating night of trick or treat, check out this SOA overview for business leaders.
Watch out for that Accounts Receivable service, though. I heard he can be pretty scary and downright elusive![Read More]
There are some themes I hear over and over again here at the Information on Demand Conference are consistent and straightforward: Information is a strategic asset, organizations need to create new value from information, yet so many companies still live in the land of legacy stovepipes.
Yes, imagine your information infrastructure as a set of disconnected, "Castaway"-like, vertical islands of information, where one chimney doesn't know what the other is doing, because they're not connected and have no way of communicating and sharing information.
Put another way, our inflexible physical and IT infrastructures are providing insufficient access to valuable information, which, if they were better structured to facilitate improved sharing of data across the enterprise, could lead to valuable business insights and new innovation.
All this according to 450 CFOs we surveyed in a recent study.
Which is where the service-oriented architecture -- and Robert LeBlanc, GM of our Application and Integration Middleware team -- come in.
In his keynote earlier today, Mr. LeBlanc attempted to demystify SOAs.
The business drivers are simple: It's a fast-changing world but many companies don't have infrastructures quite so flexible.
CXOs need to be able to change their operational processes more quickly, get a real time view of their operations in...well, just that, real-time. And then, intervene as necessary so that they can realize results quickly.
SOA is the enabling information infrastructure. Simply put, an SOA is a style of IT architecture that supports integrating your key business processes as linked services, where information can be shared, updated, and accessed.
In other words, SOA enables dynamic interchange between people, process and information.
But, why is this necessary?
Because, business needs to stop looking in the rearview mirror, and instead become more predictive in nature. If businesses have poor information, they are likely to act on that information and, hence, make poor decisions.
And that's bad, very bad. Period. End of sentence. Bad quarter. Hang out the "Out of Business" sign.
We'd much prefer you had a great year and connected all those islands.
So, to learn more about SOA go here, or if you're really in a hurry, take our SOA Assessment. In true SOA fashion, you'll get real-time results as to your own company's SOA readiness. And hopefully, some good information for a change.
As for me, I'm off to learn more about how New York's finest are leveraging IBM information on demand technologies to help put away the bad guys.
It's no secret that IBM has invested significant resources across the company to help our customers start their transition to a service-oriented architecture. We continue our SOA focus with a series of events and Webcasts, including next Monday's live Webcast
(Oct 9th, 11 AM EST), "SOA Demystified: Turn Your SOA Projects Into Lasting Business Success With Higher-Value Services," featuring the general manager of our WebSphere group, Robert LeBlanc, along with Judith Hurwitz of the Hurwitz Group.
This Webcast will highlight several organizations that have delivered real business results with SOA and lived to tell about it. It will focus on key concepts such as "business process management" -- which isn't nearly as boring as it sounds -- and demonstrate how IBM SOA solutions can help you better leverage your existing IT assets and integrate them with both new and existing services (NOTE: If you can't attend in realtime, we have established a Webcast time-warp continuum that will provide for "on demand" viewing after the fact. Just be sure to fasten your time-warp continuum seat belt, as said Webcast replays can get rather bumpy).
The best part about showing up for the Webcast (other than all the wonderful information that will convince you to jump aboard the SOA ship): You'll get a chance to win a free copy of "SOA For Dummies," which, if you win, you can proudly display on the bookcase behind your office desk to show all your business associates how "up-to-the-minute" IT you are.
Meanwhile, check out our SOA Video on YouTube. Lonelygirl15 it ain't, but hey, it's an IBM video on YouTube, how cool is that!?
If you're chompin' at the bit to get started learning more about SOA and cannot wait until next Monday -- and believe me, I really do understand such anxieties -- go download this document articulating how 5 SOA projects paid for themselves in 6 months.
Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled here to keep track of all things IBM SOA.[Read More]
Check out this story
about the "hardware hacker."
This guy's a man after my own heart. His name's Michael Ross, and he's a Scotsman who splits his home between Mamoroneck, NY, and the Scottish Highlands, and who collects old IBM computer systems...as in, really old...and really big.
According to the article, Mr. Ross's collection of old IBM systems weighs about 15 tons and "could fill a 10-car garage." It includes an IBM System/3, System/32, IBM System/34, System/36, System/38, the game-changing System/360, and many, many more. You can see his collection online at The Corestore.
I have my own collection of old computers, although I don't have nearly as many as I wish I had kept (My Kaypro luggable, my Sord Laptop, or my Compaq "Luggable," for instance). However I do still have my first IBM laptop...anyone care to guess what model that might be??? (Hint: It predates the ThinkPad line!)
Mainframes at Your Service
Speaking of old computers, the so-called IBM mainframe "dinosaurs" seem to keep coming out of their near extinction to find new raisons d'etre. By way of example, InformationWeek highlights how many companies are utilizing mainframes as the hubs for their service-oriented architectures. And Steve Lohr with The New York Times observes that the falling price point of mainframe MIPS (millions of computing instructions per second) is "growing at a healthy clip." And powering about 80 billion transaction per day's worth, according to the InformationWeek article.
Me, I'm thinking about getting a System z for my new work machine. Don't get me wrong, I love my ThinkPad T40, but I tend to be a power user (where do you think the "Turbo" came from?), and I could use a little more horsepower. I suspect that while building PowerPoints on one of our new "Business Class" mainframes might be overkill, it would make for a great Christmas Card picture: Me, wearing my Snoopy goggles and scarf, blowing down the Information Superhighway spouting off our latest TPC results, not a care in the world!
Okay, so it's only a dream. But you never know...one day in the future you might just find a pic of me in Michael Ross' online computer collection![Read More]