Hi, welcome to my blog.
First let me introduce myself. I am Alan Little, I am the chief architect for the WebSphere foundation. The WebSphere Foundation includes the WebSphere Application Server, both base and the network deployment (ND) options. It also includes WebSphere Community Edition, and WebSphere for z/OS. So it is a wide range of products that I deal with, from components of WebSphere that run in embedded systems, to large mainframe solutions. From my bio above, you can tell my history is in the mainframe arena, which is actually a good base from which to work. I have always had to deal with distributed systems and how they attach to the mainframe systems. I find it alot easier to deal with distributed problems and approaches than others when they try to translate their solutions to mainframes.
So how did I get to be the chief architect, well I have been working in WebSphere since before it was called WebSphere. I started out working on our Corba implementations as part of Distributed Som Objects, which we transitioned to Component Broker, and ultimately WebSphere. I have worked as part of this very talented team within IBM, and I just got lucky I guess. This is a great job, and great people to work with.
I hope to use this blog to comment on functions in WebSphere, topics in the industry, and just general information. If you have topics that you want me to comment on, please append. For the next couple of weeks, I will be attending customer conferences. The first is IMPACT 2008 in Las Vegas, this is a large conference targeted at WebSphere software. The second is the zSeries Business Leadership Council (zBLC), this is a conference targeted at zSeries (mainframe) customers. Hopefully, I will be able to comment on issues and events from both of these conferences.