I was talking to T-Rob (who I think is the lead of IBM WebSphere MQ Security Practice @ IBM, is one of the experts in the field of WebSphere MQ) and I asked him what are his "must haves" for day to day operational care and feeding of WebSphere MQ he gave me the following list. IMHO, it's a pretty darn good list and should be listed as a best practice to have these installed for every single WMQ installation.
Tivoli Unified Process - IBM® Tivoli® Unified Process (ITUP) is a Web-based tool that provides detailed documentation of service management processes based on industry best practices, including the recently released ITIL® V3 best practices. ITUP enables organizations to significantly improve IT efficiency and effectiveness by enabling users to easily understand processes, the relationships between processes, and the roles and tools involved in an efficient process implementation. ITUP represents the collective experience of IBM experts based on thousands of customer engagements. With more than 17,000 registered users, ITUP is a leading source of service management information.
Rational Unified Process - IBM Rational Unified Process® (RUP®) is a comprehensive process framework that provides industry-tested practices for software and systems delivery and implementation and for effective project management. It is one of many processes contained within the Rational Process Library, which offers best practices guidance suited to your particular development or project need. If you'd like a free poster, you can sign up for them at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/rupposter/
Rational Unified Process (RUP) is very misunderstood. It has one of the worse reputation out there because there is alot of FUD out there spread by people who don't really understand its value and benefit. To the un-educated, RUP is an over engineered SDLC (software development life cycle) process that has no real value in a world where everything is quick, dynamic, and there's no time for planning. That's absolutely wrong. Rational Unified Process, in it's 3rd major revision, has come a long way and has evolved just like the IT industry. With tooling like Rational Method Composer, people can easy adapt RUP to fit time-boxed, time-crunched projects to multi-year projects while providing that rigor that the business needs for planning. IBM Global Services uses RUP in almost all the projects they execute. As a IBM Certified Solution in Rational Unified Process, I'd highly encourage you to learn more about it. Below is an online class for you to understand it more and help you gain certification in the process.
---------------------------IBM Certified Solution Designer - IBM Rational Unified Process V7.0
An intermediate level solution designer is an individual with extensive product knowledge who understands the principles involved and the uses of Rational Unified Process. The individual should be proficient with RUP terminology, iterative development principles and related work products, method elements and their relationships, process elements and their relationships, and the basic intent and content of RUP disciplines.
It is expected that this solution designer will be generally self-sufficient and able to perform the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.
To receive this certification, you need to pass the following test
----------------------------Principles of Rational Unified Process v7.0
In this course you will be introduced to the basic principles of Rational Unified Process® (RUP), from the key principles that provide the foundation of the process, to the disciplines and phases that comprise the process. This course is designed specifically for developers, managers, and designers who are just beginning to use RUP for their software development projects.
This guide summarizes SEO best practices from working with WebSphere Commerce sites. It helps you better understand the WebSphere Commerce features that improve SEO with WebSphere Commerce.
Search engine ranking algorithms are constantly changed and updated. For example, the Google Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird algorithms. As a result, these algorithm updates might affect your page ranking.
Here's what I feel about software team and how I interview if this is a company I want to work for. I can tell you right now that most companies I know of (Fortune 1000), don't meet up to this. The only place I know that score 12? Startups.....
Have you ever heard of SEMA? It's a fairly esoteric system for measuring how good a software team is. No, wait! Don't follow that link! It will take you about six years just to understand
that stuff. So I've come up with my own, highly irresponsible, sloppy
test to rate the quality of a software team. The great part about it is
that it takes about 3 minutes. With all the time you save, you can go to
The Joel Test
Do you use source control?
Can you make a build in one step?
Do you make daily builds?
Do you have a bug database?
Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
Do you have a spec?
Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
Do you use the best tools money can buy?
Do you have testers?
Do new candidates write code during their interview?
Do you do hallway usability testing?
The neat thing about The Joel Test is that it's easy to get a quick yes or no
to each question. You don't have to figure out lines-of-code-per-day or
average-bugs-per-inflection-point. Give your team 1 point for each
"yes" answer. The bummer about The Joel Test is that you really shouldn't use it to make sure that your nuclear power plant software is safe.
A score of 12 is perfect, 11 is tolerable, but 10 or lower and you've
got serious problems. The truth is that most software organizations are
running with a score of 2 or 3, and they need serious help, because companies like Microsoft run at 12 full-time.
Of course, these are not the only factors that determine success or
failure: in particular, if you have a great software team working on a
product that nobody wants, well, people aren't going to want it. And
it's possible to imagine a team of "gunslingers" that doesn't do any of
this stuff that still manages to produce incredible software that
changes the world. But, all else being equal, if you get these 12 things
right, you'll have a disciplined team that can consistently deliver.
I've been busy lately working on my new startup to address the public and private Cloud Computing markets. Here's the details behind my startup.
Appliance Foundry has only one goal — to deliver production-ready software appliances of IBM Software.
Who would want an appliance?
* Customers and Business Partners of IBM Software that find that the initial installation and configuration of the IBM Software to be time consuming and complex. * Customers and Business Partners of IBM Software who are under tight deadlines for project delivery and need the infrastructure put in right away. * Customers and Business Partners of IBM Software who want a well architected infrastructure put into place day 1 that is easy to deploy, manage and support. * Customers and Business Partners who want partners who are published thought leaders, extensive users of IBM Software, and have design and maintained IBM Software from an Infrastructure and Operations point of view.
How does it work?
Our goal is to configure the IBM Software to meet 90%+ of the typical requirements that customers have of IBM Software. Using best practices provided by the product InfoCenters, along with Redbooks, White Papers and IBM DeveloperWorks articles, Appliance Foundry has distilled them in a pre-installed, pre-configured IBM Software appliances. Appliance Foundry has appliances for the following IBM Software products:
* IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment * IBM WebSphere MQ * IBM WebSphere Message Broker * IBM Tivoli Monitoring * IBM Support Assistant * IBM Systems Director
Amnesty International has installed a new anti-domestic-abuse ad fixture in Hamburg, Germany which is equal parts clever and shocking: when you look at the photo, it's a smiling couple; when you look away, it's a dude punchin' a lady.
The billboard works by scanning its proximity with an eye-tracking camera, which triggers an image switch on the display panel when it senses someone looking at it. The change only occurs after a brief delay, so that observers understand what's going on, and get the message.
It's a fantastically effective concept, and a brilliant use of technology.
Have you ever noticed that no matter which Best Buy you go into, you end up seeing the same people working there? That's because there are seven types of people that work at every single Best Buy, with no exceptions.
A little known fact about me is that I worked at Best Buy for a couple of years in high school before getting fired for badly, badly abusing the employee discount system. But while there I learned a lot about the types of people that work in such an establishment, and I've noticed the same people in other Best Buys that I've been to since. So here are my list of the seven types of people you'll find there, from a former employee's perspective.
Next time you go to Best Buy, be on the lookout. I promise you'll see at least a couple of these characters.
On today's date in 1973, a small supermarket in Troy Ohio became the testing grounds for the world's first commercial bar code scanner. At 8:01 am, Sharon Buchanan scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum and changed retail forever.
Your time at IBM may have been an unforgettable joy, a roller coaster ride, or an uncomfortable journey. Most likely it was a bit of all three. Opinions about the IBM working experience are varied, but never bashful. For many people their time at IBM was a blessing, but they are now bitter about the way things are playing out and wonder what to do next.
It is upsetting for a lot of people to see IBM let go of thousands upon thousands of loyal employees, while at the same time reporting good profits. Also disheartening are reports of IBM’s expansion plans in other areas. There will be many opportunities in these locations, but mostly for newer ( i.e., less expensive ) hires.
If you have already been RA’d, or if you are on the bench waiting for the other shoe to drop, your feelings about the situation do not matter in the IBM scheme. There is little you can do to stay with the company. Accept the situation, take a deep breath and become proactive about searching for new job opportunities. Move on and leave IBM in the past.
Even if you feel temporarily safe from the most recent round of cuts you should not become too complacent. Especially if you are in a non customer-facing role. The prudent thing is to reflect on your future prospects outside of IBM.