is part of Professional services group of IBM/Kenexa, based out of IBM Visakha Hills Lab in Visakhapatnam. He was earlier part of WebSphere development at IBM India Software Labs in Bangalore. Prior to this, he was a consultant at WebSphere BPM Practice. He is a Certified SOA Solution Designer(2007), Certified SOA Associate, co-author of WebSphere InterChange Server Migration Scenarios redbook. He is Member, Board of Studies, Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, Andhra University. He blogs here and tweets, sharing his Social Experience, as the scroll of Life unrolls in the Eternal Enterprise!
Registration is open for the IBM Smarter Workforce 2014 European Conference Series. This flagship conference brings the energy, excitement and rich content from IBM Connect 2014 in Orlando to the doorsteps of our clients and prospects in Europe and surrounding areas. This five city event is designed to attract senior Human Resource professionals and offers valuable opportunities for them to learn from experts about innovations specific to their industry.
Attendees can expect:
High-quality business and technical content featuring new solutions
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Setting up a Center of Excellence, in College of Engineering, Andhra University
The event was well attended by HoDs of various campus departments and Principals of campus colleges along with Kiran Sangita and Rajiv Gupta from the IBM Visakha Hills location and Lawrence Mohan, Yuktesh from IBM Academic Initiative team.
Being co-located in the same city, this is also a great opportunity for the teams in IBM Visakha Hills location to interact with academia. This would go a long way in helping faulty and student community of Andhra University and its affiliated engineering colleges in terms of upgrading their skills to the current trends in marketplace. I happen to meet couple of my professors and were excited about this MoU and look forward to the activities as part of this MoU.
Refer to this link for an article from The Hindu on this event and here for few photos.
IBM Kenexa Talent Suite v1.0 is now available. This suite offers a science-based, socially integrated user experience for workforce development and employee engagement. Refer to this announcement letter for more details on the suite offerings, along with the key differentiators. The suite now offers:
Recruitment technology of IBM Kenexa BrassRing® on Cloud
Onboarding - IBM Kenexa Onboard on Cloud
Assessments (select IBM Kenexa Behavioral Assessments)
IBM Kenexa Talent Manager® on Cloud (performance management, succession management, and compensation management modules)
Social collaboration (SmartCloud Connections)
All of this is software as a service (SaaS) cloud infrastructure.
Click on this 4 minute video to get a preview of how the suite looks like:
Couple of days back, we've shipped WebSphere Cast Iron fixpack 220.127.116.11. This highly recommended fix pack in 6.1.x level, contains couple of important security fixes, so you may want to review them and upgrade to this level. This time in the announcement, we've added a separate tab for Download links, for various form factors, rather than having them in the main announcement. As the good practice, we've a document on any upcoming fixpacks, which will give you an heads up to plan your upgrades.
Register yourself, and invite your clients to register for this one-hour, live broadcast about our latest Mobile news and products, and a variety of customer and partner success stories. This broadcast provides a clear path showing how organizations can capitalize on mobile opportunities to extend and transform business by quickly and efficiently building, connecting, managing, and securing their mobile environments. This is THE forum to find out about the latest IBM mobile capabilities and how they can change the way businesses connect and interact with their customers and employees.
The following 30 new TIPs are now available from Cast Iron community repository. All of these have Salesforce.com as one endpoint and the other endpoint being a generic endpoint like HTTP, Webservice, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere MB using the following commonly used objects of Account, Contact, Product in integrations. Keep watching this space for more to come soon.
1 T0261-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere MQ - Account Sync
2 T0262-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere MQ - Contact Sync
3 T0263-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Account Sync
4 T0264-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
5 T0265-IBM TIP for WebSphere MQ to salesforce.com - Product Sync
6 T2066-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Account Sync
7 T0267-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
8 T0268-IBM TIP for HTTP to salesforce.com - Product Sync
9 T0269-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to HTTP - Account Sync
10 T0270-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to HTTP - Contact Sync
11 T0271-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Account Sync
12 T0272-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Contact Sync
13 T0273-IBM TIP for Web Services to salesforce.com - Product Sync
14 T0274-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to Web Services - Account Sync
15 T0275-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to Web Services - Contact Sync
16 T0276-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using MQ
17 T0277-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using MQ
18 T0278-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using MQ
19 T0279-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using MQ
20 T0280-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using MQ
21 T0281-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using HTTP
22 T0282-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using HTTP
23 T0283-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using HTTP
24 T0284-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using HTTP
25 T0285-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using HTTP
26 T0286-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Account Sync using web service
27 T0287-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Contact Sync using web service
28 T0288-IBM TIP for WebSphere Message Broker to salesforce.com - Product Sync using web service
29 T0289-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Account Sync using web service
30 T0290-IBM TIP for salesforce.com to WebSphere Message Broker - Contact Sync using web service
WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration 18.104.22.168 was released recently. This is a Mandatory fix pack to apply, you can refer to this announcement, and download the relevant form factor applicable to you.
There was a refresh to Studio build recently to address a scenario where-in there is an error when trying to publish projects having nillable fields being mapped.
Along with this 6109 release, there was a refresh of the following Type II aka CDK connectors; Force.comBulkAPI, Taleo, RightNow.
Pls note the minimum Studio version required to use these three refreshed connectors, is 22.214.171.124.
Last week, a currency update of Force.comBulkAPI connector was released and uploaded to the community repository. The latest Force.comBulkAPI connector version 1.2, now supports Salesforce.com API version 25.
Web APIs are a enterprise's external persona that enable them to connect more easily with partners, and allow other companies to build businesses on top of the enterprise. WebSphere Cast Iron Live Web API Services provides a complete set of web API capabilities.
The new Web API allows rapid creation of new APIs from existing business assets or cloud services through configuration.
You can attract more partners and innovative application developers, both internally and externally.
The web API services provide capabilities for web API assembly, securing and scaling web APIs, analytics for business operations, and a developer portal to socialize the APIs.
You can try out a 90day free trial here http://webapi.castiron.com.
In WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration, there are two types of connectors. They are primarily differentiated due to their internal implementation. They are:
Type I (aka Java) connectors like Salesforce.com, Domino, Siebel, SAP.
Type II (aka CDK) connectors like Force.comBulkAPI, SugarCRM, Taleo.
The difference between them being that the Type I connectors are built in Java, while the Type II connectors are built using a framework & the activities being implemented as a set of orchestrations. I plan to blog in detail later about this framework. As the list of Type II connectors is small, let me list them :-), you can assume the other connectors are Type I
Type II connectors, as of now, December 2011.
Oracle CRM OnDemand
Type II connectors are not available out of the box, they need to be downloaded from a repository. This repository is same as the TIPs repository. You'd need a community credential to login and download. If you don't have one, you can register here and pretty soon, you'd get your id created. So once you received your community id, in Studio preferences, go to Session Login and enter this URL: https://ciapps.castiron.com/SSO, under Server Name group. You can also save your community credentials, under Login information grouping. Then, click on Login, at the lower right corner, in Status view of Studio. Once you're authenticated, click on Solutions->Plugin connectors, which will open up a window of Available and Installed (Type II) connectors. You can then, select the connector you want to use and click Install. Once the installation is done (wont take more than few minutes), you can view this connector listed, under New endpoints.
This way, a Type II connector is installed and is available to use within Studio.
On Friday, Dec 16th, WebSphere Cast Iron Fix pack 3 was released. This fix pack, brings about a lot of improvements and is very much recommended to migrate to. You can refer to the announcement doc here and click on the downloads link to grab your form-factor's image.
The wait is over. The much sought after Getting Started with IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration is now available in draft. You can download it for free, and send any feedback in two weeks time, after which the final draft will be published. As with any other Redbook, it is rich w/ technical aspects of the product, and helps you better understand the product. 3 detailed scenarios are considered as well.
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration 126.96.36.199 is now eGA. In addition to a new upgrade of physical appliance hardware, a new offering of WebSphere Cast Iron Express is now available. You can check out the new express offering here. Express offering supports the following endpoints: FTP/SFDC/Oracle/MySQL/DB2. You can try out a free 60day trial. You can click here for a mandatory fix pack details for your form factor.
Check out a 12 page Thought Leadership whitepaper on SAP and Cast Iron, Rapidly integrate SAP with cloud applications in days with WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration. It talks about traditional SAP integration choices, rapid/flexible/simple solution offered by WebSphere Cast Iron.
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration 188.8.131.52 is now available for download. It was released on 4/19 w/ upgrades to physical appliance, hypervisor edition and studio. You can refer to this announcement on how to get the fix from fix central pertaining to your form factor.
Great Opportunity for all to hear the Cast Iron Value Proposition. Tune into a CastIron customer webinar on Sep 22, 11:00AM PST, to hear from Reed Sheard, CIO of Westmont College, sharing his cloud strategy and how he quickly integrated his cloud-based CRM application with his on-premise ERP system to dramatically increase donor contributions and provide real-time visibility of donor data.
You’re interested in cloud computing but you’ve got to have more information before making a commitment. What is it? What technologies enable cloud computing? How do I integrate cloud with my on-premise applications? How complex is this integration?
Find answers to these questions and more by joining us on September 7th @ 11:00 AM EST to kick-off a 4-week series of events to learn how cloud computing with WebSphere emerging technologies can drive greater operational efficiency and flexibility in your business. Events will include webcasts, educational podcasts, and a mini online Jam Session. Mark your calendar now to hear IBM cloud experts from around the world discuss the coolest, most cutting-edge cloud and virtualization technologies from IBM WebSphere. Register to Attend the Kick-Off Webcast NOW!
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After the May's announcement of IBM taking over Cast Iron, IBM is introducing WebSphere DataPower Cast Iron Appliance XH35 V5.1 and is now available from July 29th 2010. You can read the enhancements over here. As you can notice, Cast Iron OmniConnect provides a single robust solution, designed from the ground up to deliver everything needed for cloud or SaaS to on-premise application integration. A 14 page Redguide on the OmniConnect is already out.
the flagship IBM WebSphere event is in full swing in LV this week. All
days seeing some great new announcements/offerings/sessions. This time
there is Social Impact, a media
aggregator to get all the of blogging/twitter about this event into one page.
A very handy whitepaper on WPS 6.2 cluster configuration w/ Oracle as the backend. It gives all the steps right from OS setup to the final deployment environment creation along with screenshots. All the described steps were verified during a test on real systems in the IBM Böblingen test lab based on the following general available software versions:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3
WebSphere Process Server v6.2 (including Business Space)
Today morning, I received this note from one of my colleague. Very good one!
At 10 minutes to seven on a dark cool evening in Mexico City in 1968 John Stephen Akwari of Tanzania painfully hobbled into the Olympic Stadium -- the last man to finish the marathon .The winner had already been crowned, and the victory ceremony was long finished. So the stadium was almost empty as Akwari --alone, his leg bloody and bandaged--struggled to circle the track to the finish line.
The respected journalist Bud Greenspan watched from a distance. Then, intrigued, Bud walked over to Akwari and asked why he had continued the grueling struggle to the finish line.
The young man from Tanzania answered softly, "My country did not send me 9,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 9,000 miles to finish the race".
Attitude should be commitment to finish a task through to the end.
Couple of days back, I got a query from my customer on how to re-configure BPC in WPS (v6.1.2). The reason to do is at the time of profile creation the embedded derby database was used for the BPEDB. As its not a scalable DB, we had to point to another DB, Oracle in this case. Though this won't be a regular scenario, thought it would be helpful to point the same here. Even this might be useful when there is a change in DB vendor in your location and want to migrate to a new DB. Here are the steps:
First you need to stop and undeploy all your business process and human task applications.
Then run this nice bpeunconfig.jacl under (WPS_install_dir)\ProcessChoreographer\config. More on the same in WPS infocenter.
After successful running of the script (which undeploys the BPC related apps and resources), re-start the server and BPC is now available for new/fresh configuration.
From Vegas, to Japan and now to India. The very successful Smart SOA event aka IMPACT, in its third avatar in India on May 21. Check out the one day event agenda here. Sandy (@sandy_carter) delivering one of the Key notes on Smart Work.
IBM's 2008 Annual report is out now. As you might have heard earlier in our 4Q, 2008 earnings call, 2008 has a set of records for IBM: record revenue, record pre-tax earnings, record earnings per share, record free cash flow. Says IBM Chairman, Sam, In the last two decades, we have seen our planet become smaller and “flatter.” In the next two, we will see it become smarter. Very true! Check out below, to view the themes around which IBM is offering smart solutions, many of which are underway. Smart Planet, Think IBM!
A very useful tool from IBM, called SOMA ME, which help practioners on SOA engagements/projects, to create many artifacts like Service Model using SOMA. You can find an article on it at the IBM's System journal site here. Not to mention a famous quote: "A workman is known by his tools."
On Aug 21, 1 PM EST, developerWorks is bringing out a live chat on What's new in WebSphere BPM product suite 6.1.2. The experts are a Chief Architect, a Lead Architect and a DE from IBM. You can check here to participate. A must attend for those focused on WebSphere BPM.
Last week was really a great week for Indian sports and for me as well :-).
Reason for Indian sports being that India winning her first gold in this year's Olympics at Beijing. And for me, landing in USA! Last I visited (alone) Bay area was in late 2004 for a redbook and this time with my wife, for an assignment in WebSphere consulting. After spending last several days on paperwork, finally settling down and re-setting my body clock, I could get time to blog! I'd be blogging more often now than earlier and look forward to the new experience.
IBM announced a new set of online resources and roadmaps to prepare students for jobs of the future. Six new offerings will be available on the IBM Academic Initiative, providing students no-charge access to a host of tutorials, forums, games and other resources. The resources will cover topics such as database technology, Web 2.0, and enterprise systems - hot areas in 21st century computing. You can click here to reach the landing page, which will guide you to the respective offerings.
Few communities in Facebook which could be of interest:
One of the most sought after technical conference, WebSphere Technical conference is happening in India for the second time, this time from July 21-24 in Bangalore. You can check out the details at the exclusive site built for the event. (Some sections of the site are still under development).
Expect tons and loads of WebSphere and SOA gyan during these 4 days
I'm talking on few topics at the upcoming SOA Entry Points and Lifecycle Briefing. I'll be at Bangalore and Delhi locations. If you're in this part of the world and would like to hear more on the entry points of SOA, this is a must attend one day event. This event also covers an overview of SOMA, IBM's SOA Methodology.
An excellent redbook is shaping up on WBSF. As usual with all IBM Redbooks, it comes with complete information on WBSF right from the challenges business face to integration with other key middleware products. Click here to have a look at the draft and let the team know of your feedback. In fact, 4 of my colleagues (who are Fabric experts) from ISL, have contributed to it.
"I am very pleased to report to you on a superb year for your company – a year of record revenue, profit, cash flow and earnings per share. It reflects the hard work of some of the world's brightest and most innovative women and men – the IBMers I'm proud to call my colleagues", says Samuel Palmisano, IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in his opening remarks to IBM Investors.
Every year I look forward to the annual report, which gives a snapshot of our business and a high level strategy overview, though I need some help to understand the financials side of it. This week the 2007 Annual report is published and you can have a look at it here.