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!
RAS was initially developed by the RAS consortium 2001-2003
RAS was adopted at the St. Louis OMG meetings, April 2004
The RAS FTF submitted its Final report to the OMG in March 2005
RAS FTF Final report accepted and final voting completed by OMG in June 2005
So, next thing to ponder on is the need for RAS. RAS is needed for a common representation of assets to enable the transfer, sharing, and management of software assets. RAS provides the organization and structure of information and artifacts for an asset. Lets see in a later posting, on asset management/governance provided in the form of asset repositories, which is critical in SOA implementations.
IBM has launched its first ever external Thinkplace site on the Alphaworks platform. Click here to read the press announcement. The top ideas will then help shape the agenda for the GIO sessions that begin on June 6 in Nairobi and conclude in September in Cape Town, with stops in Dakar, Paris, Lisbon, Atlanta and Beijing in between. More than 150 global thought leaders are expected to convene across these seven “deep dive” sessions.
With this launch, every one can get involved in this important global discussion. Log into ThinkPlace on IBM’s alphaWorks Services site to contribute ideas and to join the conversation. The first-ever public challenge will run for three weeks through May 25. I'm there already, how about you?
This is exactly what we mean by Innovation that matters, for our company and to the world, one of three IBM values at work.
I guess, underlying all of SOA benefits is the concept of reusability. Services are assets that grow in value as they are reused. I'll try to post some material on asset, its management and on some of the products/solutions from IBM for the same.
A Software Asset is
a collection of Artifacts
which provides a solution to a requirement or business/mission need, for one or more contexts, with instructions for usage and variability points, as shown in the beside diagram
What are Artifacts?
Workproducts from the software process
Requirements, Designs & Models (including enterprise and systems architecture), Source code, Data, Tests, User Interfaces, Documentation, Service Interfaces, Estimates and so on.
Kinds of assets
Applications, components, patterns,software that runs systems or products, services, frameworks, templates.
As assets are comprised of a number of software development artifacts, those artifacts may exist in many forms and reflect a variety of styles. Such diversity increases the costs of discovering, comprehending, and reusing. I'll talk about a standard in my next posting, that provides a standardized way to organize, structure, describe, and package these artifacts.
Such an approach mitigates reuse costs by providing consistency and predictability across assets, which in turn reduces the costs of asset production and asset consumption.
Here comes another presentation from marketing team, for IMPACT 2007. IBM WebSphere Technical Exchange (WTE) and IBM Transaction and Messaging (T&M) conference have been combined to become IBM IMPACT 2007, coming May 20-25 to Orlando.
Please join Sandy Carter, IBM Vice President of SOA & WebSphere Marketing, Strategy, and Channels for an insider’s perspective into achieving greater business flexibility for competitive advantage. She will be joined by Gary D. Cripps, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance and Information Technology, Delaware Electric Cooperative, Inc., who will give a compelling first-hand account of experiences solving business challenges by using SOA for greater business flexibility. Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM GMT Duration: 60 minutes
IBM in India bagged another deal, this time in the real estate space. DLF, with a pyramid symbol and a caption of 'BUILDING INDIA', is the largest real estate company in India. IBM and DLF entered into a 10 year contract, valuing around US$29m. The deal is to transform and manage DLF's IT Infrastructure. As part of the partnership IBM and DLF will also set up a Technology Innovation Council (TIC) with joint participation, to deploy innovative solutions to support world class real estate services. Click here to read more from IBM Press room.
IBM Support Assistant (ISA) V3.0.2 is now available. Getting new product plug-ins (customizable features) and tools is now faster than ever. With this update and the 140+ product plug-ins, customers will be more productive in their efforts to find answers and resolve problems quickly and easily.
How to get the latest version
There are two easy ways to get this latest update to ISA:
If you already have ISA installed, start the application and click on the Updater tab, then click on Upgrades. You will see "IBM Support Assistant" V3.0.2 available. Simply click on the available features and click on Install.
If you do not currently have IBM Support Assistant installed, download the latest version from our website, http://www.ibm.com/software/support/isa
The ISA team would love to hear from you about your ISA experience, so feel free to click on the Feedback link within ISA.
Another landmark deal was closed yesterday by IBM in India with !dea Cellular, a leading GSM mobile service provider in India. The deal would size around US$ 600 million to US$ 800 million over the 10-year period, with some conditions attached to it.
An excerpt from a note sent by IBM's Regional GM India/South Asia:
...The strategic win is a strong testimony of our leadership in the Indian market and the trust clients place in IBM...It further widens the gap between IBM and competition in the Indian communications sector by a huge margin. The proven delivery capability of IBM in the Indian telecom market set IBM miles ahead of competition.
This is a second major deal with a telcom major in India, by IBM, the first one being with Bharti Tele-Ventures, inked in 2004. I like the background music of one of !DEA cellular's ad, in which the connection between to people talking/thinking about each other is shown as zeros and ones(bits and bytes). Some of their TV ads are posted at their site here.
Ankura, a three day tech workshop at NIE, Mysore was organized by a local student chapter of IEEE and the students of NIE. IBM, one of the silver sponsors, received a 3 hr slot to conduct a tech workshop. A manager in ISL, an alumni of NIE, along with IBM India's University Relations team, was co-ordinating the IBM's event. The event was scheduled to start at 10AM, and we had to start from Bangalore early in the morning at around 5:45AM - 6AM. Mysore, is a three hour drive from Banaglore and with the recent four laning of the road, it was a very smooth drive.
I got another chance to spread the benefits of building Open skills and how one can contribute to open source projects. The title of my talk was What OPEN means to YOU!. Two of my colleagues, spoke on Web 2.0 and Autonomic computing. The audience were very attentive and asked really some good questions. I'm posting some of the pictures taken at the event by the organizers and also from one of my colleague. I'm posting the picures in a loop for easy viewing.
Whoa! The website is sooo beautiful and the logo astounded me much! Just opened the website and got struck with the beauty of it. I'm not saying the previous website style was worse - it's just that it's
fresh. I like it.
This is a great improvement both in what the website offers as well as how easy it is to update
Yep... It looks awsome. Gr8 work. :)
Yes, looks really great!
Says a committer woking on the update: "Some work is going on for a totally
refreshed L&F but it's not ready for review yet, you folks will have to wait ;-)". So Stay tunned!
Further to my posting on G 2.0 release plan, G 2.0 M3 is now available from the Geronimo community (since 03/04). This milestone release received 12 votes (called +1s in the commutnity) and no objections. Couple of new features include:
We had to move to a bigger hall for the workshop as the initially planned location was housefull and we are expecting more. We (my self and my colleague) were really surprised at the large turnout, since it was Sunday and also the final day of the event. The workshop went on really well with very active participation from the students, who are under grads, post grads and some pursuing PhD. All were really interested in knowing the open source licensing part, how companies make money from open source software and of course, how to get an internship at IBM. At the end of the workshop, we presented some goodies to the winners of the paper presentations, and to few smart guys from the audience.[Read More]
There is an interesting webinar being hosted by Covalent, on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 11:00am PDT (2:00pm EDT). The title of the webinar is 'Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo - How to Choose the Right Solution for Your Needs', presented by Jim Jagielski, Chief Technology Officer for Covalent Technologies and member of the Board of Directors of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) where he also serves as Executive V.P. and Secretary. Jim will co-present with Aaron Mulder, CTO, of Chariot Solutions and committer for Apache Geronimo.
The webinar intends to cover the following:
Overview of Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo
Feature comparison list of Tomcat, Little G and Geronimo
Suitability matrix for Java environments
Overview of a newly available Tomcat to Geronimo migration tool
To register, please click here, select the "Register" button and follow the provided steps.[Read More]
Each year Developer.com asks readers to nominate then vote on the technologies, tools, and programs that they think are the best in their field. This year, WebSphere came out on top in the Development tool, Java Tool and Open Source Tool category. You can click here to read the full article.