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WebSphere Application Server v8 also referred as WAS v8 is the newest addition to IBM Application server versions, offering ultimate new features and changes compared to existing WAS v7 and widely used WAS v6.1 such as comprehensive open standard-based programming models, flexible and granular security controls and support for hand held devices.
In this blog I will help you understand the benefits of version 8 for your smoother transition from WAS v7 or v6.1 to WAS v8 quick, fast and easier by providing you an overall overview about what’s new, the pros and new features offered by WAS v8.
The WebSphere Application Server v8 provide developers with a richer user experience through fast delivery of innovative applications allowing you to better align your project needs with wide choices of open standard-based programming models - OSGi, XML, SCA, CEA, SIP and Web 2.0 enhancing application installation, maintenance testing, and problem determination with high availability, transaction integrity using extensible logging.
The v8 delivers complete Java EE 6 support and simplifies directory-based Java EEapplication installation and maintenance. Further it tightens security controls and extends the reach of your applications to any hand-held devices such as smart phones and iPad.
Pros of WAS v8
With WebSphere Application Server v8, you can increase your data center efficiency through effective workload consolidation by leveraging your developer skills as they can choose from wide array of open standard-based programming models including geographically dispersed applications.
The WAS v8 proven transactional support will help you maintain transaction integrity and minimize the possibility of losing a business prospect due to failed transactions or system down time. The flexible and granular security controls further protect customer sensitive information and help administrator’s productively secure application environments.
Developers can also reuse and extend legacy and packaged applications using the optional WebSphere Adapters v7.5 and through integrated WebSphere platform that is reliable and scalable.
The best is that you can migrate to advanced WebSphere Application Server v8 configurations without any cost of re-architecting and re-programming using IBM Installation Manager (IM) that has significantly reduced product installation time by 15%, large-topology server creation time by 69% and large-topology cluster-creation time by 31% saving your valuable time and money.
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IBM has announced that it is releasing a newer version of Business Process Manager v8 at IBM Impact 2012 in Las Vegas, NV that comes with IBM Operational Decision Management v8 for turbo changed collaboration.
IBM has the broadest Process Portfolio products in the planet with 20 different kinds of Process Products integrated into one single offering, delivering over 300 capabilities and more than 700 people working in Research & Development across the portfolio.
Below are the highlighted key points of the newer IBM BPM V8:
IBM Operational Decision Management V8
The new IBM Business Process Manager v8 comes with IBM Operational Decision Management that combines business rules and events management to automate and govern a wide range of operational decisions. The V8 of Operational Decision Management comes with a newly redesigned interface that is more user-friendly and provides a seamless experience.
The new BPM (Business Process Manager) V8 requires WAS (WebSphere Application Server) V8 which now has a lighter footprint and really ushers IBM to takeover space from JBOSS.
The new IBM BPM V8 application is now also available on Apples iTunes store for download and use with iPhone and iPad with expanded REST/JSON API for mobile application development. This way Process Applications are available to Process Participants on the go.
Integration with Tivoli Identity Manager in Process
Phill Gilbert, VP IBM has also announced that BPM integration with Tivoli Identity Manager is in process that will ease the creation, modification, and termination of user privileges throughout the entire user lifecycle.
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