What does IBM have planned for WebSphere in 2009?
In "2009 Trends and Directions for WebSphere," WebSphere Chief Technology Officer Jerry Cuomo discusses the main trends he's focused on this year, which he's summarized in Jerry's 2009 Top 10 WebSphere Trends and Directions.
One trend I find very interesting is Middleware-as-a-Service, which combines cloud computing with middleware products like the IBM SOA Foundation products. I think where this is leading is that customers will be able to create application hosting environments (aka clouds), either on the customer's hardware or in a third-party data center, that application development teams will be able to deploy their applications into and make those applications available for the enterprise without having to be too concerned about the details of what exactly their applications are running in or on. This will create a helpful separation and point of coordination between the infrastructure group managing the hardware and middleware across multiple projects and each project that simply needs a runtime for is applications.
Another neat theme is an expansion of the approaches available to achieve business/it alignment. Business Mash-ups will bring quickly built situational applications to the business world. Business Rules, like the ILOG acquisition, will enable business users to participate more easily and meaningfully in defining the policies for how the business works, policies which the applications are supposed to follow and enforce.
Two more trends, Extreme Scale and WAS.NEXT, will further evolve the long-running trend of bringing the power of the mainframe to clusters of distributed servers and yet make the middleware on those servers more pluggable so that the applications only run the infrastructure they need.
Jerry's got a pretty interesting article, so check it out. (Thanks to my friend Bill Higgins for reminding me of this article and that I ought to blog about it.)