WebSphere Technical Exchange is running this week in Miami, Florida. (Its European equivalent, WebSphere Technical Conference, ran two weeks ago.) WTE, one of the IBM WebSphere conferences, is run by IBM for WebSphere customers, to teach them about the products and how to use them. Alfred Spector is the chief technology officer of IBM's Software Group.
Here's some of what Alfred talked about:
- The world is flat, flattened not by airplanes, but by IT
- Innovation: The intersection of invention and insight, leading to the creation of social and economic value
- Companies need to look for strategic approaches that drive transformational changes in operational performance
- The IT mission is to architect a better world
- SOA builds flexibility on your current investments: A migration from a messaging backbone to enterprise application integration (EAI) to SOA (with an ESB)
- Five aspects to SOA: runtime, information, infrastructure management, development tools, and people. These just so happen to map nicely to the five software brands: respectively: WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Rational, and Lotus.
- SOA is an extension of the distributed computing architecture in two dimensions: technology and business
- An event-driven world forces innovation in middleware
- Unparalleled opportunities remain in IT
- The main challenge in our future: Managing complexity