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SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York and and October 31-November 2 in Silicon Valley. Hybrid Cloud Transformation: New Platforms, Technologies and Solutions View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President o... (more)

WSJ-IN Exclusive: IBM Responds to Latest Microsoft Jabs at WebSphere 4.0 Microsoft Missing the Point, Says IBM Program Direct

Exclusive to Web Services Journal Industry Newsletter, here’s the latest fiery rebuttal in the red-hot IBM vs Microsoft debate that’s been raging on the Internet over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, holds that Microsoft’s original white paper belittling WebSphere 4.0 was fatally flawed from the start due to its premise, which in his words, “is missing the point.” Before Van Overtveldt’s complete response, WSJ-IN reviews highlights of the verbal battle’s progress to date: Microsoft launched the initial salvo in the Internet war, with a white paper that compared creation of Web services (using the PetStore.com scenario) using Visual Studio.NET versus IBM WebSphere v4.0. To support their claim that .NET has a significant advantage over WebSphere, Micro... (more)

Deploying Web Services on WebSphere

IBM is one of the most dominant players in the push for Web services. It's therefore not surprising that much of the Web services work done by the company has been incorporated into their flagship product - the WebSphere Application Server. As of version 4, support for Web services is incorporated into every level of WebSphere. This means that a few of the Web services libraries come with the WebSphere Application Server. Specifically, support for SOAP and UDDI4J are both an integral part of the WebSphere Application Server and used for implementing Web services, servicing calls made using SOAP, making calls to other Web services, and allowing applications deployed over WebSphere to interact with UDDI registries - both for discovering and publishing services. The support provided for Web services within WebSphere focuses on the deployment aspects only. The focus on ... (more)

WebSphere Users Group Fills Knowledge Gap

The quest for knowledge and the opportunity to share experiences with WebSphere is evident with the successful launch last year of Canada's first WebSphere Users Group. Established with just 30 members, the Southern Ontario WebSphere Users Group has grown by leaps and bounds to 180 members ranging across all industries and organization sizes. Brought together by the common goals of building a network and increasing their knowledge base, the WebSphere Users Group will further expand by merging with a local MQSeries Users Group. Membership of the merged group will top 300 and be composed of developers, architects, designers, managers, and administrators. The aim of the joint group is to promote knowledge and technical understanding of the IBM WebSphere family of products and to focus on common issues and experiences. More importantly, the users group provides an op... (more)

Professional IBM WebSphere 5.0 Application Server

Professional IBM WebSphere 5.0 Application Server provides a perspective on the philosophy and rationale behind WebSphere Application Server, taking readers through the programming and deployment model and familiarizing them with the WebSphere Studio Application Developer tool set. The book explains how to use the application server to build business applications, and how to integrate businesses. The following excerpt is from Chapter 10 on Enterprise Process Management and introduces the concept of Process Choreography as a mechanism for more efficiently creating, running, and changing business processes. In the early '90s, many companies invested in traditional client/server architectures by building fat-client applications with rich graphics that offloaded legacy-system processing time. Business Process Management Business Process Management (BPM) is about modelin... (more)

WebSphere 5.0: What's New on the Performance Front

IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) version 5.0 continues the tradition of improved performance from release to release. These improvements come from several key areas, which include: WAS's implementation of new J2EE 1.3 APIs, notably EJB 2.0 Web services using SOAP Dynamic caching and edge componentry HTTP session management Extensions for the enterprise WAS 5.0 complements these performance enhancements with an enhanced collection of runtime tools for performance, including Java Management Extension (JMX) interfaces for performance monitoring and performance advice. This article presents these features, highlighting their contribution to WAS 5.0's performance. J2EE 1.3 WAS 5.0 supports the J2EE 1.3 programming model. The most significant area of performance advancement is within the EJB 2.0 portion of J2EE 1.3. There are two aspects of EJB 2.0 that support build... (more)

WebSphere Risk Management Part 1

In this article, the first part of a two-part series, I will present WASLED/WASMON, a WebSphere monitoring application, and show you how you can use it to monitor WebSphere Application Server and to plan a WebSphere risk management procedure. I will discuss some of the system resources that need to be made available to ensure the operability of WebSphere Application Server. You will learn how to configure WASMON to ensure that these resources are available and up and running. I will show you how to prepare the essential recovery scripts and make them available within the WASMON repository so you can trigger specific actions upon failure notification. You will then learn how to communicate with WASMON via the Internet to initialize an administrative action. In this article I use the example Web application WASDG, which was used throughout my book, IBM WebSphere Appli... (more)

Partners Compare WebLogic and WebSphere: An Exclusive Interview with Devi Gupta of Prolifics

Related Links How Low Does BEA Have to Go? How Long Can BEA Survive, Industry Asks Why WebSphere? A Successful Ingredient Offers Choice A Leader with New Customers After talking with Tom Inman (see page 6), Jack Martin also spoke to Devi Gupta, director of Strategic Marketing at Prolifics, about IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic. WJ: Devi, as Director of Strategic Marketing for Prolifics, What's a typical day like for you? DG: Well, have you seen the IBM commercials that are on TV? I think a lot of companies that hear those messages feel that vision - the On Demand vision - is perhaps beyond them. I am Prolifics' messenger. One of my key goals, and the goals of my team, is to spread the word - let all the medium-size businesses know that Prolifics can make their On Demand solutions a reality - let all the larger enterprises know that Prolifics is "the" WebSphere expert... (more)

General Best Practices for WebSphere Application Environments

This article provides a list of general best practices to apply to any WebSphere Application Server V7 and V8 environment. However, some of the recommendations only apply to specific conditions and scenarios. These recommendations could be used to set up any WebSphere environment. General Best Practices for WebSphere Application Environments 1. All WebSphere Application processes should be running as non-admin/root user. It's not a good practice to run a process as an admin/root user. For obvious reasons, you don't want more folks to know about the admin/root password and generally the WebSphere admins are not the system admins. Create a services user account on the box and use it for the WebSphere Application's start and stop purposes. 2. Enabled Global Security. By default, the WebSphere Application Server enables administrative security. Thus, for the most part, t... (more)

Updating WAS Applications In XL Deploy By @XebiaLabs | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Updating WAS Applications In XL Deploy Some users of WebSphere Application Server prefer to upgrade their EAR/WAR applications using WAS’s “update-in-place” option instead of uninstalling it and then re-installing. The latter, of course, is XL Deploy’s default behavior, but it can be changed with a simple tweak to a type definition in an XML file. Here is a look at how the WAS Admin Console presents these options: The WAS Admin Console offers Install, Uninstall and Update options (among others) for managing Enterprise Applications But before we describe the tweak, let’s take a closer look at XL Deploy’s analysis of a deployment. Each artifact or resource is compared against what is already out on the target server, if anything. Then XL Deploy assigns one of four possible actions: create, destroy, modify or noop. Noop, of course, is no-operation, for the case of no ch... (more)

Your Guide to Portal Clustering in WebSphere Portal Server 5.1

Some things in WebSphere PortalServer work well and are well documented. Other things are well documented and work well in theory. Still other things have okay documentation and will work well when all of the WebSphere stars are aligned. Depending on your implementation, Portal Clustering can fit into all three categories. De-Mystification Given the broad range of configurations open to an infrastructure planner when dealing with WebSphere software, it’s no wonder there’s often a great deal of confusion when it comes to making a complex product like Portal highly available. Naturally, there’s no “Learn Clustering in 20 Minutes” manual, but there are general steps to follow and some to avoid. Let’s start with a very basic explanation of the WebSphere cell and how the Portal fits into it. (See Figure 1.) A basic WebSphere AppServer in... (more)