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SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM  has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. 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 of D... (more)

IBM Responds to Microsoft's Jabs at WebSphere 4.0

In an exclusive to the WebSphere Developer's Journal News Desk, Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, commented on the IBM vs Microsoft debate that's been raging over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. He 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, let's look at highlights of the verbal battle: Microsoft launched the initial salvo with a white paper that compared the 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, Microsoft hired an independent consulting firm to develop a Web service with... (more)

Solutions, Not Technology, Drive WebSphere Products

Customer involvement at all stages of product development, including early access for independent solution vendors, is crucial to IBM's strategy for managing the WebSphere Application Server development process, according to the WebSphere marketing team, headed up by Scott Hebner, director of marketing for WebSphere infrastructure software. The WebSphere marketing team includes Joe Anthony, program director for WebSphere Extensions marketing; Derek Bildfell, program director for business development; Aimee Munsell, program director for WebSphere Application Server; Bernie Spang, program director for WebSphere Studio marketing; and Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director for WebSphere Technical Marketing. WebSphere Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin recently had the opportunity to talk with Hebner and his team in a wide-ranging and exclusive discussion. ... (more)

WebSphere and Database Performance Tuning

In a business environment defined by requirements to elevate service levels while reducing IT operational costs, developers seek proven strategies to optimize the production runtime environment of their WebSphere Application Server implementations. The nearly universal objective of IT leaders today is to improve application performance and maximize the environment's ability to support broad business objectives. In the May issue of WebSphere Developer's Journal [Vol. 2, issue 5], I presented the first of a two-part series that provides strategies for tuning network and database interfaces to optimize IBM WebSphere Application Server implementations. That article discussed best practices for database connection pooling, prepared statement cache, and session persistence. In this article, I present best practices and tuning techniques for EJBs (Enterprise JavaBeans), J... (more)

IBM WebSphere Studio Tools Speed Delivery of Web Applications

(August 14, 2003) - Newly released software development tools from IBM automate many time-consuming tasks that can bog down the development process. The new development tools, available with WebSphere Studio V5.1, make creating applications and Web sites faster and easier. Whether for individual developers working in medium-sized businesses or teams creating advanced enterprise applications, IBM's new tools streamline the process of building, deploying and testing transactional applications and Web sites in a Web services-based J2EE environment. Today, Web developers spend countless hours mired in tasks such as updating individual pages, changing links within Web sites, or debugging errors in code. The problem can be compounded when a company makes an acquisition and needs to quickly assimilate Web site content from its new business into the parent company's site. T... (more)

WebSphere Leads Business Transformation with On-Demand Platform

Jocelyne Attal is IBM's chief marketing executive for WebSphere, the leading software platform for e-business on demand. Attal focuses on the WebSphere e-business platform, which includes WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio development environment, WebSphere Business Integration, and WebSphere Portal, as well as wireless, commerce, host access, and voice solutions. Under Attal's marketing leadership, WebSphere has become one of the most successful and recognized business software brands. Having celebrated its fifth anniversary in June, the WebSphere family of products holds the top spot in market share for the application server, portal, and integration markets. Attal, who is a member of the leadership team for IBM's e-business on-demand strategic initiative, recently discussed WebSphere's role in the on-demand environment, and specifically how WebSphere ... (more)

Using WebSphere Portal to Manage an Order Tracking Process

More than ever, companies need to model and manage their business processes in a way that can integrate systems and people throughout the enterprise, as well as connect with customers and partners. The IBM WebSphere product family delivers those key capabilities to help companies respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity, or external threat. As the foundation of the WebSphere software platform, WebSphere Application Server provides a rich e-business application deployment environment and offers full J2EE 1.3 specification support. The WebSphere Application Server Enterprise Process Choreographer can be used to choreograph all kinds of business processes. The types of business processes can vary greatly, ranging from Web services navigation to business transaction support. Business processes can be automatic, recoverable, or can require human inter... (more)

WebSphere App Server Feature Pack Open Beta Is Here

Java Developer Magazine on Ulitzer IBM WebSphere started its Open Beta (Managed Betas are so 'last-year') for the WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and JPA 2.0 today. The Open Beta site is here. I'll list some of the highlights from the Beta site as a teaser. Highlights of the OSGi applications support delivered in the feature pack (from the Beta Site ): OSGi 4.2 Blueprint component model for declarative assembly, and simplified unit test Extensions to the Blueprint component model for declarative transactions, container-managed JPA and resource reference configuration Isolated enterprise applications composed of multiple, versioned bundles with dynamic lifecycle Module sharing between applications Module versioning within and between applications Integrated bundle repository and ability to configure the location of external repositori... (more)

Setting Apart WebSphere CloudBurst

IBM Session at Cloud Expo From a constrained viewpoint, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a virtualization management solution for WebSphere application environments. In that light, I cannot tell you how many times customers ask me to delineate WebSphere CloudBurst from the other virtualization management solutions that are either out on the market or currently used in their business. I love to hear this request for two reasons: 1)      It signals that many enterprises already practice or are thinking about virtualization in the application environment space. 2)      I have a good answer! To understand the main delineation between WebSphere CloudBurst and other virtualization management solutions, it is probably helpful to understand what the appliance does! Put simply and shortly, the appliance enables you to create, deploy, and manage virtualized WebSp... (more)

OpenXava 4.4: Rapid Development for WebSphere Portal

OpenXava is a framework for Rapid Development of portlet applications compatible with WebSphere Portal. It is well-suited for business and database oriented applications. OpenXava allows you develop applications just by writing simple domain classes with Java or Groovy. The user interface is generated automatically in runtime, without code generation. OpenXava 4.4 has some new interesting features such as: Totals, row count and add action in the collection frame when the collection is folded. The frames are folded using a slide effect. It's possible to filter by range in list and collections. Support for Java 7. And some other useful new features and bug fixes. Totals, row count and add action in collection frame If you have a collection like the next one: When the user folds the collection frame the result is: In this way you can put several collections in the same vi... (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)