Friday, May 29, 2015

Unlock Workload Automation: Hybrid IT scheduling and Intelligent Job Prediction at your hands. [Webinar]

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11:00 AM EST
What if you had the possibility to run any type of workload, On Premises or Cloud, from a single point of control?  What if you could predict with confidence your job's duration and the impact of changes in your workloads?

We are in an era of accelerated industry innovation and transformation. Forces such as data, social media and cloud services are enabling this change. Transformation drives the need for cutting-edge automation to control and maintain business processes, and magnify operational efficiency. Cutting-edge automation must serve IT and Business users, with flexible and consumable services approaches, and with intelligent capabilities to support decision making at every level.

IBM Workload Automation evolved dramatically in the past year. It enables new models of automation for hybrid IT and continuously delivers scheduling flexibility, to empower IT to drive business transformation for the organization. Automation is consumable as a service, both for a greater range of users and applications, and for rapid delivery of business services, while maintaining autonomy for business users.

And the journey continues with predictive intelligence to anticipate problems and make informed, intelligent decisions. Embedded analytics use historical plan information to predict job durations, with no manual work or switching context. Analytics exploit historical workload trends to help organizations understand the impact of changes to business-critical services.

It’s time to seize the opportunity to disrupt the traditional scheduling business-as-usual for better agility with modern automation. IBM Workload Automation Version 9 can be the backbone technology for you to work in more impactful ways.
Join us!  Register here.

The Speaker
Alexandra Thurel
IBM Workload Automation Product Manager

Join this session presented by Alexandra Thurel, IBM Workload Automation Product Manager, to get the insights on the latest innovation in Workload Automation domain, and learn how to drive more business value from IBM Workload Automation.

#Webcast: Create modern applications to run in any cloud with #WebSphere Liberty

Create modern applications to run in any cloud with WebSphere Liberty

Click HERE to register for this webcast.

DATE: Thursday, June 18, 2015 
TIME: 11:00 am ET/8:00 am PT 
DURATION: 60 minutes (including Q&A) 

WebSphere Liberty redefines the lightweight, fit-for-purpose Java runtime environment and takes it from a do-it-yourself and manage-it-yourself experience to a use-what-you-need and manage-with-confidence experience.

In this webcast, you’ll learn how the combination of open Java standards like Java EE 7, containerization technologies like Docker, and open source innovation provides foundational structure and the opportunity to experiment with emerging technologies quickly. Whatever your virtualization technology, WebSphere Liberty enables developers to be productive and to quickly develop and continuously deploy services to any cloud.

Attend this webcast to learn:
  • What is the smallest, fastest and most developer-friendly production Java EE 7 runtime 
  • How to easily include rich multimedia content using WebRTC 
  • How you can deploy and run microservices on Liberty in a Docker container on premises or in any cloud 

Ian Robinson, Distinguished Engineer, WebSphere Foundation Chief Architect
Dr. Ian Robinson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Architect of the WebSphere Application Server, based at the IBM Hursley Software Lab in the UK. Ian has 25 years’ experience working in distributed enterprise middleware across product development, open standards and open source. He is responsible for the strategy and development of IBM's WebSphere Application, including the lightweight WAS Liberty Profile, and the tools that support it.

Alasdair Nottingham, WebSphere Runtimes Architect
Alasdair Nottingham is a Senior Software Engineer and the WebSphere Runtime Architect, based at the IBM Research Triangle Park Software Lab in North Carolina, USA. Alasdair has spent most of the last 5 years leading the development of the Liberty profile, focussed on ensuring a small, lightweight, easy to use, and developer friendly application server. Over the last 14 years he has worked on many areas of the application server including JMS, security, modularization of the application server and the bringing together of Java EE and OSGi as realized in the OSGi applications programming model. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Innovate Faster with Secure and Managed APIs [July 15th Briefing in Westord, MA]

The Digital Economy is being driven by Mobile, the Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data.  How you embrace and interact through these technologies will be critical to driving business growth. To succeed, leading and innovative organizations are making their business information (services and data) available through business APIs to internal and external developers to drive rapid application innovation.  APIs represent a huge opportunity for organizations to become a digital business by providing business assets to partner developers to expand their market presence.  Within the enterprise, organizations provide Systems of Record services to their own enterprise application developers via APIs as well.

But how do you manage and enforce the consumption of both these types of services? What are the best practices around granularity? What are the security considerations and how are they enforced? How do you analyze the usage of these APIs? How do you manage change including versioning and handle approvals? What are the organizational considerations? Come find out answers to all these questions.

We would like to invite you to an exclusive event exploring how APIs are transforming the way organizations develop, connect, and innovate.  Join IBM’s experts and your peers on July 15th at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Westford to learn how your organization can start on your API Journey.

  • Business of APIs
  • Getting Started with APIs
  • IBM API Management Product Overview
  • Product Demonstration
Contact me today to register.

IBM subject matter experts are available for a limited number of one on one discussions directly after the event and on the following day to discuss how APIs could benefit your business.  Please contact your sales representative to set up a meeting.
July 15th, 2015
  • 8:30 AM [Registration &  Networking]
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM [Event]
  • 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM [One on One Meetings]
5 Technology Park Drive
Westford, MA 01886

Breakfast will be provided.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thursday, June 4th at Fenway Park: A Power-Hitting Lineup of Game-Changing Solutions!

You are invited to join the Lighthouse and IBM team for an executive briefing where we’ll offer an overview of IT solutions that can help your business leverage competitive advantage over your rivals.  After the briefing, we’ll enjoy the Red Sox game in a private suite.

Date:  Thursday, June 4th
Time:  Executive Briefing 1pm - 3:30pm / Game Time 4pm
Location:  Hotel Commonwealth


Sean Hauver, Lighthouse Chief Innovation Officer, will speak on the relationship of business with IT, security and cloud computing. Previous to Lighthouse, Sean spent over 20 years at Hanover Insurance Group in various strategic positions across the organization. His most recent role was leading their Enterprise Architecture strategy organization.

The Briefing has 2 breakout sessions to make it easier for you to focus on the solutions that matter most to your business.

Track 1 - IBM Connectivity and Integration Solutions
Enterprises need to adopt a flexible and secure integration model so that back-office systems can keep pace with rapid change. Learn more about IBM solutions that deliver access to data, applications and information regardless of platform, device or data formats—across both on-premises and cloud environments.

Track 2 - Smarter Solutions for Big Data and Analytics
High performance storage tier optimization, elastic storage, virtualization, real-time compression, software-defined storage, and cloud computing are just a few of the examples of IBM technologies that can help manage rapid data growth more effectively. We will discuss how companies are deploying these solutions to safely protect data, improve access, and mange total costs.

Then learn about how companies are applying all kinds of analytics to all kinds of data with IBM Big Data & Analytics solutions to discover fresh insights and capture the time-value of data to gain competitive advantage.

For more information and to RSVP, contact me today!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

IBM Watson, the Cancer Fighter

Join the WebSphere Liberty Profile Virtual Proof of Technology on June 10th from 1pm to 3pm

A new edition of our Virtual Proof Of Technology (VPOT) Series for the WebSphere Liberty Profile will again be offered in Q2 2015. We will briefly cover the primary benefits of the WebSphere Liberty Profile, and then drill down into the new enhancements which were announced at our InterConnect event in February. The Liberty Profile’s continuous delivery model provides new optionally installable features which can be added to an existing WebSphere Liberty V8.5.5 installation with no requirement for a version upgrade or migration. Some of the February enhancements we will cover are

  • Pre-built and extendable Liberty profile Docker images and support for running in Docker containers to accelerate software deployment in hosts containing Docker engines
  • Further Java™ EE 7 components, including JSP 2.3, JDBC 4.1, and an API enhancement in support of Java API for WebSocket 1.1
  • Support for Java SE 8 - a major feature release which contains new features and enhancements targeted to enhance developer productivity and application performance enhancement

This in-your-office event includes hands-on labs to help you start using some of these new features. For those new to Liberty, the Liberty profile is a composable, simple to use, yet powerful application server for increased productivity. The composable nature of it makes it perfect for all environments, including development, production, small, large, cloud, and on-prem. It is both a developer-friendly and a production-ready Java runtime for web, OSGi, and mobile applications. Extremely fast restart times coupled with a small footprint and ease of use make the Liberty profile a great option for many of your application requirements.

Register today!  It's free!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Thoughts on #DeflateGate (Not That Anyone Asked)

[File under "Other Stuff".]

* This is not about "11 balls in one game". It is obviously a "thing" he has been doing for a while.  I appears to have been a common practice.

* If it doesn't give him an advantage, then why bother?

* If it is no big deal, then why be so clandestine about it?

* It is not just about Brady and the passing game. Perhaps it is one reason for the Pats historically low fumble rate over the years?

* It fits the pattern of the Bill Belichick era.

* I think the punishment is fair.


Why the heck doesn't the NFL (and all football leagues) just use the same set of balls for both teams?  The teams should have no say in what balls are used. They should be issued by the league for use by both teams during a game.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NEW DATE! MQ, the Digital Economy & You - Webinar, May 12

A Premier IBM Business Partner, TxMQ's core mission is to help enterprises get the most from their middleware. That's why they are leading discussions like these. Their next conversation is coming up quickly. It's a webinar that focuses on the state of MQ as an integration and security backbone amidst the convergence of forces such as mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things. They call it MQ, the Digital Economy & You.

Topics for this hour-long session on Tuesday, May 12th include:
  • How to leverage your MQ investment to address new enterprise projects and demands
  • Latent and new features within MQ
  • An MQ capability maturity model for your organization
  • Why MQ performance boosts UX and drives customer satisfaction
  • Measuring the true capacity of your MQ
  • Meeting today's security standards with MQ

Free ILMT Webinar


With today's multi-core chip technologies and the proliferation of virtual environments, it is getting more difficult for customers to count and manage their PVU consumption. ILMT automates the license management process by providing valuable reporting of your software usage, keeping you in compliance with your entitlements.

ILMT is also a requirement for customers running IBM software in a virtual environment - "IPAA Section 1.14 Client's Reporting Responsibilities".

In this webinar, PreferredPartner and IBM will tackle an in-depth look at ILMT.  We'll examine how this tool impacts your IBM environment and explore how to leverage the tool to cut your exposure to audits

This 1-hour  webinar will focus on:
  • What is IBM Sub-Capacity Licensing and how do I qualify for it?
  • What is ILMT and why is it now a mandatory requirement?
  • How can ILMT help remove the threat of lengthy, costly audits?
  • How can ILMT help decrease our software costs by optimizing software license metering?
  • What is involved in installing and supporting ILMT?
We will also cover additional benefits of ILMT and how it can be leveraged in other parts of your business.

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IBM's Watson supercomputer to speed up cancer care.

Originally published by the BBC on 6 May 2015.

IBM's supercomputer Watson will be used to make decisions about cancer care in 14 hospitals in the US and Canada, it has been announced.

Using computers to trawl through vast amounts of medical data speeds up the diagnosis process.

The system will help assess individual tumours and suggest which drug should be used to target them.

Doctors have welcomed the new computer which will learn from each case it examines.

"When you are dealing with cancer, it is always a race," said Dr Lukas Wartman, assistant director of cancer genomics at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, one of those signed up to use the Watson system.

"As a cancer patient myself, I know how important genomic information can be.

"Unfortunately, translating cancer-sequencing results into potential treatment options often takes weeks with a team of experts to study just one patient's tumour and provide results to guide treatment decisions. Watson appears to help dramatically reduce that timeline," he explained.

Pressing issue

Most people currently diagnosed with cancer will receive surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

But as genetic sequencing becomes increasingly accessible and affordable, some patients are starting to benefit from treatments that target their specific cancer-causing genetic mutations.

However the process is very time-consuming - a single patient's genome represents more than 100 gigabytes of data - and this needs to be combined with other medical records, journal studies and information about clinical trials.

What would take a clinician weeks to analyse can be completed by Watson in only a few minutes.

"The technology that we're applying to this challenge brings the power of cognitive computing to bear on one of the most urgent and pressing issues of our time - the fight against cancer - in a way that has never before been possible," explained Steve Harvey, vice president of IBM Watson Health.

According to Mr Harvey, Watson "will look for actionable targets", although he acknowledged that, "when institutions do genetic sequencing, only about half the cases come back with something actionable".

Sometimes it is impossible to identify the main mutation and, in other cases, no targeted therapy currently exists.

Those collaborating with IBM include the Cleveland Clinic, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Centre in Omaha and the Yale Cancer Centre.

Eleven others will join the programme by the end of 2015 and each will pay an undisclosed subscription fee to IBM.

Corporate medicine

The link-up is part of an increasingly close relationship between the medical community and technology corporations.

Apple revealed this week that it plans to develop apps for the iPhone that will allow users to take DNA tests which may reveal which diseases and health conditions they are likely to develop

It also recently teamed up with IBM to allow the software that helps gather health data from iPhones to be used by Watson.

IBM is convinced that Watson can "help change the face of healthcare" but it has even bigger ambitions for its cognitive computing platform.

Speaking at an IBM event this week, the firm's chief executive Ginni Rometty made a bold prediction for the technology, saying: "in the future, every decision mankind makes, every decision, is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson and, as a result, our lives in this world are going to be better for it."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Don't Miss the May 14 Messaging in a Box Webcast!

Messaging is a critical capability for most customers. IBM MQ has a strong history and large customer base, providing a messaging solution for over 20 years. There have been some excellent enhancements to IBM MQ recently, including the very notable launch of the IBM MQ Appliance. The MQ Appliance provides innovation in terms of ease of deployment, ease of maintenance, and especially ease of high availability with excellent capabilities. It provides tremendous savings in time to deployment.

The MQ Appliance includes powerful security support, including securing messages at rest as well as in flight. Truly, the MQ Appliance starts a new beginning for simplicity for messaging infrastructures -- a re-invention of enabling messaging deployments with excellent use cases to offer server consolidation, remote outpost deployments, and partner connectivity. In this webcast, we will review the importance of messaging, what elements make a good messaging system, and how the MQ Appliance provides a new level of automation, power, simplicity, and value for messaging.

Webcast Details

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming #IBM Webinars: May 2015 #ironsiderational #rational

May Webinars

Join IBM Business Partner Ironside Rational for their upcoming webcasts to learn about the latest in IBM Rational trends or technologies. Check out the schedule below and register today!

Introduction to Rational Team Concert Source Control Management: A Jazz and CLM Component Overview 
May 5 |  11:00am-12:00pm

Inventory Benefits and Financial Impacts of IEM for Asset Discovery
May 12  |  11:00am-12:00pm

What's New in the Jazz Data Collection Component
May 13  |  11:00am-12:00pm

Creating Custom Reports with RRDI and Rational Insight: Part 2
May 13  |  12:30pm-1:30pm

Understanding and Configuring DOORS Architecture
May 14  |  12:30pm-1:30pm

Getting the Most out of Rational Quality Manager for Planning, Execution and Reporting 
May 19  |  11:00am-12:00pm

Leveraging Rational Team Concert Work Item Management 
May 26 |  11:00am-12:00pm

Understanding and Configuring DOORS Next Generation Architecture
May 28 |  12:30pm-1:30pm