Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming #IBM Webinars: May 2015 #ironsiderational #rational

May Webinars

Join IBM Business Partner Ironside Rational for our 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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Join the WebSphere Liberty Profile Virtual Proof of Technology on May 13 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, April 21, 2015

Webinar: Real-time Salesforce Integration with JD Edwards

April 29th, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

Want to extend sales and service while streamlining your business processes?

Join Lexicon Networks for a live a webinar to discover real-time Salesforce integration with JD Edwards powered by Lexicon. Your organization can easily connect your JD Edwards ERP to the Salesforce1 platform and view information from any database in real-time without moving or persisting data utilizing IBM's Cast Iron platform. The result is up-to-the-minute information every time you pull up a Salesforce record -- from any device, any time.

This webinar will include a live demo and will conclude with a Q&A session.

and get a free integration assessment!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 A New Online Toolkit Now Available to Help People Living with Lung Cancer

Originally published by Brandpoint (BPT) on Monday, April 13, 2015 12:00 am

A lung cancer diagnosis may bring up a variety of difficult emotions, and navigating the next steps involved in daily life can be especially overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Emotions may range from anger at the loss of control and uncertainty about medical decisions to fear about what happens next. And these feelings may be coupled with the fact that when patients and their families go online to learn more, they see discouraging statistics on incidence or complex medical information, when what they really need is help dealing with the impact of lung cancer on their lives and emotions.

As hard as a lung cancer diagnosis can be, there is support and practical information available on to help lung cancer patients and their loved ones during the days ahead. The website was designed to be a comprehensive, go-to resource supporting the lung cancer community holistically, providing practical, day-to-day information that goes beyond their diagnosis. In developing the site, Bristol-Myers Squibb partnered with seven leading patient advocacy organizations to ensure it would provide the type of logistical, financial and psychosocial resources that are needed and meaningful for the lung cancer community.

" will allow patients and caregivers to spend more time focused on the path forward and less time figuring out the next step,” said Bonnie J. Addario, Founder and Chairman of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. “A lung cancer diagnosis comes with a whole new set of day-to-day challenges and we've collaborated with other cancer organizations and stakeholders to collect nutritional, financial, organizational or even physical assistance services in one place and make it available for patients and their families.”

In addition, the site offers interactive resources that may help manage living with lung cancer and the impact on everyday activities, including the interactive “The Road Ahead” and “Personal Journal” tools.

The Road Ahead

Considered a simple guide for patients and their families to find the right resources at every juncture in their lung cancer journey, “The Road Ahead” includes an overview of organizations offering financial assistance for everyday activities, such as house cleaning, transportation services, fuel costs and meal delivery programs. Visitors can also find valuable information to address legal and financial concerns and community support groups.

A Personal Journal

Many faced with a lung cancer diagnosis need an outlet to articulate their emotions during a challenging and uncertain time. An online and downloadable “Personal Journal” tool allows patients and caregivers to record their hopes and fears via a series of questions developed by oncology social workers. Visitors who sign up to receive email updates from the website will also be mailed a treatment journal to keep track of appointments and capture thoughts and feelings.

Visitors to the site can also download educational assets and register to receive emails with helpful tips and supportive messages about what you or a loved one might be going through.

Beyond being a resource for patients and caregivers, the site is also optimized for nurses, providing educational videos that may allow them to learn more about lung cancer patient needs from patient advocacy groups and research in the field from clinical trial institutions. was developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in partnership with the Cancer Research Institute, Lung Cancer AllianceBonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer FoundationLUNGevity Foundation, Cancer Care, Cancer Support Community and Free to Breathe. Bristol-Myers Squibb does not endorse these organizations. The information provided is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.

Visit for more information and updates on the latest lung cancer tools and resources.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Ways to Get Competitive with SaaS

This post was originally published on the Thoughts on Cloud blog by Marcos Sylos. March 26, 2015.
Companies often adopt software as a service (SaaS) to reduce costs. In so doing, many are surprised to find that cost savings is not the only benefit they reap.  A study, conducted by IBM examining almost 900 companies that adopted SaaS, found that nearly half credited SaaS with helping them to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Many cited the following three main reasons for that achievement:

1. Stronger partnerships between information technology and line of business departments.
Integrating new SaaS applications allows companies to tap into existing data on new and established systems. This is  key to improving enterprise systems and gaining agility.

New SaaS applications are managed by third parties, which means  information technology (IT) departments becomes more of business partner than a systems provider. Companies can avoid the demanding tasks of application support and some of the difficulty in the relationship between IT and line of business (LOB) teams.

2. Increased collaboration.
SaaS solutions drive broader collaboration across internal and external organizations and systems. It starts with internal IT and LOB partnerships and extends to other organizations and external partners  that are essential to a business.

3. Improved efficiency for the enterprise.
SaaS solutions are implemented quickly and bring new capabilities to the enterprise. By using big data to provide insights, for example, companies can make better and faster decisions. Companies can become more agile, reacting faster to changes in the marketplace, by adopting SaaS solutions integrated with their established systems. Enterprise efficiency transforms into a competitive advantage.

Check out the IBM SaaS portfolio to see the many ways your company can use SaaS to solve critical business needs and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. If you’d like to discuss things further, please leave a comment below or connect with Marcos on Twitter @MarcosSylos.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Try the full version of IBM Blueworks Live for 30 days – absolutely FREE

CLICK HERE to try the full version of Blueworks Live for 30 days – absolutely FREE.
All Blueworks Live trial accounts include 30 days of free access to all product features. At the end of your trial you will be given an opportunity to continue using the full version or downgrade to the free, limited version of Blueworks Live – the choice is yours.

The full version includes advanced features that are not in the free version including:
  • Simple process automation
  • Unlimited process maps & diagrams
  • Collaboration with multiple users
  • Process publishing
  • Visio import
  • Templates
  • Printing & exporting
  • File attachments
  • Email notifications
  • Integration with IBM Business Process Manager

Wondering what's next for IT Operations? Live Twitter chat on March 25th at 11am Eastern. #ITOpsChat

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IBM Cloud SaaS Capabilities

Doug Cox, General Manager, IBM Cloud SaaS Operational Services, talks about the capabilities IBM SaaS offerings provide worldwide.


Monday, March 16, 2015

IBM MQ vs. Apache ActiveMQ Performance Comparison Update

This article describes results of the persistent messaging performance tests that I carried out in the last 2 months using IBM MQ v8.0 (formerly WebSphere MQ) and Apache ActiveMQ 5.11.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Don't miss the weekly IBM Integration Google Hangouts!

All hangouts will be from 11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
starting Wednesday, March 11, with time allowed for Q&A.
Integration Google Hangouts:

March 11, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'What is Messaging Part 2'
Speaker:  Leif Davidsen, Senior Product Manager IBM Messaging Portfolio

In our earlier Google hangout, we covered exactly what messaging is and some of the uses.  In this session, Leif Davidsen and Jon Mc Namara will explore messaging deployments and use cases in a little more detail. What might be some typical scenarios where messaging is used and not other technology choices? What different features does messaging offer, and how can these be used to meet customer needs. This is a live hangout and there will be time allocated for Q&A. So if you ever wondered what publish subscribe is, and when you should use it, come along and make sure all your questions are answered.

March 18, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'IIB Version 10'
Speaker:  Andrew Humphreys, IBM Integration Bus Product Manager

35% to 70% of IT Budgets is spent on building, administering and maintaining integration. IBM Integration Bus aims to reduce integration costs and increase flexibility and responsiveness, through componentization and reuse of core operational IT assets. Join this session to understand the business value of the latest release of IBM integration Bus, IBM's powerful solution for all enterprise connectivity use cases.  Learn how it is essential in enabling business growth areas such as cloud, mobile and big data.

March 25, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'API's and SOA: Better Together'
Speaker:  Alan Glickenhouse, IBM API Management Business Strategist

Is SOA dead? Is an API all you need? Join Alan Glickenhouse as he takes you on a journey from SOA to API's and back again. Learn how API's and SOA are better together and how to use their synergy to unlock innovation and growth. This is a live hangout with time allocated for Q&A. If you wonder  why you should care about the difference between API's and services, join this session and have all your questions are answered

April 1, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'6th Annual Hursley Summit, June 8-11'
Speaker:  Ray Daniel, Integration Executive, IBM Middleware, North America

Join this Hangout to hear what is on the agenda for the 6th Annual North American Hursley Summit being held in June. Better yet, you will hear from a couple of past customer attendees with their views on the value of attending the Hursley Summit.

April 8, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 pm EST
'Messaging in a Box'
Speaker:  Leif Davidsen, Senior Product Manager IBM Messaging Portfolio

What is new and exciting, yet hidden in a sleek black box?  It is IBM's new MQ Appliance! In this hangout, Leif Davidsen and Jon Mc Namara will explore what's new about the just-announced MQ Appliance, with a focus on how much simpler it is to deploy, configure and maintain messaging.  It will help both existing users, as well as new, start and manage a messaging infrastructure. This is a live hangout with time allocated for Q&A. So if you ever wondered if MQ is right for your business, come and learn how the MQ Appliance is what you've been waiting for.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Build, Manage and Secure a Hybrid Cloud: An IBM Seminar Boston, MA

This year’s IT Hybrid Cloud Briefing highlights real-world business scenarios of hybrid cloud solutions. Through presentations, live demonstrations and competitive comparisons, you will learn how business and IT leaders are successfully using IBM cloud technologies to deliver:

  • Open Integration— use and integrate your systems of record and systems of engagement with new cloud services
  • Control— give stakeholders visibility and control over automation of services and capabilities
  • Expertise— make use of industry, business and technical expertise and best practices to use cloud to enhance your business model

Join IBM for an afternoon of lunch and discussion where industry leaders will share how IBM cloud solutions can help you build, manage and secure a hybrid cloud infrastructure for new capabilities and business innovation.

March 19, 2015 @ Fleming's Steakhouse
217 Stuart St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

  • 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM:  Registration and Networking
  • 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM:  Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM:  *Lunch Served*
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM:  Enterprise Grade Cloud
  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM:  Build a Cloud On-Premises
  • 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM:  Build a Cloud Off-Premises
  • 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM:  Break
  • 2:10 PM - 2:55 PM:  Manage Cloud Infrastructure - Software Defined Environments
  • 2:55 PM - 3:20 PM:  Secure Cloud Infrastructure
  • 3:20 PM - 3:50 PM:  Hybrid Cloud - Enterprise Scenarios
  • 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM:  Closing Remarks

FREE Forum in Boston on March 16th - The Future of Integration: Integration Bus, API Management, Pure, and Mobile

Integration Forum
Boston   |   Monday, March 16th   |   Omni Parker House @ 60 School Street
  • Get tips to make your ecosystem adaptive to advancements in connectivity, mobile, and customer experience management
  • See a demo of how to use IBM Integration Bus to capitalize on connectivity and data integration opportunities
  • Leverage infrastructure- and platform-scale concepts that can maximize output, data, and functionality of every asset in your portfolio
  • 9:00-10:00: Inside the building blocks for integration for business agility
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:15-11:00: Monitor IT performance and drive digital transformation with analytics-based API management
  • 11:00-12:00: Increase revenue with customer-focused integration through IBM PureApplication System and IBM Integration Bus (IIB)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Customer Case Study: Aetna uses IBM IIB to connect enterprise applications, transform architecture, and maintain governance
  • 2:00-2:45: Panel discussion: Considerations for integrated managed services
For information on how to register
and attend this FREE event, contact me today.