Thursday, July 2, 2015

WebSphere Liberty Profile Mini Proof of Technology, Q3 2015

A new edition of our Virtual Proof Of Technology (VPOT) Series for the IBM® WebSphere® Liberty Profile will again be offered three times in Q3 2015. We will briefly cover the primary benefits of the WebSphere Liberty Profile, and then drill down into the new enhancements which were announced on June 9th, 2015. 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 enhancements we announced in June which we will cover are:
  • Liberty profile certification for Java EE 7 Full Platform which makes it the FIRST production Java EE 7 runtime. We will cover the latest specifications added and how to begin using them.
  • New install options to set up a JEE 7 environment, including unzip install, and an easy way to upgrade your license between different editions.
  • The WebSphere Liberty Repository’s new Open Source Asset Repository Service which enables anyone to stand up their own repository and populate it with features from the WebSphere Liberty Repository, third-party features, or features that are created in house.
  • New cloud options including hosted WebSphere instances on IBM application server on cloud, and Docker images for Liberty profile.
  • Additional improvements to operational capabilities including the admin center, and auto-scaling.
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.

Q3 dates (all events 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET):
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ibm~libertyium072915)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ibm~libertyium081915)
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ibm~libertyium091615)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

IBM Integration Briefing

Join us for the IBM Integration Briefing
(Formerly "Hursley Comes to You")
SAVE THE DATE!
New York, September 3, 2015

IBM has development Labs across the globe focusing on the integration of new computing platforms in the Cloud with the rich information from systems of record. This is fundamental to the CAMSS strategy that pervades all that we do in IBM. Come join our designers of our Integration and Messaging portfolio and learn how we can help you to avoid the pitfalls of replicating information across your infrastructure creating time delays which handicap your business critical and customer
facing applications.

These Lab Experts from around the world will be in a city near you for a one-day complimentary seminar to show how your company can untangle costly and debilitating IT complexity, improve the flow of information across your organization, and reduce integration costs all by working smarter.

Attend this seminar where you can:
  • Learn about the newest products and capabilities of the IBM Integration Suite from the experts who designed and built them
  • Learn how IBM Cloud Hybrid Integration solutions can make accessing the systems of record, straight forward, secure and reliable
  • Learn how IBM's new MQ Appliance is transforming the world of messaging
  • Learn how the API Economy is creating new revenue sources and transforming how companies work and engage each other

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how connectivity and integration solutions can help organizations react quickly and seize timely marketplace opportunities.


Complimentary continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and WiFi will be provided.

Who should attend: IT Executives, Architects and Managers
Contact me for more information.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

July 16th Webcast: Cast Iron and IBM Integration Bus - Connecting your ESB to the Cloud

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. EST
Registration:  https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ibm~castironlive

Webcast Description: With the adoption of cloud, mobility and analytics on the rise, competitive differentiation is increasingly driven by digital transformation projects. But in order to turn innovation into tangible results, IT departments must find new ways to integrate systems that traditionally operated in isolation and collaborate with the lines of business that are driving these projects.

Join this webinar to learn how IBM's Hybrid Integration offerings, specifically IBM Integration Bus and IBM Cast Iron can help organizations connect SaaS applications, cloud data sources and mobile projects with on-premises systems to create new revenue channels, cut costs, and reduce time to market.

IBM® WebSphere Cast Iron is a proven methodology and solution for connecting on premise business applications to cloud based applications. In this webinar, you will see how IBM can connect a consolidated heterogeneous IT infrastructure to a cloud application.

IBM Integration Bus (IIB) is IBM’s strategic enterprise integration platform enabling universal connectivity and transformation in heterogeneous IT environments for businesses of any size and any industry. It is a robust and scalable technology that enables the integration of data sources from a wide range of platforms across both service oriented architectures (SOA) and non-SOA environments.

Speakers:
  • Andrew Humphreys, Product Manager for IBM Integration Bus
  • Jonathan Kempel, Product Manager for IBM Cloud Integration

Friday, June 19, 2015

Commissioned Work by Local Atlanta Artist Tina Christina

Contact Tina Christina today to discuss your next piece of art!
Mother and Son Moment
More examples of her commissioned work here.
Check out her gallery of landscapes here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

[Interactive web demos the second Wednesday of every month.] Live Demo: IBM Operational Decision Manager

Operational Decision Management

Identify, create and codify repeatable, business rules, events and operational decisions

The Right Decision at the Right Time: see the latest release of the market-leading IBM Operational Decision Manager!

Each month one of our technical experts provides an interactive walk-through of the IBM Operational Decision Manager (IBM ODM) product.

This live demo and discussion forum is a good opportunity to see the product capabilities in action. For example, you’ll see how you can manage and maintain business rules in an environment as familiar as your favorite social media tool:
  • One that's intuitive, easy, and fast
  • One that requires little to no training for subject matter experts
  • One that allows you to take your decisions on the go with robust mobile support

You’ll also see what’s new in the latest release, IBM ODM V8.7:
  • A restructured offering delivered via flexible packaging and deployment options for greater fit-for-purpose and customer success
  • Simulation in the business console
  • IBM ODM Advanced, featuring Decision Server Insights, which now allows you to automate decisions in context using real-time actionable insight capabilities


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

IBM Blueworks Live: Process Made Simple

Get rid of sticky notes and generic drawing software
and see what an easy-to-use process modeling tool can do for your business.

Model and improve your business processes
Capture process knowledge. Drive out inefficiencies and improve business operations.

Easy and intuitive for both business and IT users
User-friendly interface makes it easy to get started and easy to learn.

Powerful collaboration tools
Work collaboratively and see changes dynamically. Post comments and share ideas.
Keeps teams in sync with a common repository.

Nothing to download - nothing to install
Cloud-based solution. Log in and go!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summit by the Sea: An IBM Systems Middleware Seminar in Beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, presented by Prolifics

Prolifics and IBM are pleased to invite you to the annual Summit by the Sea. Join us in Newport for this exclusive, invitation-only, two-and-half day event as we explore key technology trends, connect with industry thought leaders and take advantage of what Newport has to offer. During this seminar, we will discuss how you can:
  • Embrace agile as an accelerant for transformation
  • Reinvent processes for an open ecosystem while optimizing decisions with insight from your operations
  • Determine how to find flexibility and immediate value across multi-speed IT with a truly hybrid management suite
  • Deliver adaptive personalized experiences 
  • Learn how IBM's Middleware Solutions such as Green Hat, Pure Application, API Management, BPM, ODM, IBM Integration Bus, Digital Experience and IBM Service Engage (Netcool Operations Insight) are helping organizations become leaders as they compose value across ecosystems by transitioning to become Digital Enterprises
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - Thursday, August 20th, 2015; 4pm Check-In

We hope that you join us in sharing insights as we take a deep dive into IBM Middleware delivering on the imperatives for digital transformation. Contact me today for more information.

Please note that rooms will be available at the Newport Marriott for a discounted rate of $249/night for the nights of August 18th & 19th. Additional information will be provided after initial registration.

24025 Park Sorrento, Suite 405 | Calabasas, CA 91320
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Enabling multi-speed IT transformation with WebSphere Application Server and Java EE 7

Virtual Doors Open on June 25, 2015 at 10:50 am ET. Webinar starts at 11:00 am ET.

Cloud, Mobile and Social are today's communication and engagement models for customers, employees and partners. And to support these models, your infrastructure needs to be simple, flexible, stable, scalable and highly secure. While the changing market dynamics provide growth opportunities for businesses, capitalizing on them requires organizations to build new capabilities that:
  • Enable continuous delivery of new features
  • Shorten product innovation time to market
  • Bring the business value chain closer to customers, partners and employees
The new capabilities of WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile, based on Java EE 7 standards, are designed for enhanced developer productivity, dynamic scale, resilient production deployments and ease of integration into modern DevOps workflows. These new production ready capabilities of Liberty profile enable development and delivery of engaging and responsive applications by providing the application infrastructure that meets expectations for speed, agility and user friendliness.

Take aways:
  • How to tackle the challenge of multi-speed IT with WebSphere Application Server's unique approach to delivering application infrastructure based on Java EE 7
  • How to provide continuous availability for running modern apps that require on-demand dynamic scalability and high operational resiliency
  • How the lighweight and modular architecture of WebSphere Liberty provides an ideal foundation to develop and deploy microservices
  • How to deliver flexibility to develop, deploy and consume application infrastructure - on-premises or on the cloud, including emerging virtualization technologies such as Docker
  • How to manage and monitor thousands of applications and servers with a single management interface for ease of problem determination

Speakers:
  • Walt Noffsinger
    • Program Director and Product Manager
    • Walt is Program Dir and Product Mgr for IBM’s WebSphere Application Infrastructure portfolio. This middleware portfolio is the foundation for customers’ web infrastructures.  Walt orchestrates its evolution – working with Customers, Development, Sales and Marketing – to ensure customers’ needs are met and that business results are delivered.  Prior to his current assignment, Walt managed IBM Printer Systems’ worldwide software business.  He has worked with IBM for 15 years.
    • Before joining IBM, Walt held VP and Director positions in Mkt and Product Mgmt for other software companies (document composition, healthcare and operating systems).  Walt earned an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University and an undergraduate business degree from Northern Illinois University.
  • Raj Suryavanshi
    • Senior Product Manager, IBM WebSphere Application Server
    • Raj Suryavanshi is Senior Product Manager for the IBM WebSphere Application Server portfolio. Raj has over twenty years of experience spanning development, product management, tools and infrastructure management, Configuration management and  partner relationships.
    • Raj has a Master degree in Computers and MBA  from Baylor University.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Three Key Facts to Help Sell the Cloud in Your Company

When the ROI argument is not enough, cite these three cloud advantages to convince skeptics...

A constant din of "adopt the cloud" buzz is out there, yet many companies remain skeptical. So how do you sell cloud within your company? Common pro-cloud arguments sell the ROI or the cost savings, but that doesn't always convince decision-makers.
The following post was originally published by David Linthicum at InfoWorld.com on June 9th, 2015.
Here are 3 other facts that can help you sell the cloud when ROI is not enough:

1. Better security

Most major hacks, including the one revealed last week targeting the federal government, are not cloud-related. Although you would think that clouds are the common targets of hackers, in many respect clouds are locked up tighter with modern security. Hackers move on to easier targets.

This reality is counter-intuitive to the Chicken Littles in many companies who have talked about the sky falling if data is placed on public servers. If they spent less time being Chicken Littles and more time focusing on security proactively, they would find that data is more cost-effective to manage in the cloud.  

2. No lock-in

Many companies push back on cloud because they believe that using this technology will lock you into a cloud provider. Although you can certainly modify applications heavily so that they are tightly coupled to the native cloud APIs, and thus not as portable, most cloud-deploying companies that move applications select the "lift and shift" approach that minimize lock-in -- it becomes about the same as your lock-in to Windows or Linux.

With "lift and shift," you're in essence moving the application to a platform analog in a public cloud, so you can move the application and data to the cloud, to other public clouds, and back to your data center.

Of course, to get that portability, you have to design the applications effectively. Bad application designs are not cured by moving them to a public cloud.

3. Better performance

Most people pushing back on cloud cite the fact that because everything is sent and retrieved over the open Internet, performance will naturally be an issue. Although this is indeed true when dealing with chatty applications that communicate too much, their performance stinks whether they are on premises or in a public cloud.

Give the caching systems clouds use, as well as the speed of the networks, applications in public cloud typically performs better than on-premises ones. Remember: With the cloud, you can provision more resources on the back end to handle performance killers such as database reads and write. This ability to provision and de-provision resources to enhance performance means that you can afford better-performing applications in the cloud.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Discovering the Value of IBM API Management

About: This Proof of Technology (PoT) is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the API Economy, technology and business of APIs, as well as the capabilities of the IBM API Management product. This valuable session will provide an opportunity for participants to gain the fundamental knowledge to hit the ground running in the fast growing API economy.

Who Should Attend:
This Proof of Technology is specifically targeted for Enterprise Architects, API Developers, and others who are involved with the evaluation and use of solutions that expose, secure and socialize API’s for internal and external audiences.

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Logistics: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided, there will also be an opportunity to Network with the Instructors and attendees from other organizations!


Please contact Amanda Gormley (amgormley@lighthousecs.com) or 888.542.8030 x123 with any questions.

Agenda:
  • API Economy Overview
  • Introduction to APIs and API Management
  • IBM API Management Product Overview:
    • Architecture
    • Administration
    • API Design
    • Security
  • Labs
    • REST Proxy & Assembly,
    • Exposing SOAP as REST
    • Developer Portal


6 Blackstone Valley Place
Suite 205
Lincoln, RI 02865
888-542-8030

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Give your apps the "Wow!" factor and your users a stellar experience with the IBM MobileFirst Platform.

In order to truly capitalize on the power of mobile, apps have to do more than provide a simple personalized front-end UI experience.

Delivering that unique user experience requires capturing, interpreting, and acting on contextual data, including geolocation. Learn to pull in rich information and transform it with your systems of engagement into actionable data to deliver real-time offers, be they content-based or promotional. See how the IBM MobileFirst Platform provides the ability to make your apps both personalized and contextual.

Join this webinar to learn how to:
  • Gain insights through the use of geolocation-based data, analytics, and push notifications
  • Deliver an exceptional user experience through integration with data from back-end systems or third party APIs
  • Minimize effort on the back-end to free up resources and focus on user experience 

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.