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[slides] @Azure Immutability | @CloudExpo #CD #DevOps #Docker #Jenkins

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:00:00 EST

In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, contrasted how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He showed how the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He also demoed building immutable pipelines in the cloud using both containers and VMs.

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[session] #MachineLearning and #BigData | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #ML #DL

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.

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[slides] Offline-First Apps with PouchDB | @CloudExpo @IBMCloudant #Cloud

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, discussed how offline-first apps built with PouchDB and Cloudant Sync can provide better, faster user experiences by storing data locally and then synchronizing with a cloud database when a network connection is available.

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Unlocking the Potential of DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:00:00 EST

IT departments currently face a constant “need for speed” from within the organization, predominantly driven by an increase in application and business demand. This isn’t going to change any time soon. Indeed, according to Gartner, by the end of 2017 demand for app development services will grow at least five times faster than an internal IT organization's capacity to deliver them. Speed is the competitive differentiator in a SaaS environment, but this can often place undue strain on IT. An effective DevOps strategy can alleviate this. It can also help research and development teams move faster, taking the launch cycle of a product from months to weeks. This is especially crucial at Lithium, given that our product is highly customizable, and those continual iterations help both us and our customers stay ahead of the game.

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Delivering the Honeywell User Experience Through OnPrem Monitoring | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:45:00 EST

Being able to ensure a positive experience for your customers and end users is one of the hallmarks of any great company. Yet with all of the different internal and external online systems needed to do that, early detection and rapid response to performance issues becomes harder and more expensive. Join us for the OpsCast, Delivering the Honeywell User Experience Through OnPrem Monitoring, to learn how Honeywell International, one of the world’s largest producers of commercial and consumer technology, has deployed synthetic OnPrem agents throughout their global networks. Citing specific examples of obstacles that the company has faced, Paul Fries, Monitoring Leader at Honeywell, will show how their customers benefit from synthetic OnPrem monitoring.

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G2G3 to Present at @DevOpsSummit | @G2G3 #DevOps #API #Microservices

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:00:00 EDT

Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.

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API, IoT and Connected Cloud | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #Microservices

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:00:00 EDT

From Fitbits, to connected cars, to sensors that water crops, making decisions is no longer enough, now you need to make decisions in context. To bring your next great IoT decision to life you need to be able to extend and connect beyond your traditional enterprise. But with thousands if not millions of different devices all with their own technologies, standards and security how do you connect with the right ones effectively. And technology is only one aspect of the challenge; how do you create the right business model to drive value from your solution? An IoT solution that doesn’t connect to any devices is useless. But one that tries to connect to everything can be just as problematic. How to do find the right mix that maximizes your application and drive tangible results?

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Docker Container Delivery | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Microservices

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:45:00 EDT

In the past, application deployment meant moving lots of components - provided by developers to lots of servers, databases etc. managed by Operation. With Docker and containers, we often hear statements like: "That all goes away now - developers simply have to delver a ready-to-go Docker image, and we're done! No more need for app deployment tools like XL Deploy!

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What Are Your #DevOps Goals? | @DevOpsSummit @XebiaLabs #API #Containers #Microservices

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:00:00 EDT

A huge theme we encounter with businesses attempting DevOps transformations is that they rarely know where to start. Our advice, start by figuring out your goals. The most common goal we find is that companies want to ship faster without breaking everything. But where do you go from there? Here is our take: We’ve all heard about the principles/philosophies/tools etc. behind successful DevOps, but in the beginning start by just enacting the changes that move you towards your goals Make your focus practicing improvement not just practicing “DevOps”

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Anthem Teams with @IBMCloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:00:00 EST

IBM has announced a new strategic technology services agreement with Anthem, Inc., a health benefits company in the U.S. IBM has been selected to provide operational services for Anthem's mainframe and data center server and storage infrastructure for the next five years. Among the benefits of the relationship, Anthem has the ability to leverage IBM Cloud solutions that will help increase the ease, availability and speed of adding infrastructure to support new business requirements.

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OpenXava 5.2 For WebSphere Released By @JavierPaniza | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:00 EST

OpenXava is an Open Source Java Framework for Rapid Development of Enterprise Web Applications. In OpenXava you only have to write the domain classes in plain Java to get a web application ready for deploying in WebSphere or WebSphere Portal. This 5.2 release has a new way to customize the list and collections, very responsive and more intuitive. We have improved the automated test performance, upgraded some important libraries and many more things. We invite you to download it and upgrade your OpenXava applications. Look at the migration instructions.

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Digital Transformation and Mobility

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:55:00 EST

Again I embarrass my friends and family by walking around cool places talking to myself about digital transformation and mobility. Enjoy! #JustHavingFun #DadIsEmbarrassingMe #GetThePopCorn

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Meet @SoftLayer November 4-6 at @CloudExpo [#Cloud #IoT @IBMcloud]

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 11:00:00 EST

As Platform as a Service (PaaS) matures as a category, developers should have the ability to use the programming language of their choice to build applications and have access to a wide array of services. Bluemix is IBM's open cloud development platform that enables users to easily build cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications without having to spend large amounts of time and resources on configuring infrastructure and multiple software licenses. In this track, you will learn about the array of services to support and accelerate application development, as well as building applications on Bluemix using Java and node.JS. Learn more about Bluemix at www.bluemix.net.

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IBM's 'Internet of Things' Presentations at @ThingsExpo [#IoT @IBMIoT]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:30:00 EDT

Internet of @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley announced on Thursday its first 12 all-star speakers and sessions for its upcoming event, which will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. @ThingsExpo, the first and largest IoT event in the world, debuted at the Javits Center in New York City in June 10-12, 2014 with over 6,000 delegates attending the conference. Among the first 12 announced world class speakers, IBM will present two highly popular IoT sessions, which will take place November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. More than 150 all-star faculty members will discuss, including the hottest Internet of Things technology topics in November.

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Are You Ready to Put Your Data in the Cloud? by @Cloudant at @CloudExpo

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:00:00 EDT

Come learn about what you need to consider when moving your data to the cloud. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Skyla Loomis, a Program Director of Cloudant Development at Cloudant, will discuss the security, performance, and operational implications of keeping your data on premise, moving it to the cloud, or taking a hybrid approach. She will use real customer examples to illustrate the tradeoffs, key decision points, and how to be successful with a cloud or hybrid cloud solution.

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Convergence of #BigData, #Cloud and the "Internet of Things" @ThingsExpo (#IoT)

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:00:00 EDT

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, will discuss bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover.

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Predictive Failure Analytics with Optimization for Big Data

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:00:00 EDT

We present a unique case study of applying data mining and advanced statistical methods to analyze, diagnose and improve manufacturing yield, especially for rare failure event prediction. Intra-die process variations in nanometer technology nodes pose significant challenges to robust design practices. Geometric variations along with random dopant fluctuation effects have had significant impact on Memory functionality/yield. Inaccuracies in the models and variabilities in the process are more pronounced and force us to understand the variability effects in a processor chip with higher accuracy and fidelity and considering more physical effects than ever before. In this case study, we use predictive failure analytics to learn and optimize critical components of the processor, and deal with massive amounts of data using server farms for parallel processing. The technique can handle large numbers of process and design variables which cause mismatches in transistors, demonstrating the capability of high dimensionality, accuracy and efficiency. This increases the confidence level in the functionality and operability of system-on-chip as a whole. The underlying algorithms are generic and can be applied to big data analysis, and in particular, the techniques and framework would be very amenable to a cloud computing architectures for both scalability of processing power and data handling, and for enabling such analysis for organizations that would otherwise not have the means.

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Internet of Things Moves into the Commercial Mainstream

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:00:00 EDT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, more manufacturers will embed sensors in their products and connect them to the Internet to monitor their performance and offer pro-active maintenance services. As a result, engineers who know how to incorporate software and networking into their mechanical designs will become more in demand.

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Internet of @ThingsExpo Coming to Silicon Valley

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:15:00 EDT

3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California with over 100 major sponsors and exhibitors in 2014 and more than 6,000 delegates from 17 countries. Internet of @ThingsExpo this week launched the premiere issue of its monthly newsletter which contains highlights of the hottest sessions and speakers from Internet of @ThingsExpo, speaking information as well as sponsorship opportunities.

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Cloud Expo Expands To Internet of Things At @ThingsExpo

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:00:00 EDT

The 15th International Cloud Expo has just expanded its conference program, to bring together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC at one location. Cloud Expo is the single show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions.

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Real World Business Transformation At The Internet of @ThingsExpo

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:45:00 EDT

The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.

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OpenXava 5.0 Released

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:39:12 EDT

OpenXava is an AJAX Java Framework for Rapid Development of WebSphere Applications. In OpenXava you only have to write the domain classes in plain Java to get a web application ready to be deployed on WebSphere or WebSphere Portal. This 5.0 release has a new look & feel, includes module navigation, user login/logout (so you do not need Liferay anymore), inline editable collections (just like a spreadsheet), a new editor to attach files to your entity, and many many more things.

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OpenXava 4.9 Released

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:50:00 EST

OpenXava is an Open Source Framework for Rapid Development of WebSphere Applications. In OpenXava you only have to write the domain classes in plain Java to get a web application ready to be deployed into WebSphere Application Server or WebSphere Portal.

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IBM Helps Design Nigerian State's Transportation System

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:18:18 EDT

IBM will work with a state government in Nigeria to design a transportation system in its largest city on a pro bono basis in line with Smarter Cities. IBM has completed a pro bono project with the Lagos State Government in Nigeria to design a transportation scheme in an effort to help manage and reduce traffic in Lagos City. Funds for the collaboration will come from the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge three-year competitive grant program, which allocates $50 million for the winning participant chosen among 100 cities, IBM said Friday. IBM's corporate citizenship program and international foundation sponsor the grant and a team of six IBM experts helps each winning city identify key issues, according to IBM. The blueprint for Lagos recommends the state use mobile phones, call centers, cameras and GPS devices to manage the traffic, police, fire and medical services, as well as inform travelers about road situations and schedules. "An intelligent, interconnected logistics and transportation management system is a crucial must-have for any modern city," said Taiwo Otiti, IBM's country general manager for West Africa. The proposal also includes recommendations for developing an integrated e-ticketing and fare management system, implementing toll rates based on traffic density and using a single platform to store traffic and transportation data.

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Cloud Expo | IBM & OpenStack Together: Accelerating Cloud Adoption & ROI

Mon, 13 May 2013 06:00:00 EDT

Speed-to-market and improving ROI for new cloud services are an important element for adopting cloud computing. Open source technology translates into savings for clients in terms of flexibility and interoperability. OpenStack is leading the way in open source for IaaS, capturing the attention of the cloud customers, business partners and vendors alike, and producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Andrew Trossman, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Common Cloud Stack at IBM, will discuss IBM's role in OpenStack including key contributions to strengthen OpenStack, ending with a wrap up of an overview of IBM's plans for the adoption of OpenStack as part of the IBM SmartCloud portfolio.

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OpenXava 4.7 Released

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:35:54 EDT

OpenXava is an open source framework for Rapid Development of WebSphere and WebSphere Portal applications, 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.

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Pulse2013 – IBM Technology Evangelist Kathy Zeidenstein

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:36:00 EDT

I talk with IBM Technical Evangelist Kathy Zeidenstein about the integration between BIG-IP ASM and IBM’s InfoSphere Guardium along with some of the current security trends occurring in the industry. We recorded this after the Wrap video so that’s why it’s out of order.

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OpenXava 4.6: Open Source Rapid Development for WebSphere

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:36:05 EST

OpenXava is an open source framework for Rapid Development of WebSphere and WebSphere Portal applications, 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 4.6 has some new interesting features such as: Custom reports generation from list. It's possible to customize the list mode defining your own editor. You can assign a model object (an entity or a transient object) directly to a View to populate it.

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WebSphere Datapower Configurations for HTTP (GET and POST) Requests

Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:00:00 EDT

The purpose of this article is to describe the steps involved in configuring Datapower services for the browser-based HTTP type requests. The commonly used methods for such requests are either the POST or GET HTTP method. 1. For the testing purpose create a loopback pass-through XML Firewall. 2. Create a new Multi-Protocol Gateway with the following values

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IBM Fills Out Ginny’s Chevons, Names Her Chairman Too

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:30:00 EDT

Ginny Rometty, who took over from Sam Palmisano as president and CEO of IBM back the first of the year, will add the title of chairman when Sam steps down from the board on October 1. He will stick around as senior advisor until he retires on December 1. Palmisano became CEO in 2002 and was named chairman in 2003.

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OpenXava 4.5: Open Source Rapid Development for WebSphere

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:04:20 EDT

OpenXava is an open source framework for Rapid Development of WebSphere and WebSphere Portal applications, 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.

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IBM Trying to Become a Hip Agile Software Developer

Mon, 07 May 2012 08:00:00 EDT

At its annual user and partner Impact conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced a slew of new products, including new additions to its WebSphere applications family. There are also promises of better integration with software products from its … Continue reading (image)

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OpenXava 4.4: Rapid Development for WebSphere Portal

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:43:18 EDT

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.

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APM Industry Support for IBM WebSphere Environments with dynaTrace 4.1

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:25:00 EST

Compuware Corporation the technology performance company, today announced the release of Compuware dynaTrace 4.1, the industry's first application performance management (APM) solution to provide full support for IBM WebSphere Message Broker. dynaTrace 4.1 also adds to its powerful User Experience Management (UEM) capabilities, enhances visualization and integrates with Compuware Gomez(R) Real-User Monitoring - Data Center. This new release furthers Compuware's leadership in the APM industry and extends its ability to deliver unprecedented business agility, cost optimization and competitive advantages to the marketplace.

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IBM DataPower vs. Forum Sentry

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 08:15:00 EST

Mark Bakker from Xebia -- a specialized international IT consultancy focusing on Enterprise Java -- published an interesting overview of IBM DataPower Security Gateway and Forum Sentry.  Mark writes:

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Rapid Development for WebSphere Portal

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:59:45 EST

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 4.3 adds support for total properties in collections, it has a new editor for HTML_TEXT stereotype, add info and warning messages and some other useful new features. Now you can use square brakets in @ListProperties to asociate one or more properties of the container entity to a property of the collection. In this way you can add arbitrary values as totals.

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After Five-Year Drought, Java SE7 Is Here

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:00:00 EDT

Java SE 7, the Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 is out. It’s the first major release in five years and took 9,494 bug fixes, 1,966 enhancements, 9,018 changesets, 147 builds and four JSRs to get here. It’s also the first release of the Java platform under Oracle’s stewardship, and threatened not to happen until Oracle put its foot down and went off and wheeled and dealed and leveraged IBM. (Remember the Apache Foundation stalking off and slamming the door?) Still, it’s based on the open source OpenJDK, making it something of a novelty for a commercial release.

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GSX Solutions SVP Eileen Fitzgerald Selected as IBM Champion

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:40:00 EDT

GSX Solutions, a provider of proactive, consolidated monitoring, reporting of enterprise messaging, mobile and collaboration environments, including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), is proud to congratulate senior executive Eileen Fitzgerald for being selected as one of this year's IBM Champions. Fitzgerald, GSX Senior VP for Customer Delivery and Product Management, worked in the Global Notes environment for over 15 years and then focused on Service Delivery, managing Notes services, infrastructures and functionalities according to Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Standards. She is also a co-organizer for several Lotus User Group conferences (such as ILUG and UKLUG) and a regular speaker at IBM Lotusphere.

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In the Spotlight: The ROI of E-Signing

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:22:50 EST

Indeed, the Signature Mortgage story was so compelling, that Bob was invited to also share the stage with two of IBM’s corporate clients during Sean Poulley’s strategy session in the morning, as well as participate in an analyst panel discussion on cloud computing later in the day. I would like to thank Bob Catlin, CEO and founder of Signature Mortgage, for doing a stellar job today at sharing his David and Goliath success story in the mortgage industry during his one-hour presentation at Lotusphere 2011. Bob discussed how e-SignLive and LotusLive have enabled his small regional operations to go head-to-head with large Internet players, and deliver superior performance and customer service. Indeed, the Signature Mortgage story was so compelling, that Bob was invited to also share the stage with two of IBM’s corporate clients during Sean Poulley’s strategy session in the morning, as well as participate in an analyst panel discussion on cloud computing later in the day. The reasons for the interest in Signature Mortgage’s story are easy to understand because of the compelling ROI that Bob was able to achieve in just three months since using the combined Silanis and IBM services.

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Providing Extensible and Scalable SOA Infrastructure

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 03:30:00 EST

The XC10 and XI50 Integration is compelling. The idea behind the XI50-XC10 integration is to enable faster look-up of cached data and reduced processing at back-end tiers, with use of XC10 as a general purpose caching appliance. The XI50-XC10 integration has opened up many possibilities to economize on infrastructure costs and further leverage XC10s caching mechanism to speed up XI50 Authentication process. In simplest terms this integration amalgamates the better of two breeds of appliances. This integration speeds the look-up and processing done by XI50, by extensible and scalable cache enabled by XC10.

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Silanis Announces Support for IBM Forms 4.0

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:38:00 EST

Silanis Technology, the electronic signature provider for the US Army, 21st Century, a Country Financial, BMW Financial Services and many other leading government, financial services, and insurance organizations, today announced that the latest release of its e-Sign Desktop solution 6.6 now supports IBM Forms 4.0. Version 6.6 of e-Sign Desktop (formerly known as ApproveIt Desktop) adds support for IBM Forms 4.0 on top of its existing support for MS Word, MS Excel, MS InfoPath, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Accelio. Organizations using IBM Forms 4.0's powerful "built-in" workflow engine and design tools to automate forms-based processes can now maximize their investment by adding Silanis' electronic signing capabilities to also achieve a 100% electronic approval process. e-Sign Desktop is a highly flexible and secure electronic signature solution that plugs into common file formats and supports the embedding of signatures within documents to facilitate integration with existing content management and workflow systems.

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New IFS Explorer and Excel Exporting Enhancements for IBM i

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:30:13 EST

Building on over a decade of success with the database and file utility for the IBM i – Version 3.8 of the award winning Surveyor/400 is now available. Surveyor/400 is a GUI-based application running on your desktop computer that makes working with IBM databases, libraries, files, and spool files on the IBM i easy. Previously, many functions could be performed by browsing the IFS in the main Surveyor/400 window, but the new IFS Explorer allows file lists to be maintained in separate windows for an enhanced folder browsing experience. The IFS Explorer provides easier IFS navigation with a drop-down location bar, familiar forward and back buttons, and file filtering. The ability to transfer IFS files between IBM i systems or a user’s desktop now includes the ability to copy entire folders.

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IBM VISION Cloud: "We Are Targeting an Open Specification"

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 08:15:00 EST

The EU-funded VISION Cloud initiative, led by IBM, has been launched and is focused on creating a metadata format that will enable users' data to be interoperable among Cloud service providers. This is potentially a huge development for all business, but especially small businesses, which run the risk of vendor lock-in and general unhappiness when they find that it's not cost-effective to switch Cloud vendors should they encounter problems. IBM heads the list of 15 organizations participating in this initiative. The research is being conducted out of an IBM facility in Haifa, Israel. We were able to learn more about the initiative from Dr, Yaron Wolfsthal, IBM's senior manager responsible for VISION Cloud, Here's what we asked and what he answered: Cloud Computing Journal: What are the key, high-level architectural challenges that you face in creating a way to handle portable metadata in the cloud?

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Something You May Not Know About IBM and Cloud

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 03:15:00 EST

Ask someone to associate IBM and cloud computing, and that person will probably come back with something about solutions to help build private clouds. I know because I ask… all the time. On the surface, this is a fair association. After all, it is true that IBM offers quite a few different solutions that help users to build both private clouds and on-premise clouds that they then offer up to others (i.e. enabling service providers). However, it does not participate in this cloud delivery model at the expense of other delivery models.

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Fortinet Denies IBM Acquisition Talks

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 12:30:00 EST

After Bloomberg reported that IBM was planning to buy network security appliance maker Fortinet, the company has fired back with a denial of the claim and a demand for a retraction. Bloomberg had quoted two unnamed sources who said a deal was in the works. Fortinet only IPO'd a year ago and has been selling pretty well since then and now its shares have also climbed way up on the takeover rumor.

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IBM Seems To Be Having Trouble Supporting its Mainframe Restrictions

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT

A filing in the Neon v IBM mainframe antitrust case managed to get past the IBM censors, who have been sealing court documents willy-nilly in the name of confidentiality agreements. Imagine not being allowed to know the grounds for Neon's motion for a partial summary judgment - and in Texas no less. However, it seems we were right in betting that Neon Enterprise Software asked the federal court down there to rule that nowhere in IBM's contracts with its mainframe users does it say they can't run whatever workloads they want on the mainframes zIIP and zAAP specialty processors (SPs).

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New IBM Platform for Telcos Takes Public Cloud Computing to a New Level

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 04:00:00 EDT

IBM is poised to become a change agent in public cloud services by enabling telecom companies to rapidly and easily roll out new "as a service" offerings to companies of all sizes, especially big ones. This week, the company announced the availability of the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform, which combines hardware, software and services, both from IBM and an impressive roster of partners, in an offering tailored for the world's largest telecommunications companies. The telcos will use the new platform to provision and manage a broad variety of highly secure, scalable and reliable infrastructure, platform and software services through regional and global public clouds. The platform will be backed up with a rich menu of business and technical services provided by IBM and its channel partners. The combination of IBM's staggering investment and the reach, reliability and richness of the telcos' network infrastructure comprise a new force in public cloud computing that could leave many of its current leaders in the dust, gasping for air.

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Top IBMers Turned HP Job Down: Reuters

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 08:45:00 EDT

In a exercise in futility, HP first tried to get both the immovable head of IBM software and now systems Steve Mills as well as its $95 billion global sales chief Ginni Rometty for its CEO, according to Reuters. HP’s search for a replacement for ousted CEO-gone-to-Oracle Mark Hurd is now in its sixth week. Gartner analyst Dave Cearley told CNNMoney.com that he heard HP had fixed on a candidate and is in contract negotiations. An announcement is dependent on how quickly they come to terms. Cearley thinks it’ll be by the end of October, also the end of HP’s fiscal year, which frankly doesn’t sound all that hopeful.

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IBM Buys Netezza

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:45:00 EDT

IBM said Monday morning that it’s buying Netezza, the data warehouse appliance company that competes with Oracle’s vaunted Exadata widgetry, for roughly $1.78 billion net of Netezza’s bank book. IBM timed the announcement to coincide with Oracle’s OpenWorld festivities which are just getting off the ground. It said it would pay $27 a share cash, close to a 10% premium, modest compared to the recent HP–3PAR deal. Wall Street evidently thinks IBM’s bid may be challenged like Dell’s was for 3PAR because the punters, probably thinking of Oracle, immediately bid Netezza’s stock up over $27 on the news.

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A Patterns-Based Approach for Middleware

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Yesterday, I joined some colleagues on a webcast where we had a chance to talk to some of our users about the technical concepts behind WebSphere solutions for building, consuming, and integrating clouds. We discussed ways to enable autonomic, policy-driven runtimes, construct elastic, in-memory data grids, and integrate on-premise and off-premise applications. It was all fun stuff to talk about, and hopefully the webcast participants got a good look at how cloud computing is taking hold in WebSphere. Having said that, for me, one topic stood out above the rest and that topic was pattern-based middleware for the cloud.

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