With the approach of the Halloween season, our collective thoughts turn to the unknown -- zombies, demons, and all manner
of fearsome creatures capture our attention (and our candy supplies), and reinforce for another year our fascination with
things that we don't fully comprehend. But fear of the unknown isn't just a kid thing. In the business realm, the scariest
bugbears are change and complexity: Ignore them and they can do you in; understand, embrace,
and harness them, and you'll be rewarded with innovation, transformation, and growth. (How's that for a treat?)
With the new IBM
Software for Business Agility, you can make the most of change and complexity by making better business decisions, taking
a smarter approach to business processes, and accelerating application, service, and information delivery. Want to know more?
Register for the upcoming Business
Agility Live webcast on 13 October, join us in person for one of our IBM
Business Agility Executive Forum events, or visit our Business
Agility overview page on developerWorks. We'll show you how IBM software can give you the edge you need to stay ahead
of the competition, and tame those monsters.
Think of us as the house that gives away the big candy bars.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
| Developer events in your area|
2011 IBM Power Systems Technical University (10-14 Oct. in Miami)|
This 4.5-day event will be the place to learn about IBM POWER7 processor-based systems, software, and solutions for companies
of all sizes. The event will contain a record-breaking 500 technical sessions, covering Power Systems, AIX, IBM i, storage,
and Linux. (10 - 14 October 2011, Miami, FL)
Don't miss out -- register today >
| developerWorks Live! briefing in Brussels: Introduction to SPSS software products|
Using the CRISP-DM methodology, this course illustrates the principles and practice of data mining. Students will learn the
basics of how to read, explore, and manipulate data with IBM SPSS Modeler, and then create and use successful models. Be
sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks.
(11 October 2011, Brussels, Belgium)
Get more details and register >
| developerWorks Live! workshop in Prague: Discover the value of IBM Filenet P8
Become familiar with the core and major add-on components of IBM FileNet. This workshop provides technical
overviews, demos, and real-world use cases with extensive hands-on product experience through lab exercises. And be sure
to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks. (18 - 19 October 2011, Prague, Czech Republic)
Get more details and register >
| developerWorks Live! workshop in Zurich: Integrate web application testing into
development with Rational AppScan|
Learn the fundamentals of hacking, how to find web application vulnerabilities through a combination of manual and automated
approaches, and what to do when a vulnerability has been identified.
And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks.
(19 October 2011, Zurich, Switzerland)
Get more details and register >
| Setting up a firewall with AIX TCP/IP filtering|
Learn how an AIX server can be configured to filter TCP/IP traffic using the operating system's built-in filtering capabilities.
This article applies to a broad set of scenarios, from hardening critical midrange database servers running in internal networks,
to securing border servers handling Internet traffic, like web, DNS, or email servers.
Learn to filter TCP/IP traffic >
| Standardizing UID and GID numbers on AIX|
If you have more than one AIX server that uses local user accounts, you probably have some inconsistent user ID (UID) and
group ID (GID) numbers across the different systems. This article explains how to standardize your UID and GID numbers across
all of your AIX systems so that they are consistent.
Bring some consistency to your ID numbers >
| IBM Cloud Computing special announcement event: Rethink IT, reinvent business|
IBM has designed a solution roadmap to guide independent software
vendors, system integrators, and cloud infrastructure/application
providers through the planning, education, development, and delivery of a cloud solution. Hear about the key steps required
to build a cloud infrastructure,
enable a cloud application, and extend the value of your cloud solution.
(12 October - 1 November 2011 in various locations worldwide)
Join us in a city near you >
| IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Promo|
For a limited time (12 September - 11 November 2011), new IBM Cloud customers can provision select virtual machines at the
Toronto (Canada), Ehningen
(Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Singapore, Raleigh (US), and Boulder (US) data
centers -- subject to availability -- at no charge.
Take advantage of it while you can >
Speed up deployment of your industry solutions |
Industry solutions usually involve complex, distributed deployment with a manual approach that is shockingly time consuming
and unreliable. In this article, learn how to reduce the complexity and cost of industry solution deployment through reuse
Reduce complexity and cost >
| Use IBM Cognos tools with DB2 to develop Business Intelligence reports|
Learn how to generate Business Intelligence reports for data modeling, data creation, and data import and export. Plus,
get a glimpse at how to develop reports using other Cognos reporting tools.
Generate reports >
| Live chat: Find out how
to lower your cost per workload (20 Oct)|
Move to smarter solutions that not only lower your TCO, but save big dollars for your company. Join this TechChat to discover
smarter ways to consolidate diverse workloads, deploy private clouds, and much more. This chat features experts in POWER7,
DB2, WebSphere, and Tivoli Automation. (20 October 2011, 1:00pm EDT)
Register here >
| Looking for deep technical training? Don't miss Information On Demand 2011|
On Demand 2011 has the best technical training -- anywhere! Get the deep dive you're looking for across a wide array
of IBM technologies, get valuable hands-on interaction with IBM products, and influence the future of the industry by providing
input directly to IBM experts. (23 - 27 October 2011, Las Vegas, NV, USA)
Don't miss out -- register today >
| DB2 Workshop (for Oracle Professionals)|
This technical, hands-on workshop is designed to help you quickly and easily extend your existing skills to DB2 for Linux,
UNIX, and Windows. The workshop assumes experience with relational database systems and PL/SQL technology.
Expand your skills >
| IBM announces Smart Analytics System 5710|
IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 is a cost-effective solution for midmarket and enterprise departments looking to quickly
deploy analytics and business intelligence capabilities on a powerful warehousing foundation. At its core, InfoSphere Warehouse
software provides a unified view of your enterprise data, data mining, text analytics, and online analytical processing.
Deploy your data warehouse simply and quickly >
| Demo: Explore the accelerator interface in Informix Warehouse Accelerator|
Become familiar with IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer Studio, the Eclipse-based administration interface for Informix Warehouse
Accelerator. Learn how the different views and menus are used to interact with Informix Warehouse Accelerator.
View the demo >
| Webcast: A preventative, proactive approach to enterprise audit and security
Database security and compliance are rapidly growing concerns for organizations with mainframes. In this webcast, discover
how InfoSphere Guardium for System z can help you lower business risk by approaching audits proactively. (1 November 2011,
Secure your environment and reduce the cost of preparing for audits >
| Trial download: IBM Mashup
IBM Mashup Center is an enterprise mashup platform that enables the rapid creation, sharing, and discovery of reusable application
building blocks (widgets, feeds, mashups) that can be easily assembled into new applications or leveraged within existing
Start delivering applications more quickly >
| Globalize your Linux|
With potential customers all over the world, globalization has become a big thing. Linux does this extremely well and it's
easy to manage.
Go global >
| Follow Chris on Twitter|
Follow Linux and Open source editor Chris Walden on Twitter for regular updates
on articles and other information relevant to the open source community.
Follow ChrisW_at_IBM on twitter >
| White paper: Best practices for using SSO with Sametime 8.5.x Community Server|
paper describes the Sametime flows that use the single sign-on (SSO) mechanism, and how SSO works in the Sametime Community
Server. It focuses on best practices for configuring SSO in the Community Server, along with tips for troubleshooting common
problems and their resolutions.
Configure SSO >
| White paper: Use cases for the WebSphere Portal Controller SPI|
white paper describes the various use cases and sample code for the WebSphere Portal versions 6.1.x and 7 Controller Service
Provider Interface (SPI), including creating a page, adding containers to a page, default layouts, and how to add portlets
to a page.
Read the white paper >
| Lotusphere 2012 registration is open|
It's time to mark 15 - 19 January 2012 in your social calendar and save those dates for the premier IBM Collaboration
community worldwide event -- Lotusphere 2012 in Orlando. Call for abstracts will open soon.
Register now! >
| Don't miss the W3C Social Business Jam (8-10 Nov)|
W3C, an international open web standards organization, is hosting this online, three-day virtual conference for business
leaders and technologists to discuss how businesses are using social technologies, and the challenges they face in integrating
those technologies into their existing environments. (8 - 10 November 2011)
Join the Jam >
| Participate in VideoFest and get recognized!|
Share your knowledge with the community by creating informational videos! This event runs from 27 September 2011 through
6 January 2012. Contributors will be recognized during Lotusphere 2012. For information, visit the VideoFest category on
product wiki -- or to contribute your video now, go to the VideoFest
| Mining tweets with Ruby|
Sure, "data mining" is a big buzzword, but it essentially means making sense of your data by identifying trends. See how
easy it is to find and visualize a number of trends using data from Twitter. The tools demonstrated can be applied to other
applications as well.
Start mining >
| Join Chris in the developerWorks community|
Open source zone editor Chris Walden wants to add you to his list of colleagues on the developerWorks community. Signing
up is easy and no charge! Once you're in, sign Chris up as your colleague. You'll have the inside track on the open source
community at IBM.
See Chris's profile and sign up >
| Follow Chris on Facebook|
You can also keep up with Linux and Open Source editor Chris Walden on
Facebook. Find out when articles post and keep up with his pointers to
other interesting information. Don't worry -- he doesn't talk about his
cat or his kid. It's all open source!
Follow ChrisW.at.IBM on facebook >
| Why software quality assurance and IT security teams need to collaborate|
If software development
and quality assurance teams worked more closely together, they would be exponentially more effective, says the author. He
explains why the approach he advocates improves both security and efficiency, and describes how it incorporates security
testing into development more effectively.
Tell me how this would work >
| Develop CICS apps easier with IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms, Part 1|
Part 1 of this three-part series explains how to configure IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms and Rational Developer for Power
Systems Software. Then, the authors describe how to use them together to make CICS application development for IBM TXSeries
Get started with IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms >
| Improve the quality of unit testing by increasing code coverage|
Adequate code coverage in unit tests affects whether you catch and fix all defects early and can refactor that code. Now
you can configure the Code Coverage Advisor in Rational Application Developer, integrate Rational Team Concert, and make
checking code coverage a precondition for delivering code.
Learn how the Code Coverage Advisor works >
| Create a custom Risks work item in Rational Team Concert|
hands-on example of using advanced customizations in
a project area, you use the Eclipse client with advanced customization in
Rational Team Concert tools to create a new type of work item called Risk. Thereafter,
you can create and monitor different types of risks.
Learn to create new types of work items >
| Customize Rational Team Concert work items according to roles|
Part 2 of this two-part series explains how to customize
work items according to roles that team members are assigned in Rational Team
Concert. You will create a role-based value set and associate it with the Defect
type of custom work item that you created in Part 1.
Start customizing work items >
| Using Rational Team Concert for a software engineering class project, Part 1|
Part 1 introduces the team and work item features in Rational Team Concert collaborative project management software. It
is intended for student collaboration on a small software development project, and assumes basic knowledge of agile development
and scrum project management methods.
Start your project >
| Using Rational Team Concert for a software engineering class project, Part 2|
Part 2 explains working with iteration plans and Jazz source control in Rational Team Concert collaboration software, including
sprint backlogs, product backlogs, and user stories. Basic knowledge of agile development and scrum project management methods
will help students understand the context.
Delve deeper >
| We're celebrating developerWorks' 12th birthday by giving you 12 gifts|
This is developerWorks' 12th anniversary, so we're celebrating by giving you 12 gifts. There's even a gift registry, so you
can request what you want if you don't find it in any of these packages.
Start opening your gifts >
| Mobile application development, Part 1: PhoneGap and Dojo Mobile on Android|
In this series, you start out by creating a simple, mobile application and end by consuming web services from your Android
device. Part 1 shows you how to combine PhoneGap and Dojo Mobile to rapidly create a hybrid mobile application for Android
that looks and behaves like a typical Android application.
Start the series now >
| Trial download: WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V3|
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V3, a pre-integrated, lightweight Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 (Java
EE 6) application server built on Apache Geronimo technology, is now available for trial download.
Take it for a test drive >
| Realizing the value of IBM Business Process Manager in WebSphere Portal environments|
Recent releases of WebSphere Portal and IBM BPM give solution
designers new options for leveraging the strengths of both products in a unified
solution. This article describes those options and helps you choose the best
approach for your particular integration project.
| Integrate external services with IBM Business Process Manager Standard or Express
This article walks you through the steps to integrate external
services into IBM BPM applications using IBM Process Designer. It describes best
practices for integration with Java technology, Web services, ILOG, and Enterprise Content Management services.
| Integrating SPSS predictive analytics into Business Intelligent applications,
This article uses a sample insurance quotation scenario to show you
how to use IBM SPSS predictive analytics to make better business decisions.
Using SPSS Modeler and SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services, you'll learn
how to integrate an SPSS scoring service and automated model that refreshes into
an existing enterprise environment.
| End-to-end business visibility with IBM Business Monitor V7.5 (three-part article
In this article series, you'll learn how to leverage the new global monitoring context feature of IBM Business Monitor V7.5
to monitor and track end-to-end instances of a business process.
| BPM Voices: The case for a Center of Excellence approach to BPM adoption|
So you've purchased a BPM product and want to get people to adopt it across your enterprise and maximize the value of your
investment. This column describes several approaches to BPM adoption, and makes the case for the Center of Excellence model.
| BPM Voices: The evolution of business process management |
This article explains the origins and evolution of BPM technology. It differentiates BPM from related technologies, and then
explores core BPM terminology and concepts, BPM standards, industry and academic BPM initiatives, and the latest perspectives
| New trial download: WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V3 |
Version 3 is a pre-integrated, lightweight Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) application server built on Apache Geronimo
Download it now >
| Calculate your TCO for WebSphere DataPower XC10 Appliance|
WebSphere DataPower XC10 Appliance is a purpose-built, easy-to-use appliance designed for simplified deployment, exceptional
performance, and hardened security at the caching tier of your enterprise application infrastructure. This brief questionnaire
provides specifics on how your organization can benefit from the new appliance.
Answer the questionnaire now >
| Webcast: Non-XML data processing in WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance stylesheets,
Part 2 (13 Oct) |
WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances are built with high-speed XML processing in mind. This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange
describes advanced techniques for processing non-XML data in DataPower stylesheets, including how to deal with dp:url-open(),
binary data processing, and internal DataPower encoding.
(13 October 2011, 11:00am EDT)
Register now >
| Integrate Blogger content with PHP applications using the Blogger Data API|
Blogger Data API to list blog content, add or edit blog posts, and manipulate blog comments with the Zend Framework's Zend_Gdata
component as you build a simple application that takes advantage of the API.
Work with your blogs >
| Using XPath with PHP: Let XPath do the hard work for you when working with XML|
Explore some basic scenarios for locating information in XML, and learn how XPath can do the hard work for you in your PHP
applications. When you load that next XML file or data stream, be confident about navigating to the exact values that you
need to process.
Start exploring >
| Add charting on mobile browsers with PHP, XML, jQuery, jQuery mobile, and jQuery
Easily adapt your user interfaces for multiple mobile devices with the jQuery and jQuery mobile libraries. Build the back
end and front end of a polling app that uses charting to show the results of each poll.
Create a slick interactive mobile polling application >
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