Well, somebody has to be the cloud computing leader. Is it IBM? Judge for yourself.
The newly announced IBM
SmartCloud services and capabilities make it clear that IBM has hit its stride in the cloud space. (We've been hard at
work with cloud for nearly five years.) More importantly, IBM SmartCloud empowers you to make the most of this revolutionary
new model for using and delivering IT and business services. As you'll see, IBM is rolling out a broad range of enhancements
to its existing cloud portfolio, including an enterprise-grade platform as a service, entry-level capabilities for rapid
private cloud deployment, new industry-specific cloud services, and a more robust ecosystem of IBM cloud partners. Security?
Yep, we've got that covered, plus a whole lot more. Visit the IBM
SmartCloud overview page for the whole story -- including examples of other successful IBM Cloud deployments -- and tune
in to this
videocast for a multimedia overview of what it all means for you.
I'm not saying IBM is the cloud authority. That would be bragging. You can draw your own conclusions.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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| developerWorks Live! briefing in Hursley: Discover the value of WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration|
This workshop provides an introduction to WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration through presentations and hands-on labs.
WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration provides pre-configured integration solutions for hundreds of leading enterprise and
And be sure to join the community
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(3 November 2011, Hursley, UK)
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| Get started with Hadoop-based data analytics on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise|
Cloud computing and big data analytics go well together, and the combination of the two makes it possible to handle large
amounts of structured and unstructured data.
In this article, the author explains how to get started using Hadoop
on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. Learn how to set up a three-node cluster and verify that your cluster is working.
Find out why they work so well together >
| New IBM ecosystem partner images on the IBM Cloud |
Get ready to try new partner software images on the IBM Cloud. IBM Business Partner solutions extend the value of the IBM
SmartCloud by providing new capabilities. Learn more about these new capabilities that are being offered on the IBM Cloud.
New ecosystem partner images on the IBM Cloud >
| 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.
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| Meet the new IBM Champions for Power Systems|
IBM Champions are IT professionals, developers, and educators who lead and mentor others and help them make best use of IBM
solutions and services. Find out how these exceptional contributors are helping to build a smarter planet.
Get to know the IBM Champions for Power Systems >
| Debug IBM i programs graphically|
Debugging IBM i programs can be challenging if you are new to IBM i or
used to debugging applications with graphical tools. This article shows
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| Business process management|
| Anatomy of the ACORD TXLife XML standard|
The ACORD Transactional/Business Wrapper (TXLife) XML specification has become the preferred data format for internal and
external data integration within the life, annuities, and health insurance industries. Learn about the structure of messages,
the associated challenges, and the tools and techniques for using this standard successfully.
Get to know the insurance industry's primary XML standard >
| Tutorial: Integrating SPSS Model Scoring in InfoSphere Streams, Part 1|
Learn how to leverage the predictive power of SPSS in a real-time scoring environment. Part 1 of this series describes how
to write and use an IBM InfoSphere Streams operator to execute an IBM SPSS Modeler predictive model in an InfoSphere Streams
application using the IBM SPSS Modeler Solution Publisher Runtime Library API.
Power to the scoring >
| Tutorial: Integrating SPSS Model Scoring in InfoSphere Streams,
Part 2 of this series shows how to create a generic operator to execute IBM SPSS Modeler predictive models in an InfoSphere
Streams application. It builds off the work of the non-generic operator produced in Part 1.
Start using a generic operator >
| InfoSphere Optim and the complete business object, Part
Learn the methods and tools that you can use to find the relationships between tables, and determine table boundaries when
defining complete business objects.
Discover your complete business objects >
| DB2 Basics: Demystifying table and table space states|
Confused by messages you receive about DB2 table and table space states? Learn how DB2 uses these states to protect the integrity
of the database, and how to respond to these messages.
Increase your understanding of DB2 >
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| Webcast: A preventative, proactive approach to enterprise
audit and security (1 Nov)|
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 >
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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 >
| Information Integration & Governance Forum|
Find out what information integration and governance can do for your company, as well as why investing in governance programs
is critical for better business. In this workshop, you'll gain firsthand knowledge from experts in the field.
Register for a workshop near you >
| Netezza Roadshow 2011|
This technology roadshow event is dedicated entirely to appliances for data warehousing and analytics. Engage with peers
to share ideas, learn best practices from industry thought leaders, and hear about the latest IBM Netezza product updates.
Register to take part in a city near you >
| Manage Linux user and group accounts|
Managing Linux user and group accounts can be challenging in mixed Windows and Linux environments. Fortunately, tools in
the Samba suite can help you manage the process. Learn how to use these Samba tools to configure users effectively, while
maximizing both flexibility and security in your mixed environment.
What can Samba do for you? >
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| New! Mobile development content on developerWorks|
We've created a new section in the newsletter for readers looking to keep their mobile development skills sharp. This week,
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| New Mobile development blog|
Check out the new Mobile development blog in our community section, where you'll find links to how-to articles, technology
primers, mobile-related blogs and communities, and other mobile-related content.
All mobile, all in one place >
| Prosper, producing proper Python packages|
Proper packaging can mean the difference between your application being an obscure project and becoming widespread across
distributions and platforms. Learn some best practices for packaging Python projects, including proper versioning.
Get packing >
| 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.
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| A practical guide to developing enterprise architecture|
With humor, Franki Schafrik
guides you through the process of identifying the questions that enterprise architecture must answer, developing an approach
and models, and analyses to see where you can make improvements. She assumes that you are using modeling software, such as
Rational System Architect, for your architecture.
Start planning >
| Create and build CICS applications for the TXSeries processor
In Part 2 of this three-part series, you'll use the Rational Developer for Power
Systems Software configurations from Part 1 to create a new AIX COBOL project and
an AIX COBOL program file. This article includes code for a sample CICS application and a sample Makefile file.
Create the project >
| Develop CICS apps easier with IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms,
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
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| Apply agile project management methods for more efficient
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By using Rational Team Concert to apply these agile development methods to hardware projects,
you can respond better to rapidly changing requirements and manage more efficiently and effectively. You can also use this
as a guide to making the
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| Business Agility: A technical perspective from the IBM Rational
Rational software manager Mike Perrow gets specific about how Rational
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Software Architect. Part 2 explains how developers refine the architecture using an iterative approach.
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| Webcast: Rational DOORS strategy and roadmap (8 Nov)|
Are you a current user, administrator, or someone who's now evaluating Rational DOORS requirements management software? Would
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| New IBM Rational community: Share your expertise, find what
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find help or information faster and easier. Share your own expertise, and you might even find yourself being recognized globally
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| Semantic models: A flexible foundation for model-driven application architectures|
Explore the semantic model approach within the context of other architectural patterns. Learn the value of semantic models
as core components in solution design, and see how the IBM Integrated Information Core product is used to enable model-based
Study semantic modeling >
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Since the World Wide Web emerged in the early 1990s, HTML has evolved to become a relatively powerful markup language, which,
HTML5 reflects the monumental changes in the way you now do business on the web and in the cloud.
Dive into HTML5 >
| Improve response time and data availability with WebSphere eXtreme Scale multi-master capability|
Learn how the multi-master replication feature of WebSphere eXtreme Scale adds data mirroring capability to existing ObjectGrid
functions, so that you can keep data close to the services that need it while still maintaining a unified view.
| Customizing the WebSphere Commerce data extract framework
using in-memory paging|
Learn how to customize the data extract framework by incorporating in-memory paging, which can significantly improve performance
for large data sets and provide a more efficient data extraction process.
| Integrating WebSphere MQ services with WebSphere Service
Registry and Repository, Part 2|
In a dynamic SOA environment, managing WebSphere MQ resources can be problematic without standards and tools for governance.
Part 2 of this article series shows you how to create a Business Space for populating a graphical view of MQ business objects
and their dependent services in order to do impact analysis.
| Tutorial: Using the SQL integration service with WebSphere
Lombardi Edition V7.2 and WebSphere Application Server V7 |
This tutorial shows how to manipulate data in the database management system by using WebSphere Lombardi Edition and the
JNDI setup in WebSphere Application Server.
| Web services with SOAP over JMS in WebSphere Process Server
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Learn how to change the referenced Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) resources of SOAP over JMS exports and imports
so that they can receive and send SOAP messages using the WebSphere MQ JMS provider, rather than the SIBus JMS provider with
WebSphere Process Server and WebSphere ESB V7.
| Web services Secure Conversation interoperability between
WebSphere and Windows Communication Foundation using dynamic policy configuration, Part 2|
Part 2 of this series focuses on dynamically configuring a WebSphere Application Server web services client using the WS-Security
policy assertions emitted from WebSphere, and testing it with the WebSphere Application Server service provider.
| IBM Software for Business Agility|
IBM is announcing new cross-brand capabilities that will enable you to maximize the power of business agility for innovation,
transformation, and growth. Check out the new products and capabilities in the areas of analytics and business rules, process
and integration, as well as SOA, cloud, and mobile.
| Webcast: Installing WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange covers Service Registry installation from a basic single-server install to advanced
installation in a cluster topology. The webcast covers advanced topics like silent install, response files, and configuring
remote databases. (25 October 2011, 11:00am EDT)
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| Global WebSphere Community webcast: Building an interconnected
enterprise with new WebSphere connectivity and integration capabilities (27 Oct)|
Hear two IBM technical leaders discuss key product enhancements, including WebSphere Message Broker V8 for .NET, WebSphere
MQ V7.1 enhanced security for industry regulations, WebSphere DataPower Service Gateway Appliance XG45 for web services deployments,
and WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration to connect cloud and on-premise applications. (27 October 2011, 11:00am EDT)
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| Create and parse XML on the Android 3.0 platform|
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