Battlefield 4 + Epic Win * Fun = IBM Cloud technology IBM Softlayer

Battlefield 4 + Epic Win * Fun = IBM Cloud technology IBM Softlayer.


IBM Integration Bus Patterns

IBM Advantage Blog

IBM Integration Bus version 9 includes many capabilities that set it apart from the competition, but recently while comparing it to Software AG webMethods and SAP PI one item in particular stood out – Patterns and Pattern Authoring.

If you’re not already familiar with IIB Patterns, you can read all about them in this document written by Ben Thompson, an IBM Integration Bus Architect. As Ben explains, a Pattern is a reusable solution that provides a tested approach to solving a design or deployment task in a particular context. What this means for an organization is that you can quickly make use of the included Patterns to shorten and standardize your integration development activities.

Essentially, Patterns are a way for you to simplify your development, allowing you to create top-down parameterized connectivity solutions. This can be a tremendous time saver, enabling faster time to value and improved code quality. IIB…

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Brace yourselves, IBM Impact 2014 is coming

While I’m not able to attend IBM Impact this year, I am working on a lot of things to make it an awesome experience for you (if you attend Impact). My colleagues and I in WebSphere Education contributed dozens of lab exercises to the curriculum that will be available in the Open Lab center at Impact. I wrote an article about that here.

We also tested the lab exercises that are offered as scheduled lab sessions. I tested some of the labs on mobile technologies myself, and wrote an article about that here
Another cool thing that you can do at Impact is get certified on any one of hundreds of IBM products and technologies. Being certified in some of these technologies ourselves, my colleagues and I can tell you what you need to do to get certified at Impact:

IBM @ SXSW Infographic! Rocking Bluemix, Chez Watson, and Social!


Theme week: Optimizing your infrastructure

The IBM Mobile blog has been running “theme weeks,” so I chose to write an article for last week’s theme, which was “Optimizing your infrastructure.” When I think of optimizing your infrastructure, I think of performance tuning, in particular, tuning the middleware layer, so I give my tips on tuning the IBM Worklight Server.

It is published here – Changing your tune from desktop to mobile.

You can check out the other articles published from that week on The Mobile Frontier blog.


Update: talking about mobile and cloud, and bridging skill gaps

I got another article published today on the IBM Mobile blog:

And, also published these since my last update here:

Please check them out. 

WebSphere Liberty Core for ISVs – free as in beer

IBM Advantage Blog

IMG_2324When IBM shipped WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 in June this year there were a couple of new license options made available: (1) Liberty Profile Core and (2) Liberty Profile Core for ISVs. I am very excited for these new members of the product family. This time IBM has done something unusual. ISVs are now able to use Liberty Core to develop applications at no charge and customers of those ISVs can deploy such applications without having to buy license and support for Liberty Core. I believe this move was made by IBM to address competitive pressure from Tomcat, Jetty and other free software.

You might ask, why do I like this change? It would seem that being IBM employee I would want IBM customers to pay for software, not give it away for free. The truth is that there are many small applications that do not require high quality of…

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