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Date: Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 21:21
Recently, there has been a flurry of misplaced opinions and misimpression around ESBs and their importance in an SOA solution. My colleagues, Rachel and Greg, have published a dW article today to clarify the ESB concepts, and share insight and best practices distilled from many successful SOA projects.
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Date: Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 21:21
Recently, there has been a flurry of misplaced opinions and misimpression around ESBs and their importance in an SOA solution. My colleagues, Rachel and Greg, have published a dW article today to clarify the ESB concepts, and share insight and best practices distilled from many successful SOA projects.
Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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Date: Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 21:21
Recently, there has been a flurry of misplaced opinions and misimpression around ESBs and their importance in an SOA solution. My colleagues, Rachel and Greg, have published a dW article today to clarify the ESB concepts, and share insight and best practices distilled from many successful SOA projects.
Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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Date: Friday, 03 Aug 2007 20:45
IBM is building an innovative Wiki, called QEDWiki, which provides a simple, collaborative, browser-based assembly canvas to create Web 2.0 mashups by reusing SOA-based services and web applications.

Here are two compelling videos highlighting its QED: introducing the QEDWiki and how it simplifies IT operations. And you can play with QEDWiki v1.3 at alphaWorks.
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Date: Friday, 03 Aug 2007 20:45
IBM is building an innovative Wiki, called QEDWiki, which provides a simple, collaborative, browser-based assembly canvas to create Web 2.0 mashups by reusing SOA-based services and web applications.

Here are two compelling videos highlighting its QED: introducing the QEDWiki and how it simplifies IT operations. And you can play with QEDWiki v1.3 at alphaWorks.
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Date: Friday, 03 Aug 2007 20:45
IBM is building an innovative Wiki, called QEDWiki, which provides a simple, collaborative, browser-based assembly canvas to create Web 2.0 mashups by reusing SOA-based services and web applications.

Here are two compelling videos highlighting its QED: introducing the QEDWiki and how it simplifies IT operations. And you can play with QEDWiki v1.3 at alphaWorks.
Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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Date: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 19:32
Two inimitable auteurs passed away yesterday, Bergman and Antonioni. I have been mesmerized by the glow from their magic lanterns since I was first introduced to them during my college days and revisited deeper during my evening stint at film school in ‘99. How uncanny that they both died on the same day … sometimes tragic events happen in triads and I’m hoping that this is not the case.

It’s more poignant for me since this past weekend, I was enthralled by a rare interview with Bergman which was on the Cries and Whispers DVD as a special feature.

If you haven’t seen any of their movies, I’d suggest for Bergman: Fanny and Alexander, Persona, Scenes from a Marriage; for Antonioni: Blowup and The Night.

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Date: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 19:32
Two inimitable auteurs passed away yesterday, Bergman and Antonioni. I have been mesmerized by the glow from their magic lanterns since I was first introduced to them during my college days and revisited deeper during my evening stint at film school in ‘99. How uncanny that they both died on the same day … sometimes tragic events happen in triads and I’m hoping that this is not the case.

It’s more poignant for me since this past weekend, I was enthralled by a rare interview with Bergman which was on the Cries and Whispers DVD as a special feature.

If you haven’t seen any of their movies, I’d suggest for Bergman: Fanny and Alexander, Persona, Scenes from a Marriage; for Antonioni: Blowup and The Night.

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Date: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 19:32
Two inimitable auteurs passed away yesterday, Bergman and Antonioni. I have been mesmerized by the glow from their magic lanterns since I was first introduced to them during my college days and revisited deeper during my evening stint at film school in ‘99. How uncanny that they both died on the same day … sometimes tragic events happen in triads and I’m hoping that this is not the case.

It’s more poignant for me since this past weekend, I was enthralled by a rare interview with Bergman which was on the Cries and Whispers DVD as a special feature.

If you haven’t seen any of their movies, I’d suggest for Bergman: Fanny and Alexander, Persona, Scenes from a Marriage; for Antonioni: Blowup and The Night.

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Date: Friday, 27 Jul 2007 20:06

While the pundits still analyze the settling dust from this week's first-of-a-kind, U.S. election YouTube debate,  you might enjoy this remarkable YouTube video from a different battlefield.

This complex battle at Kruger National Park is unbelievable and has an unexpected turn at the end! And if you like a chuckle to start your weekend, check the short voice-over version.

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Date: Friday, 27 Jul 2007 20:06

While the pundits still analyze the settling dust from this week's first-of-a-kind, U.S. election YouTube debate,  you might enjoy this remarkable YouTube video from a different battlefield.

This complex battle at Kruger National Park is unbelievable and has an unexpected turn at the end! And if you like a chuckle to start your weekend, check the short voice-over version.

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Date: Friday, 27 Jul 2007 20:06

While the pundits still analyze the settling dust from this week's first-of-a-kind, U.S. election YouTube debate,  you might enjoy this remarkable YouTube video from a different battlefield.

This complex battle at Kruger National Park is unbelievable and has an unexpected turn at the end! And if you like a chuckle to start your weekend, check the short voice-over version.

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Date: Monday, 02 Jul 2007 22:15

The IBM Journal of R&D (first published in 1957) and IBM Systems Journal (first published in 1962) are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

The current journal editors have assembled a special golden jubilee edition that houses seminal papers in computer science and information technology in several areas ranging from chip design to fundamental math/computation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this convenient segue and slip into time capsules with Haderle, Fran Allen (2007 Turing Awardee), Zachman, and others.
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Date: Monday, 02 Jul 2007 22:15

The IBM Journal of R&D (first published in 1957) and IBM Systems Journal (first published in 1962) are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

The current journal editors have assembled a special golden jubilee edition that houses seminal papers in computer science and information technology in several areas ranging from chip design to fundamental math/computation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this convenient segue and slip into time capsules with Haderle, Fran Allen (2007 Turing Awardee), Zachman, and others.
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Date: Monday, 02 Jul 2007 22:15

The IBM Journal of R&D (first published in 1957) and IBM Systems Journal (first published in 1962) are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

The current journal editors have assembled a special golden jubilee edition that houses seminal papers in computer science and information technology in several areas ranging from chip design to fundamental math/computation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this convenient segue and slip into time capsules with Haderle, Fran Allen (2007 Turing Awardee), Zachman, and others.
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Date: Friday, 29 Jun 2007 18:49
Phew! 6 months just passed by in a blink.

Well I’ve been caught in a cave (actually a series of caves) since the last time I posted an entry. One prominent cave was to drive the requirements strategy to define asset lifecycle management and governance needs that had been gathering significant momentum in the SOA marketplace over the last 2+ years. To address this, the IBM Rational team has designed and delivered the Rational Asset Manager (RAM) product and today it is generally available (eGA).

To ensure that the first release of the RAM product would deliver the key features and facets that are needed, the RAM product leaders and I worked closely with key cross-IBM stakeholders in Global Services, Software Services and Research. With these cross-IBM focus groups, we gathered the requirement specifications, screened the details, reviewed the use-cases, validated the context, prioritized based on impact and business value, and finally conducted feature delivery planning. These features were delivered through incremental milestones and pilots were conducted with the same stakeholders for feedback and assess expectation impedance.  As a result of this, there’s an internal deployment of RAM, informally code-named iRAM, that has IBM’s custom asset taxonomy, team spaces and governance processes and is available for all cross-IBM teams to use. By the way, this field-centric, RAM requirement exercise was also conducted with select IBM customers also.

I have to say, the RAM product has a very consumable and usable out-of-box experience. The RAM product’s human factors team did a wonderful job in ensuring that Web 2.0 and social collaboration facilities were applied and integrated in a meaningful fashion. Don’t take my word for it, check out the demos and try it out.

Finally, talking about consumability, today also is the day where long lines of eager gadget-philes are anxiously waiting to grope the iPhone. Based on the promos, it definitely looks like a leap in cell-phone innovation and consumability. I think I hear a jealous grrr in my Blackberry’s ringtone!
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Date: Friday, 29 Jun 2007 18:49
Phew! 6 months just passed by in a blink.

Well I’ve been caught in a cave (actually a series of caves) since the last time I posted an entry. One prominent cave was to drive the requirements strategy to define asset lifecycle management and governance needs that had been gathering significant momentum in the SOA marketplace over the last 2+ years. To address this, the IBM Rational team has designed and delivered the Rational Asset Manager (RAM) product and today it is generally available (eGA).

To ensure that the first release of the RAM product would deliver the key features and facets that are needed, the RAM product leaders and I worked closely with key cross-IBM stakeholders in Global Services, Software Services and Research. With these cross-IBM focus groups, we gathered the requirement specifications, screened the details, reviewed the use-cases, validated the context, prioritized based on impact and business value, and finally conducted feature delivery planning. These features were delivered through incremental milestones and pilots were conducted with the same stakeholders for feedback and assess expectation impedance.  As a result of this, there’s an internal deployment of RAM, informally code-named iRAM, that has IBM’s custom asset taxonomy, team spaces and governance processes and is available for all cross-IBM teams to use. By the way, this field-centric, RAM requirement exercise was also conducted with select IBM customers also.

I have to say, the RAM product has a very consumable and usable out-of-box experience. The RAM product’s human factors team did a wonderful job in ensuring that Web 2.0 and social collaboration facilities were applied and integrated in a meaningful fashion. Don’t take my word for it, check out the demos and try it out.

Finally, talking about consumability, today also is the day where long lines of eager gadget-philes are anxiously waiting to grope the iPhone. Based on the promos, it definitely looks like a leap in cell-phone innovation and consumability. I think I hear a jealous grrr in my Blackberry’s ringtone!
Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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Date: Friday, 29 Jun 2007 18:49
Phew! 6 months just passed by in a blink.

Well I’ve been caught in a cave (actually a series of caves) since the last time I posted an entry. One prominent cave was to drive the requirements strategy to define asset lifecycle management and governance needs that had been gathering significant momentum in the SOA marketplace over the last 2+ years. To address this, the IBM Rational team has designed and delivered the Rational Asset Manager (RAM) product and today it is generally available (eGA).

To ensure that the first release of the RAM product would deliver the key features and facets that are needed, the RAM product leaders and I worked closely with key cross-IBM stakeholders in Global Services, Software Services and Research. With these cross-IBM focus groups, we gathered the requirement specifications, screened the details, reviewed the use-cases, validated the context, prioritized based on impact and business value, and finally conducted feature delivery planning. These features were delivered through incremental milestones and pilots were conducted with the same stakeholders for feedback and assess expectation impedance.  As a result of this, there’s an internal deployment of RAM, informally code-named iRAM, that has IBM’s custom asset taxonomy, team spaces and governance processes and is available for all cross-IBM teams to use. By the way, this field-centric, RAM requirement exercise was also conducted with select IBM customers also.

I have to say, the RAM product has a very consumable and usable out-of-box experience. The RAM product’s human factors team did a wonderful job in ensuring that Web 2.0 and social collaboration facilities were applied and integrated in a meaningful fashion. Don’t take my word for it, check out the demos and try it out.

Finally, talking about consumability, today also is the day where long lines of eager gadget-philes are anxiously waiting to grope the iPhone. Based on the promos, it definitely looks like a leap in cell-phone innovation and consumability. I think I hear a jealous grrr in my Blackberry’s ringtone!
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 09:16

In the 1st week of December, I attended the SOA Executive Summit at Dallas (the slides are available too) and also signed copies of my book, SOA Compass, for the event participants. During the breakout sessions, I was broached by customer executives with questions ranging from "Is SOA real or a hype?" to "How to I start applying SOA to my company and realizing the benefits?" I answered them largely along the lines I shared with the dW Architect Zone last year. Hearing some of the rhetoric presented at the summit, I get concerned that the marketing and sales machinery make SOA sound like a fast, easy elixir that can be injected into the business/enterprise architecture to magically resolve the business challenges and IT issues ... I think Grady also shared a similar sentiment on his blog. Just to re-emphasize again: SOA is just an approach - an approach which allows business and IT to align better. But applying this approach (or knowing how to apply, where to apply, what to apply, when to apply) is not easy. Also, SOA does not preclude the sound principles and practices of business engineering, process design, IT architecture and design ... it just refines them.

Having said that, the Four Seasons Resort at Dallas is a delightful hotel with sumptuous food, exceptional service, and top-notch R&R amenities to indulge in. And the IBM event team did a wonderful job at organizing and coordinating the 2-day summit.

During this event and other occasions where I meet customers, another frequent question is: How do the IBM tools such as WebSphere Business Modeler (WBM), WebSphere Business Monitor, WebSphere Integration Developer (WID) and their associated runtimes - such as, WebSphere Process Server (WPS) - relate to one another? Since most customers I meet are executives or decision makers, they are interested in understanding this from a iterative business process modeling, proactive business performance metrics, and executive dashboard perspectives. The figure below provides a high-level view of this relationship:

If you are interested in understanding the details behind this picture, I recommend the IBM Redpaper - Best Practices for Using WebSphere Business Modeler and Monitor, which provides reasonable depth (for a 100 page paper), shares best practices and connects them with simulated case studies.

Yesterday, IBM announced the availability of the alpha version of the WAS 6.1 EJB 3.0 Feature Pack. Being alpha, this feature pack does not provide a full implementation of EJB3, but enough to test drive the simplified business logic and new persistence models. Participating in the alpha allows you to experiment and provide feedback/inputs to the WAS development teams.

Finally, as the NFL regular seasons wraps up, the Steelers' playoff hopes are hanging on a thread of mathematical probability. The collective weight of Ben's off-season adventures, the non-existent offensive line (in most games), and perhaps a sense of foolish pride, have placed the Steelers in this precarious position, and most likely, will snap that thread. But this year, the city's focus has shifted from the field to the rink where a band of young Penguin phenoms led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have started the NHL evolution and have begun the "March of the Penguins".

This will probably be my last post for 2006 ... so wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a terrific new year!

Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 09:16

In the 1st week of December, I attended the SOA Executive Summit at Dallas (the slides are available too) and also signed copies of my book, SOA Compass, for the event participants. During the breakout sessions, I was broached by customer executives with questions ranging from "Is SOA real or a hype?" to "How to I start applying SOA to my company and realizing the benefits?" I answered them largely along the lines I shared with the dW Architect Zone last year. Hearing some of the rhetoric presented at the summit, I get concerned that the marketing and sales machinery make SOA sound like a fast, easy elixir that can be injected into the business/enterprise architecture to magically resolve the business challenges and IT issues ... I think Grady also shared a similar sentiment on his blog. Just to re-emphasize again: SOA is just an approach - an approach which allows business and IT to align better. But applying this approach (or knowing how to apply, where to apply, what to apply, when to apply) is not easy. Also, SOA does not preclude the sound principles and practices of business engineering, process design, IT architecture and design ... it just refines them.

Having said that, the Four Seasons Resort at Dallas is a delightful hotel with sumptuous food, exceptional service, and top-notch R&R amenities to indulge in. And the IBM event team did a wonderful job at organizing and coordinating the 2-day summit.

During this event and other occasions where I meet customers, another frequent question is: How do the IBM tools such as WebSphere Business Modeler (WBM), WebSphere Business Monitor, WebSphere Integration Developer (WID) and their associated runtimes - such as, WebSphere Process Server (WPS) - relate to one another? Since most customers I meet are executives or decision makers, they are interested in understanding this from a iterative business process modeling, proactive business performance metrics, and executive dashboard perspectives. The figure below provides a high-level view of this relationship:

If you are interested in understanding the details behind this picture, I recommend the IBM Redpaper - Best Practices for Using WebSphere Business Modeler and Monitor, which provides reasonable depth (for a 100 page paper), shares best practices and connects them with simulated case studies.

Yesterday, IBM announced the availability of the alpha version of the WAS 6.1 EJB 3.0 Feature Pack. Being alpha, this feature pack does not provide a full implementation of EJB3, but enough to test drive the simplified business logic and new persistence models. Participating in the alpha allows you to experiment and provide feedback/inputs to the WAS development teams.

Finally, as the NFL regular seasons wraps up, the Steelers' playoff hopes are hanging on a thread of mathematical probability. The collective weight of Ben's off-season adventures, the non-existent offensive line (in most games), and perhaps a sense of foolish pride, have placed the Steelers in this precarious position, and most likely, will snap that thread. But this year, the city's focus has shifted from the field to the rink where a band of young Penguin phenoms led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have started the NHL evolution and have begun the "March of the Penguins".

This will probably be my last post for 2006 ... so wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a terrific new year!

Author: "Sanjay Bose"
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