WebSphere UK Usergroup Meeting – 27th Feb 2007 – A Review
February 28, 2007 2 Comments
Yesterday’s WebSphere UK Usergroup meeting (which was combined with the WebSphere Integration Usergroup) was a really good event. The sessions were on a real mix of topics including IBM products such as WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, WebSphere ESB, WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere Message Broker, Rational Application Developer and current hot topics such as Spring, and Web 2.0. There was also plenty of opportunity for attendees to chat to each other over coffee and discuss the products and strategies they have used and also for them to chat to IBMers to find out more about the products we offer.
For a review of the sessions I went to read on.
The event began with a keynote from Jim Caldwell (Director of WebSphere Application Infrastructure) where he talked about the whole range of WebSphere products from WebSphere Community Edition all the way through to WebSphere Extended Deployment. He also talked about a number of new products in the portfolio such as WebSphere Realtime (for applications that require realtime control) and WebSphere Remote Server (for remotely managing distributed environments). A good start to the day.
The first elective session I went to was entitled SOA Design Patterns using WebSphere Message Broker and WebSphere ESB given by Kim Clark (a colleague I have worked with several times in the past but never met face to face!). He gave an excellent overview of the redbook he has been working on which will be published shortly which describes a set of best practices for how to design your ESB infrastructure. It discusses how best to use the IBM suite of ESB products to construct an ESB architecture and also strategies for connecting multiple ESBs together. The final redbook (which has the same title as the presentation) definitely sounds like it will be worth a read!
The next session I went to Implementing ESB & codepage translation at TNT was given by Dharmesh Patel and Heide Goody from TNT who talked about how they had implemented their ESB solution at TNT and the difficulties they had faced specifically relating to codepage conversions when data has been entered into their systems from depots all over the world. This gave me an interesting perspective about how a company goes about solving it integration problems.
The final session I attended What does Web 2.0 mean for the enterprise? was given by Matthew Perrins (another IBM colleague) who gave a good overview of Web 2.0 and where it fits in the enterprise. He talked about AJAX and the vast number of AJAX toolkits around today including the IBM supported DoJo, and new technologies for communicating with services such as REST and JSON. He then went on to discuss wikis, mashups, blogs, tagging and many other Web 2.0 concepts using some of the tools we use internally (which are now being released externally). He also chatted about the future direction of Lotus collaboration tools such as Notes 8, Sametime and Expeditor. It will be interesting to see how all these Web 2.0 technologies change the way we work and collaborate via the internet.
All in all, it was a very good event and I’d thoroughly recommend it to others – customers and IBMers alike.