IBM WebSphere Software
IBM's WebSphere web server and Rational development platform has emerged as the software of choice for a high percentage of Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers. WAS: WebSphere Application Server is a J2EE
compliant platform for assembling, deploying, and managing applications that are part of an SOA environment. It is the foundation of the IBM WebSphere software platform. WAS provides a consistent end-to-end architecture and programming model. There are multiple products
targeting different markets; the base commonality provides for simplified management and operational flexibility.
IBM web applications infrastructure family offers a stable roadmap with incremental enhancements that build on a longstanding and well established portfolio of applications. IBM commercial WAS software is built on the same code base and have a shared architecture. Applications originally written for and deployed on a WAS Express for Windows server can be moved without any coding
changes to any other WAS server, including WAS for z/OS. This also contributes to easier administration and improved developer productivity.
The WAS Job Manager provides flexible administration. Administrative jobs can be submitted asynchronously for application servers registered as administrative agents of the deployment manager. Jobs
also can be submitted to one or more servers, including geographically dispersed servers. The administrative job manager can queue jobs directed at the standalone application server nodes -
WAS Base or clustered domains - WAS ND. IBM has an association with the Apache Geronimo open source project and WAS CE is entry level freeware which
includes Apache Tomcat plus other services such as security, EJB, messaging, and web services support. There is an upgrade path to IBMís commercial WebSphere software product line.
The major competition in the web server market is
Oracle Corporation's: WLS: WebLogic Application Server and OAS: Oracle Application Server. The SPECjAppServer2010 client/server benchmark has been used for measuring the performance of J2EE applications and each of the components that make up an application environment. Java Operations per Second and Java Operations per Second per Processor Cores are statistics used in assessing web server performance; the findings were that the IBM WebSphere provided the best overall performance. SYS-ED continues to review benchmarks in a variety of hardware and hybrid software environments.
Modernizing Legacy Application Infrastructures
Service oriented architecture incorporates an established set of practices which is becoming increasingly mainstream. IBM has applied a comprehensive approach to implementing a SOA application-based middleware frameworks and reusable SOA architecture.
In order to plan for, design, implement, and monitor IBMís SOA guidelines, organizational enterprise is requiring that information technology training be held accountable for delivering increased operational services, better use of resources, and return on
SYS-ED continues to evaluate IBM, Oracle, and third party white papers on application modernization and compare those findings with CETi Technology Partner consultancy assignments.
Web 2.0, IBM Mobile Toolkit,
and Mobile Devices
Increasingly, organizations' which have employees with mobile devices are being challenged to provide access to the information technology network. The Web 2.0 Toolkit provides developers with ready-to-use components for extending service oriented architecture by connecting web services, SOA services, and Java Enterprise Edition objects into interactive desktop-web and mobile web user
interfaces. Applications developed for desktop browsers can be adapted and deployed to smartphones and tablets computing devices.
Google Android smartphones
1 along with Apple iPhones are the leaders in market share. IBM collaborative software can be used to provide e-mail communication, access web content, and Web 2.0 capabilities on the open source Android platform.
IBM Mobile Portal Accelerator software for IBM WebSphere extends access to portal and data services for Android devices: 1- Personalized content, applications, and services. 2- Samples and tools for mobile application development. 3- Adapt content to the Android platform with the IBM Multi Channel Server portlet filter.
IBM WebSphere MQ Everyplace Version 2.0 connects mobile and wireless applications with the enterprise using secure and dependable application messaging.
In the first quarter of 2012, IBM Corporation acquired Green Hat, a software testing and quality assurance company. This is part of the IBM strategy to provide clients with the capability to develop mobile applications, manage the mobile app life cycle, and integrate the applications with IBM WebSphere MQ middleware and Rational software.
SYS-ED Approach to WebSphere Training
SYS-EDís WebSphere and Rational curriculum incorporates the first generation and longstanding experience of SYS-ED staff with IBM software. Our system consultant instructors developed applications and taught courses with IBM's predecessor
software to WebSphere: VisualAge and WSAD. VisualAge did not deliver on what IBM promised; WASD was a significant improvement. A standard component of the SYS-ED training service is to configure a prototype environment which affords a client the opportunity to assess a variety of server configurations and the trade-offs associated with an implementation.
SYS-ED's longstanding experience with IBM IMS, CICS Transaction Server and VSAM system software
provides us with a privileged perspective from which to demonstrate and teach platform migration. Members of our staff are recognized experts on
DB2 UDB and
WebSphere MQ. It is standard policy for SYS-ED to tailor our WebSphere and Rational training
programs to include project specifications and client-specific exercises. We refer to this premium training service as educational consultancy.
WebSphere and Rational courseware used in SYS-ED training services is highly respected. The content incorporates an examination of the web server architecture with program logic and sample programs which have been validated on consultancy assignments. Given the strategic importance of
WebSphere MQ middleware with non-IBM commercial and open source software, reference material which demonstrates and explains is fundamental to an effective training experience.
Courses are available in a classroom,
distance-learning medium, or
client presentation system delivery medium. Upon completion of a course, students are welcome to submit WebSphere and Rational questions from back on the job.