the CEO-CIO Disconnect
IT needs to overcome a perception
that it's more tactical than strategic.
Business and IT executives differ in their perceptions
of strategic and operational IT issues, from IT's
strategic role to its performance. And an A.T.
Kearney survey of senior business and IT executives
conducted this summer by Harris Interactive suggests
that senior business executives don't believe
IT is keeping pace. Many of these business leaders
believe IT is tactically focused and that the
best technology innovations come from the business
side. Unless significant changes are made, those
differences may continue to define—and possibly
limit—IT's strategic role. - Read
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Application Server 6: what's it all mean?
WebSphere Power Magazine
On October 6,
2004 IBM announced WebSphere Application Server
version 6. To paraphrase, the announcement states
that the next version of WebSphere contains support
for various Java and Web services standards. Included
with this release is the Web services specification,
WS-I Basic Profile 1.1, J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise
Edition) 1.4, as well as the Java API for building
Web services and clients using Remote Procedure
Calls (RPC) and XML, and JAX-RPC.
Also announced were several other areas of improvement,
such as new packaging, improved ease of use, and
Enterprise Class Deployment, all delivered to
enhance reliability, scalability and interoperability.
My intention here is to help shed some light with
respect to the functions and features provided
with WebSphere 6, and to show how it surpasses
previous releases of WebSphere Application Server.
InferData teaches the following related courses:
Performance Tuning and Tools
Advanced WebSphere 5/6.X Administration
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Tightens up WebSphere
IBM is expected
to disclose on Wednesday features of the forthcoming
version of its WebSphere application server, which
will center on improving performance and administration.
WebSphere Application Server 6, the company's
Java-based server software for running business
applications, will be available before the end
of the year, the company said. Big Blue had added
a number of enhancements designed to make the
software more reliable in case of outages and
simpler to manage once applications are running.
The update will also bear the first fruits of
IBM's strategy to beef up its standards-based
integration software. The company has rewritten
the Java-based messaging engine included in WebSphere
and developed tools to simplify the task of wiring
applications together via messaging.
IBM's primary competitors in the Java application
servers are BEA Systems, which is trying to stabilize
itself after two disappointing quarters and the
departure of several executives, and Oracle, which
analysts say is seeing growth in its market share.
The market is getting increasingly competitive
as Sun Microsystems makes its bid to garner more
customers and developers seek open-source alternatives,
such as JBoss, to commercial Java application
servers. - Read
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modeling: Leveraging the heart of RUP for straight through
financial services organizations such as investment
managers, broker/dealers, and custodian banks
are positioning themselves for a Wall Street recovery
by updating their information technology infrastructure.
This often involves adding a messaging layer to
automate the exchange of information both within
internal systems and between internal systems
and external trading partners. To understand how
to make use of this messaging layer, organizations
need to examine many systems and processes throughout
the trading cycle in order to discover their respective
functional characteristics, user communities,
and data sources. Domain modeling can be very
helpful in enabling system architects to visualize
the current state of the trading environment,
and then to reason about how the organization
can optimize various systems to achieve straight
through processing (STP)— end-to-end automation
of the pre-trade to post-trade settlement process.
What is domain modeling?
According to Rational Unified Process,® or
RUP,® a domain model is a business object
model that focuses on "product, deliverables,
or events that are important to the business domain."1
A domain model is an "incomplete" business
model, in that it omits individual worker responsibilities.
The point of domain modeling is to provide "the
big picture" of the interrelationships among
business entities in a complex organization. The
domain model typically shows the major business
entities, their functional responsibilities, and
the relationships among the entities. It also
provides a high-level description of the data
that each entity provides. In RUP4STP2 (Rational
Unified Process for straight through processing),
a RUP Plug-In developed by Rambyte, domain modeling
plays a central role in understanding the current
environment and planning for the future. Our Current
Trading Model artifact is a visual representation
of an organization's present trading cycle, and
our Future Trading Model illustrates how various
trading partners and internal systems might be
configured to optimize processing and workflows
to achieve a compressed settlement cycle. Whereas
the default business modeling discipline in RUP
is abstract and can be applied to all industries,
the business modeling discipline in RUP4STP is
specialized for the securities trading domain,
using concepts, guidelines, and activities familiar
to IT professionals working in that industry.
For a downloadable example of a Current Trading
Model created with IBM Rational Rose,® see
the Appendix. - Read
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