WebSphere

User Group UK

We are pleased to confirm that the next meeting of the WebSphere User Group (uk) will take place on 28th September 2010 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. There will be no charge for this meeting and we have an excellent agenda lined up. Note: there will be a social gathering of the night before which will be an excellent opportunity for extended networking. London to Edinburgh return flights are approx £50 with easyJet.


Provisional Agenda

Registration and Coffee begins from 8:30am, with the Chairman's Intro at 9:00am. The first session begins at 9:30am.

A buffet Lunch is served at 12:30pm, with coffee breaks included in the morning and afternoon.

Core Application Server


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Cloud Computing with WebSphere
Abstract:
This session will review some of the core concepts and architectures of cloud computing, explore the value of application-aware clouds and the requirements they drive, and how you can get started with cloud computing today with a variety of IBM offerings.
Speakers:

Chris Sharp

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
DRS, DynaCache, Replication and Session Replication Best Practices
Abstract:
Need a quick and cheap way to increase application performance?  DynaCache provides exactly that but, despite it's maturity, is still one of WebSphere's best kept secrets.  This presentation will primarily focus on DynaCache, it's options for deployment and best practices for tuning it.  But we will also cover some of the underlying technology provided by the Data Replication Service (DRS) and how that is used in a wide range of WebSphere features, and the implications that has for tuning the WebSphere Application Server environment.
Speakers:

Jonathan Marshall

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
WAS8 New Features
Abstract:
The first beta version of WebSphere Application Server V8.0 is available for download at https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/websphere/wsasoa/.
Speakers:

Mark Nuttall

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Integration of WebSphere MQ with J2EE Application Servers
Abstract:
How does WebSphere MQ really work when used as a messaging backbone in an Application Server Environment? In this presentation I'll talk about both how the WebSphere RA works within the WebSphere Application Server but also touch on the other application servers.

WebSphere MQ 7 and 7.0.1 added important new functionality. How do you use the facilities within WAS for example and what are the differences between WMQ v6 and WMQ v7 when deployed within WAS. I'll cover some of function and non-functional changes.

As the WebSphere MQ Resource Adapter can also be used within other application servers; what considerations are there with deploying within these other environments. I'll also cover the important question of the formal support position with these options.
Speakers:

Matthew White

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


(empty slot)

Java & JavaEE Futures


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
RAD Tools for OSGi and SCA Development for WebSphere (plus JavaEE6 and WAS8)
Abstract:
This session will cover what is new in Rational Application Developer v8. This new version adds support for the JEE6 programming model (EJB 3.1, JSF 2.0, ...), OSGi support, SCA support , enhanced problem determination tools and many enhancements in the area of Web 2.0. This session will show you productivity enhancements that can save you time to get your application up and running.
Speakers:

Anita Rass Wan

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
WebSphere Application Server v7 OSGi Feature Pack
Abstract:
OSGi is a dynamic Java modularity technology that originally was exploited mostly by constrained Java runtime systems. In the last few years, OSGi has become the modularity technology of choice for all the major Java EE platform vendors, including IBM WebSphere Application Server. WebSphere Application Server V7.0 OSGi feature, released in May 2010, adds open standards support for this ground breaking set of OSGi specifications to our proven Java EE runtime.

This session presents an overview of WAS v7.0 OSGi feature pack. The overview will be followed by live demonstrations of: Deploying an OSGi application on WAS and then Updating an OSGi application. The tasks may be performed using either WebSphere Application Server's administrative console or using wsadmin commands.
Speakers:

Hannah Ramlee

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
WebSphere Application Server v7 OSGi Feature Pack Best Practices
Abstract:
The Enterprise OSGi specification brings a standard way to assemble applications in a dynamic and modular way. WebSphere Application Server v7 OSGi and JPA2 feature pack adds support for deploying and managing applications as sets of OSGi bundles and some of the new features of OSGi v4.2 such as its declarative component assembly model. This session will cover the best practices for developing OSGi Enterprise applications used in WebSphere Application Server. It then gives an end-to-end demonstration by using the best practices to assemble a simple OSGi Enterprise Application from Web, Persistence and Blueprint components and then dynamically deploy onto WebSphere Application Server.
Speakers:

Emily Jiang

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
WebSphere eXtreme Scale: Customer Experiences
Abstract:
WebSphere eXtreme Scale is a very versatile product and proved itself cutting costs, providing critical performance, improving resilient (or a mixture of all 3!).  Sometimes this versatility makes it hard to understand where WebSphere eXtreme Scale would be used. This presentation will provide an update on WebSphere eXtreme Scale (for those new to the product) and outline some of the use cases; from very simple, low complexity scenarios to high performance, grid-style scenarios.  The presentation  will finish by discussing some advanced, developing best practices for building high performance and highly resilient applications.
Speakers:

Jonathan Marshall

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


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Appliances & ESB


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
DataPower / WebSphere Appliances (including new XC10): How they work, applications and directions
Abstract:
This session will look at two key WebSphere appliances aimed at the Application Infrastructure space. Namely the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance and the new DataPower XC10 Caching Appliance.

The IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (WebSphere CloudBurst) is a cloud computing appliance that manages WebSphere products in a cloud environment. It was first announced at IBM's Impact conference in 2009. In June this year version 2.0 was released with a number of new features and upgrades. The first half of this session will look at the new capabilities of WebSphere CloudBurst, the platforms it supports and the WebSphere products that can be dispensed.

Announced this year at IBM's Impact 2010 SOA conference was the IBM WebSphere DataPower XC10 appliance. This is a purpose-built, appliance designed for simplified deployment, performance, and hardened security at the caching tier of your enterprise application infrastructure. Greg will run through the appliance capabilities while keeping it in context with WebSphere eXtreme Scale.
Speakers:

Greg Turner

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
An Innovatative Approach in Productionising Large Scale DataPower Deployments
Abstract:
IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances can be used as key components within complex integration solutions. DataPower appliances are often deployed throughout a number of environments to support a projects release. The functionality released to the DataPower components should be tightly controlled and any deployments should be repeatable. This presentation discusses a possible approach to managing releases throughout a project’s lifecycle.
Speakers:

Alan Philpott, Smart 421

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
DataPower Tuning and Exploitation
Abstract:
Do you think that your DataPower appliances are fast? Think again! You can make your appliances go even faster by using simple techniques to tweak and optimise your configuration. Through this session, the speaker will share his experiences, tips and best practices on tuning and optimising your production ready configuration.
Speakers:

Bharat Bhushan

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
ESB Federation and Service Federation Management
Abstract:
In this presentation, we'll look at the topic of Federated ESBs - how to
join together services from different business domains. We'll discuss the
history so far of SOA and ESBs and why Federated ESBs are needed. In
particular, we'll look at IBM's Service Federation Management technology,
part of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, discuss how it aims to
help create a Federated ESB architecture, and how it works - what it does
and does not do. We'll show a brief demo of how it can be used, and discuss
the current feature set and product support. We'll close with an invitation
for feedback on SFM and Federated ESBs.
Speakers:

Andrew Ferrier

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


(empty slot)

Portal SIG


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Meeting complex personalisation requirements in WebSphere Portal & WCM
Abstract:
Exceptional web experiences offer tailored content to the end-user. In a large, complex, organisation this can prove challenging to implement and test.

Common requirements are multi-dimensional personalisation for 10,000s of users, multiple variants of a single content item (by division, language...), the need for hierarchical rules, all of which tests PZN and makes for a challenging implementation. All of this while preserving the usability of the content authoring experience.

While building the intranet for a global top-ten bank, premier business partner Open Logic encountered just such requirements. We designed and implemented a lightweight, extensible mechanism was designed to meet the bank's requirements with minimal custom code and making maximum use of the facilities offered by WCM.

Attend this session to understand the options for meeting complex personalisation requirements, the challenges to overcome and more about the solution we constructed for this customer.
Speakers:

Dave Strachan

Dave Strachan

David Strachan
David Strachan leads the architecture team at Open Logic Solutions Ltd, a UK-based Premier Business Partner specialising in all things portal, WCM, collaboration and process. In that role, advises all kinds of customer about how to get the best from IBM technology, particularly WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Process Server, with a particular focus on portals, collaboration and infrastructure automation. Prior to working at Open Logic, David worked at IBM, both in IBM Global Services and the Software Group.

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
The RBS Portal & CMS delivery experience.
Abstract:
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group was founded in 1727 and is the largest banking group in Scotland. RBS is in the processes of rolling out a large number of WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management projects.

In this session we will present the unique approaches taken by RBS to ensure successful projects including the use of operating models to clearly define the responsibilities of the business and technical owners including a unified method of managing the development and deployment cycles of Portal and LWCM artifacts.

We will demonstrate how RBS are using LWCM and Portal to produce a slick authoring and user experience to bring the value of rapid communication in an fast paced and changing industry.
Speakers:

Simon Stone

Simon Stone

Simon Stone is a Solution Architect with Royal Bank of Scotland Group focused on the Group Functions Services Portfolio.

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
Hot off the shelf, introducing what's new in WebSphere Portal WCM v7
Abstract:
WebSphere Portal & Web Content Management Version v7.0 provides a complete portal solution that enables organizations to quickly implement new business designs that are engaging, flexible and high performance.

Attend this session to understand what's new and exciting in v7.0, and how you can take advantage of the new enhancements.
Speakers:

Stuart Crump

Stuart Crump

Stuart Crump is a Client Technical Professional working with Portal and Web Technologies.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
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Abstract:
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Speakers:

TBA

Download:
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14:25 - 15:10


(empty slot)

15:30 - 16:15


(empty slot)

16:25 - 17:10


(empty slot)

Administration & Problem Determination Tooling SIG


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
RAFW / MidVision – Integrating RAFW with other tooling
Abstract:
Automated middleware administration is getting easier to obtain. There are several products in the market now that deliver automated WebSphere configuration and application deployment. One of the leading products in this space is Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere (RAFW), from IBM Rational Software. RAFW has a strategy for leveraging IBM Software Group Business Partners to broaden the scope of the products it is capable of managing. In this session we will present information about how one UK based Business Partner (MidVision) is contributing to that strategy by developing a set of extensions for RAFW. We'll also deliver a brief overview of RAFW and some of the latest features added to the product this year, as well as the upcoming 4th quarter release of the product.
Speakers:

David Sayers

Before joining Midvision as a WebSphere SME David has worked for IBM,
HSBC, RBS, Marsh and other FTSE 100 companies implementing automated
build and deployment solutions in the UK, United States and Australia.
David specialise in implementing solutions using Midvisions Rapid Deploy
and IBM Rational BuildForge.

Leigh Williamson

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Maximizing the IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java
Abstract:
Understanding how Java applications really behave has always been a challenge, so the IBM Java team has been hard at work building a number of free tools with powerful capabilities to simplify the process of monitoring and debugging Java applications. This session provides an overview of all the tools, including all the new features in the recent releases, to show how the tools can provide new insights into your code, accelerating your debug cycle and identifying performance bottlenecks.
Speakers:

Julie Stalley

Toby Corbin

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
Web Services Stack Best Practice
Abstract:
This presentation will cover best practices for using Web Services with WebSphere. The topcsi to be discussed include:
JAX-RPC vs JAX-WS
WSDL styles
WS-* vs REST
MTOM v SWA
Composing WS-*,
WS-Policy.
Speakers:

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews works in the WebSphere Application Server development organisation in the WS-Policy team.

Previously working in the WebSphere transactions development team, and responsible for the development of WS-AT, he has worked on WebSphere since 2001.

Download:
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13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Hands On Workshop for Maximizing the IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java
Abstract:
Following on from the morning's overview presentation of the tools, this session will provide attendees with the ability to use the tools themselves. They will be able to identify memory and performance bottlenecks and get to grips with just how easy and powerful the tooling is. Lessons learned from this session will enable you to work faster, smarter, and more independently.
Speakers:

Julie Stalley

Toby Corbin

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


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Vendor Stands

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Location: ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH - Edinburgh

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Address

ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH - Edinburgh
22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ.
Tel: (0)131 240 5000

Car Parking

If you are arriving by car please note that parking near The Royal Society is limited to meter parking only which can prove costly. The nearest car parks are at the St James centre; Leith Street or Castle Terrace, where there are 24 hour car parks. Please allow 10-15 minutes after parking to get to the venue.

By Road

Main roads into Edinburgh are the M8 from the West and the A1 from the South. From the East please follow the A90 and head for Queensferry Road

By Rail

Waverley Station is a five minute walk from the Royal Society with frequent local and national services. For Further information on train services please contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457484950

By Air

Edinburgh airport is approximately 12 kilometres from the city centre and is well served by frequent bus services and airport taxis. Car hire is available at the airport . The airport is a 20-30 minute car drive from the city centre.

Note, return flights from London are currently avaliable from budget carriers such easyJet for approx £50.

By Bus

Bus services to and from Edinburgh arrive/depart from St Andrew Square which is a five minute walk away.

By Bicycle

Main roads into Edinburgh are the M8 from the West and the A1 from the South. Cycle paths exist within Edinburgh. If you wish to come by bicycle please advise so that bike storage facilities can be arranged.

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