WebSphere

User Group UK

We are pleased to confirm that the next meeting of the WebSphere User Group (UK) will take place on 21st March 2013, to be held in the new forum at IBM South Bank, London. There will be no charge for this meeting and as usual we aim to have an excellent agenda lined up, covering a range of current and emerging WebSphere technologies.


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.

WebSphere Application Server 1


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
WebSphere Foundation Update and Directions
Abstract:
WebSphere Application Server has changed a lot over the last year and continues to move forward at a fast pace. Learn about improvements to the WAS application development and deployment environments, from lightweight productive development environments to high scale, dynamically clustered production environments. This session will include demos of some of the latest capabilities and an outlook of the future direction of the WebSphere foundation.
Speakers:

Ian Robinson

Ian is a Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Architect of the WebSphere Application Server and foundation technologies, with over 20 years experience working in distributed enterprise middleware across product development, open standards and open source.

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Enterprise Java apps on mobile
Abstract:
Mobile phones and tablet computers are rapidly catching up to the computational power of laptops and desktops, so what can we do with this power? This talk covers how to run enterprise level software written for Java on Android devices and explores the possibilities this brings us, as well as some of the current limitations we need to be aware of when deploying enterprise software to a mobile platform.
Speakers:

Tom Banks

Tom is the Technical Evangelist for IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile and enjoys exploring the potential of running enterprise software on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, as well as looking into new ways to control software and pretty much anything new in the mobile/user interface front.

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11:40 - 12:25


Title:
A developer's introduction to leveraging the Liberty runtime and the WebSphere Application Server
Abstract:
As a developer, are you familiar with all the capabilities and technologies available within Liberty and WAS , and how they can benefit you? Come and get a comprehensive overview of the programming models available and the tools support in WDT and RAD that can help you realize value in your application and in your day to day tasks.
Speakers:

Anita Rass Wan

Anita Rass Wan is a Senior Product Manager on WebSphere Application Server team focused on developer experience. She is responsible for helping improve the customer and developer experience with building and managing those applications using the WebSphere Application Infrastructure family. Anita was previously the product manager for Rational Application Developer and has held various senior positions in development and release management. She has published various papers, disclosures and patents in application development and performance tools.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Agility@Scale: IBM Software Group's Journey of Agile Transformation
Abstract:
Many large organizations want to adopt agile development methodologies as a means of delivering software to swiftly respond to the demands of the market and economic climate. However, large projects can pose significant challenges to agility. The global IBM WebSphere Application Server development organization started its agile transformation in 2006. While this journey continues today, extensive improvements in quality, time-to-market, and customer satisfaction show that the rewards of agile adoption far outweigh the obstacles. Come hear about real life challenges and best practices from our agile journey.
Speakers:

Adam Gunther

Adam Gunther is a Senior Software Development Manager at IBM located in Research Triangle Park, NC, US. Adam is currently responsible for the worldwide development of the WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile. He has over nine years of experience in the WebSphere Application Server development and test organizations in a variety of management and technical roles. Prior to his current position, Adam served as the Lead Test Strategist responsible for the overall function test efforts in WAS 8.0 and WAS 7.0. Adam has been a key leader in the worldwide organization’s transformation to an agile development model.

14:25 - 15:10


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WebSphere Application Server 2


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Running the Liberty Web Container in CICS
Abstract:
The WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile provides a fast, lightweight, composable and dynamic server run-time. CICS is a premier enterprise class transaction processor, and CICS Transaction Server V5.1 offers a fast and lightweight Java web container built on Liberty technology. This session will outline the unique value that Liberty and CICS bring to each other, and offer advice on the type of applications and workloads best suited to be deployed to the Liberty Web Container in CICS.
Speakers:

Steve Foley

Steve Foley works in the IBM European CICS SWAT Team, and is the IBM CICS technical rep for UK & Ireland. He has worked with CICS and the mainframe since 1987, and with WebSphere since 2004. He continues to specialise in CICS and WebSphere on System z.

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
IBM WebSphere Application Server Migration Overview
Abstract:
Migrating between versions of the WebSphere Application Server can be very easy or very hard depending on the exact circumstances of the migration. This session will give an overview of the issues to be considered when planning for a version to version migration including planning, migrating the applications and migrating the application server itself. It will also touch on the tools and documentation that is available to assist with the migration
Speakers:

David Vines

Dave Vines is an IBM Master Inventor and Senior Software Engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom working in WebSphere Application Server Development most recently specialising on the Liberty Profile and IBM workload Deployer. He has been involed with server migration throughout his time working on the WebSphere Application Server. He joined the laboratory in 1984 and has worked on a wide variety of IBM program products including GDDM, MQSeries, LANDP and, since 1998, on Component Broker and WebSphere Application Server. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Exeter, England, in 1984.

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
Elastic caching integration patterns in the enterprise
Abstract:
This session will discuss how elastic caching can be used across the WebSphere portfolio to improve performance, scalability and high availability thru a series of proven integration patterns. These patterns include: mobile application integration, portal and commerce server deployments, cloud deployment, enterprise service bus acceleration, database integration and advanced application server deployments.
Speakers:

Charles Le Vay

Charles Le Vay is a senior software architect. He is the elastic caching technical evangelist as part of WebSphere Emerging Technologies team. His focus is on promoting the advantages of elastic data grid technology within the enterprise. Before becoming a technical evangelist, he was the Web Service interoperability architect for IBM's WebSphere Application Server. He represented IBM on the Web Service Interoperability Organization (WS-I) Reliable Secure Profile (RSP) Working Group. As an interoperability architect, Charles focused on ensuring IBM products meet industry standard interoperability criteria. He was responsible for identifying and detailing best practices for Web services interoperability. Prior to this position, Charles specialized in mobile application development, wireless technology, and extending enterprise applications securely to mobile devices. Before joining IBM, Charles developed advanced submarine sonar systems for the Navy and specialized in signal processing and underwater acoustics. Charles is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in physics.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Use case - Building a social, interactive game using IBM tools and the Liberty runtime
Abstract:
Code Rally was developed as a fun, social and interactive racing game using IBM's tools and runtime. Come and get a comprehensive overview of how easily the game was built, the IBM tools and runtimes that were used and provide input on the game itself. Check out the Code Rally game at: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/code-rally/entry/landing
Speakers:

Anita Rass Wan

Anita Rass Wan is a Senior Product Manager on WebSphere Application Server team focused on developer experience. She is responsible for helping improve the customer and developer experience with building and managing those applications using the WebSphere Application Infrastructure family. Anita was previously the product manager for Rational Application Developer and has held various senior positions in development and release management. She has published various papers, disclosures and patents in application development and performance tools.

Tom Banks

Tom is the Technical Evangelist for IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile and enjoys exploring the potential of running enterprise software on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, as well as looking into new ways to control software and pretty much anything new in the mobile/user interface front.

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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Cloud


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Exploring PureApplication System patterns - what does it take to maximize your investment?
Abstract:
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Speakers:

Ewan Withers

Ewan is an enterprise architect, software engineer and technical consultant. He has sixteen years’ of experience in the IBM WebSphere software portfolio, both in software development and solution implementation. Ewan is highly skilled in solution design and implementation, product development and performance engineering. He has successfully led large Agile development teams as a technical project leader, as well as delivered enterprise architecture solutions to leading FSS customers.

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10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Your role in a Pure world?
Abstract:
This session will investigate how PureApplication System could redefine your organisation's future. We will talk about how you can build new Cloud based content through extending PureApplication System, and we'll explore how it can help you define new models for delivering IT to your organisation.
Speakers:

Sara Mitchell

Sara Mitchell works at IBM's Hursley development laboratory on PureApplication System. She is currently the Serviceability lead but was previously lead developer of the Caching Shared Service. In life before Pure, she worked on Web Services componentry for WebSphere Application Server.

Shiyghan Navti

As the Technical Leader for PureSystems in Europe, I lead a team with the mission to accelerate revenue growth by enabling the rapid adoption of a new, strategic category of Expert Integrated Systems, which represents a research and development investment in excess of $2bn.

Prior to this role, I was the Competitive Sales Leader in North East Europe. I designed and led the execution of middleware software competitive strategies.

I spent two and a half years as the Strategy and Marketing Leader for the Middle East and Africa. In this business development role, I successfully led the launch of IBM subsidiaries in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Senegal, and was a member of a small team that developed the 2011 – 2015 growth strategy for Africa.

As the Technical Sales Leader for Social Business in Europe, I drove the early adoption of social business in large enterprise organisations.

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11:40 - 12:25


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13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Introduction to Web APIs and the API Economy
Abstract:
The "API Economy" is the next phase of evolution of the internet, where enterprises expose their business services not only through branded web portals, but using programmatic APIs that can be reused by external communities of developers. In this session I will describe how businesses are developing new revenue streams and opportunities through public APIs and demonstrate IBM's Web API Services offering which provides a platform for exposing APIs that can be consumed easily by mobile applications or other web-based services.
Speakers:

Andrew Daniel

Andrew Daniel joined IBM in 2009 and is a Software Engineer in the IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Development team, based at the IBM Hursley Lab, where he is responsible for UI technology for Cast Iron offerings including Web API Services.
Before working on Cast Iron, Andrew's other roles at IBM included data management for a Government department, and developing web tooling for IBM's internal IT systems.

14:25 - 15:10


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16:25 - 17:10


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Mobile


09:30 - 10:15


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10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Mobile cross-platform development - really?
Abstract:
With the acquisition of Worklight in 2012, IBM committed itself to a mobile strategy based on open technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. With it comes the promise of being able to do cross platform development targeting a range of mobile operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10.
Come along to this session to see an extended demonstration of the process of creating, deploying and testing cross-platform mobile applications
Speakers:

Jonathan Marshall

Jonathan Marshall is a WebSphere Technical Professional with 12 years experience in IBM with WebSphere software. He is currently the mobile lead in the UK WebSphere team, although he still works with WebSphere Application Server at a range of IBM clients. In recent years has done a lot of work with the virtualisation and cloud technologies of WebSphere Virtual Enterprise, WebSphere eXtreme Scale and IBM Workload Deployer. He has published developerWorks articles and a Redbook on the WebSphere eXtreme Scale usage scenarios. He has experience in both development and infrastructure.

11:40 - 12:25


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13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Building larger applications with IBM Worklight
Abstract:
In this presentation, we look beyond smaller examples and talk about some of the best practices for building larger Worklight applications, focusing on the way Web 2.0-based artifacts can be architected to be scalable. We'll talk about the need for JavaScript and MVC frameworks and possible choices, structuring code, how to work best with RESTful services to make them performant, as well as the choices for integrating with them. We'll also talk about building development projects; how to manage code, run builds, do testing, and deploy code.
Speakers:

Andrew Ferrier

Andrew consults for IBM Software Services, working with IBM customers on mobile technologies, especially Dojo Mobile and IBM Worklight.

He has presented extensively on Dojo, Mobile, REST, and Web APIs, contributing Intellectual Capital to the IBM and WebSphere communities, as well as writing two Redbooks, and numerous posts on Dojo Tips 'n' Tricks (http://dojotipsntricks.com/) and SOA Tips 'n' Tricks (http://soatipsntricks.wordpress.com/), both of which co-founded. He also regularly speaks at internal and external customer conferences, including IMPACT 2012 and the European WebSphere Technical Conference. Previously, he worked with WebSphere ESB and WebSphere Process Server.

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


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Portal and Social


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
JSF 2 in WebSphere Portal 8: Having the Best of Both Worlds
Abstract:
WebSphere Portal 8 comes with integrated support for version 2 of JavaServer Faces (JSF). In this session we show how to make best use of the strengths of the two technologies, whilst simultaneously avoiding some of the potential pitfalls of integration. We cover a number of patterns and recommendations, drawing upon real-world experience of using Portal and JSF together to solve business problems.
Speakers:

Graham Harper

Graham Harper

Graham is a Senior System Architect and Consulting IT Specialist with IBM Software Services for Collaboration. He has been designing solutions using Lotus software for 22 years and with WebSphere Portal for over 10 years. He is a Sun Certified Java Architect and Programmer and an IBM Certified Solution Developer. Prior to joining Lotus 20 years ago, Graham worked as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. Graham holds a BA in Mathematics and Computation from the University of Oxford.

10:45 - 11:30


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11:40 - 12:25


Title:
What's New and Enhanced in the WebSphere Portal 8 Update Pack
Abstract:
In this session we will take deep dive into the recently announced feature update pack for WebSphere Portal 8.

We will cover:

- Simplified personalization with “Content targeting and application objects”

- Improved Integration between Portal and Connections with new “Social rendering” features.

- Improvements to Web Application Bridge

- Responsive Web Design providing seamless changes in screen sizes across devices and desktop channels

- Inline editing of web content

- Web Content Manager Multilingual Solution

- Social Media Publisher

- Content Template Catalog 4.0

Speakers:

Stuart Crump

Stuart Crump

Stuart is a L2 Certified member of the UK technical specialist team working with IBM Portal, IBM Web Content Manager and many of the other solution technologies utilising a core WebSphere foundation.

Stuart has spent over 10 years years working with collaborative web technologies and content systems both inside and outside IBM.

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13:30 - 14:15


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14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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16:25 - 17:10


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ESB


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
DataPower - Architecture usage patterns
Abstract:
The aim of this session is to discuss solution architectures enabled through using DataPower devices. The presentation will cover the different use cases that the various DataPower appliances can meet, with some customer examples. It will also cover how the appliances interoperate with the wider WebSphere portfolio such as MQ, WebSphere Message Broker, and WebSphere Service Registry and Repository.
Speakers:

Martin Howson

Martin is a Certified IT Specialist working with WebSphere Connectivity tools in the Software Group. Martin has worked on client implementations of WebSphere Message Broker, MQ and DataPower across a wide variety of customers sectors including Government, Retail, Travel and Transport and Engineering.

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10:45 - 11:30


Title:
What's new in WebSphere Message Broker, including support for mobile
Abstract:
WebSphere® Message Broker is delivering further enhancements to productivity and ease in developing and managing enterprise service bus (ESB) deployments, complementing its industry-leading performance and scalability. Come to this session and get right up to date with this key connectivity product.
Speakers:

Tim Kimber

Tim Kimber works at IBM Hursley as the lead developer in the WebSphere Message Broker parsers team, responsible for DFDL, XMLNSC and JSON. He has worked in the message broker organisation for over ten years, and has accumulated a wealth of customer experience and product knowledge in message flow design, performance tuning, monitoring and message parsing.

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
WebSphere Message Broker performance management and monitoring
Abstract:
This session demonstrates how to design an efficient and effective WebSphere® Message Broker (WMB) implementation from a performance perspective. It describes the many factors that determine the level of performance achievable within a WMB environment. It also discusses some of the major improvements related to performance in WebSphere Message Broker V8.
Speakers:

Tim Kimber

Tim Kimber works at IBM Hursley as the lead developer in the WebSphere Message Broker parsers team, responsible for DFDL, XMLNSC and JSON. He has worked in the message broker organisation for over ten years, and has accumulated a wealth of customer experience and product knowledge in message flow design, performance tuning, monitoring and message parsing.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
WebSphere Message Broker DFDL
Abstract:
Data Format Description Language is a modeling language for describing general text and binary data. It solves a long-standing problem - how to describe data formats of all kinds in a standardized way. This session introduces the language and demonstrates how it is used within WebSphere Message Broker for parsing and writing various common data formats.
Speakers:

Tim Kimber

Tim Kimber works at IBM Hursley as the lead developer in the WebSphere Message Broker parsers team, responsible for DFDL, XMLNSC and JSON. He has worked in the message broker organisation for over ten years, and has accumulated a wealth of customer experience and product knowledge in message flow design, performance tuning, monitoring and message parsing.

14:25 - 15:10


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15:30 - 16:15


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Messaging


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
WebSphere MQ in the mobile world
Abstract:
In recent years WebSphere MQ has stretched its wings providing new ways to utilise messaging. This session will cover the enhancements to MQ that can be used to extend the range of "things" that connect to it. "Things" come in all shapes and sizes but generally fall into 3 categories, 1) Mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, 2) modern HTML5 based Web Applications and 3) machines. Once connected messages can flow between them as well as to more traditional enterprise systems and the new world of big data.
Speakers:

David Locke

Dave Locke is a software engineer who works in the IBM Hursley development lab in the United Kingdom. He has worked for IBM for 25 years starting as a developer on the mainframe based CICS transaction processing system, working his way down through a variety of projects on mid range, desktop and now focuses on small footprint pervasive systems. His main role is on messaging protocols and technologies that help connect the physical world of sensors, actuators, controllers and mobile devices to the "enterprise"

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10:45 - 11:30


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11:40 - 12:25


Title:
What's new in WebSphere MQ (with a focus on WMQ v7.5)
Abstract:
Come to this session to learn about all the new features in WebSphere MQ V7.1 and V7.5, with themes including lowering your TCO and improved security, you're sure to find something to interest you in these new releases of MQ.
Speakers:

Morag Hughson

Morag has worked in IBM for over 16 years designing, developing and servicing the WebSphere MQ
product (formerly MQSeries). Her main areas of expertise include security, channels, the MQ API,
MQSC and PCF, Publish/Subscribe and the z/OS platform. She regularly presents on these topics
at a variety of technical conferences around the world. She is the architect for the base MQ
product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms.

13:30 - 14:15


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BPM


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Introduction to IBM BPM
Abstract:
This session is a basic introduction to Business Process Management, and the role it plays in Business Transformation.
The session will take you through a BPM journey, exploring the tooling that IBM offers to its clients to successfully undertake a BPM Transformation
Speakers:

Claudio Tagliabue

Claudio Tag is a technical pre-sales consultant working for IBM, specialising in process automation and orchestration with IBM Business Process Manager.
He is also an IBM Pure Application System champion and Tech Sales lead for Cloud BPM in UK.
He was worked with clients across a number of industries to design process-based and integration-based solutions including several well-known institutions in the telco, banking and financial services sector.
Tag joined IBM in 2010, after previous work experiences as Technical Project Manager and Electronic Designer in a variety of industries.
He has a Master's degree in Microelectronics and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics.

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10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Use case - BPM and Business Rules in a financial regulatory solution (FATCA)
Abstract:
Through a salient example. this session will introduce some recommendations for developing reuseable solutions as part of an compliance architecture.
Based on recent customer engagements, this discussion will cover a pattern based on Business Rules and BPM that automates regulatory compliance yet embeds your best practices, auditability and governance.
Please note that this session does not require any prior knowledge of FATCA or other regulations.
Speakers:

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts is a technical pre-sales consultant working for IBM in the UK and Ireland, specialising in decision and process automation with IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Operational Decision Manager.
He has worked with clients across a number of industries to design process-based solutions including most recently several well-known institutions in the banking and financial services sector.
Matt joined IBM in 2010 through the Foundation Graduate Programme after completing a Master's degree in Computer Science at Worcester College, University of Oxford.

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11:40 - 12:25


Title:
Lessons learnt using IBM BPM v8 with SAP
Abstract:
In this presentation we will share our experience of a project integrating BPM v8 with SAP. We will present the business case, solution architecture and lots of technical details. Would be interesting to both technical leads and hardcore BPM developers.
Speakers:

David Hall

David Hall is responsible for system development in the UK division of catering and support services giant Compass Group. Compass are a FTSE 100 company with UK turnover of £2 billion and in excess of 80,000 employees. David has over 15 years of IT development experience including SAP

Todor Mollov

Todor Mollov is a BPM architect working for Ascendant Technology(an Avnet company) who are an IBM Partner consultancy. He has 10 years of technical experience and in the last 5 years he works exclusively with products from the IBM portfolio. His focus is delivering process and SOA solution using the IBM BPM product suite – Blueworks, IBM BPM Standard and Advanced. He has worked on a number of projects in the Bank, Insurance and Retail sectors.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
When, where, and why to place BPM in an architecture
Abstract:
Business Process Management (BPM) provides an opportunity to better visualise, control, monitor, automate, and optimise the core business processes within your business. However, it's often difficult to know which solutions will most benefit from the involvement of BPM, and where. To what extent should the processes be automated? In what layer of the architecture should composition be placed? When is that composition it a business process as opposed to integration logic? To what extent should integration points be decoupled from the process? We will look at the typical architecture and design points that crop up at the beginning of BPM initiatives, and understand how to place BPM capabilities correctly and find the sweet spot of the products involved.
Speakers:

Kim Clark

Kim Clark is a senior IT specialist from the United Kingdom focusing on design issues within business process management (BPM), integration, and service oriented architecture (SOA). He has been working in the IT industry since 1993 and has been involved throughout working on projects and collating best practices. Alongside providing direct guidance to customers he writes and presents regularly on lessons learned

14:25 - 15:10


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Java


09:30 - 10:15


Title:
Shifting Sands? Delivering WebSphere over multiple Java releases - the java perspective
Abstract:
The WebSphere product stack has long employed the Java runtime as the basis of its execution environment. WebSphere, as a standards-based product, principally delivers J2EE compliance that builds-on and -out from the J2SE standard defining JDKs everywhere. Over many years, the J2SE standard has been strongly impacted by EE content moving to a more foundational level within the java ecosystem. Whilst J2SE APIs have demonstrated significant stability over time, major revisions of J2SE/java are the opportunities to revise standard APIs; and with changes in java at the foundational level, inevitably the whole WebSphere stack has the potential to be impacted. Whilst great efforts are employed by IBM in developing WebSphere and testing it for new java releases, the exposure to changes for applications (or third-party frameworks) remains and should be considered in WebSphere migration tasks. This session will review the areas of change in IBM java since 5.0 (WebSphere 6.1) and discuss our interaction with the team responsible for the WebSphere Migration Toolkit - one means we have of trying to bring awareness of core java changes to an IDE near you! With the latest WebSphere (v8.5) shipping both Java 6.0 or 7.0, your options for when to adopt the latest java release are wide-open enabling a future application migration strategy to suit your timing.
Speakers:

Stephen Hellberg

Dr Stephen Hellberg started conducting software engineering research within computational science - developing scientific 'supercomputing' software with distributed and parallel computers. The maturing of these systems facilitated economic development of and building significant enterprise business systems based on huge databases on ever larger server hardware, such as corporate data warehousing, enterprise application integration (EAI) and data mining - earlier generations of Big Data and Analytics! After assisting enterprises construct, use and integrate such systems as a technical infrastructure consultant and solutions architect, he has spent the past 10 years supporting IBM customers on IBM SWG Products with Java, specifically those employing the Hotspot JDKs when leading a L3 support team, on various UNIX enterprise platforms (Solaris, HP-UX, etc.) and with a variety of software stacks (mostly Websphere-based). Presently, my responsibilities concern issues associated with assisting customers and products transitioning within the IBM java ecoysysem, whether thats helping acquisition teams onto IBM java, or across our server platforms, adopt upcoming releases like Java 7, or departing from the end-of-supported lines such as 5.0 (similar support to that provided towards the end of IBM's 1.4.2 java); I participate with our developments leveraging OpenJDK, and I am frequently engaged to assist with performance matters with IBM products when employing the non-IBM HotSpot JVM.

10:45 - 11:30


Title:
IBM Java 7 and WAS v8.5: Features and benefits
Abstract:
Java 7 is now available for use in WebSphere Application Server v8.5 and is ready for business! Come hear about some of the specific enhancements to both the language and WAS make this such an effective combination. Whether it’s new JDBC tricks, concurrency magic, or JVM tuning tricks, there’s something for everyone. We also discuss Java version migration and how to work effectively in mixed-level Java environments. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how Java 7 and WebSphere interact and how to leverage them together to maximize your productivity.
Speakers:

Mike Tunnicliffe

Mike is a member of the Java support organisation at IBM Hursley in the UK. He has a long history of supporting IBMs clients in successfully deploying applications using WebSphere and other IBM middleware.

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
IBM Java 8: What's coming next?
Abstract:
Java 8 will be released later this year, and will include many new features. In this presentation Ian Partridge from the IBM Java Support Team discusses the upcoming release.
Topics include the new language support for lambda expressions, annotations on Java types, a new Date and Time API and more. IBM-specific changes include enhanced serviceability, support for multi-tenancy and Packed Objects.
Join this presentation to learn about the future of Java, plus details of how you can join the beta programme that IBM is running.
Speakers:

Ian Partridge

Ian joined IBM in 2003 as a member of the JVM development team. He initially worked in the garbage collection development team, before taking roles in the shared classes and RAS components. In 2009 he moved to the Java service organisation to pass on his knowledge of JVM debugging and troubleshooting to customers. Away from IBM he helps run Southampton's symphony orchestra and philharmonic choir.

13:30 - 14:15


Title:
Build you own runtime monitoring with the Health Center API
Abstract:
In the recently released IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java - Health Center version 2.1, a new API was made available that makes it possible to create your own monitoring and profiling tools that uses the Health Center data and recommendations. This session will provide an overview of the API, show you how to use it to create simple alerts based on defined conditions occurring, and introduce how it is being used by IBM to integrate the Health Center data into its own products.
Speakers:

Toby Corbin

Toby Corbin is a software engineer currently leading the development of the IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java - Health Center within the IBM Java Technology Centre. He joined IBM in 2001 and spent four years developing national language support and globalization of the Java Runtime Environment, followed by two years developing the Swing and AWT libraries.

14:25 - 15:10


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Labs


09:30 - 10:15


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10:45 - 11:30


Title:
Changing ways that IBM provides product information: IBM Knowledge Center, scenarios, and information for mobile use
Abstract:
IBM is preparing to publish "IBM Knowledge Center" online as the "one stop shop" for IBM technical content about WebSphere and other IBM products, providing new and interactive ways to use information about all of IBM's products. At first, IBM Knowledge Center will replace all the separate information centers on ibm.com; longer term, IBM Knowledge Center is also to include other online technical content like developerWorks and IBM redbooks. IBM Knowledge Center is also to be the place for more scenarios and solutions about using IBM software. This is a response to feedback from WebSphere users, and builds on work that we (at IBM Hursley) have been doing for the Connectivity Scenarios and Patterns information center. Mobile use of technical information is a growing requirement. We have published ebooks for IBM product information and scenarios, and are working on mobile apps for IBM Knowledge Center.

We want to provide you with the best information experience possible!
In this session, hear about the changing ways that IBM provides product information, discuss your opinions and needs for using information about IBM products.
Speakers:

Ian Larner

Ian Larner has worked for IBM for 24 years, in Information Development/User Technologies. His role
as an Information Architect and Software Engineer is to help teams to deliver information for IBM products and solutions that matches user needs and forms an integrated and consistent user experience. Before joining IBM, Ian worked as a Technical Author for several companies in England and France for 5 years, and before that as a Mechanical Engineer.

11:40 - 12:25


Title:
User experience - WAS migrations unconference
Abstract:
The purpose of this session was to have a less formal interaction with other users in the group and technical experts in the area of migration. Whether you want to hear other people’s experiences of migration, share some feedback with development about the process, or just ask some specifc questions about migration, then this session will be a great opportunity. Come and get involved.
Speakers:

David Vines

Dave Vines is an IBM Master Inventor and Senior Software Engineer at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom working in WebSphere Application Server Development most recently specialising on the Liberty Profile and IBM workload Deployer. He has been involed with server migration throughout his time working on the WebSphere Application Server. He joined the laboratory in 1984 and has worked on a wide variety of IBM program products including GDDM, MQSeries, LANDP and, since 1998, on Component Broker and WebSphere Application Server. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Exeter, England, in 1984.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is a certified IT specialist with over 30 years experience in IT. Much of this time has been working with IBM's customers helping them address these architectural challenges. Paul is a chartered IT professional and member of the British Computer Society

Stephen Hellberg

Dr Stephen Hellberg started conducting software engineering research within computational science - developing scientific 'supercomputing' software with distributed and parallel computers. The maturing of these systems facilitated economic development of and building significant enterprise business systems based on huge databases on ever larger server hardware, such as corporate data warehousing, enterprise application integration (EAI) and data mining - earlier generations of Big Data and Analytics! After assisting enterprises construct, use and integrate such systems as a technical infrastructure consultant and solutions architect, he has spent the past 10 years supporting IBM customers on IBM SWG Products with Java, specifically those employing the Hotspot JDKs when leading a L3 support team, on various UNIX enterprise platforms (Solaris, HP-UX, etc.) and with a variety of software stacks (mostly Websphere-based). Presently, my responsibilities concern issues associated with assisting customers and products transitioning within the IBM java ecoysysem, whether thats helping acquisition teams onto IBM java, or across our server platforms, adopt upcoming releases like Java 7, or departing from the end-of-supported lines such as 5.0 (similar support to that provided towards the end of IBM's 1.4.2 java); I participate with our developments leveraging OpenJDK, and I am frequently engaged to assist with performance matters with IBM products when employing the non-IBM HotSpot JVM.

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Title:
WebSphere Application Server Migrations - Hands on!
Abstract:
Do you want to try out some of the WebSphere migration techniques and tools in a safe environment? Then this lab is for you. This is an opportunity to gets hands on with the technology and guided through a migration process.
Speakers:

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is a certified IT specialist with over 30 years experience in IT. Much of this time has been working with IBM's customers helping them address these architectural challenges. Paul is a chartered IT professional and member of the British Computer Society

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14:25 - 15:10


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On Foot

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From Waterloo East walk up Cornwall Road and IBM is opposite you. From Blackfriars, walk over Blackfriars Bridge, turn first right into Upper Ground and IBM is just past LWT Studios.

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