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  1. 1. WebSphere & System i News - September 2007 Welcome WebSphere and System i Virtual Team Member! This newsletter is sent periodically throughout the year, updating you on the latest products, services, promotions, and education related to WebSphere on System i. To add or remove yourself from the distribution list, send a note to Rich Szulewski (rszulews@us.ibm.com). Note: These newsletters will be archived in the "Selling with Synchronicity: IBM WebSphere for System i Platform" Sales Kit under the Newsletters category: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/tividd/software/saleskits/B416063E43494J85/KEY_36.html iSociety On-Line Networking Center: http://isociety.org This Month's News: 1. Moving On & 10th Anniversary of this Newsletter 2. System i Webcasts for Application Modernization 3. Upcoming WebSphere Administration Education for System i 4. WebSphere BPM Training 5. European WebSphere and Messaging Technical Conferences 6. Hayden Lindsey Discusses Enterprise Modernization 7. More Classes, Workshops and Events 1. Moving On & 10th Anniversary of this Newsletter It's hard to believe that I started this newsletter 10 years ago next month. It started as an e- business newsletter for just a few dozen AS/400 sales people and partners in the America's back in October 1997 and has grown to a worldwide subscription of over 1000 IBMers and 250 business partners. It has also changed hands several times, when I left IBM in 2002 this newsletter merged with John Quarantello's Newsletter, when John changed positions it was picked up by Kevin Larsen and then back to me last February. Well it's that time again. I've moved over to the new IBM Business Systems group and no longer support System i or IBM SWG Products on i5/OS. Rich Szulewski who I introduced in June will be taking over the newsletter and most of my old WebSphere responsibilities. If you've contributed content over the years please continue to do so with Rich. It has been a real pleasure working with you over the years and I wish you all success selling WebSphere on the best computer a company can buy. - Al Grega 2. System i Webcasts for Application Modernization System i and SWG are jointly sponsoring a series of System i customer webcast events in September on Application Modernization. These are designed to help your customers understand the SOA strategy and portfolio for System i, how to modernize and web enable existing applications and more. Please send this attached invitation to your customers today. These webcasts are at Noon EDT and last for 60 minutes. Register using the links in the invitation below. The schedule of topics: Sep 04 Modernize, Manage, and Test on System i
  2. 2. Sep 11 Leverage System i in your SOA Sep 18 Accelerating Application Modernization with EGL Sep 25 How to Create a Web Service on System i Oct 02 Creating Modern User Interfaces on System i Oct 09 How to fix "FTP" Security & Compliance Risks 3. Upcoming WebSphere Administration Education for System i Last chance to enroll, It may be a while before these classes are back in these cities. Don't miss out on your chance to attend. Enroll today! September 24th Classes: AS900 - IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.0 Administration on System i - Phoenix, Ariz. AS940 - IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Administration on System i - Atlanta, Ga. Learn More: http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en? pageType=page&c=a0000607 4. WebSphere BPM Training Technical training web lectures on-line: WebSphere Early Enablement site on PartnerWorld We're working with WebSphere Education to make the technical web lectures and other technical materials we offer to our IBM teams available to partners. A number of these have been posted to the PartnerWorld Early Technical Enablement web site. Some new offerings have been posted that cover Business Rules, How to emit and monitor Custom Base Events; WebSphere's ESB story, more... WebSphere Early Enablement site: https://www-304.ibm.com/jct09002c/partnerworld/mem/learn/tac_tpf_tec_websphere.html New VIC training available: Several new BPM sales and technical courses are now available on the VIC The following new courses have been published. These are direct links to the course material but be sure to keep your VIC profile up to date and check monthly as there are several new courses in the pipeline (WID, WESB, Business Services Fabric-technical). Recently published: WebSphere Business Modeler V6.0.2 - technical: http://www-03.ibm.com/partnerworld/vic/resource.wss?courseid=1603 WebSphere Business Modeler - new sales materials: Select WebSphere Sales focus -> Support -> Product Information and Demos -> scroll down Business Services Fabric - sales: http://www-03.ibm.com/partnerworld/vic/resource.wss?courseid=1391 WESB V6.0.2 - sales: http://www-03.ibm.com/partnerworld/vic/resource.wss? courseid=1392 Seats available for technical training: No charge technical training for BPM products
  3. 3. Seats remain available for hands on and on-line technical training for products across the BPM product line (Process Server, WID, Business Services Fabric (Webify), Modeler, WESB). Sponsored by our Business Partner Technical Support organization, these classes provide you with a very cost effective way to further your BPM skills. Enrollment, course description, & prerequisites: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/zones/was/roadmaps/partner/classes.html Tech Talk Replay: Developing Enterprise Service Buses with WebSphere ESB This Tech Talk was delivered on August 22 and covered a technical discussion on IBM's enterprise service bus; IBM's key ESB architectural concepts; an overview of WebSphere ESB and the features it provides for developing an ESB; a walk through of several case studies from clients and partners who used the WebSphere ESB and the resulting benefits and guidance on how to get started with WebSphere ESB and additional resources available to you. The presenters were Rachel Reinitz, Distinguished Engineer, member of the IBM Academy of Technology and co-author the popular developerWorks series “Building an ESB with WebSphere ESB” and Rob Phippen, Senior Architect for WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus responsible for the specification and development of WebSphere ESB. Replay information: https://isvwebcast.on.raindance.com/confmgr/view_stored_doc.jsp? docId=812667047132625932866616416&docType=recording Technical Certification: WebSphere Business Monitor Announced in late June, you may have missed this new technical certification for WebSphere Business Monitor V6.0.2. It has been added to the You Pass, We Pay table so, your education costs for WB190 - Implementing IBM WebSphere Business Monitor will be covered. Details: http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/01004701.shtml For more information contact Jerry Gschwind: WebSphere Channel Marketing Manager IBM Software Group 4205 South Miami Blvd; Durham, NC 27703 Tel: 919-543-9664 (T/L: 441) Fax: 919-254-7211 5. European WebSphere and Messaging Technical Conferences European WebSphere Technical Conference, 5-9 November, Vienna-Austria
  4. 4. Select from over 100 unique sessions to expand your knowledge of WebSphere administration, architecture, development and integration. Gain insight into IBM's software strategy and learn about the latest development directions for the products in the WebSphere software platform, including IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM WebSphere Process Server, IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment, IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances, WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, and WebSphere Transformation Extender. There will be sessions for the most-experienced WebSphere users, as well as introductory and getting-started sessions for novice users. As a special offer, our 2007 European WebSphere Technical Conference will run in parallel with the European 2007 European Transaction and Messaging Technical Conference. Attend sessions from both great conferences for the price of only one. For more information: http://www.ibm.com/training/conf/europe/ws Audience: Available to Clients, Business Partners and IBMers European Transaction and Messaging Technical Conference, 5-9 November, Vienna - Austria Update your skills and expand your knowledge of CICS and the WebSphere MQ family of products. Select from over 100 technical, information-packed elective sessions on WebSphere MQ, Version 6; IBM WebSphere Message Broker, Version 6; messaging in the IBM WebSphere Application Server environment; IBM CICS Transaction Server, Version 3.2; CICS connectors; CICS tools and more. Build conceptual knowledge by attending sessions on XML, service oriented architecture (SOA), enterprise service bus (ESB), Web services and other emerging technologies. Learn how the latest enhancements to the CICS and the WebSphere MQ family of message queuing products enable SOA and support implementation of a robust ESB. Don't miss the opportunity about the new enhancements of the CICS Transaction Server version 3.2, which will be available in June 2007! And as a special offer, our 2007 European Transaction & Messaging Technical Conference will run again in parallel with the 2007 WebSphere Technical Conference. Attend sessions from both great conferences for the price of only one! For more information: http://www.ibm.com/training/conf/europe/tm Audience: Available to Clients, Business Partners and IBMers 6. Hayden Lindsey Discusses Enterprise Modernization Modernized applications drive WebSphere Middleware on i5/OS! Hayden Lindsey, IBM Rational vice president of enterprise tools and compilers talks about enterprise modernization in this article. Hayden identified five key factors that are inhibiting
  5. 5. business responsiveness. Read the article for insight into modernization requirements that can be directly applied to your customers at the above link. Use this link in the title: http://www.builderau.com.au/strategy/businessmanagement/soa/Top-five- problems-in-IT-business-Rational-VP/0,339028271,339281265,00.htm 7. More Classes, Workshops and Events CLASS: IBM WebSphere Application Server v6.1 Performance for System i - Onsite Class Learn about WebSphere V6 Performance and Tuning. Course Code AS780.This course can be customized and delivered onsite at your client's location. See details for IBMers, IBM Business Partners and Clients. Webcast: Leverage System i in Your SOA-Sept. 11 This session briefly covers what is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and its value to the organization. Then it will demonstrate how System i assets can be leveraged within a SOA and extended existing applications and data using various SOA Entry points. This will then provide a top-down SOA approach targeting management and decision makers. See details for IBM Business Partners. Webcast: Accelerating Application Modernization-Sept. 18 Studies have shown that converting legacy developers into Java/NET developers is both expensive and time consuming and has a remarkably high probability of failure. EGL, available through the Rational Business Developer Extension (RBDe) greatly accelerates modernization by providing an environment and language that is familiar for these same developers to quickly learn and begin building enterprise caliber, modern, web and SOA applications. See details for IBM Business Partners. Webcast: System i Product Sales Class-Sept. 18-21 Learn to sell IBM System i5 and i5/OS, the next generation of System i servers based on POWER5 processor technology. Explore methods to recognize opportunities related to the need to simplify infrastructure, integrate applications in order to meet business needs and have the
  6. 6. highest service levels without disruption of service. See details for IBMers and IBM Business Partners. Webcast: How to create a Web Service on System i-Sept. 25 This session will show how easy it is to create web services on System i. It will walk attendees through the process and provide them with labs for them to perform these activities on their own. This webinar compliments the prior SOA webinar and it provides a bottom-up SOA approach and architects. See details for IBM Business Partners. Webcast: Creating Modern Uls on System i-Oct. 2 Service and web-enabling are the 2 ways of modernizing System i applications and data. This webcast will walk them through creating a modern user interface (Ul). It will show how to create browser based , portal based or rich client user interface. See details for IBM Business Partners. Class: System Operator Workshop for System i - Distance Learning - Oct. 22 (Virtual) This course enables a new system operator to develop basic-to-intermediate-level skills needed for day-to-day operations of a System i. Specifically, the course explains how to: Use system displays, Control Language commands, messages, and Help Support Start and Stop the system Monitor and control jobs, output, and devices Use i5/OS and OS/400 security and save/restore functions Save and restore objects Resolve system problems Order, receive, and install Program Temporary Fixes (PTF) Hands-on exercises reinforce the lecture topics and prepares you to successfully operate a System i. Course Code OV240. See details for IBMers, IBM Business Partners and Clients. Class: WebSphere Top Gun - Oct 8 - 12 (Brussels, Belgium); Oct 22 - 26 (Johannesburg, South Africa); Nov 12 - 16 (Washington, DC) This class focuses on selling the IBM Application Integration Middleware products from IBM’s WebSphere portfolio. This is an intensive 4.5 day class for people who have prior WebSphere product knowledge or software experience. The objectives are to enable students to: 1. Integrate Signature Selling to sell IBM WebSphere solutions in a competitive sales situation. 2. Sell WebSphere in the context of the Customer value, Service Oriented Architecture, and the capabilities that WebSphere provides. 3. Understand the competition, their strategies and likely tactics, and how to combat these strategies. 4. Leverage the IBM software and hardware advantages to sell against the competition.
  7. 7. There is not a charge for this class. For details and to enroll Qualify and get 80 percent off on IBM Technical Conferences and public classes with IBM Business Partner STG Vouchers Are you attending System i Fall Technical Conference on November 5 - 9 at Orlando, FL? If you are, did you know you can use your Business Partner STG Voucher which entitles you to an 80 percent discount off the conference? Through the IBM PartnerRewards program, qualifying Business Partners may request vouchers to be used on educational offerings on STG products. The voucher entitles you to an 80 percent discount off of normal published tuition. Don't delay, vouchers must be used by December 31, 2007. For questions on eligibility please direct your inquiry to the IBM PartnerRewards Administration Center at 1-888-717-7894 or request your IBM Business Partner Reward Vouchers today and make plans to boost your skills in 2007! Event: IBM System i Fall Technical Conference - Nov. 5-9 (Orlando, Fla.) Enroll Now! Join IBM's top technical experts and experience first-hand why this conference is selected as 'the' premier technical training for System i customers. The latest technologies delivered by IBM developers, networking with peers, hands-on labs, and certification testing at a reduced price, are a few of the reasons why you should join us in Orlando, Conference registration now open. See details for IBMers, IBM Business Partners and Clients. TRAINING: Certifications for System i ** New ** Test 861 - IBM Certified Systems Expert - System i Collaboration Sales V5.07.07 (Replaced Test 850) IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert - System i Solutions Core Requirements (must complete both) Test 868 - System i Technical Solutions Design Test 869 - System i Technical Solutions Implementation Elective Requirements (must complete two from list) Test 863 - System I IT Simplification: Linux Technical Test 864 - Integration with BladeCenter and System x Test 859 - iSeries Solutions Sales Test 854 - System i IT Simplification: Windows, Linux and AIX 5L Solution Sales Version 1 Test 868 - System i Technical Solutions Design Test 853 - System i WebSphere Solution Sales V5R3 Exams Retiring: Test 855 - Domino Technical V5R3 Test 858 - WebSphere Technical V5R3 Exams being updated.....So watch this space System i Operations System i Administration System i Mastery Tests: J01 - IBM System i High Availability / Clustering Implementation - Technical Mastery Test Version 1 Now Available Worldwide....... J02 - Sales Mastery J03 - Technical Mastery See certification details for IBMers, IBM Business Partners. Al Grega
  8. 8. Business Development Executive IBM Business Systems Group 631-590-5037 algrega@us.ibm.com