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 Business Process Management Enabled by SOA
 CICS and Enterprise Services
 Industry Services
 Information as a Service
 Infrastructure Security and Management
 Integration, Connectivity and ESB
 Process Integrity
 Service Development
 Service Oriented Architecture and Patterns
 Smart SOA Jumpstart
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Process Integrity

TPI-1074 - IBM WebSphere Application Server high availability and reliability: Advanced topics
Tom Alcott, IBM, IT Specialist
This session will focus on the architectural and operational issues that need to be considered when implementing a highly available or continuously available IBM WebSphere® Application Server infrastructure. Topics will include use of multiple data centers, domain name servers, geographic separation constraints, supporting software components and other common deployment issues. While not a prerequisite, attendees should be familiar with the material covered in the "IBM WebSphere Application Server high availability introduction" session.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1075 - IBM WebSphere Application Server high availability introduction
Tom Alcott, IBM, IT Specialist
In order to create a fault-tolerant environment, one needs to understand high availability terminology, and how WebSphere® Application Server (WAS) is architected to provide for workload management, failover and high availability. This session will cover what WebSphere® Application Server Network Deployment (WAS-ND) provides in these areas, and will briefly discuss additional components and software that may be required for highly available deployment architecture. WAS functions that enhance the features available in WAS-ND will be discussed as well.
Level: Beginner

TPI-1076 - Building resilient SOA infrastructures
Snehal Antani, IBM, XD Technical Lead, ISSW
Resiliency, defined as the continued availability and performance of a service despite negative changes in its environment, is vital in SOA. An SOA infrastructure must ensure that a service is highly available regardless of unpredictable conditions, such as sudden and significant degradation of network latency, increase in database response times, or degradation of dependent services. This session describes design issues and techniques for building resilient SOA infrastructures, focuses on how IBM WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS® factors into SOA, and how IBM WebSphere Products, specifically WebSphere Extended Deployment and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®, can improve the resiliency of an SOA Infrastructure.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1086 - Overview of IBM WebSphere Extended Deployment Operations Optimization
Brian Martin, IBM, STSM, WebSphere XD
This session will provide an overview of WebSphere® Extended Deployment Operations Optimization (WAS XD OO). This will cover the basics of WAS XD OO, including dynamic workload management, dynamic application placement, request prioritization, and application health management. Special focus will be offered on new functions available in WAS XD Version
Level: Beginner

TPI-1141 - CICSPlex system management basics: Workload management
Christopher Hodgins, IBM, CICSPlex System Manager Developer
CICSPlex® System Manager (SM) Workload Management can be used to dynamically manage the distribution of work throughout an enterprise according to predetermined criteria. This session will introduce the attendee to the concepts of CICSPlex SM Workload Management to enable them to understand the role it plays in enterprise-wide workload management . The session will explain how CICSPlex SM performs the workload management and how this can be implemented across an enterprise. This will be demonstrated by showing how a workload is constructed, both conceptually and physically, and how it can be monitored and controlled.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1170 - Integrating CICS and IBM WebSphere Application Server Using J2EE Connector Architecture resource adapters
Peter Masters, IBM, CICS Development
The CICS® Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) is widely used for connecting J2EE® applications in WebSphere® Application Server with CICS applications. This session will discuss the different deployment topologies available to you when using the J2EE Connector Architecture and the CICS TG, as well as explain how the qualities of service differ for each one. It will cover both the z/OS® and distributed platforms and encompass issues such as the two-phase commit transaction integrations with XA, connection management and pooling, and end-to-end security.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1178 - Towards 24x7: Managing application program libraries dynamically
Catherine Moxey, IBM, CICS TS Senior Developer
This session will explain the new support for dynamic program library management in CICS® Transaction Server Version 3.2, which allows you to introduce new applications into CICS without restarting the CICS region. The session will take you through some scenarios which illustrate the benefits of this new capability, and will then explain the details of how to define data sets containing program artifacts in dynamic library resources. This will include how you specify the order in which CICS searches for programs, how to do this in conjunction with the existing static DFHRPL, and how to find out where a program has been loaded from.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1222 - Real-world uses of Web Services transactions
Ian Robinson, IBM, STSM, WebSphere Transactions Architect
Complex business processes that interact with multiple data sources need to have an infrastructure that maintains transactional integrity. When such processes are deployed in a SOA, then an interoperable Web services protocol is required to coordinate transaction outcomes between services. This presentation illustrates a number of real business scenarios in which IBM customers have successfully deployed applications that take advantage of Web services Coordination, Web services AtomicTransactions and Web services BusinessActivity specifications. These scenarios include real-world concerns such as transaction-affinity management in workload-managed environments, transactional failover in highly-available environments, and interoperability in heterogeneous runtime environments.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1270 - Setting up session replication in IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 6.1
Ashishkumar Ghodasara, IBM, Staff Software Engineer
Failover support is an essential requirement in production systems. Most of the current problems with session failover are due to the incorrect configuration of memory-to-memory replication. This session will explore configuring memory-to-memory replication across different set ups. A live demonstration will provide step-by-step instructions for setup of peer-to-peer and client/server modes of session replication in a clustered environment using IBM WebSphere® Application Server Version 6.1.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1446 - Service Oriented Architecture Performance: IBM WebSphere Application Server
Andrew Spyker, IBM, STSM, SOA Runtimes Architect, Rajiv Arora, IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member, Adolfo F. Rodriguez, IBM, DataPower Integration Architect, Weiming Gu, IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member
This session will discuss SOA performance as it relates to the IBM WebSphere® portfolio. The portfolio view will begin with runtime aspects including basic Web services (including the new Web Services Feature Pack). The runtime aspect focus will continue and build to choreographing and integrating these services across IBM WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, WebSphere Message Broker, and the WebSphere DataPower® SOA appliance. The portfolio view will then focus on the SOA lifecycle, business activity monitoring and situation detection, and governance covering WebSphere Business Monitor and the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. In addition, historical views on SOA performance will describe how performance has improved over the past two years. Finally, the session will discuss best performance practices when implementing SOA solutions.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1476 - High availability reference architectures for IBM WebSphere on z/Linux
Stephen E. Wehr, IBM, Linux Consultant
High availability is crucial, but what does achieving high availability mean, and what are the options for achieving it with IBM WebSphere® on z/Linux? This session demonstrates a series of high availability reference architectures for Linux on zSeries, including HTTP, WebSphere Application Server, DB2® Universal Database, Oracle, and DB2 on z/OS®.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1698 - High Availability and Disaster Recover concepts in IBM WebSphere Process Server
Making your WebSphere Process Server infrastructure highly available and resilient to failure is a crucial requirement of most mission-critical business integration solutions. On the other hand, a typical WebSphere Process Server environment is a complex combination of a number of separate components - such as application servers, databases, messaging resources, and user registries. This session illustrates which components need to be made redundant - and how - in order for your environment to achieve the desired degree of availability. The session also discusses the topological options that are available to implement a disaster recovery strategy for your WebSphere Process Server installation.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-1827 - Lab: IBM WebSphere Application Server in a distributed cluster environment
Joanne Bick, IBM, Business Partner Technical Enablement Consultant, Cindy O'Brien, IBM, Business Partner Technical Enablement Consultant
WebSphere® Application Server provides different topology options and flexibility, including standalone nodes, network deployment cells, Web server topology in a network deployment cell, and network deployment cluster topology. In this hands-on lab session, you will begin by configuring a web server topology in a remote standalone application server environment, explore the configuration of a Web server in a Network Deployment cell, create and configure vertical and horizontal clusters, and finally examine crucial performance-tuning parameters.
Level: Beginner

TPI-1946 - Best practices for configuring and managing large WebSphere topologies
Michael Cheng, IBM, Systems Management Development Lead
This session will summarize the latest findings from the WebSphere® Large Topology Workgroup for creating and managing a large WebSphere topology. The session will discuss how WebSphere components scale with the size of your environment, demonstrate how to configure these components for a large environment, and present the recommended tuning parameters and programming model. If you are planning to scale up your WebSphere environment, you will need to learn these best practices in order to successfully set up and tune your environment. If you are already running with a large topology environment, the session will show you the latest recommendations and tuning parameters.
Level: Advanced

TPI-1973 - SOA deployments: Lessons learned
Calvin Lawrence, IBM, IBM Principal SOA Architect, East Region, Allison G. Kingberg, IBM, Program Director, SOA Strategy and Portfolio Management
Experience is the greatest teacher of all. Through the study of real-world cases, we can leverage others experiences, so that we do not have to learn the hard way. In April 2007, an internal conference was held with architects, specialists, consultants, developers and others who contributed to successful large scale IBM SOA deployments to gather their hard-learned lessons for this session. Following the conference, additional data mining activities were conducted to understand trends and capability gaps in the deployments under review. Session attendees will discover best practices that enabled successful deployments of over 82 SOA projects. These cases, as well as insights and resources captured through subsequent and ongoing data mining exercises, will be thoroughly investigated.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-2188 - Business Process Integrity Deep Dive
Gerhard Pfau, IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member, Lead architect Human Task Manager, Claudia Zentner, IBM, STSM
This talk from the experts of business process support in WebSphere Process Server provides a detailed insight in how to build business process based applications the right way: Ensuring process integrity and robustness for enterprise applications. Topics covered include microflows and long-running processes, tuning of transaction boundaries within processes and when invoking services, fault handling and compensation. The talk not only provides deep technical background, but also taps into the rich customer experience of the presenters, describing the dos and donts when developing robust, mission critical business process based applications.
Level: Advanced

TPI-2237 - High availability for WebSphere MQ and WebSphere Message Broker
T.Rob Wyatt, IBM, Consulting IT Specialist
IBM WebSphere® MQ can be made highly available using features of the product or operating system, on distributed and z/OS platforms. This session will describe and compare these features, and show how they can be effectively used together for extremely reliable environments. The high availability features of WebSphere Message Broker, and advice on adding your own applications to an HA configuration, are also briefly discussed.
Level: Advanced

TPI-2350 - Refactoring Your IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus / WebSphere Process Server Deployment Environment for Growth
Karri Carlson-Neumann, IBM, WebSphere Development
After the confetti has been swept away, and your first WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus/WebSphere Process Server project is well into production, you realize that your next project will drive your production environment further than it has ever been. Come to this advanced session to explore the challenges faced in a growing deployment environment. Considerations will include limitations based on the design of the first project, how to grow your clusters to increase workload capacity, determining when the balance between the number of application modules per deployment target has tipped, and determining when additional messaging engines will be needed. It is critical to understand the impacts to the deployment environment because of these choices, and what must be done to address these impacts. Entry Skills: Knowledge of WESB/WPS deployment environments, including the "Golden" topology. Exit Skills: Understand common challenges of a growing deployment environment
Level: Advanced

TPI-2405 - Operational considerations for high performance environments
Stacy Joines, IBM, Distinguished Engineer, ISSW Performance and Enablement
Measuring and tuning your system's performance is essential in a high performance environment. How do you go about doing these tunings measurements in an organized manner that can be repeated? In this session the operational considerations of monitoring, staffing, operational processes, and visualization will be discussed at a high level.
Level: Intermediate

TPI-2512 - Three defenders of the resiliency of large interconnected WebSphere systems
Ying Ding, Bank of America, Senior Technology Manager
This session promises to be a thought-provoking discussion on a number of key resiliency issues for large, interconnected WebSphere® systems. Sure to be pointed out: possible directions of tactical and strategic industry solutions. Three areas of discussion are planned: how to detect changes that originated in other interconnected systems but will impact your WebSphere system; how to better monitor WebSphere servers and perform wider and deeper monitoring into the Java Virtual Machine instances, transactions, and traffic load and pattern changes; how to use the performance data from production environment to better stress-testing and performance-testing on focused areas.
Level: Advanced