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Article: WebSphere CTO Jerry Cuomo on WebSphere Trends 2009

by Stefan Tilkov on Jan 21, 2009 |

In an exclusive InfoQ article, IBM’s WebSphere CTO Jerry Cuomo outlines the 10 top technology direction he envisions for the WebSphere product line in 2009. The list consists of the following items:

  1. Business Mash-ups
  2. Business Rules
  3. Middleware-as-a-Service
  4. Rainmaker
  5. Extreme Scale
  6. WAS.NEXT
  7. Restful - Agile
  8. DataPower-lution
  9. POWERful Middleware
  10. Industry-savvy Middleware

Business Mashups refers to the idea of personalized, Web 2.0-style portals for business users; after the acquisition of iLog and AptSoft, IBM is busy integrating them into a consistent Business Rules strategy. Middleware as a Service refers to hosted Middleware, both supporting company-internal as well as public clouds. Rainmaker is Cuomo’s label for IBM’s general cloud support, including pre-built WebSphere AppServer images. Extreme Scale refers to high-performance transaction servers; WAS.NEXT is the next generation of IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, exploiting OSGi to enable a modular deployment. Cuomo also highlights REST support in WebSphere products such as CICS, WebSphere MQ, WAS, WSRR, Commerce, Portal, Process Server.

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2009 Trends and Directions for WebSphere-- technology & salesmanship by JAVAID ASLAM

I fail to understand who could benefit from reading this kind of article.
If this has any reflection on IBM standards, then good luck!

Re: 2009 Trends and Directions for WebSphere-- technology & salesmanshi by Floyd Marinescu

I fail to understand who could benefit from reading this kind of article.
If this has any reflection on IBM standards, then good luck!
Hi Javaid, InfoQ covers current events in our space, so a letter by the CTO from IBM about what their plans are for Websphere is not just 'current' but forward looking. InfoQ is the only place where you can read this.

Decision management and WebSphere by James Taylor

Given my track back has not shown up, here's a link to my response
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It looks nice... on paper by Peter Veentjer

Websphere is getting bigger and bigger every year, I guess the same goes for the problems. If it is caused by
- inexperienced developers
- Websphere just getting too complex for mere mortals to understand
- nice individual technologies (like coherence) that never work well together
But Websphere environments are never something I'm looking forward to. Imho: too much baggage without providing value.

Re: It looks nice... on paper by Colin Renouf

The baggage is very much a thing of the past. WAS6.1 started OSGi, WAS7 is mostly built from OSGi components declaring services except where some Open Source package has been "wrapped". Individual components can be started and stopped to have appropriate builds for appropriate uses (i.e. no EJB container, etc). I now, for the first time, think it is well architected. It is also dynamic in that deployment of components causes events that cause appropriate actions and reconfiguration in the runtime. WAS.NEXT allows some of this componentisation to be more "productised".

One other thing about this announcement - speaking as a customer - is that Jerry and his team have actually spent a great deal of time going out to the customers and architects, or working at a low level with the user groups, to find out what we wanted. A lot of these directions are as a direct result of the IBMers listening to customers, making proposals, getting feedback on the proposals, and then iterating the proposals into products.

So, I am pleased to see the content of this letter, and look forward to Rob High (Chief Architect and IBM Fellow) going into more detail at the WebSphere User Group conference in the UK next month.....

Re: It looks nice... on paper by Alex Sorkin

Just another soviet like propaganda article.

Could somebody provide GOOD customer feedback on any WebsFear product?

Most expensive, most unimproved, most buggy, most unstable, most complicated, most costly products...

- Black Hawk down... finally...

Re: It looks nice... on paper by Robert Dean

It's amazing that you would even bother to comment on a product with which you clearly have no recent experience.

IBM has made steady, continuous improvement to WebSphere with each release. In fact, I would have to say that the only thing I don't like is that their new feature pack strategy makes application of maintenance more difficult and time-consuming.

In the past several months, we've tripled the work that our WebSphere server is doing, and it's not even breaking a sweat.

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