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“Connectivity 2.0” To Fuel More Intelligent, Scalable SOA

The next wave of infrastructure dubbed “Connectivity 2.0” is helping enterprises transform departmental ESBs, SOA and Cloud projects into an integrated fabric of intelligence, agility, control and adaptability, according to Marc-Thomas Schmidt, IBM Chief Architect for SOA Connectivity.  He and some 150 fellow IBM experts will discuss Connectivity 2.0 at Impact 2010 in May.

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HP Helps Clients Explore, Design Cloud Infrastructures

HP is offering a new Cloud Design Service, service to help companies design mission-critical cloud infrastructures for efficient, secure and reliable use of public and private clouds. Offerings encompass all major aspects of a cloud lifecycle, including feasibility and cost-estimates.

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Appian Exec Sees Opportunity in “Fragmenting” BPM Market

The recent wave of BPM acquisitions is setting the stage for a new dynamic for how to discuss and define BPM / SOA projects.  An executive at one still-independent BPM firm, Appian, says in 2010 BPM is “fragmenting” into two distinct segments, and that there’s plenty of room and opportunity for both to meet customer needs.   

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Pacific Life Uses BMC To Improve Customer Service

Pacific Life Insurance Co., the firm behind the TV ads with the whale jumping out of the water, is making a big splash, thanks to service modeling projects powered by BMC Software’s Business Service Management (BSM) platform.  So far, the effort has cut more than $1 million in costs, improved quality of customer service, sped up processing and eased auditor access to data.

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IBM Chief Architect: 5 Keys To Boosting SOA Efficiencies

Even as a slow economy pressures IT budgets and staffs, a top IBM architect says customers can do “a lot…to accelerate the value of SOA.”  Rob High, Chief Architect for IBM’s SOA Foundation, shares SOA success tips at Impact2010, May 2-7 in Las Vegas.

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Alchemy’s NeoData zLink Cuts Migration Risk, Cost for VSAM

Alchemy Solutions Inc. is shipping NeoData zLink, a new offering which makes it less risky and more efficient to migrate mainframe applications and data to Microsoft .NET.  Most notably, NeoData zLink provides capabilities to easily and accurately move partial or complete VSAM data sets to Windows or .NET, and maintain connections to related data and application logic that remains on the mainframe.

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MGI Improves Compliance with JBoss Business Rules Repository  

London-based Millennium Global Investments is improving compliance system by using Red Hat’s open source JBoss Enterprise BRMS (Business Rules Management System) for its mission-critical business rules repository.  MGI will standardize its business rules and bring them into a more manageable environment, officials said.

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Micro Focus Empowers Non-COBOL Devs for Mainframe Modernization

This month, Micro Focus shipped a remote option to cut time and expense of building or maintaining Micro Focus COBOL applications.  Micro Focus Server Express RDO’s comes with an Eclipse IDE, and will support the entire edit-compile-debug cycle  to allow Java, SOA and other non-COBOL devs to work on mainframe modernization projects.

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Ivory Modernizes Mainframe at Top HR, Payroll Outsourcer

Securex, one of the largest HR and payroll outsourcers in Belgium, modernized their customer-facing mainframe applications to be more interactive, responsive and cost-effective using GT Software’s Ivory Service Architect.  IDN examines how Ivory moved an aging batch CRM application to a new platform, converted it from VSAM to CICS and opened it up to leverage SOA and agile web services.

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GigaSpaces Previews XAP for Cloud, Data Grid

GigaSpaces Technologies is showing a “preview version”  of its soon-to-be released  eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) enterprise-grade application server for distributed applications.  XAP  7.1 will sport new features tuned for cloud and data grids, and is due to ship Q1 2010.

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IDN Expert Voices: IBM Craig Hayman - Websphere GM

Recent surveys show pressure is on CIOs to only fund projects that can deliver quick and impactful business benefits. This week’s IDN ‘Expert Voice’ on Enterprise Architecture, Craig Hayman, General Manager of IBM WebSphere, shares how today’s economic realities are shaping  how Big Blue is providing CIOs quicker business value via ESB middleware, BPM and cloud. 

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Energy Supplier Cuts Costs with Clerity Mainframe Rehosting

An unnamed energy supplier's decision to rehost its mainframe applications is bringing benefits on several fronts, as within eight months the firm cut software license fees and simplified on-going operations – all without disrupting access to its critical business logic.

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