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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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i365 EVault Looks To Help Onramp ISV Software to Cloud, SaaS

i365 Inc. is debuting its EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform, a cloud platform that lets independent software vendors (ISVs) securely and efficiently send data to the cloud and provide their own SaaS offerings.

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Boomi's Cloud-Based Integration May Signal VAN-less EDI

Cloud computing is taking a bite out of expensive and entrenched VAN-based EDI services. Cloud-based integration PaaS Boomi is providing ASP Global Services, a supply chain SaaS firm, reliable and high-visibility EDI integration and management services.  EDI success may signal a huge uptick in on-demand integration from the cloud.

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Analysis: CDC Software Acquisitions Favor SaaS, SOA, Cloud  

CDC Software Corp. continues to amass a portfolio of SOA-driven technologies ranging from BPM/ECM, on-demand SaaS and even integrated supply chain.  IDN looks at recent CDC moves that company execs say will hold the keys to growth and new customer opportunities through cross-selling.

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IBM Cognos, InfoSphere Help MarineMax Drive Smarter Retailing

MarineMax, the country’s largest recreational boat retailer, is using IBM business analytics, BI and MDM solutions to power its push to smarter retaining – and cut inventory costs, increase ROI and speed up planning cycles from months to weeks.

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