IBM’s OPAL – Open Treasure or Hidden Riches?

by Charles Brett, President of C3B Consulting and Publisher of INSIGHT-SPECTRA

IT software customers live in an increasingly expensive world. CIOs worry and worry still more as the escalating cost of software licenses and consequent maintenance consumes a greater and greater portion of their budgets. Towering above even these concerns, in C3B Consulting’s experience, is the trauma and cost of integrating disparate pieces of software, particularly middleware, into operations management.

IBM offers customers one approach to this in the form of an extensive library of over 1850 — often free — ‘integrations’ that can be obtained over the Web. This library rejoices in the name OPAL (standing for Open Process Automation Library), which can be found at www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/opal Read more of this post

GPS + GPRS + Event Processing = A New Magic Application Triangle

by Charles Brett, President, C3B Consulting Ltd

I’m delighted to welcome my friend and colleague Charles Brett to my blog. He’s graciously offered to allow me to post this piece here – it’s well worth your time.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has been around for a long time, and is now firmly embedded in both commercial and consumer devices (including the iPhone). The General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)—a packet-oriented, mobile data service available to users of 2G and 3G GSM networks—has been available across the globe for many years. Event processing (EP) has also been around since computing started (think real-time systems) but in recent years it has made huge strides in handling complexity, and many of the big vendors have responded by buying the innovators (Progress bought Apama, IBM bought Aptsoft, Oracle bought BEA, etc.) Read more of this post