This year’s IBM Impact conference will see a strong focus on ILOG technologies, which have been a key part of the IBM software story since early 2009. In particular, there will be presentations, deep dives and workshops on how to add value to an IBM BPM solution using WebSphere ILOG Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS).
Chris Berg, a BRMS product manager has been heavily involved in the integration of ILOG and IBM technologies and I had the chance to ask a few questions around what we can expect on this topic at Impact.
Who are you and what is your role at IBM?
I have a lot of hats, but primarily I am responsible for the strategic integration of BRMS with BPM at IBM. I cover this from many dimensions ranging from market driven requirements down to some of the implementation details. As you can imagine, BRMS offers a lot of value generally to other IBM offerings so I am often looped into those conversations as well. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make JRules easier to integrate and find myself digging into the many ways to bring BRMS into client solutions--fewer clicks, common approaches and fit within the ecosystems.
Can you give us a quick overview of what sessions are you presenting at this year's Impact?
This year I have teamed up with architects from BPM to deliver a range of presentations, a lab and birds of a feather sessions. Here is the list for reference:
1545 Enhancing WebSphere BPM Solutions with WebSphere ILOG JRules
2009 Using WebSphere ILOG JRules in BPMN Process Modeling
1547 Best practices and Design Patterns for WebSphere ILOG JRules and BPM (LAB)
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These sessions will cover a large array of integration use cases between JRules and WPS including WID, Modeler and Compass. We will touch multiple roles (Architect, Developer, Business Analyst) in these sessions and in the LAB will provide hands on for the most common scenarios. I will be sharing these sessions with Eric Erpenbach and Allen Chan who are both representing various aspects of the WPS runtime and tooling respectively. The focus of these session will show the value of appropriate tooling and why BRMS is so critical to BPM for reuse and agility focusing more deeply on the life cycle between the two.
If there was one key message you would like attendees at this year's Impact to take away, what would that be?
There are many paths to better and smarter SOA. If an attendee is looking to improve their solutions, then they should spend time thinking more broadly about where they are at both technically and, more importantly, look at what they have been ignoring "socially" within their organization. SOA is as much a social problem as it is a technical one. Technologies that advance the goals of a solution by being more collaborative and extending tooling to constituents that often are ignored will be the more likely to realize value.
What other sessions are you particularly interested in attending at the event?
I have personal interest in Web 2.0 user experiences and in all of the different ways users interact with systems. So I plan to spend time in sessions on DOJO, JSON and the like.
What for you has been the biggest change as a result of ILOG becoming part of IBM?
For me it has been an unfolding experience that continues to this day. The depth of IBM resources has been surprising especially in the areas of standards. Recently I was in a debate over "intent" within the WSDL specification (in-line versus referenced types). Within a few minutes I had found a contact that participated in the specification and gave the background on "intent" which often is not always clearly stated in the resulting documentation around a specification. That was an IBM moment.
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