Thursday, January 28, 2016

DevNation 2016 - session submission on Cloud and JBoss xPaaS story

This years Red Hat Summit in San Francisco from June 27-29th is going to be a lot of fun.

I have submitted my sessions previously to that conference and now time to get your planning sorted out for DevNation, which will be co-hosted that same week.

This is the prime event for all your Java, JBoss and other related developer interests that always attracts the best speakers from all your favorite projects.

Be sure to get your talks submitted by the Feb 8, 2016 deadline.

Awaken the Force in your developers with containerized Cloud & JBoss xPaaS

Application developers are constantly struggling to create enterprise solutions while deploying them across various environments to production, meet budgets, heed requirements and keep operations happy as they traverse new DevOps strategies.

How can we assist them, remove deployment roadblocks, ease the release of containerized microservice applications and continue to monitor across enterprise Cloud architectures?

The answer can be found in the Clouds with a containerized OpenShift architecture leveraging JBoss xPaaS. The attendees will be taken on a tour, one that provides them with the ability to enable and awaken the Force within their current developer teams.

Join us for an hour of power as we delve into OpenStack, OpenShift, containerized xPaaS and the JBoss tooling that will enable your developers to go from source to containerized deployments as easy as jumps to light-speed.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 25, 2016

OpenStack Summit - Awaken the Force in your application developers with OpenStack

Recently I started in my new role, where I have the chance to expand my storytelling into the Cloud space again, bringing my application development background together with some pretty exciting Red Hat technology solutions.

Another benefit is that my coverage expands to include some very interesting conference in the Cloud and integrated solutions arena.

For example, one that was outside my reach until now was OpenStack Summit. OpenStack Summit in 2016 will be back in Austin, Texas from 25-29 April.

I have submitted the following session that will bring together OpenStack Cloud based application development with Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (RHCI) & JBoss xPaaS.

This has never been attempted at the OpenStack Summit, so fingers crossed from some real integrated solution storytelling.

Awaken the Force in your application developers with OpenStack 

Application developers are constantly struggling to create enterprise solutions while deploying them across various environments to production, meet budgets, heed requirements and keep operations happy as they traverse new DevOps strategies.

How can we assist them, remove infrastructure roadblocks, ease the deployment of containerized microservice applications and continue to monitor across enterprise infrastructures?

The answer can be found in the Clouds with a containerized PaaS integrated with enterprise Open Source middleware. The attendees will be taken on a tour, one that provides their enterprise with the ability to enable and awaken the Force within their current developer teams. Join us for an hour of power as we delve into OpenStack, OpenShift, containerized PaaS and the tooling that will enable your developers to go from source to containerized deployments as easy as jumps to light-speed.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Red Hat Summit 2016 - don't miss these sessions & workshops

The call for paper went out for Red Hat Summit 2016 and DevNation, before you know it you will be in San Francisco, CA from June 28 - July 1.

You can submit to either Red Has Summit or DevNation or both, up to you.

Below are the talks and labs I have submitted or co-submitted with colleagues:

Pinky and the Brain Processing! Taking over the world, one Red Hat new hire at a time

Starting a new job can be a frustrating experience as you wait to get your new computer, telephone, or the access you need. Outdated scripts and error prone manual processes can hinder even the best employees in doing an effective job. These are common growing pains as enterprises evolve over time, growing to meet ever increasing demands. How does Red Hat process its growth? How does anyone process over 100 new hires a month?

Join us to learn how Red Hat IT is leveraging the power of JBoss BPM Suite to ease Red Hat into the future as it strives to meet hiring goal and introduces productive new hires into the company. This session will explore a real life case study where Red Hat leverages JBoss BPM Suite to streamline 10 years worth of legacy ad-hoc human resource systems with a flexible and extendable framework. Attendees will be treated to lessons learned along the way, offered insights into best practices when leveraging BPM in their enterprise and get a peek at the historical metrics gathered by Red Hat IT new hire processes.

State of the Union - understanding integrated and open Cloud solutions

"Are you having trouble positioning Red Hat middleware Cloud solutions? It's not your fault... it is complicated by the fact nearly every middleware vendor Red Hat competes with has some sort of cloud offering that they pitch.

This session delivers the State of the Union on Red Hat's vertically integrated stack of products and "open" philosophy. It will show how it offers customers benefits for cloud computing unmatched by competitors like Oracle, IBM, TIBCO, MuleSoft, and more. Listen as you are walked through how a container shipping company identifies, leverages and excels in their market using Red Hat middleware Cloud solutions effectively.

Join is for an hour of power to learn how to describe and discuss why Red Hat middleware cloud stack is unique and why it matters to enterprise solutions everywhere."


How to enhance customer experience through integration and automation of business events in the Cloud

With Cloud providing a more elastic and flexible architecture to handle a multitude of business events from many different devices, we are faced with many challenges to process, analyze and react correctly to the ever changing business world around us. 

With JBoss A-MQ we are provided with many common protocols to connect our business events with our devices, but business information without the ability to filter for effective customer responses, detecting meaningful behavior and being able to react in a timely manner will cripple our customer relationships. With JBoss BRMS together with JBoss Fuse we are able to bridge the gap between just connecting and collecting business events, to leveraging business rules to determine which events have meaning that require actions to support our customer experiences. 

In this workshop the attendee will have the chance to get hands on with the following:
  • create asynchronous event driven integration between service using JBoss A-MQ
  • create rules to to analyze business events with JBoss BRMS
  • integrate rules, message event with Enterprise Integration Patters (EIP) using JBoss Fuse
  • deploy a multi-container microservices application on OpenShift
Join us for this power workshop as you learn to optimize your customers business experience with JBoss Integration products.

Partners in crime from design to execution with Signavio and JBoss BPM

One of the great strengths of Red Hat and Open Source is that we work closely with partners. Together we can do more is one of the core concepts at Red Hat.

Within the world of BPM process design, Signavio's Process Editor is innovative technology that you can use to start modeling and engaging your organization in improving operational efficiency through the development of optimal models, right away. From browser to iPad it's easy for any process participant to capture, document and share professional models. The next step is testing and execution your processes, this is where JBoss BPM Suite comes in with all the tools you need to flush out, deploy and execute processes that are delivered by the Signavio Process Editor. 

Are you ready to be amazed at the ease of use and availability of extensive tooling to support a transition from design to execution of your business processes? Join us for this hour of power as we demonstrate the strengths of collaboration and execution of Signavio designed processes with JBoss BPM Suite. 


Hope to see you at the Red Hat Summit and DevNation in San Francisco!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Launching Digital Sign for Ultimate Collection of JBoss BRMS Demos

Just in case you missed it, we recently showed you the ultimate collection of JBoss BRMS demo projects but we don't want to stop there.

The next time you are in a Red Hat office somewhere in the world, keep your eyes peeled for the digital signage that is displaying all manner of news.

These signs are somewhere on the walls at our offices all over the world, from Amsterdam to Singapore, from Raleigh to Tokyo.

Keep your eyes peeled as we have hijacked the sequence and inserted our very own Ultimate Collection of JBoss BRMS demos announcement.

Looking to Automate your business?
Feel free to use the slide in your presentations and if you happen to see one of these live, snap a picture, push it out on twitter to @ericschabell.


Monday, January 11, 2016

JBoss BRMS Cool Store UI gets Vaadin facelift

JBoss BRMS Cool Store online web
UI gets a new look with Vaadin 7.
The JBoss BRMS staple demo has been the JBoss BRMS Cool Store for a long time, going through updates as the product released new versions.

The web application was put together using one of the original Vaadin releases and never updated since.

Add item to new shopping cart.
A few weeks ago I was approached in the typical open source fashion by a product manager from Vaadin offering the help of one of their developers to bring this application up to date.

We met online, and AMahdy AbdElAziz forked the project to bring it up to the current version of Vaadin 7.

This includes a few new UI features that we did not spend time on and a newer look and feel to the web application.

Below some of the screenshots are highlighting what you can do with the UI and JBoss BRM Cool Store project was released with a new version 3.2.
Added item highlights checkout button.

For those needing a bit of a review on it's usage, this web application demonstrates the interaction between a web front end, features a decision table and a rules package.

This allows the business logic to become externalized from your deployed application and can then be modified as needed at runtime.

This application leverages the rules to calculate the shipping costs based on your rules in the table below.
Clear the shopping cart pop-up.

It is pretty simple really, you can adjust how much the ranges are and what the shipping for the shopping cart total order will be by tweaking this table, for example:

  • the price from Tier 2 based on value totaling between $26 - $50 is $4.99
  • you can fill your cart with over $25 of materials to validate
  • edit decision table and adjust it to $6.99 
  • save changes
  • build & deploy your cool store project
  • clear the shopping cart application
  • re-order the same materials and validate the charge to shipping is now $6.99
New checkout displays an order receipt.

The project is in the same template you are used to getting from JBoss Technology Evangelists, providing you with the 3-step setup you expect from us:
  1. clone the project.
  2. download the products (JBoss EAP + BRMS)
  3. run the init script for automated setup.
The updates are not finished as AMahdy has a few more in store for you, stay tuned!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Quick tour #7 - What's in JBoss BRMS Business Central (video)

With the announcement that we have updated the JBoss BRMS Starter Kit you might have noticed that a few quick tour videos were promised.

On that promise we are starting to deliver with a series of short and simple video stories.

Today another in the series, in just over three minutes we take a tour through JBoss BRMS Business Central as part of the JBoss BRMS Starter Kit.

We hope you enjoy this story and stay tuned for more...


Did you miss the other quick tour videos?
    1. Quick Tour #1: JBoss BRMS the Basic Install Project 
    2. Quick Tour #2: Where to get JBoss BRMS product
    3. Quick Tour #3: How to install JBoss BRMS
    4. Quick Tour #4: Start your first JBoss BRMS project
    5. Quick Tour #5: How to import a project into JBoss BRMS
    6. Quick Tour #6: Build & run a JBoss BRMS project
    7. Quick Tour #7: What's in Business Central
    Looking to Automate your business?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New path to take...

The year starts with an article I was not expecting to write.

I have spent just short of four years as a JBoss Technology Evangelist (Integration & BPM) for Red Hat's Middleware Business Unit.

I have told countless stories about products like JBoss Portal, JBoss SOA Platform, JBoss EAP, JBoss messaging (several products), JBoss FSW, JBoss DataVirt, JBoss Fuse, JBoss Developer Studio, JBoss BRMS and JBoss BPM Suite.

I have helped to support multiple product launches across the JBoss middleware portfolio, created the jbpmmigration project and watching it fold into a product. I worked through technology acquisitions like Makara, Polymita, FuseSource, FeedHenry and more as they were folded into the JBoss product portfolio. I have showcased our technologies around the world at a multitude of conferences and events.

New year, new challenges!
I had a lot of fun helping to grow and mentor the JBoss Technology Evangelist team as it grew to four members covering the JBoss middleware products. There will be two remaining, Christina Lin and Thomas Qvarnstrom, both very smart and knowledgeable resources you should be following closely.

I was lucky to be able to spend the last few years working with amazing people in and around Red Hat.

But now the time has come.

 I am leaving... well, to be honest, I am moving onwards in my Red Hat journey.

Last month I was offered and accepted a role within the Integrated Solutions Business Unit, as a Technical Product Marketing Manager.

The role is similar in nature to a JBoss Technology Evangelist, but now look for my focus to move from strictly middleware to application development leveraging integrated solutions involving the full Red Hat portfolio. Think of the tying infrastructure, storage, cloud, OpenShift, mobile and middleware products as full solutions as we move forward into 2016 and beyond.

I am excited to have a new challenge before me and at the same time a bit sad to move on from my love of middleware products (especially rules, events, planning and processes). The future is now, the technology is amazing and you can expect to hear all about it from me soon enough.

Stay tuned, there are more stories to tell...