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IBM CAMS Workshop!! – 2014


IBM had organized a workshop on CAMS @ Bangalore in June 2014. The Agenda of the event was to share the roadmap, vision and offerings from IBM stack perspective w.r.t. #Social #Mobility #Analytics (BigData) and #Cloud.

These buzz words have been coined and marketed differently by multiple organizations :

The workshop was mostly targeted for a technical audiance with a showcase of IBM’s CAMS offering.

The take-away from the workshops was the understanding of the buzz words from a business scenrio standpoint and a list of tools IBM has and the ones IBM acquired in the recent past, as an offering for CAMS (cloud, analytics, mobility and social). In a nutshell from a personal front a bunch of tools under the IBM umbrella to map the Cloud, Analytics, Mobility and Social capabilities.

There were a lot of use cases and videos shared as a part of these sessions – which was helpful to link the buzz words with a business scenarios or pain-points. The DevOps flavor was also added to these 4 key drivers.

To name a few tools :

  • Cloud – The PaaS offering from IBM is IBM BlueMix
  • Analytics – The Bigdata and Analytics offering from IBM is IBM Watson Foundation
  • Mobility – The Mobility offering from IBM is IBM Worklight
  • Social – From a Social front it was more from a Capability and Point of View(PoV) – for Smarter commerce/workforce/ciries leveraging all the IBM stack of products

The reference architecture for each of these stacks were also covered as a part of the sessions.

On a personal note, now its time explore, harness and evaluate these tools!! from a business scenario fitment perspective 🙂

Reference Links :

Happy Learning!! 🙂

PDC-2013 – Day-2 Summary (Data Mgmt/Int Track)


ImageThe Day-2 of the PDC-2013 was full of breakout sessions and were split into 4 different tracks:

  • Optimizing System Operations
  • Data Management / Integration
  • Business Visionary
  • User Experience

The attendees were allowed to choose any one track and stick to it for the entire day. There were restrictions in swapping or attending sessions from multiple tracks. From a personal front, I did not like this idea as it was more forced to attend all the sessions pertaining to one track. Attendees should have been given session selection, along with the tracks.

The deep-dive sessions were taken by a group of enthusiast developers and specialists from the data management and integration group of Pegasystems. The speakers were the people who coded the features we see in Pega7. I opted for the “Data Management / Integration”

As a part of these sessions, I felt like a school and college going student taking running notes, through-out the session.

Will be sharing the notes that I took as a part of these sessions :

Notes from the Data Management / Integration Track :

What are the challenges we face with respect to data management :

  • huge scale
  • reusability
  • procedural load
  • tight coupling

The Data Management initiative for the Pega7 development had the following Vision items :

  • Reusability
  • On-Demand Access
  • Usage and source decoupled
  • Caching & Performance
  • Improved Tooling

Changes and new features from a Reusability front :

  • parametarized data pages
  • multiple data sources

Changes and new features from a On-demand access front :

  • autopopulate property
  • direct data-page access

Changes and new features from a usage and source decoupling  front :

  • data source virtualization
  • data source simulation

Changes and new features from a caching and performance front :

  • asynchronous loading of data pages (on-demand or procedural)
  • enhanced caching mechanism
  • new addition of data page alerts
  • refresh strategies (time-based, conditional or reload)

(Pega shared that Pega 7 is 5000% faster response than previous versions. And on a personal front am very curious and eager to know, what gave a nitro booster performance to the product)

Changes and new features from an improved tooling front :

  • wizards for making life easy with the click of buttons and configurations
  • tools to identify and notify threshold limits
  • tools for pruning based on least recent usage items
  • integration tools

One of the concepts which I liked was:

Data Source Virtualization : 

For this features any new data source can be added, for eg: data exposed by BestBuy, Google or my custom database.

  • Once the new data source is added, a data transform can be placed to absorb or use a bunch of properties/parameters exposed by the services (eg:BestBuy/Google)
  • Based on the transformation, necessary application properties can be mapped (based on naming conventions)
  • This actually makes the Application independent of the Data Source – having a loose coupling
  • It provides a flexibility to add a Data Source of any class at any point in time – which was not the case earlier
  • The Data Pages can be defined as D_Location, D_Weather, D_ProductList or D_Offers

PN: Collected the notes for the Executive Panel from a fellow attendee

The last session was the Pega Executive Panel,a Q&A session. Key highlights:

  • No lightweight version planned, as it sees a lot of opportunities in marketplace to resolve complex business challenges
  • Pega wants to move to a partner led delivery model, with Pega in a advisory role and focusing more on license

Please do share your thoughts and inputs on the session – if you attended and i missed out to mention it in my blog 🙂

Learning Avenues :

If you are looking for Pega7 Personal Edition and eagerly waiting for it like me 🙂  – have a hawk eye on this link

Happy Reading!! 🙂

PDC-2013 – Day-1 Summary


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Pegasystems the pioneer and the leader in the BPM & CRM arena, had its first ever Developers Conference in Hyderabad, India from October 27-28 2013. The venue was at Novotel Convention Center.

Punch line for the event “THE POWER TO SIMPLIFY”

The Day-1, started  at 10:30am with everyone queueing up at the registration counter to collect their goodies and bags. With many desks and Pega folks assisting, the registration process was very fast and smooth.

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Suman Reddy(MD Pegasystems India), kickstarted the event with a Welcome note “Welcome to the land of PRPC – Hyderabad!!”. The audiance which included techies, managers, practice heads, architects and business analysts from different vendor/partner companies responded with full enthu!!

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The Day-1 was lined up with all the Keynote Sessions. 

The Grandmaster Alan Trefler (CEO & Chairman Pegasystems)  – started with the keynote session, talking a brief about the history and the transformation the enterprise and the product went through for a model driven development. Also shared some interesting thoughts and stories when the company(Pegasystems) itself completed 30+ years of its existance and rolling everyday with new features n innovation. Kudos to the company!!.

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The Sessions, followed up with Mike Pyle joining Alan and talking about the Future of Technology.

There was a slide presented with the list of all Pega customers, seemed everyday the font size of the customer logos reduces in size to accomodate all the customer list in one ppt slide. 🙂

Kerim Akgonul,  the main force behind the Pega development spoke in length about capabilities in new Pega 7 around Security, Data Management, User experience, Case Management and many more. Very neatly, he summarized the features that actually drive an enterprise solution (which are the tenets of Pega7) :

  • Think like the business does
  • World class ux
  • Simplify n accelerate
  • Data Mgmt

The demonstrations that were done along with the presentation were very live be it on an iPad or a Mobile device. No pre recorded demos – which was just awesome.

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Image source hybiz.tv

Rachna Bahadur (MD JP Morgan Chase) presented a view point and thoughts from an end user and customer perspective. And how, they leveraged the product in most of their processes to reduce the time to a greater extent than it used to be earlier. Liked the perspective she gave regarding the CoE every organizations has, and how they need to be organized and focussed.

The drivers behind a CoE are :

  • focus on cust experience
  • code reuse
  • ways to improve bpm maturity
  • work completion in silos not at enerprise level

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The last keynote session was presented by Dr. Rob Walker. He presented some really nice story line that push organizations to follow the analyical way of approaching a solution.

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Somes notes :

  • Average, assumptions and guess cannot be used as a key to differentiate the customer’s behavior…it has to be justified.
  • Predictive Analytics is the way to go – Define Design Develop and Decide. 
  • Predictive Analytics is the future of business. You dont have to speak, let your data do all the talking
  • Data Prediction Decision Process – (DP) square – Building blocks for differentiator engagement.

More details and recordings of the keynotes

The Day-1 sessions left us with some glimpse of great features, look and feel . the all new bricks(loading/progress image) and many more of Pega7. As a developer, the first thing that striked is…..”WoW”…..next… an eagerness like a child inside ever developer!!…”How is it actually built”

The Day closed with the Technology Pavilion where Pega showcased all its horizaontal and Vertical Industry solutions followed by a DJ Nite and dinner. It was a pleasure to see the Grandmaster dancing to the Bollywood numbers with the Rock band.

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Picture courtesy Nikhil Desai (twitter)

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From a personalperspective what I felt :

  • a forum to understand where the indusry is focusing and moving forward
  • should happen every year as an annual event to unite, collaborate, learn and hav fun 🙂
  • an event where people understand the language you speak
  • it was all about learning, networking and reuniting old pals, colleagues and friends
  • good to see and share thoughts how others feel about the product you work
  • add a face to the people you have in the linkedin network
  • bring out all the childish, crazy questions you always wanted to know about the product – its strong areas or loopholes
  • a platform to bring out the questions you felt –“naah the other BPM product has it”….or bring out the thought you always had in mind as a developer “crap…why the hell they dont have this feature….ooh man”
  • back to school or college kind of feeling – where you keep on taking running notes or follow the technical trend of “twitter” – micro blogging

Day -2 Deepdive storyline on the Data Management and Integration Session.

……to be continued!!

Please do share your thoughts and inputs on the session – if you attended and i missed out to mention it in my blog 🙂

Happy Reading!! 🙂

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