IBM at its PartnerWorld conference in Las Vegas later this month plans to help integrators and ISVs build SOAs based on the company's WebSphere platform.
The company will offer five SOA Solution Builder Express packages, each featuring templates for solving specific tasks. These tasks include improving operational efficiency, employee access to information, customer retention, employee productivity, and reducing administrative costs. Combinations of IBM software products will be offered in the packages, including the WebSphere application server, WebSphere ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), WebSphere Portal, and Rational Application Developer. Best practices also will be included. Other offerings for SOA and SMB will be offered at PartnerWorld as well. PartnerWorld begins on March 12.
Intel to invest $300M in Vietnamchip plant
February 28, 5:05 a.m. PDT
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, plans to invest $300 million in Vietnam on a chip assembly and testing plant. It will be the first factory of its kind ever built in Vietnam. The plant, to be located in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), will eventually employ 1,200 people, mainly Vietnamese. Construction will begin immediately. Intel cited Vietnam's progress in building its technology infrastructure, as well as the need to support demand for its chips as the main reasons for the investment. Once finished, it will be Intel's seventh chip assembly site in the company's global network, which includes Penang and Kulim, Malaysia; Cavite, Philippines; Chengdu and Shanghai, China; and San Jose, Costa Rica. Intel plans to spend over $6 billion by the end of this year on new factories and equipment, the company said.
SOA, Forum integrate products
February 27, 6:10 a.m. PDT
SOA Software and Forum Systems on Monday are announcing that SOA Software's Service Manager product for SOA management can integrate with the Forum Systems XWall Web services firewall. The integration means Service Manager can access monitoring data from XWall using the WS-DM (Web Services Distributed Management) specification, and control XWall via the WS-Policy specification, according to SOA Systems. "[The integration] allows users to manage their infrasctructure from one console instead of having to use multiple consoles. It's critical for ensuring consistent enforcement of policy," said Ian Goldsmith, vice president of marketing at SOA Software. Service Manager also can be used to control Forum's Sentry SOA Gateway.