As part of its ongoing Grid computing enablement efforts, IBM announced
a series of educational workshops designed to help developers and
business partners move their applications to Grid technologies. The
workshops will be led by a team of IBM technical architects from the
IBM Innovation Centers, with a mission to help Business Partners
understand the business value of and take advantage of Grid
The new Grid enablement resources are offered to developers and
business partners who are part of IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks
initiative. Providing business partners with a broad set of resources
will help them more easily develop and go to market with customized
solutions based on IBM technology that meet customer requirements,
industry by industry.
The 2005 Think Grid workshops will be held at the IBM Innovation
Centers worldwide, including Waltham, Mass.; San Mateo, Calif., and
Hursley, United Kingdom. The three-day workshops are designed to help
ISVs understand the business value of Grid technologies, educate
developers on IBM's "Six Strategies For Grid Enablement," offer
personal consultations to help ISVs tune their applications for Grid,
and provide hands-on access to a live Grid computing framework.
Through IBM's Grid enablement program, ISVs will have an opportunity to:
- Understand how to more easily implement and use core Grid technologies.
- Learn about IBM's Grid product portfolio and how it integrates with ISV applications.
- View the implementation of an open Grid architecture framework.
- Gain hands-on experience with IBM's Grid infrastructure software partners.
Grid enablement empowers application users to leverage existing
application deployments by sharing computing and information resources.
IBM's approach to Grid computing and its collaboration with the open
community is attracting application vendors across various industries
to adopt this technology.
"Grid is a significant market opportunity for software development
organizations as their customers demand increased flexibility and
responsiveness from their applications to support their dynamic
business processes," said Roy Aho, director of ISV & Developer
Relations Technical Services & Support at IBM. "Through the Think
Grid workshops, we are demystifying the Grid enablement process -- to
influence more ISVs and developers to consider this technology as a
means to meet the evolving performance needs of today's businesses."
Grid Validation and Testing Support
The IBM Innovation Centers provide access to the IBM Solutions Grid, a
virtual pool of geographically disparate IBM hardware and software
technologies. This Grid computing environment, which leverages
technologies from IBM and IBM Business Partners such as DataSynapse and
Platform Computing, allows companies run their applications in a
real-world distributed environment. This helps ISVs to build and test
Grid-enabled applications, and bring solutions to market faster.
After detailed technical discussions with the IBM architects and
completion of the Think Grid workshop, Business Partners can begin
enablement with IBM Technical Consultants that are the Grid experts at
the IBM Innovation Center. By working hand-in-hand with IBM through
this process, ISVs can realize the benefits of faster time to market,
lower development costs, increased technical skills on Grid technology
and early-adopter marketplace momentum.
Woburn, Mass.-based software company Sefas Innovation worked with IBM
to validate their Grid applications through the IBM's Solutions Grid
initiative. Sefas was first introduced to Grid technology through a
pilot of the Think Grid workshop earlier this year.
"Before attending the Think Grid workshop, we had a very cursory
understanding of Grid and the direct impact it would have on our
applications," said Herve Collin, vice president of operations at
Sefas. "But after attending the program, we realized how IBM could help
us move to Grid with efficiency and ease. Now that we've embraced this
technology, we've significantly expanded application performance and
From Exploration to Enablement
The IBM architects and technical resources at the IBM Innovation
Centers have played an instrumental role in ISV Grid enablement. This
year, the team has helped more than 25 ISVs deploy Grid-enabled
ISVs can get additional technical and educational resources on IBM's
developerWorks site, an online resource for developers. The site
includes a dedicated Zone for technical information and resources on
Grid computing, which includes downloads and product information, a
technical library and training materials. A new resource available on
this site includes "Geographically dispersed Grid, part 2: Some common
solutions." The article addresses how to choose Grid middleware
solutions, selection criteria, as well as considerations for combining
products in the same Grid.