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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


SOA Product Review — ActiveBPEL 3.0 from Active Endpoints
Still active and out in front...

(SYS-CON Media) - We last looked at the Active Endpoints Inc. product suite back in May of this year. Since then, the team at Active Endpoints has been busy working towards the 3.0 release of its ActiveBPEL Designer and engine.

The biggest and most interesting enhancement is full support for all WS-BPEL 2.0 constructs. This feature will let users gain early access and experience with the upcoming OASIS standard.

The folks at Active Endpoints carefully thought through how to support users in their move to WS-BPEL 2.0. This resulted in the ability of BPEL 1.1 and WS-BPEL 2.0 processes to co-exist during design, test, and execution in both the designer and the engine. This lets users migrate their processes at their own pace. I've been burned in the past by products that required a big bang conversion so the ability to support 1.1 and 2.0 processes easily is a huge win.

ActiveBPEL Designer
My last ActiveBPEL review focused on the designer tool so I won't spend much time on it here except to point out a few enhancements. (Figure 1)

First of which is the ability to migrate any valid BPEL1.1 process to a WS-BPEL 2.0 proces. This is done by saving the existing 1.1 process as a WS-BPEL 2.0 process. During this "Save As" step ActiveBPEL will convert as much of the process syntax as possible and report conversion issues on any BPEL sections that couldn't be converted to the 2.0 syntax. These issues are displayed in the designer as static analysis errors. Users can then correct any errors. Once this is done, the user has access to all the new 2.0 features. Again, another nicely thought out touch for converting a process. I was able to convert one of my existing 1.1 processes and correct any issues easily.

Finally, Active Endpoints has added some of the obligatory GUI enhancements such as grids, anchoring annotation, and scope level auto-layout. The ActiveBPEL Designer continues to be a well-thought-out and constructed tool.

Engine Basics
The ActiveBPEL Engine manages BPEL processes. For those new to BPEL, a BPEL process is a collection of Web Services with various interactions specifically orchestrated to complete some portion or all of a business process. Each Web Service is treated like a black box that does some part of the process. Ordering the Web Services calls, information passed to and returned from the calls, and conditional execution are called orchestration. Its details are defined in the Business Process Execution Language specification (the BPEL Spec).

The ActiveBPEL Engine is designed to run in most of today's Application Servers. I had the WebLogic 9.2 application server handy so that acted as my test bed. The ActiveBPEL Engine also requires a database, so I downloaded and installed MySQL 5.0. The installation wizard does a nice job of walking you through the installation and it automatically configured the application server based on my responses. Keep in mind you still have to know how to configure your application server of choice. I had to ensure that the appropriate database drivers were set up and that my server was clustered, but the ActiveBPEL wizard handled the engine-specific setup nicely.

Once I had the product installed on the server, I was able to load up an existing 1.1 BPEL process. I specifically chose the process I created for the original review back in May. It loaded and ran in the server without incident. I then saved the process as a 2.0 process. There were a few minor errors that I quickly fixed then deployed the new processes to the server and again ran it without any problems. Granted my process wasn't incredibly complex, but it was still nice to see everything work as advertised.

Process Versioning
The ActiveBPEL Engine supports versioning processes. Various versions of a process can execute in the engine concurrently. Versioning includes effective dates and expiration dates of processes. This is a great feature and invaluable when you're cutting over to new processes. I've especially seen this come in handy when consulting in the past for a company in the power industry. Government agencies dictate how the business operates and when changes to their processes must be effective. Having effective and expiration dates are a must in this kind of environment.

The ActiveBPEL Engine is also smart about how it handles expiration of running processes. It gives the user a choice of terminating the process and allowing it to continue to run to completion, or migrating the process to the new version. Process migration sounds a bit dicey and the manual outlines its limitations, but I'm sure there will be users out there who won't be able to live without it.

Process Deployment
When describing my test, I glossed over the deployment process. The ActiveBPEL Designer is the recommended tool for deploying BPEL processes to the ActiveBPEL Engine. It packages the various files that make up the selected process in a business process archive (.bpr) file. The tool supports automatic deployment of the .bpr file to the engine. It can also generate an Ant script to re-deploy the file.

When you use ActiveBPEL Designer to create a .bpr file, the .bpr wizard generates a resource catalog. The data in the catalog is displayed in the engine's administration console. The catalog also provides a way for the engine to find WSDL files, schema, and other resources in the deployment archive.

Administration Console
As said above, the ActiveBPEL Engine provides the obligatory administration console, but again it's nicely done. You can inspect processes while they're running. The process page even displays the process details and the process diagram.

For users who run large process sets, there's a nice feature that filters processes. Active Endpoints even provides a nice expression builder to aid in creating fairly complex criteria for selecting the processes to view.

Custom Invocation
My favorite feature in the engine is its ability to implement a custom invocation handler for service endpoints. This lets a process bypass the creation and transport of SOAP messages over Axis. The process's outbound message is routed directly to a service

Custom invocation handlers can provide a more efficient technique for communicating between processes and services on the same machine. It can also take advantage of an alternate SOAP engine or provide messaging to an application that's not exposed as a Web Service.

Custom invocation handlers are implemented as Java classes, EJB containers, or .NET assemblies that implement the engine's custom invocation interface. The BPEL process's deployment descriptor contains a custom invoke handler attribute for the partner role service. The custom handlers are loaded by ActiveBPEL and used to call out to a Partner Role service endpoint when the service is invoked in a BPEL process.

The bottom line with this feature is that you can co-locate chatty services and set up highly efficient messaging for high-volume processes. This is very cool, sort of a "pimp my ride" for the BPEL crowd.

Licensing
As stated in my previous review of the product, the ActiveBPEL Engine core is an open source product. The designer tool isn't, but it's still freely downloadable from the Active Endpoints Web site.

To get access to the high-end engine features like process versioning and clustering you'll have to license the Enterprise product. The cost of the Enterprise product varies based on the deployment platform and ranges from a low-end Tomcat-enabled version to a J2EE-enabled version that can run on a mainframe.

Support
Active Endpoints, Inc. offers a few support options. First, for open source users, forum- and mailing list-based support is provided. There's also a premium support forum for users with a valid product serial number. For enterprises with higher support demands, incident-based support can be purchased.

Conclusion
Active Endpoints, Inc. continues to stay out in front of the BPEL standard with thoughtful features for support of WS-BPEL 2.0 migration. The BPEL design tool and execution engine continue to be freely downloadable and well documented with good community support. Teams looking to move toward the WS-BPEL 2.0 standard should consider Active Endpoints' 3.0 version.

Product Info

Company
Active Endpoints, Inc.
Three Enterprise Drive
Shelton, CT 06484

Web: www.active-endpoints.com
E-mail: info@active-endpoints.com

Licensing Information
ActiveBPEL Designer: Free
ActiveBPEL Engine (Open Source): Free
ActiveBPEL Enterprise: $7.5k - $30k per CPU based on deployment platform

Testing Environment
OS: Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2)
Hardware: Intel Pentium M Processor with
2GHz - 1GB RAM

About Paul Maurer
Paul Maurer is a principal in the financial services practice of a leading consulting services company.

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