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IBM WAS: WebSphere Application Server

IBM's WebSphere web server and Rational Developer platform is the software of choice for a significant percentage of Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers. WebSphere Application Server leverages IBM's Rational development platform, IBM MQ: (WebSphere MQ) middleware, mainframe system software, and legacy programming languages to provide a SOA: service oriented architecture infrastructure with a stable and predictable roadmap.

  WebSphere Application Server  
      IBM Software, Feature Packs, and Appliances      
  Cloud Enablement and Optimization   Operational Management and Efficiency   Batch Processing and Distributed Caching   Purpose Foundations and Programming Models  
  IBM Rational Developer for System z   IBM Rational Developer  

The commercial WAS products have a shared architecture which translates into developer investments in applications that can be repurposed to address operational objectives. Applications originally written for and deployed on a WAS for Developers server can be moved without coding changes to any other WAS server, including WAS for z/OS. Since all commercial WAS offerings are built on the same code base, application migration is simplified. This also contributes to easier administration and improved developer productivity. WebSphere Application Server has been designed to allow for scalable upgrades from the Apache Geronimo open source project.

WebSphere Liberty is an alternative IBM Java application server solution. WebSphere Liberty comes with the Java: EE 8 run-time. Java continues to evolve rapidly for the cloud-native era and IBM is supporting clients with updates to Java EE and Spring technologies. IBM SIMD: Single-instruction multiple data processing unit uses the enhanced superscalar z13 and z14 core to process a large number of operands - vector through a single instruction. This allows for the development of smaller and optimized codes to improve efficiency of complex mathematical models and vector processing. It can be used in with Java Technology Edition, Version 8 in IBM WebSphere Liberty Profile for z/OS, and in the full profile of WebSphere Application Server for z/OS.

WebSphere Batch

WebSphere Batch provides an enterprise level environment for the entry, execution, and management of Java batch processing. Previously provided through the WebSphere Compute Grid, WebSphere Batch capabilities now are included within WebSphere Application Server. A batch processing infrastructure allows for the sharing of business logic with OLTP: online transaction processing applications.

The WebSphere Batch featureset includes:

  • Scheduled batch invocation and end-to-end batch management of jobs running across disparate execution environments.
  • Optimized OLTP uptime through continuous interleaving of batch and interactive processes.
  • Parallel Job Manager for partitioning, governing, and processing across a collection of server resources.
  • Near real-time batch processing with ad-hoc and event-driven batch invocation.
  • Integration with enterprise schedulers, such as Tivoli Workload Scheduler.
  • SLA: service level agreement management using workload manager integration.

IBM Rational Developer for System z

For organizational enterprise the role of IBM mainframe continues to evolve. Although still being used for running core applications, the z/OS mainframe operating system is being extended for use with web-based architectures and distributed applications.

Rational Developer for System z is a development platform for delivering information technology services which reduce application complexity, deploy new applications, and modernize existing assets. It can be used to interactively test and deploy cross platform web technologies, mainframe applications, and low-level programming languages. Rational Developer for System z provides the capability to use an interactive workstation-based environment for creating, maintaining, and reusing applications for traditional processing or for inclusion in a service oriented architecture. There also are tools which assist in the creation of relational databases: designing databases, managing schemas, and writing queries against local and remote data.

IBM has a long term commitment to the Rational platform and development tools.

Rational Software and Integrated Tools Functionality
Rational Developer for System z Unit Test Feature Debug, test, and tune mainframe applications.
Rational Host Access Transformation Services Develop and test mainframe applications from a desktop workstation.
Rational Business Developer Streamline application development through application migration to a service oriented architecture.
Rational Software Architect Develop in EGL Web, Web 2.0, and SOA for deployment on multiple platforms with the COBOL or Java programming language.
IBM Data Studio Design and construct applications using a model-driven development approach based on UML: Unified Modeling Language.
IBM Problem Determination Tools Facilities and functions for modernizing System z applications and transforming a System z environment into a SOA infrastructure.

SOA: Service Oriented Architecture and IBM MQ

The successful implementation of a service oriented architecture requires applications and infrastructure that can support the SOA principles. IBM MQ is being used in SOA enterprise environments to route and transport messages from one node to another. IBM MQ supports the principles of an SOA implementation by decoupling the consumer's view both from the actual implementation and technical aspects of the service interation. It integrates and manages services in the enterprise.

IBM MQ for z/OS provides SOA messaging on System z for applications, web services, and Web 2.0. It delivers JMS: Java Message Service and publish and subscribe capabilities and also supports both commercial and open source enterprise service bus implementations. IBM MQ's role and importance in middleware routing and transporting messages is growing. Information can be exchanged across multiple platforms and new and existing business applications integration. It is a major component in IBM's service oriented architecture strategy to provide a universal messaging backbone across different platforms.

WebSphere and Rational Training by SYS-ED

Few software or consulting companies have the credentials and expertise that SYS-ED has with IBM WebSphere - WAS, Rational, and MQ system software and development environment. SYS-ED staff and CETi technology partners have worked with the IBM web server and web development software since their initial release; it was VisualAge then and did not always work as specified in the documentation. This provides us with a privileged perspective from which to identify problems with the software, report them to IBM, and monitor the resolution. Equally as important, we average 30+ years experience in IBM system software and legacy programming languages. Staff members are recognized experts on IBM's industry leading cross system software: IBM MQ and Db2. Our staff gets called on for the tough WebSphere training assignments by the WebSphere NRV: Nationally Recognized Vendor, leading software companies, consulting companies, and other training vendors.

Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers rely on us to teach and provide educational consultancy which provides the foundation for evaluating service oriented architecture and repurposing the investment in mainframe system software and legacy programming languages: improved performance, reducing costs, saving time, and lowering risk.

Qualifying a WebSphere Training Assignment

SYS-ED will not accept an assignment until our director of education reviews the software environment and operational requirements with management from the prospective client. We will then compare it to our standard performance objectives, walkthroughs, and workshop objectives, and if required, either augment it from our courseware library or code client-specific examples and exercises.

SYS-ED recognizes and differentiates between providing a course: WAS: WebSphere Application Server Administration, Rational Application Developer using Rational Application Developer, and IBM MQ: Application Programming as compared to educational consultancy with an OTJ: on the job training component WebSphere Application Server Performance Design and Tuning, Rational Application Developer: Web Services Development, and IBM MQ: Clustering - Design and Architecture.

Courses are available in a classroom, distance-learning medium, or client presentation system. Upon completion of a course, students are welcome to submit WebSphere and Rational questions from back on the job.

As part of presenting an instructor-led WebSphere and Rational at the client location, courseware is evaluated and organized for future use in a web-based infrastructure and delivery medium.

Distance-learning Service and Courseware

SYS-ED courseware consists of student handouts, training aids, and industry-specific examples and exercises. The CETi knowledge base aggregates and analyzes information in the public domain. Content selectively is added to courseware. SYS-ED's long term strategy is to have its courseware recognized as a NRV: Nationally Recognized Vendor. At the client discretion, a textbook and accompanying presentation slides also can be utilized.

Web-based Training Services SYS-ED Schedule and Content Delivery Selection Private Training - Mainframe Training Services
Web-based Training Content Delivery Selection Private Training

IBM Mainframe Environment
IBM MQ: (WebSphere MQ)
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Legacy Programming Languages
CICS Transaction Server Programming
Db2 Application Development
IMS Application Development
WebSphere and Rational Distance-learning Training Service
Web Development Platform
Web Development and Internet Programming
Java Development Platform and Language
Oracle and WebLogic Development
Microsoft Application Development
XML Platform
Open Source Databases
Courseware for Teaching Distance-learning Return on Investment

WebSphere Application Server and Rational Development Platform

WebSphere Application Server and Rational Developer Platform are foundation components in IBM Corporationís service oriented architecture initiative: 1- Building and deploying reusable application services. 2- Running services in a secure, scalable, highly available environment. 3- Connecting software assets and extending applications through intranets and the Internet. 4- Managing applications. A variety of integrated test environments are supported.

  • WebSphere Application Server development and Liberty Profile.
  • WebSphere Portal development.
  • Support for WebSphere Feature Packs: Web 2.0, OSGi, JPA, SCA, XML, web services, and EJB Feature Packs.
  • Support for building SIP 1.1, GSMA, and OneAPI enabled applications.
  • WebSphere performance profiling and logging.
  • TCP/IP Monitor for requests and responses between a browser and an application server.
  • Automated tools to manage server instances and server configurations; this includes creation and submission of wsadmin scripts.
  • Testing different run-time environments locally or remotely.

IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software is an IDE integrated development environment for building Java Platform, Standard Edition - Java SE and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition - Java EE applications. Development tools have been provided for the OSGi: Open Services Gateway Initiative, SCA: Service Component Architecture, Web 2.0, and XML. It has been optimized for application deployment with IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM WebSphere Portal Server.

IBM WebSphere Server
Internet Applications
Enterprise Portal
web server scalability
IBM Rational Application Developer
Iterative Development
Enterprise Modernization

Web Services Open Standards-based Programming Models Message Processing Operational Decision Management
  Collaboration - Business and IT Teams Consolidate Applications and Content Analytics and Integration Multiple Platform Support Managment Infrastructure
  Common Developer Desktop Program Development Cloud Development Performance and Profiling
  Change Management Component Based Architecture Modeling Collaborate Life Cycle Management Infrastructure

SYS-ED WebSphere and Rational Courses

SYS-EDís WebSphere and Rational courses have been developed based upon the application of the standards of the New York State Department of Education. It provides an impartial analysis and experience which extends the IBM documentation and incorporates open source software.
  • The development environment.
  • JEE and its components and project management.
  • Integration and use with scalable enterprise databases.
  • How to create EJB and the associated clients.
  • Performance design.
  • Guidelines not readily discernible from the source vendor documentation.

SYS-ED has been conducting courses in the public domain since 1980; however, there have been changes in the laws and regulations governing computer training in the state of New York. The schedule on our websites reflects a projected time frame for licensure with the New York State Department of Education - Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision and submission and approval of curriculum.

WebSphere and Rational Training Program

Information Technology operations support, network administrators, database administrators, systems designers, and application developers will need to learn new skills for the WebSphere environment. The servers will be running on a combination of MS Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Solaris base operating systems. The training will provide experience with WAS: WebSphere Application Server installation, administration, and performance design and tuning to utilize IBM MQ for managing transaction processing. Training will cut across generations. Some very experienced people will be learning web enablement technologies; while first generation IT staff probably will be using ISPF, JCL, and legacy mainframe programming languages and IBM mainframe systems software for the first time. This training will be important in developing the infrastructure required for web technologies.

The tailored application development training will be a combination of maintenance and migration of legacy applications, primarily COBOL, to the service oriented architecture standards. Most new development will be with Java. The instruction will utilize multiple delivery medium to address operational objectives, the geographic location of the audience, as well as scheduling and class size requirements.

Internet Programming - Java Platform and Open Source Software 

Portfolio of Clients

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WebSphere and Rational Training Services 
Java and Internet Programming
Training Services
WebSphere Family of Software

Java Language

WebSphere and Rational
Training Services

Program for Client A

  • Distance-learning will be used for introductory training on TCP/IP and fundamentals on both the web server and z/OS operations platforms. There also will be an overview of OOPs and Java concepts.
  • SYS-ED will be used for the WAS: WebSphere Application Server and Rational Application Development training and COBOL courses:
Administration and Web Integration/Enablement Web Development and Application Programming
WAS: WebSphere Application Server Installation and Configuration
WAS: WebSphere Application Server Administration
IBM MQ: Administration
Rational Application Developer: Java Programming
Rational Developer for System z: Programming
IBM MQ: Application Programming

The lesson plans and subject matter in the Rational Developer for System z curriculum include project specifications and on-the-job coding requirements: code snippets, examples, and sample programs. IBM offerings will be used for specialized WAS performance optimization and systems programmer training. Some personnel, who have worked exclusively with z/OS or Microsoft Windows also will require training on a UNIX- or Linux- variant operating system: Red Hat or Solaris. Experienced mainframe personnel will attend the WebSphere and Java training along with specialized courses such as Enterprise COBOL.

The core WebSphere administration and web enablement education will be completed from January through September; the specialized courses will be taken later. The exact schedule will depend on the workloads of staff members. Based upon feedback, adjustments will be made.

Specialized WebSphere Rational Training

RAD: Rational Application Developer is used to visually design, construct, and test web services, portals, and JEE: Java Enterprise applications for deployment to multi-vendor run-times. RAD utilizes the Eclipse development environment and provides integrated version control, portal development, UML modeling, code analysis, and automated test and deployment tools.


SYS-ED teaches both IBM and cross platform application development: client-specific sample programs, exercises, and case studies.

z/OS and UNIX System Services Development

Web, JEE, and Java Development

  • Use the Rational Developer editor, debugger, and integrated tools to include execution JCL, refactor variables, and browse and edit mainframe datasets.
  • Edit, debug, and test a COBOL program with associated test data.
  • Code and test Db2 stored procedures by passing arguments and getting a result table returned.
  • Create a Java project and application using standard GUI technologies.
  • Debugging and testing the program by setting breakpoints and reviewing the content of variables and objects.
  • Create a Java servlet and JSP code for entering data and querying a database on the mainframe.

Composite Development

Windows Development

  • Create an adapter which accesses a web service on the mainframe.
  • Test the adapter and web service.
  • Compile, test, and debug a COBOL program that will execute in a client-specific MS Windows environment.

Evolving IT - Interrelated Technologies

Information technology training for business enterprise is more complex and challenging than ever before. Organizationís have a substantial investment in infrastructure and applications specific to their operations. There are new protocols, web server, and web enabled technologies and development platforms which require development from scratch or integration with the existing system software and enterprise databases. There will be long term implications regarding the strategic mix of commercial and open source software which is selected, along with decisions on whether to maintain and upgrade the existing legacy applications, many of which are now thirty or more years of age; while retrofitting and transitioning to the new technologies. SYS-ED trained a significant portion of the first generation of DP personnel. And looks forward to training their IT successors in the 21st century.

Web 2.0 Application Development UNIX and Linux Big Data - Apache Hadoop

WebSphere and Rational Training Services

WebSphere and Rational Courses
SYS-ED's WebSphere and Rational courses are for Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers to train their personnel and acquire specialized expertise in hybrid and interrelated information technology: IBM software, open source software, and cloud computing platforms.

SYS-ED's courseware draws upon a library of examples, sample programs, exercises, case studies, and training aids. It is used in conjunction with teaching web server administration and cross platform application development: Linux- and UNIX- variants, mainframe, MS Windows, and hybrid implementations of IBM, third party, and open source software

Teaching is Our Business
Most computer training companies are divisions of large software or consulting companies. Not SYS-ED. Our only goal is to provide quality WebSphere and and Rational training for motivated professionals. This independence allows us to concentrate on teaching.

Our Teachers Know How to Teach
SYS-ED SYS-ED instructors combine teaching skills with WebSphere and Rational Developer experience. After a course, they are available to answer questions.

Enrollment - SYS-ED WebSphere Courses are Not for Everyone
No one is allowed to enroll in a SYS-ED WebSphere and Rational course, without a consultation with our director of education. We review the operational objectives and project specifications for the organization evaluating whether to send its employee for the training. The employee only is allowed to register if they have the background corresponding to the appropriate learning paths: WebSphere, IBM MQ, or Java.

WebSphere and Rational - Distance-learning or at Your Office
SYS-ED WebSphere and Rational courses are provided over the Internet through a distance-learning delivery medium or classroom instruction. Client location courses can include the same workshops and case studies as the SYS-ED schedule.

Technology Exchange Websites

SYS-ED's websites compile, organize, and present software specific and established operational categorizations of information technology. They provide a framework for assessing knowledge transfer in a variety of delivery formats: web-based training, classroom instruction, courseware, learning paths, and validation assessment.


www.cicstrainingbysysed.us www.coboltrainingbysysed.us www.db2trainingbysysed.us
www.imstrainingbysysed.us www.javatrainingbysysed.us www.mainframetrainingbysysed.us
www.mqseriestrainingbysysed.us www.unixtrainingbysysed.us www.xmltrainingbysysed.us

Footnote 1:
SYS-EDís core WebSphere curriculum are being prepared for submission to the New York State Department of Education - Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision for technical review and licensing.

SYS-EDís core Java curriculum has been submitted to the New York State Department of Education - Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision for technical review and licensing.