May 26, 2011--For the converged infrastructure-themed issue of The Connection (May/June 2011), NuWave contributed an article on Web-enabling applications to prepare for a migration to CI. Since many NonStop users are confused about what converged infrastructure is and how it could benefit their organizations, we wanted to provide a more unbiased analysis and description to the NonStop community.
NuWave has been assisting corporations with migrations for years. Using their SOAP/AM Server product, companies can easily expose NonStop applications as Web services, allowing a migration to take place while applications are still running. We call this a zero-downtime migration.
While the article only mentions SOAP/AM® briefly, the readers who have tested the solution against its alternatives are fully aware of the benefits of using this product. But, just to make the comparison clear to those who haven't evaluated SOAP/AM Server, we snuck in a list of what to look for in a NonStop SOA solution. Take a look:
- Does it run in Guardian or OSS?
- Does it have security included in the price?
- Is it standards-based? Does it support HTTP/HTTPS, XML, and SOAP?
- Does it convert IPMs to WSDLs?
- Does it have Web-based management tools? If not,what does the interface look like?
- Does it include a wizard? If not, how easy is it to use and what is the learning curve?
- Does it require changes to existing software?
- What is the nature of the product support? Are there user testimonials, stories, and recommendations available?
- Is there a free trial available? If so, is it for the full version of the product?
Check out the article and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about migrating to the BladeSystem Matrix or any other platform.
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March 14, 2011--Who would have thought that the humble NuWave Technologies would be able to grab the attention of the editors at The Connection magazine two issues in a row? But as luck would have it, the company was asked to assist with articles in two consecutive issues. For the November/December edition, the author of the IT Project Blog (the project management blog managed by NuWave) wrote an article on agile development for the magazine. Then, in the January/February issue NuWave was featured as one of the first companies to have a certified converged infrastructure (CI) ready product for the NonStop server.
As described in the article, the criteria for products to be considered CI-ready are 1) they must run on a NonStop server and 2) they must either a) use modern technology or enable modernization, or b) are capable of being installed using NonStop Software Essentials. NuWave's SOAP/AM® products run in the Guardian environment on NonStop and help to modernize NonStop applications. The article, titled "A Slice of NonStop: Low-Hanging Fruit Lead the Way to NonStop CI-Readiness", praises five partners, including NuWave, for being the solution leaders in this movement.
During an interview for this story NuWave's president, Ernie Guerrera, was asked what HP could do to encourage more partner interest in modernizing new and existing solutions. Mr. Guerrera is quoted in the article as saying "What will help is an observable HP commitment to fully educate its sales representatives, consultants, analysts, and solutions architects about both the open advantages of NonStop and the CI-Ready solutions that exist for the platform." Whether or not HP will heed this advice is unknown.
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February 23, 2011--You know your blog is gaining steam when everybody is asking to reprint articles. NuWave Technologies doesn't grant everyone permission, but they recently allowed PMBoulevard (pmboulevard.com) to republish an IT Project Blog article. This is mainly because the site has a good reputation in the project management community--and they asked nicely. The featured article, titled "The Who, What and Why of Lessons Learned", talks about who should be involved in the project lessons learned process and what role each of them should have. It also explains why project managers should even perform a lessons learned analysis at all.
PMBoulevard is not the only project management website that has used the IT Project Blog's articles. PMHut (pictured above), ProjectManagers.net, PM Podcast, and many others have also partnered with NuWave in order to use, share, or exchange content. As you can see from the previous news item, Kathlika Thomas, the blog's author, also expanded an article for publication in The Connection magazine.
Unfortunately, around the same time that this momentum began to build, some new projects and opportunities sprung up at NuWave, and management made the decision to use blog staff for these initiatives. Gabrielle Guerrera, the blog's promoter, claims that the freeze on new articles is only temporary and that "our staff will still respond promptly to any new questions or comments posted to the blog."
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The Connection chose NuWave Technologies to be a guest author for their November/December 2010 edition, citing the company's IT Project Blog as the source of their interest.
December 8, 2010--NuWave Technologies' own Kathlika Thomas was asked to write for The Connection magazine, the premier technical publication for HP NonStop users. Technical issues, industry developments, events, users, and new solutions are all present in this print publication. However, Thomas' article is actually on the topic of agile development.
Although Thomas does not have experience with Tandem (NonStop) servers, her work on the IT Project Blog caught the attention of the magazine's editors. As the blog's head author, she has written over 30 articles on project management and IT, and has gained the respect of other project management bloggers worldwide.
The article, titled "The Ins and Outs of Iterative, Incremental Development", describes the differences between the waterfall, spiral, and agile development models and lays out the pros and cons of using the agile method. It also includes a case study to show how the method can, in many instances, lead to successful software implementations.
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November 19, 2010--This week, NuWave's SOAP/AM® products were featured on HP's new blog, the AllianceONE Partner Solutions Blog. The article, titled "Leveraging Legacy Applications to Extend Your IT Budget", was written by the president of NuWave Technologies and comes at a time when the pressure on IT budgets has been increasing with the continuation of the economic recession. It opens with an acknowledgement of this setting:
"If you are like most IT managers, you are working with a budget that is smaller than what you require. Yet you still need to deliver new services to your users. For HP NonStop customers, this is a major challenge. How do I become more agile, manage my budget and reduce costs?
In the conversations we've had with NonStop customers, many are evaluating application modernization to mitigate the risk, time and expense of new application development. By modernizing existing applications instead of starting from scratch, they can leverage their existing investment, decrease the time to develop the new services and still provide innovation."
The article goes on to describe how utilizing service-oriented architecture (SOA) can help to save money and time while reducing risks. It also mentions some of the qualities to look for in a SOA-facilitating product:
- compliance with industry standards
- included security, such as SSL and TLS
- management of transaction integrity on the server or client application
To learn more about modernizing HP NonStop applications, read the rest of the article or go to our NonStop software page.
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October 20, 2010--NuWave Technologies has partnered with GoldenGate (now Oracle) to provide training and implementation support of GoldenGate's data integration products. These HP NonStop solutions enable real-time data integration and continuous data availability by capturing and delivering updates of critical information and providing continuous data synchronization across heterogeneous environments.
NuWave has provided IT services since the company was started in 1999; however, it is now in the process of expanding these services. Part of this expansion includes the support and training of GoldenGate's acclaimed products. If you'd like more information on how NuWave can improve your GoldenGate experience, or if you'd like to know which product(s) best suit your needs, feel free to ask NuWave's consulting team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Upcoming webinar on the "triple constraint", or the project management triangle (cost, scope, and time), will provide details on how to maximize requirements while maintaining a set budget and schedule.
August 14, 2010--The IT Project Blog, a free site with advice and resources for project managers, is raising the bar for blogs in this category by adding even more templates, guest articles, downloadable tools, and videos each week. Now, in addition to these free resources, the blog provides detailed webinars for their project management following...and basically anyone else that registers for the events.
In June, the blog hosted their first webinar, which described how to implement a post-project lessons learned process. According to Gabrielle Guerrera, who promotes the blog and its webinars, the event was a huge success. “The attendees were very active: they were involved throughout the presentation and participated in a lively Q&A afterwards,” she stated. “It was exciting for us to have not only a great turnout but also participants who provided great questions and feedback.” (To see the recording of this webinar, just visit the IT Project Blog.)
Next on the list is a webinar on the “triple constraint” (also known as the project management triangle): time, cost, and scope. This webinar will take place on September 8th at 2pm EST and will dish out tips on how to maximize budget dollars while maintaining scope and time commitments. It will also go over how to optimize your project plan, identify “nice-to-haves”, weed out redundancies, and more. Anyone can take part in this webinar; you just have to register. All US attendees will receive $1000 off their next IT project with NuWave Technologies, the owner of the IT Project Blog.
This triple constraint webinar, like the previous webinar, will be presented by the blog's head author. Kathlika Thomas (above) has over a decade of business analysis and project management experience, most of which was at Accenture (one of the “big five” consulting firms). There, she managed numerous international projects and achieved a high success rate with both domestic and international projects. In her spare time, Kathlika has also developed a number of workshops and training programs related to business analysis, business intelligence and project management.
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The IT Project Blog will host their first webinar later this month. The event, which focuses on a project manager's lessons learned process is free, open to the public, and can help PMs improve their performance and efficiency from project to project.
June 18, 2010—The IT Project Blog, a site that provides tips, tools and videos for project managers, is holding their first webinar on June 30th. It is free and open to the public, focuses on the lessons learned process and is targeted at IT project managers. The webinar will be hosted by Kathlika Thomas, head author of the IT Project Blog and seasoned project management professional.
Typically, during the conclusion of a phased project, management standards require documentation of "lessons learned" to encourage improvement of methodology and processes over time. This webinar, titled “Improve Your Projects: Learning From Past Mistakes” will review steps that a project manager can take and tools they can use when creating a lessons learned process.
Documenting lessons learned is an integral part of the lifecycle management of a project and is especially helpful to project managers who want to get better at their job over time. Just think of the repetitive nature of their role -- they end up performing the same sort of tasks in each project, whether it be building a team, communicating with and managing stakeholders, or hiring third-party vendors. For all of these tasks, understanding how they succeeded and where they fell short will maximize a project manager's performance over time and ultimately improve the efficiency with which they manage their assignments.
Attendees will receive $1,000 off their next project with NuWave Technologies, owner of the IT Project Blog, and will also get a free template to assist with the lessons learned process. There is also a preview article on the IT Project Blog called “Why Waste Your Time With a Lessons Learned Process?”.
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Small IT firm NuWave Technologies launches its IT Project Blog, focusing on topics such as project management, project planning and BPM. The blog's purpose is to provide project advice and to develop a name for the company across the IT community.
April 22, 2010--Nashua, NH--After months of preparation, NuWave Technologies has launched its IT Project Blog. Although facing competition from probably hundreds of other information technology blogs, the company has high expectations for its own blog page. With a dedication to quality content and advice, as well as a focus on hot topics like project planning and business process management (BPM), NuWave hopes to make the top 10 technology blogs on Technorati, the Web's premier listing of the highest rated IT blogs, within the first year. While this is a lofty goal, those involved in the blog believe that constant adjustments to reflect readers' interests will help NuWave to inch closer over time.
With much anticipation from NuWave's customer base and business network, the blog launched today with several fresh articles, including "5 Ways to Maintain IT Project Morale" and "Save Your Shop With Small Business BPM". Says NuWave's president, Ernie Guerrera, "The goal isn't so much to gain customers as it is to put some great advice out there and start conversations. Although it would be great if we establish a following." To add a viral aspect, some of the articles are going to be videos and will be posted on YouTube as well as the blog itself.
Kathlika Thomas, the blog's author, has roots at Accenture, one of the "Big Five" consulting firms, and several international projects under her belt. "I have so much advice that could help other project managers out there," claims Thomas. "And this blog is a great outlet for getting my thoughts heard." In addition to her project management experience, Thomas has also developed a number of workshops and training programs related to business analysis, business intelligence and project management. The IT Project Blog can be viewed at http://www.nuwave-tech.com/it-project-blog.
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