Intelligent business management in the cloud

While cloud solutions claim to empower line-of-business (LOB) users to make successful IT decisions, most enterprises are simply optimizing IT infrastructures on new infrastructure platforms without giving any control to LOB users.

In this session, you’ll learn how a Business Rules Management System (BRMS) can be integrated with a cloud management platform to deliver new value to LOB users and their organizations. You’ll learn about several use cases that illustrate the value of combining business rules management with cloud management. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:

  • Respond to complex cloud infrastructure events according to defined business rules (that can be based on market conditions and/or regulatory policies).
  • Give cloud users and administrators the ability to define complex business workflows based on those cloud infrastructure events.
  • Allow cloud users to place cloud workloads based on granular, user-defined policies that span the infrastructure, hypervisor, storage, and application tiers.

The session will include a demonstration of an integrated BRMS and cloud management solution (Red Hat JBoss BRMS and Red Hat CloudForms) that delivers new control to LOB users as they embrace cloud infrastructure platforms like OpenStack.

What cloud trends mean for you: An analyst’s view

You hear and read about cloud computing daily. But between a lot of the hype and the rapid rate of innovation, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which aspects of cloud are most relevant to your company and which trends are most important to monitor.

In this session, Michael Cote, who heads up the Infrastructure Software practice at 451 Research, will cover what cloud means today and why it’s being rapidly embraced by so many organizations. He’ll share a variety of recent research into how companies are adopting clouds. Finally, he’ll discuss key trends that are happening today such as the:

  • Blurring of categories across different types of clouds.
  • Evolution of application packaging.
  • Ongoing hybridization of IT.

He’ll also discuss how to take advantage of those key trends to make IT more flexible and efficient.

Support best practices: Optimizing your support experience

In this session, you’ll learn how to leverage Red Hat’s experience supporting customers to optimize your internal support organization’s interaction with external support vendors. Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • Key topics in interacting with support and how to optimize that conversation to get answers quickly.
  • How to avoid outages and progress to best practices.
  • Where to focus your proactive support time for best results.
  • Best practices that can significantly shorten your resolution times.
  • How Red Hat works behind the scenes to optimize your engagement with us.
  • The 1 thing you can do to minimize your support-related outage time.
  • Best practices using our support tools, including the support portal, access.redhat.com.

Guilherme Barros will discuss lessons learned from the mountains of support data we have gathered and walk you through best practices that we have proven to create a better support experience.

Migrating JRules to Red Hat JBoss BRMS

Softbank Mobile, the largest mobile communications company in Japan, began migrating JRules to Red Hat JBoss BRMS in 2012. In this session, Softbank Mobile reps will share their story, discussing:

  • Why they selected a BRMS solution and how it was adapted to their system.
  • The business value of BRMS.
  • Migration pros and cons, in addition to recommended strategies and tips.
  • The differences between JRules and Red Hat JBoss BRMS.

They will also provide a demonstration of Mithril, an integrated, rapid development environment for Red Hat JBoss BRMS.

Quantifying the financial benefits of PaaS: Build your business case

As a cloud application platform that makes it easier and faster to build and launch applications, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has intrinsic benefits that are clear to many IT departments. The challenge comes in quantifying the true financial benefit and the ROI of an investment in a PaaS solution.

In this session, Red Hat and Cisco reps will detail the financial benefits that PaaS can bring to enterprises and organizations. They’ll walk you through the details of a real-world business case that illustrate the impact that a PaaS like OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat can have on an organization.

You’ll leave this session with a clear understanding of the financial benefits of PaaS and a business case approach that you can apply in your organization.

The next wave in BPM from Red Hat

Over the last few years, business process management (BPM) solutions have seen rapid adoption across the enterprise. Innovative organizations are recognizing the value of BPM for improving the efficiency and agility of business operations, and thereby boosting competitiveness and the bottom line.

Late last year, Red Hat launched a new BPM platform, Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite beta. The offering resulted from an extensive engineering effort to merge our popular business rules management system (BRMS) with BPM technology acquired from Polymita. The result is a comprehensive platform for business automation, incorporating 3 key technologies–business rules, business processes, and complex event processing.

Join us for this session where you’ll learn about the capabilities, vision, and roadmap for Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite. Specifically, you’ll learn about:

  •  The new, business friendly tools for process modeling, user interface creation, etc.
  •  Process analysis and simulation
  •  Task management and process monitoring
  •  Business activity monitoring

After the session, you’ll have a solid understanding of the capabilities and direction of the product, and will be ready to use the free developer subscription to evaluate it for your needs.

Best practices for PaaS, OpenStack, & cloud adoption

Today, using a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to automate development workflows within private and public clouds is the clear industry direction. But the full benefits of enterprise PaaS come about through considering PaaS along with community-driven and standards-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), like OpenStack, and cloud management platforms and application life-cycle management.

Join David Linthicum, internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader, as he takes the mystery out of defining a cloud strategy. He’ll provide examples of existing best practices, emerging technologies, and the integration of these technologies to best support the business. This includes considering all aspects of building and operating your infrastructure and application environments. You’ll also gain a sound understanding of the intersection of IaaS, PaaS, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to help you define your own cloud strategy and give your organization the best chance of success.

In his session and interactive discussion with Red Hat cloud evangelist Gordon Haff, David will answer your specific questions along with:

  • Which emerging technologies and standards are most important to watch?
  • Which businesses and industries can serve as models for your cloud adoption?
  • What are common pitfalls in building and deploying clouds, and how can enterprises avoid them?
  • What does the cloud model mean for application architectures?
  • What are the advantages of bringing open cloud infrastructure like OpenStack into a PaaS strategy?

Cloud security: Frameworks & enforcement

All organizations consider security while developing or deploying systems and applications. But security concerns span the entire life cycle of a system or app—from development, deployment, and maintenance to infrastructure migration.
Hybrid cloud management tools allow an unprecedented level of insight and control over system and app security. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to use existing capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenShift by Red Hat, and Red Hat CloudForms to manage security through the full life cycle of systems and apps in open hybrid cloud environments.
  • How you can use security standards like OVAL and FedRAMP.
  • About the potential future of cloud security.
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