10 Steps to Cloud happiness – Introduction

No matter how many steps there are, it’s always a journey and this story is no exception. It seems like a long trek, but in just 10 steps, you can find your cloud happiness.

There are always ups and downs in any journey as you traverse the path you’ve chosen. This is no truer for a walk to the top of a ridgeline as much as for your digital journey into the cloud.

As an application developer, or as an operations specialist, you have to wonder how to get from zero to that plateau of cloud happiness.

Let’s take a closer look at an easy 10-step program to get you up and running your own application delivery platform in the cloud. This journey focuses on the storyline where digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in the cloud are central.

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Gather round as we traverse the 10 steps to AppDev in the Cloud happiness!

This focus on application delivery has many moving parts. These topics like containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and digital journeys might leave you searching for a plan to get started. There’s nothing like getting hands-on and quickly leveraging that experience in your own projects.

The first thing you’ll need is a cloud and not just some service online that you don’t really get your hands-on. This cloud needs to run on-premise so you’ll leverage it as a test platform for your application delivery. You’ll need that right on your very own laptop and it’s the foundation for the rest of your journey to a complete application delivery experience.

This first article will lay out the 10 steps with subsequent articles presenting each step in detail. You’ll be able to follow along as your happiness grows with each following article.

Rest of the 10 steps

If you are looking for the 10 steps in this series, click on the links below. If not yet available as a link, then be sure to check back for updates:

  1. Get a Cloud
  2. Use a Service Catalog
  3. Adding Cloud Operations
  4. Centralize Business Logic
  5. Real Process Improvement
  6. Human Aspect
  7. Retail Web Shop
  8. Online Travel Bookings
  9. Financial Services Examples
  10. Agile Cloud Service Integration

Stay tuned as we tackle these steps one-by-one. After this journey, you’ll have achieved application delivery in the cloud happiness.

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Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM (MEAP)

effective business process managementFor the last four years I was focused on evangelizing JBoss BPM Suite. The content I produced, the talks I have given and the articles I published led to many requests for a book focused on JBoss BPM products. This got me to thinking and in early November of 2015 I decided to submit a proposal. Hoping Manning would be open to the idea of a book that was not only focused on developers, but also on architects and process analysts. Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM was born.

There was a process that went back and forth as the proposal was discussed. Finally, in January of 2016 Manning started a proposal review. It’s where they ask for input from sources in the wild that are knowledgeable of the topics BPM and JBoss.

At the end of February 2016, having collected enough positive input during their review process, Manning committed to the book and I started to write.

The chapters have been flowing nicely and today the Early Access Program (MEAP) has been kicked off. Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM is a reality, a book that focuses on developers, architects and process analysts that want to get started with JBoss BPM Suite.

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Introducing Business Process Management with JBoss BPM


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(This article was excerpted from the book Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM by Eric D. Schabell.)

Organizations are constantly being tested in the markets in which they operate by shifting expectations of their customers, and by competitors looking to provide better value at a lower cost. This tension is the catalyst that continually pushes organizations to search for ways to improve their services, improve the speed which they deliver value to their customers, enable employees to get more done with less administrative overhead, and most importantly, to constantly grow by generating more revenue. This is the basis of BPM, to be able to identify and capture processes in an organization to create repeatable, measurable and consistent execution of goals to drive their business forward.

When an organization studies its operations, it discovers there are many processes used in its daily business. These processes are often not well thought out, or they were created to complete some aspect of the daily business, with little thought given to improving efficiency. At this point the organization looks for the first steps for improving through automation the processes that represent business value.

Business value could be anything that drives organizational goals forward to make customers happy, and thereby generate more revenue. This business value can be anything, such as keeping track of interaction with a customer. If that data could be captured, the marketing department could search a customer’s behavioral patterns to decide what products and services to market to a particular person. It would take mass marketing out of the equation and allow for direct, specific marketing towards individual customers’ needs.

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February in JBoss

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5 story mound of snow at MIT called the Alps of MIT

Another month just went by and it is time to wrap it up with the monthly JBoss news blog post. We’ve all be busy thinking about how to make developers life much easier and published a number of articles, blogs and examples on how to get the most out of JBoss products and projects. As usual, this post tries to highlight the best of the best and I strongly recommend to follow the JBoss Weekly Editorial for a more timely update on what’s happening in the community.

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January in JBoss

Community StickerWe just started this year and a lot has happened already. From now on, I will summarize the monthly happenings in JBoss to catch in one place.

A Year in Review
First thing a new year is all about is looking back. There’s been plenty of recaps about 2014 for example by Eric Schabell who highlighted the most important events for JBoss Integration & BPM. Did you know, that there is a book called “OpenShift Primer” which got completely revised and helps you getting kick-started with all kinds of JBoss technologies on OpenShift.

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Repost: JBoss User Group (JBUG) Chicago – August 6

Here’s a great opportunity for those of you in the Chicago area:  JBoss User Group (JBUG) Chicago – Workshops with JBoss Evangelists.

Visit Andrew, Eric and Kenny:

The following Evangelists will be in attendance to help you along with the workshops and any questions you might have around JBoss technologies:

Andrew Rubinger is Red Hat’s JBoss Developer Advocate and Program Manager. Advocate for and speaker on open, testable enterprise Java development, author of O’Reilly Media’s “Enterprise Java Beans 3.1” and the upcoming “Continuous Enterprise Development in Java” from O’Reilly Media. Member of the JBoss Core Development Team and Technical Lead of the ShrinkWrap project

Eric D. Schabell is the JBoss technology evangelist for Integration and BPM products at Red Hat. He is responsible for various outbound technical aspects of promoting JBoss Enterprise Middleware integration products and services (BRMS/BPM, SOA, and data integration), has traveled the world speaking at conferences and is the author of The OpenShift Primer. He has been working within software development since 1998 for many different enterprises. Follow this blog at http://www.schabell.org.

Kenny Peeples is a JBoss Technology Evangelist with a focus on Fuse, A-MQ, Data Virtualization, and Fuse Service Works. Previously, Architect in Cloud, Mobile and SOA with Security Focus for Government Agencies such as Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Ken travels the world discussing how developers can adopt JBoss related technologies within their integration efforts. Checkout all the technology and projects ken works on at http://www.ossmentor.com