I’ve started experimenting with the new IBM WebSphere Portal 8 (Enable version). My first adventure that I’d like to share with you was downloading and installing this new version. I’ve installed previos versions of Portal many, many times starting with version 5.0. So I jumped onto the IBM website, found the install images and started up the download.
First, the download is bigger than in previous versions. In previous versions, I downloaded 6 images for a total of around 4gb. With this version, I had to download 10 images (2 for IBM Installation Manager, 3 for WebSphere, and 5 for Portal Enable) that took up almost 7gb. I uncompressed all the files into one directory as required, which I called Portal8.
I was installing this on a VMWare server running Windows 2003, which I previously used. That server had 20gb allocated to it. Well, with Windows taking several gb and the downloaded images expanding to over 8gb, I was under the recommended available disk size for the installation (8gb). As you’ll see in reading the rest of this port, at this point I should have gone back and checked the system requirements closer. But I was too excited to start the installation, and unfortunately it takes longer to request a change to VM disk space than I was willing to wait. I knew that I could run the install from a network drive, but our network seemed really slow for these VMs.
To try to get enough disk space for the install, I decided to install just IBM Installation Manager (IIM) first (146mb on disk), then remove the IIM installation software, which included zip files for all the supported operating systems. On a side note, it would be nice to not have to download all that extra software for Linux, Solaris, zOS, etc. when all I want is a Windows version! I ended up deleting just enough to get me the available space I needed.
After installing IIM, I had to point to the repository configurations for WebSphere, Portal, and Enable using IIM’s preferences dialog. Each repository configuration is in a file in the main directory for these components.
I started the installation through IIM, selected WAS, Portal, and Portal Enable to install, and then selected the WAS fixpacks to install from a list IIM presented to me. Funny thing is, IIM showed me fixpacks for all operating systems, not just the one I was running.
Once I deciphered what was targeted for Windows, I clicked next and encountered my first real problem. I got this message: “A supported operating system was not detected.”
I immediately went to the info center to look at the system requirements. Sure enough, Windows 2003 is no longer supported. Windows 7, Windows 2008, and Windows Vista Enterprise are the only versions supported in WebSphere Portal 8. I guess I should have read the requirements more closely! (Yes, I’m laughing at me too.)
So its back to square one. I’ll request an updated VM from my IT people. This time, I’ll get more disk space along with the correct operating system. I’ll also make sure they add more memory as the Info Center says that 4GB is now the minimum amount.
Just so you don’t get stuck in this same situation, I’ve summarized the new requirements here.
CMO and CIO Need to Work Together
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:12a Mark Polly We’ve been reading and commenting about CMOs and CIOs lately (for example, see Is There a Blurring Line Between CIO and CMO?). With the maturing of Customer Experience Platforms (CXP or CXM) and Marketing Automation, the interplay between marketing and technology is rapidly growing.
Virginia Backaitis published today at CMSWire an article titled Hey CMO! Hey CIO! Work Together or Lose Everything. She argues, as we have done here at Perficient, that CMOs and CIOs need to be in lockstep w [read] Keywords:
What is your response to Digital Disruptors?
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 8:11p Brendon Jones James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester, discusses the concept of Digital Disruption, and has a book out by the same name. It’s also available in the Kindle Lending Library. I’ve not read it yet, but will post a review in the next few weeks. However the gist of the concept is that the traditional corporate view was that only a few very large companies had the budgets to bring a few disruptive offerings to market. Since around 2010, and the dawn of the “Age of the Customer̶ [read] Keywords: exchange
Turns Out Companies Are Investing in Social Media
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 12:14p Michael Porter Google’s Wildfire commissioned a study on the How Brands Staff and Budget With Social. It’s far too long for me to replicate but here’s a couple nuggets:
There’s a lesson here and it’s that social media has become a defacto part of corporate life and interactions with customers. See the whole info graphic here. [read] Keywords: enterprise
Dreamforce: Move Marketing from a Cost Center to a Profit Center
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Dreamforce: Developing for Google Glass
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 12:15p Michael Porter Maximiliano Firtman, author of the O’Reilly book, “jQuery Mobile” presented on some basics around development. It was less a look at the development tools and more a look at the options for development and the paradigm you take into account. He’s a a “Google Explorer” and has a chance to muck around with the Glasses for a bit.
It’s not the Get Smart phone shoe as a phone. It’s about a variety of tools like Google Glass, Sony [read] Keywords: apple
Dreamforce: ExactTarget Marketing Cloud Social Roadmap
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 6:18p Mark Polly Patrick Stokes, VP for Product Management at Salesforce provided highlights of the social roadmap for their Marketing Cloud. The following are the four areas that are the focus of the roadmap:
The social tools in the Marketing Cloud include Radian 6, Buddy Media and Social.com. These tools are integrated with ExactTarget to provide an overall platform for marketing. As an example, they are tying Social Advertising available through Social.com into the Jour [read] Keywords: facebook
Dreamforce: Marketing Technology Landscape
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 2:18p Mark Polly Brian Andersen (LUMA Partners) and Robin Bordoli (Marketo) gave a great presentation on the Marketing Technology Landscape. This area is to broad to get into details in one hour, so they presented an overview of the market and then suggested the following three tactics to cope with the vast amount of change going on:
Accept that buyers are in control – it used to be that the buyers contacted the seller well in advance of a sale and the sales team took over to convert that buyer into a c [read] Keywords: network