UCD focus areas
IBM i Navigator
IBM i Navigator is the graphical user interface for IBM i server management, which includes Management Central for centralized control of multiple IBM i systems. As we look forward to web-based management systems, it is vital that we identify current usability problems with IBM i Navigator, as well as problems that will emerge as more functionality is moved to the web. This effort will identify issues and develop solutions for future releases and web-based versions of IBM i
We are interested in how customers manage their systems via console use. There may be multiple types of consoles that are used. We are looking toward the future of consoles in a converged hardware environment.
Future Hardware Projects
We are taking a look at the future of IBM eServer hardware. We are concerned with your experiences with setting up and installing the hardware, as well as troubleshooting.
Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) and License Management
Capacity Upgrade on Demand will allow you to activate processor capacity in several different ways. We need your help to simplify CUoD and license management processes.
IBM is bringing new computing capabilities to the rapidly evolving Life Sciences field. If your company is involved in pharmaceuticals, health care, genomic research, or related industries, we want to talk to you!
One of the strategic directions for IBM i, and the industry, is a move from resource-based management to policy-based management. This project will address requirements for policy-based management that build upon our current framework and incorporate eServer policy-based products such as eServer Workload Manager (eWLM) and Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA).
Web-based Systems Management Console
As more and more eServer components are making plans for Web-based interfaces, it becomes essential to ensure that the needs of users are met, that functions are well integrated, and the console is easy to use. This project focuses on defining the look and feel of a web-based console as well as the IBM applications that could plug into them, identifying usability problems with web-based consoles, and defining the level of integration necessary for functions.
Common Systems Management
Do you support more than one type of IBM Server? Would you like to help us create the next generation of cross-platform middleware to simplify this task? If so, we would like to hear from you! This work focuses on management of heterogeneous operating systems, including PPC Linux, Windows, and AIX. We need your help to identify the most common and important cross-platform system administration tasks and user-centered design of the administration console.
We want to make sure that we provide the information you need, that you can find it easily, and that you can understand it. We will be working with users who want to have a real impact on new content and function for future versions of Information Center.
Linux now runs on all IBM eServers. You may be interested in running Linux in a partition to be used as a firewall, or you may know that IBM announced Linux-dedicated IBM eServer IBM i and zSeries systems to bring the power and reliability of our mainframe servers to Linux users. In support of all this, some 5,000 IBMers work on Linux in porting centers, research departments, services areas and other labs. Let us know if you would like to help design the setup, administration, and documentation for Linux on IBM i.
IBM HTTP Server with WebSphere Express
IBM HTTP Server for IBM i, recently enhanced to include WebSphere Express, is a complete Web server product with advanced security and application development features. This product provides everything you need to quickly and easily establish a Web presence, and get started on your road to working the Web for business. Provide us with feedback on your Web serving needs and help us design this product's GUI configuration and administration tool.
WebSphere Application Server
WebSphere Application Server is IBM's Java-based Web application server that helps you deploy and manage Web applications, ranging from simple Web sites to powerful e-business solutions. This product allows you to take advantage of the productivity, performance advantages, and portability that Java™ provides for dynamic Web sites. We would like to work with you to understand your Web application serving goals and problems to make WebSphere easier to use on the IBM i.