IBM Adds iSeries Support to WebSphere Dashboard Framework
December 11, 2007 Alex Woodie
IBM last week announced that the WebSphere Dashboard Framework, a tool for creating composite application screens that are delivered as Web-based dashboards, is soon to gain support for i5/OS V5R4 running on the iSeries server, in addition to the mainframe running Linux.
The WebSphere Dashboard Framework is an extension of IBM’s WebSphere Portlet Factory that’s designed to allow developers to rapidly build and deploy pattern-based interfaces to existing business processes. Once these dashboards are deployed, employees and other users are able to record transactions, update customer information, or make other changes to applications residing on a bevy of back-end servers directly from within their Web browser, which IBM says should make them more efficient at their jobs.
When IBM announced version 6.0 of the Dashboard Framework this spring, the product ran on i5/OS V5R3, Windows, Linux, AIX, and Solaris. Last week, IBM announced that the product will be supported on i5/OS V5R4 on December 28, and on Red Hat and Novell SuSE flavors of Linux on December 4. (The software previously supported z/OS versions 1.7 and 1.8).
WebSphere Dashboard Framework version 6 is available now. Pricing begins at $33,000 per processor value unit (PVU), a new unit of measure created by IBM Software’s licensing department last year to reflect the different value customers receive when they run their IBM middleware on multi-core or distributed systems.