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IBM Workshop Available for Faculty


The IBM Academic Initiative Rational Software Architect Workshop is being conducted at IBM's Innovation Center in Chicago, IL, December 19 - 22, 2005.  The event is expected to draw 25 faculty from universities located in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin; the list is likely to grow as December approaches.

Workshop participants will receive:

  • 3 days of free training on leading-edge technology by an industry experienced IBM software engineer;
  • free access to a wealth of open source and IBM technologies;
  • free curriculum materials and course designs for use in teaching;
  • the collegiality that develops among faculty as you participate in this opportunity together.

IBM's Academic Initiative is an innovative global program designed to collaborate with educators in teaching students the open standards skills necessary to compete and keep pace with changes in the ever-changing I/T workplace, and to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.  This initiative offers a wide range of technology education benefits that can be scaled to meet the goals of most educational institutions, ranging from large research universities to community colleges and vocational schools. IBM will work with schools that support open standards and seek to use open source and IBM technologies for teaching purposes, both directly and virtually via the Web.

Offering includes:

  • IBM software for use in teaching and research at no charge - the entire IBM software portfolio is available (Rational, DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Tivoli);
  • Faculty training services to qualified institutions at no charge;
  • IBM courseware, including assignments, lab work, etc., at no charge (approximately 80 courses available and are adding more);
  • Free access to IBM hardware through a virtual loaner program (zSeries and pSeries machines at this time), as well as deep discounts on hardware;
  • Support via the current Academic Initiative portal;
  • University coverage model will leverage both assigned personnel and volunteer IBMers, including skilled I/T architects, IBM client executives and IBM University Relations staff.

Visit the IBM Academic Initiative website today and sign up for the free benefits offered -- it only takes a few seconds to join -- even if you can't attend the Chicago workshop. Also feel free to forward this note to other faculty you think might be interested.



The workshop will be held at IBM's Innovation Center (71 South Wacker Drive, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL). It will begin promptly at 1:00 PM CT, Monday, December 19, 2005, and conclude by noon on Thursday,  There is no cost to you for the workshop, related software or training materials; however, you are responsible for your travel and living expenses.   There are several restaurants and fast food shops in the area that are easily accessible for lunch and dinner. A light continental breakfast will be served each morning and refreshments each afternoon.

Hardware Systems:

The room being used is equipped with workstations fully configured with the software and memory required to support the class. There is no need for your to bring your laptop for class purposes.

For More Information about Rational Software Architect, go to

Workshop Topics

  • Tour of Academic Initiative web site
  • Getting Started with Eclipse
  • Getting Stated with UML modeling
  • Creating UML diagrams
  • Team development with modeling
  • Applying design patterns
  • Model Analysis
  • Introduction to UML editing
  • Debugging Applications
  • Additional Team Development Topics
  • Developing J2EE components
  • Presentation Layer
  • Intro to Service Data Objects (using Cloudscape)
  • Component Testing
  • Static Code Analysis
  • Runtime Analysis

Heather McClain IBM Academic Initiative Relationship Manager ISV & Developer Relations, Software Group Home Office – Atlanta, GA

Last Updated: Apr 5, 2017 11:17 AM

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