Innovate 2012 - A tour of the future and great information from Rational users
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Today's keynote speaker at the Innovate 2012 conference was Michio Kaku. Dr. Kaku gave a whirlwind tour of the latest in physics-related breakthroughs, from contact lenses for augmented reality to smart wallpaper which will offer dining suggestions and medical advice, to medical devices which are ingested to assist in accurate diagnosis of medical issues. Dr. Kaku was quick to point out that all of these innovations to come in the world are powered by the software necessary to bring the hardware to life, bring information to people, and make sense of the overwhelming amount of information available for analysis and examination. People lined up for his book signing later in the day with copies of his book selling out quickly at the book store.
After the keynote, I was able to attend several interesting sessions as my speaking requirements were completed on Tuesday afternoon. I listened to Mark Neft of Accenture speak about usage of Rational Development and Test Environment for System z at a customer engagement he is working on. I also listened to a talk by Markus Sprunck of Unicredit who spoke about his organization's adoption of Rational Team Concert and agile methods. Markus gave many examples of how his team used built-in process configuration elements along with some selective customization to build a collaborative lifecycle management system which works well for his geographically distributed development team.
The third session I was able to attend was a panel discussion from several customers who were using different Rational tools to re-design the user interfaces to their enterprise applications. Whether the teams were using Host Access Transformation Services, Rational Business Developer and EGL, or Rational Application Developer, the teams all were able to re-factor their applications in such a way as to make their applications easier to learn and quicker to use, resulting in productivity gains for their user community. These gains greatly over-shadow the productivity gains seen by the application development teams themselves when considering the overall impact to their organizations.
It has been very interesting to hear how our customers, across many different application development platforms, are using our tools to their advantage. This year's Innovate seems a bit different than in past years. This year, the discussion is much more about how teams are going to make use of the next generation of application development tools, not if they will do so.