Welcome to my world of demos and technical videos. Is anyone out there interested in using Eclipse or using Eclipse today? If you are interested in becoming familiar with Eclipse, here is a very useful demo that will help you get started. Learn what Eclipse and the Eclipse foundation is, how and where to download the Eclipse platform, and how to setup and install Eclipse with Apache Tomcat and the Java™ Development Kit.
P.S. If you have time to watch a fun video, check out the DEADLINE post-it stop motion video.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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It is amazing that in the last few years, so many companies are jumping on the Green bandwagon. I question some companies I see peddling their products in the name of green. But how about software companies? Can we find the value in Green for software? In the traditional sense, software isn't the first thing people think of when you say Green. We often think of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a 1970's perspective. For example, reduce your energy use, recycle materials, and find alternate energy sources. But to make this a better planet, we need to continue to challenge ourselves and look beyond. Not only in our personal lives, but at work as well.
As business people or software developers you may be currently participating in optimized multi-site collaboration and reducing travel, workload costs, and fuel emissions. You may be involved in a multi-site development effort, modernizing legacy applications with SOA services. Now that is the new Green or am I taking huge liberties?
In the developerWorks portfolio of demos, we have a great example of team tools that shows the integration with IBM® Rational® Build Forge and IBM Rational Team Concert. These tools work together seamlessly to provide software assembly for Jazz and traditional muti-site development environments simultaneously. Check out the demo!
So do you think companies are exploiting the whole Green movement? Do you think you can find the value in Green for software?
Let me know what you think and what is your favorite Green commercial? Here is mine!
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Software development needs to be smart. Development tool integration is key to smart software development. Let's talk about Rational® Requirements Composer, which is a suite of requirements definition and business prototyping tools. Its graphical editors enable you to quickly develop requirements, construct use cases, build glossaries, create business processes and design user interface sketches and storyboards.
When you define requirements with IBM®Rational Requirements Composer, you can elicit, capture, elaborate, discuss, and review requirements using a variety of requirements definition techniques and collaboration capabilities. Rational Requirements Composer integrates with IBM Rational RequisitePro®, IBM Rational DOORS, and the Jazz-based products IBM Rational Team Concert™ and IBM Rational Quality Manager. Rational Requirements Composer also integrates with IBM Rational Software Architect and other Rational Software Delivery Platform products. Could a development team ask for anything more? Integration and communication is key to a smart development environment, which reduces risks and costs, by increasing team communication within the team tool set.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet, beginning with software development!
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"Fly by the seat of your pants" is an early aviation term when aircraft had few navigation aids and flying was accomplished by means of the pilot's judgment.
The term emerged in the 1930s and was first widely used in reports of Douglas Corrigan's flight from the USA to Ireland in 1938.
That flight was reported in many US newspapers of the day 'Corrigan Flies By The Seat Of His Pants',
We all know that we can't fly by the seat of our pants in software development. There are so many tools today that help us make smarter software faster.
From use case development all the way to modeling, solution analysis, design activities and project management. And thank goodness that aircraft
now have the navigation tools to fly more safely.
Check out these tools to help develop software smarter!
This demo shows how to transform an IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer project into a model in IBM Rational Software Architect or IBM Rational
Software Modeler.See how use cases and process flow requirements captured in IBM Rational Requirements Composer can be used as a basis for your
solution analysis and design activities within Rational Software Architect or Rational Software Modeler.
Recently CNN had an interesting article on how identify theft is on the rise. CNN notes "hackers are working their way into the computer systems of major retailers across the country, experts say. As the bad guys get savvier, identity theft has become more common. Last year, the number of incidents of identity fraud in the United States increased 22%., according to the most recent survey by Javelin Strategy & Research."
As consumers, we can lower our risk by monitoring our credit reports, but we can only do so much. As application and web developers we need to take responsibility and develop secure web applications. Don't you think? Let's create a smarter more secure planet through software.
Has your identity been stolen? If it has, how did that make you feel? IBM Rational AppScan is doing a lot to help developers make web sites more secure.
Check out this demo "Introduction to Rational AppScan" This demo shows you how to scan a Web application for security vulnerabilities using Rational® AppScan® Standard Edition. This is one of our most popular demos. DEMO
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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Cloud computing can make a positive difference to your company's impact on the environment and provide unbounded scale and differentiated quality of service. Each physical server on your network consumes power, creates additional heat and requires constant cooling from air-conditioning systems. These costs can be reduced with Cloud computing. In addition, Cloud computing is a means of providing service delivery for consumer and business needs in a simplified way. Businesses are looking to cloud computing to provide the agility needed to respond quickly in today's highly competitive environment and an environment that scales easily to effectively meet customer needs.
So in a nutshell, the benefits of cloud computing are predictable any time, anywhere access to IT resources. flexible scaling of resources and a positive impact on the environment. Cloud computing can be smart computing.
IBM Tivoli and Cloud Demo
See how you can implement Smart Business Test Cloud, a private test cloud, using Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM), Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM), IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM), and WebSphere cloud appliance. Additionally, IBM Smart Business Test Cloud services support IBM’s hardware, software, and services platform -- which is IBM CloudBurst. Smart Business Test Cloud also gives you the option to leverage your existing systems and storage for a complete cloud solution.
Eclipse and Amazon Web Service (AWS) Demo
Learn how to use the Amazon Web Services toolkit for Eclipse. This demo shows you how to create a simple Java™ Web application, hello world, and deploy it to the cloud. To complete the steps in this demo, you will need to have Eclipse installed and setup. You will also need to have an Amazon account.
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Nearly all teams face challenges in getting their clients and other stakeholders involved enough in the requirements stage, of the development process. Especially when defining the outcomes and the details of what it will take to realize those outcomes. Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) is designed to provide a solution for the creation and composition of meaningful requirements, based on user and stakeholder needs.
IBM Rational Requirements Composer can help extended teams understand requirements faster by Using the best notation or sets of notations to communicate client and stakeholder needs by making the latest information available to the whole team, which will help shorten the review and approval cycles.
Teams can save valuable development time by using the web-based review and approval workflow. For example, the ability to have role based (reviewer, approver, optional reviewer) participants, will greatly enhance the ability to help everyone understand their role and what they need to accomplish.
With role base team members, status of both formal and informal reviews are visible to the entire team and automatic notifications help to keep participants engaged and informed. There is no need to maintain a separate record system of the approval process (but if you have one, you can still use it for final approvals).
Without a proper requirements management tool, many tools, document formats and repositories create “information islands”, making it hard to find, relate and use this information as requirements artifacts as well as use use it to inform downstream lifecycle activities. This old fashion system makes it hard to relate the requirements together, to keep the project coherent, and maintain team relationships.
Team members undertake heroic measures to consolidate, understand, monitor status, and make decisions based on this information. These manual processes often don’t scale and introduce errors.
Rational Requirements Composer enables you to use these documents together with RRC native artifacts. It can relate them to one another with links, apply attributes, include them in collections, manage review and approval status, and maintain every revision on the server. You can copy and paste Word and Excel tables into RRC in an intelligent manner and mark requirements in Word, to create individual requirements managed in the RRC database.
Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
Managing your business information and providing reports for people to review and monitor is all part of creating a Smarter Planet. Don't get caught in the data frenzy. IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) is a great tool to manage business information and reporting. It combines the features of all previous Cognos products and applications and provides a complete and scalable BI solution. Cognos has a completely different architecture than the previous versions, every component is integrated and in one place and the main and most significant idea is to use one common metadata for all components.
Framework Manager is a Cognos modeling tool for creating and managing business-related metadata for use in Cognos analysis and reporting. It is a client application to manage metadata which is stored centrally in the Content Store. Framework manager sets up a pointer on where the data is stored and what is the relation between data sources. The main users of Framework manager are data warehouse developers and data modelers. When creating new reports, report authors base on the metadata information (packages), published with Framework Manager.
Managing your busienss information and reporting for people to review and monitor is all part of creating a Smarter Planet. Check out these 3 demos to see IBM Cognos Framework Manager in action.
The Cognos® metadata model lets you simplify end user experience and to provide for cross-InfoProvider reporting - with or without the availability of a MultiProvider. With cross-InfoProvider reporting, you can use a single environment to work with both SAP Business Warehouse (BW) and non-SAP data. This demo series shows you how to get the model ready for the content authors to use.
In this first demo, watch and learn how to import the relevant SAP Business Warehouse metadata related to your reporting requirements.
IBM Cognos Framework Manager, Part 1: Import metadata from a SAP BW Demo!
After importing metadata from a SAP BW, you can publish this as a package and give immediate access to report authors and consumers, or you can add more value to what the authors and consumers see. In this demo, Framework Manager is used to explore an imported model.
IBM Cognos Framework Manager, Part 2: Use Framework Manager to explore imported data Demo!
In this demo, the content of the model is exposed for end users. To expose this model, one or more packages is created. Different packages can be created to specifically meet the needs of different user communities - all based off the one model for easy central administration and maintenance.
IBM Cognos 8 Framework Manager, Part 3: Publish the data in reports for end users Demo!
Creating a smarter planet with smart data!
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Well, you might be saying - "All this talk about creating a smarter planet through software is great, but let's see some real world examples".
I'm glad you asked. We recently published two demos that demonstrate software in the financial industry.
The first example demonstrates IBM WebSphere ILOG Business Rule Management System (BRMS) JRules. With BRMS JRules, developers can easily build and deploy rule-based applications that automate fine-grained, variable decisions used by business systems, while reducing the time, effort and cost of application development and ongoing maintenance. The short of it is that you can build, manage and run rule-based applications for Java, mainframe and SOA. This is important in industries like the financial industry.
The second example uses Cognos Now!. This product delivers operational dashboards for real-time monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs) and operational metrics from disparate data sources. The great thing is that these dashboards can be created by non-technical people, even a "manager".
The first demo describes IBM WebSphere ILOG Business Rule Management System (BRMS) capabilities and how they can be applied in the financial market front office. Using a fictitious company named Open Financials, the demo shows you how to use JRules to handle the routing of orders and routing of order exception processing.
IBM WebSphere ILOG Business Rule Management System applied in the financial industry DEMO
In the second demo see how Cognos® Now! can be used by financial markets firms in an algorithmic trading scenario. This scenario is part of a project called Botticelli, which is focused on positioning a suite of IBM middleware within the financial markets front office. The benefits to using Cognos Now! include the ability to rapidly deploy applications in a cost effective manner, with the easy to use, self-service user interface, and the flexible architecture.
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Internet and digital technologies are transforming the way we live and work today. New technologies are transforming how we share information, make relationships and make decisions.
It was just in the 1980's, when message centers still existed and businesses manually collected all telephone messages. We will skip the steps in between, like the answering machine, but now we have VOIP that sends our voicemail directly to our email inbox. We can be anywhere in the world, including at home by the pool and collect our telephone messages instantly, from our laptops or hand held devices.
Our global teams usually communicate through instant messaging. We Collaborate real time with each other for insights, information and answers. Your team member could be in Dublin while you live in Toronto. Instant information from 3000 miles away. You might just as well be in the office next door.
We are in a new era and it has only just begun. It will be software development teams, who will continue to transform and create this Smarter Planet through software. All business processes, hidden knowledge and services will become digital for quick access, to make faster and more effective decision making, Innovation will thrive and lives will be saved. Social software will allow us to find people with areas of expertise outside of our immediate teams, who will also provide us information to make the best decisions and blossom new innovation.
Creating a Smarter Planet isn't going to be exactly easy, but it will be a lot faster and development teams will be a lot smarter and effective if they have the right software development tools. Using development tools that provide communication for global teams, that automate project status and efficiently track progress of the project, will help us build better quality software faster.
Creating a Smarter Planet starts with software development..
IBM Rational DOORS
Today I'm going to talk a bit about the Jazz Architecture.
Jazz is a platform based on a client-server architecture. The Jazz server, normally running on a secured server-class machine, hosts a set of services and houses data in its repository. Remote clients communicate with the Jazz server over the network using HTTP. Remote clients come in many forms, with the quintessential one being an IDE with integrated Jazz support (like RTC), driven by a user engaged in collaborative software development. Other remote clients, such as Jazz-specific command line tools or Ant scripts, operate in headless mode. And others access the server directly using a web browser, without needing to install Jazz-specific software on their machine.
The Jazz Platform is designed and built to:
* Support seamless integration of tasks across the software lifecycle.
* Facilitate team collaboration and coordination throughout the software lifecycle.
* Provide an extensible platform.
* Help teams build software more effectively.
* Support globally distributed development teams.
* Provide solutions scalable from small teams up through large enterprises.
* Maintain audit trails and automate bookkeeping so that teams are accountable.
* Support UI integrations (IDE, web browser, etc.) that fit the needs of customers.
* Foster a broad ecosystem of tool providers, including independent software vendors (ISVs).
* Make software development more enjoyable.
IBM uses Jazz technology and products like Rational Team Concert (RTC) to build the products themselves. In fact, at any time registered Jazz.net users can see in-depth the on-going development of a product like RTC (work items, reports, graphs, etc.) in real-time.
Rational Team Concert dashboards and reports
This demo shows some of the dashboard and reporting capabilities of IBM® Rational® Team Concert. The demo uses real data and dashboards created and available on Jazz.net.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet!
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Over the last couple of weeks I've been talking about Jazz and Rational Team concert, the importance of collaboration they provide and the architecture of Jazz. This week I will go into a little more detail of the collaboration capabilities of Rational Team Concert.
Rational Team Concert makes it easy to exchange information directly in the context of your work. If an enhancement request changes, you and other team members are notified of the change automatically. You can reference the change in chat sessions and link to artifacts. Business stakeholders can also automatically stay informed about the status of task changes that interest them.
Several views enable you to share team information. You can track team activity, present information in more detail, or configure which information is visible at any time.
Many aspects of the software development lifecycle are integrated, including iteration planning, process definition, source control, defect tracking, build management, and reporting. Each of these aspects is integrated in a single environment. You can track and manage the relationships between artifacts, promote sound development processes, and gather project information automatically and unobtrusively.
All this collaboration within the tool provides the ability to reduce meetings and status reports, reduce rework and leverage top technical and business talent by matching skills with work items through the tool.
It is all about communicating all the details and changes throughout the development cycle and that is smart software development.
Use Rational Requirements Composer & Rational Quality Manager to align business with IT
Learn how the integration between Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) and Rational Quality Manager (RQM) highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. The demo illustrates how IBM is taking integration and collaboration to a new level to help reduce project risk, reduce rework and increase productivity so that organizations can build the right product faster.
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Modeling lets you manage complexity and risk. Not all projects require models in order to be successful. The more complex a project is, the more you need models. Software is no different than every other kind of engineering in this respect. You probably don’t need to create a model before putting together a doghouse. It’s not very complex, and if the doghouse fails, i.e. falls apart, the consequences are not too dire – the dog stays in the big house. But, as we move up in complexity and look at building a family dwelling or even a high-rise office building, the need to model is more important, as these buildings are much more complex than a doghouse, and the consequences of these buildings failing are more serious.
There are many reasons to model…here are some of them.
- manage complexity- detect errors and omissions early in the lifecycle
- communicate with stakeholders
- understand requirements
- drive implementation
- understand the impact of change
- ensure that resources are deployed efficiently
Communication is the biggest benefit of modeling.
The best models represent different viewpoints of the same system. This isn’t just nice to have, it’s a necessity. Different stakeholders in a system will be interested in different viewpoints. Creating good models that ensure all stakeholders understand what they need to understand about the system is critical to success.
You need to use modeling to control the application architecture and to use a tool that uses the common language of modeling, UML. The solution should provide a way for geographically distributed teams to access the models. You want a tool that provides transformation capabilities, to aid with model-driven development. And the solution should help you create and enforce the rules of your architecture, by providing guidance on the development process you are using. This allows you to visually compare changes to models, and linking requirements to the design you are creating.
The IBM Rational product that provides this solution is IBM Rational Software Modeler. IBM Rational Software Modeler (Software Modeler) supports UML notation. It has a simplified user interface which makes it quite easy to use. Software Modeler is built on Eclipse, so it is extensible and it integrates with other Eclipse development environments. And of course it integrates with other IBM Rational products.
Rational Requirements Composer with Rational Software Modeler integration
This demo shows how to transform an IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer project into a model in IBM Rational Software Architect or IBM Rational Software Modeler. See how use cases and process flow requirements captured in IBM Rational Requirements Composer can be used as a basis for your solution analysis and design activities within Rational Software Architect or Rational Software Modeler.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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Today I feel a little jazzy and want to talk a bit about Jazz. So you might ask..."What is Jazz"?
* An architecture for lifecycle integration
* A portfolio of products designed to put the team first
* A community of stakeholders
Let's explain these a little
Jazz products embody an innovative approach to integration based on open, flexible services and Internet architecture. Unlike the monolithic, closed products of the past, Jazz is an open platform designed to support any industry participant who wants to improve the software lifecycle and break down walls between tools.
The Jazz integration architecture is designed to give organizations the flexibility to assemble their ideal software delivery environment, using preferred tools and vendors. More than that, it allows them to do so with the flexibility to evolve their environment as their needs change, to move at their own pace, and not to be hindered by the traditional brittle and restricted integrations associated with traditional tools. The Jazz Integration Architecture defines a common set of Jazz Foundation Services that can be leveraged by any Jazz tool, and explains the rules of the road for accessing and utilizing Jazz services. It also incorporates specifications defined by the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration project, an independent, multi-vendor effort to define a set of protocols for sharing information across multiple tools and vendors.
The Jazz portfolio consists of a common platform and a set of tools that enable all of the members of the extended development team to collaborate more easily. This reflects our central insight that the center of software development is neither the individual nor the process, but the collaboration of the team. Our newest Jazz offerings are:
Rational Team Concert is a collaborative work environment for developers, architects and project managers with work item, source control, build management, and iteration planning support. It supports any process and includes agile planning templates for Scrum and the Eclipse Way.
Rational Quality Manager is a web-based test management environment for decision makers and quality professionals. It provides a customizable solution for test planning, workflow control, tracking and reporting capable of quantifying the impact of project decisions on business objectives.
Rational Requirements Composer is a requirements definition solution that includes visual, easy-to-use elicitation and definition capabilities. Requirements Composer enables the capture and refinement of business needs into unambiguous requirements that drive improved quality, speed, and alignment.
A community of stakeholders
Jazz is not only the traditional software development community of practitioners helping practitioners. It is also customers and community influencing the direction of products through direct, early, and continuous conversation.
Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
Learn how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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Some 65% of software projects fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget, driving $300 billion (USD) in unanticipated costs.
That is shocking, isn't it? Today’s solution delivery challenge is building better software, faster, despite ever-changing business goals
IBM Rational Software Architecture (RSA) really helps you innovate, collaborate and accelerate delivery within your enterprise. In a tight economy or even a great economy, these are not luxuries. These are necessities that give you a competitive edge and help you meet your development objectives.
Where RSA differentiates itself is collaboration. RSA is built on Jazz and this collaborative platform ties into your software delivery project. Unlike other software, where your models often become pictures of what is ‘thought’ to be implemented. RSA is integrated into the software delivery lifecycle, so your models can evolve with implementations and as new design details are identified, they can be communicated to stakeholders in real time. Designs can also be used to jumpstart development with "out of the box" transformations such as JEE5 from UML, unlike other abstractions, which are merely pictures that become obsolete quickly. With RSA your delivered code will match the design specifications. This means, you will not have ‘rushes’ to produce documentation for compliance audits and maintenance and enhancement of your applications will take an average of half the time and half the cost.
Many questions that come up in project status meetings are: what is the impact a requirement change has on the code? On the project deadline? On the project budget? If a ‘minor’ change is requested, for example, instead of 1000 simultaneous log-ons it should be 10000 or a minor process change due to newly announced regulations, what impact does it have on the project? Can these changes be accommodated? What does it mean to the status of the project?
RSA Integrates all aspects of software delivery lifecycle giving you a window into all of the surrounding software development phases – really linking design to all those phases. With views into requirements, your business processes, your change management and version control process – you truly do have a comprehensive integrated platform that is aligned to business goals, with an infrastructure for impact analysis.
Here is a list of benefits:
Abstraction (DSL, Deployment): Makes solving problems quicker, and easier
Automation: lets you focus creative solution not repetitive tasks … automate mundane, repetitive tasks
Simplification: reuse, don’t start from a blank slate
RSA also has collaborative development asset sharing with Rational Asset Manager, live debug sharing with Rational Team Concert and SOA architectural freedom with WebSphere Business Modeler and WebSphere Integration Developer. It is important that tools integrate and talk to each other.This is all part of working smarter through collaboration and accelerate delivery. In other words, creating software with smart integrated tools to develop software faster and at a lower cost.
Don't let your development project fall into the 65% of software projects that fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software.
And now for the demo!