Starting in the United States and Canada, IBM clients will be able move forward with their test environments using the IBM cloud. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud offering provides visibility, flexibility, speed and cost efficiencies.
The cool thing is that the cloud environment is multi-vendor and includes support for Linux, and Java and J2EE, and allows clients to work with their own images as well as images from IBM. Another big plus for you developers, who use Rational development tools or are interested in using them, there is the complementary - Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing - this includes custom image development and services for collection of Rational products and capabilities.
In addition to all this coolness, IBM offers a private development and test cloud option for those of you who want the benefits of cloud but need enhanced security.
Get a brief overview on how IBM CloudBurst can get you started quickly on Cloud computing. IBM CloudBurst is a family of built-for-purpose, workload-specific Cloud computing packages that provide IT executives with the capabilities required for a dynamic infrastructure. It provides service management which enables simplified use of scalable computing resources to the end user and IT administrative community. IBM CloudBurst is a quick-start to cloud computing. Simply roll it into your data center to quickly see the benefits of Cloud computing.
developerWorks demos help you discover what a product has to offer ranging from quick product walkthroughs, from installation and setup, and real-world scenarios. Watch and learn step by step and get tips and techniques before trying it yourself.
Here are the top 10 demos for 2010, that your colleagues have found very interesting. It is all part of building the skills to create a smarter planet, through software.
This is my grandfather in my grandmother's house coat. Well, the story goes like this - My grandfather went to Cape Cod for the weekend to visit my grandmother and their 3 daughters, who were spending the week on Cape Cod, one summer long long ago. Apparently, my grandfather, somehow fell into the water and did not have a backup set of clothes. He said he had asked my grandmother to bring extra clothes for him, but she says she did not hear that request. So while his clothes were cleaned and dried, he had to sport one of my grandmother's house coats. From the picture, you can see that my grandfather was very happy to document the occasion.
I guess there are 2 morals to this story. First, make sure you communicate your requirements properly. Second, make sure that there are no pictures taken of you, that you don't want put on the internet, 50 years after the fact, by your crazy grandchild. Of course, my grandfather was a big ham and being in advertising and a commercial artist, I'm sure he would love the thought of getting so much exposure (so to speak).
So how does this relate to software development? Let's see how I can stretch this.... You need to understand your development requirements and you also need to communicate them properly to the team and make sure they don't get lost in the shuffle of hectic software development cycles or vacations to Cape Cod..
In this demo, you will see 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.
I think I will declare today April 10th, Database Administrator (DBA) Day. Why not? They work very hard and are often stretched to the limit. This person or team is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and repair of an organization's database. They monitor and improve database performance and capacity. They plan for future expansion requirements. They also plan and implement security measures to safeguard the database.
That is a lot of responsibility and rarely recognized unless something goes wrong.
For a Database Administrator gift, you may want to consider Optim. It streamlines and simplifies daily DBA tasks including database maintenance, schema change management, performance management, and database availability with IBM Integrated Data Management solutions for the DBA. More effective DBAs translates to better application performance, greater revenue, and more satisfied customers.
So it is a win win for both the DBA and the organization. Spread the word...Today is Database Administrator day!
See how a DB2® database administrator (DBA) uses Optim™ DBA solutions to address a wide variety of data management requirements with speed and agility, while reducing overall risk to the business. In this demo, a performance problem is quickly identified, diagnosed, and solved using Optim Performance Manager Extended Edition and Optim Query Tuner. The application team’s requirements for database changes are handled with greater agility while reducing risk and providing auditability by using Optim Database Administrator. Finally, the DBA helps a colleague use Optim High Performance Unload to meet the requirement to migrate large quantities of data up to 10 times faster than using DB2 Export alone.
I remember the days of software development when we had huge war room meetings to get status from each team lead. The project manager would manage these 2 or 3 hour meetings and hope to goodness that everyone would remember what requirements need to be updated, who is to fix which bug and well, the list goes on. The closer we got to the end of the development cycle, the longer and more frequent these meetings would be. What if all the managers, team leads and developers had a dashboard to evaluate progress and update status? What a concept!
There are many development tools that help teams communicate perfectly throughout the software development cycle. These tools will help enable teams to follow good software development habits and team communication will improve. Just understanding these tools and following the guidelines will get the team communicating like never before. I'll continue to mention different development tools that help you develop quality code quicker, throughout my blogs, but today I will focus on Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team concert.
Rational Team Concert collaborative development environment connects teams so they can work together to simplify, automate and govern software delivery in real time. Project mangers and others can gain greater visibility into individual and team work. They can reduce overhead balance resources and provide real-time insight. In addition, you can track project progress with dashboards that include real-time project statuses. Now this is every manager's dream to manage and view the status of a development project, without having huge war room meetings.
Another great product, Rational Requirements Composer helps teams define and use requirements effectively across the project lifecycle. The whole team creates and uses requirements. Better, faster requirements lead to less project rework, faster time to market, and better business outcomes. The earlier you know and manage your requirements, the more money you will save in rework. Get your customers and stakeholders involved early and manage your requirements so that everyone understands and communicates updates and priorities.
Now couple Rational Team Concert with Rational Requirements Composer and you have a match made in heaven. The beauty is that IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert are integrated. Check out the demo below and 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.
Check out the demo! Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
Rational Developer for Power Systems Software is a modern, Eclipse-based, multi-lingual, integrated development environment targeting POWER Linux, AIX, and IBM i systems. This cool video will provide an overview of how Rational Developer for Power can be used to develop C and C++ applications for AIX and POWER Linux. Check it out!
IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation is a requirements management tool that you can use to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to information. It builds on the Rational DOORS 9 rich client and the Rational Requirements Composer web client.
Rational DOORS Next Generation includes a rich client and a web client. You can use the rich client to quickly create and manage business requirements. In the web client, you can further define, elicit, capture, elaborate, discuss, and review requirements and artifacts.
The rich client is based on IBM Rational DOORS 9, and the web client is based on IBM Rational Requirements Composer.
It runs on the Jazz™ platform. This product is the first step in the process to bring Rational DOORS more fully into the requirements management (RM) space of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management, where it can integrate with Rational tools in other spaces, such as change and configuration management (CCM) and quality management (QM).
Rational DOORS Next Generation can also integrate with third-party products.
Rational Build Forge enables high-performance builds and agile software development. Its adaptiveness helps development teams standardize repetitive tasks, manage compliance mandates, and share information. It automates and accelerates software assembly and delivery processes and streamlines build management.
You can communicate with the Build Forge server using the management console or the Build Forge client provided during installation. This helps to manage users and resources, to set up and schedule test projects, and to generate and analyze reports. What is important is to give users access to only what they need and manage users in groups. Build Forge is great at managing users.
Check out this demo that shows how users are given access to objects in the Rational® Build Forge® system. It demonstrates the relationships of users, access groups and permissions, and using subgroups to set up hierarchical access. See how to create a user, create a notification access group, and create an access group that allows users to edit projects.
IBM® Rational® Focal Point™ provides market - and business-driven product and portfolio management - helping executives and teams to make the right decisions to deliver business, customer and market value.
Here are some highlights of Rational Focal Point, but don't forget to check out the demo below: Demo
- Capture inputs from customers, analysts, market research, and internal stakeholders and prioritize on which ones will provide the most value to the business. - Utilize visualization, prioritization, and unique road mapping and planning capabilities to ensure that plans are innovative, valuable and achievable. - Centralize information key to decision-making, status reporting and portfolio reviews to escape the chaos of managing data in emails, documents, and spreadsheets; speeding the ability to respond to changing market and business conditions. - Overcome the influence of the loudest voice in the room and use objective information to support decision making. - Reduce risk and improve cost estimations of investments by modeling financial and market impacts and by performing scenario, statistical and financial analysis. - Integrate enterprise architecture plans and project execution into portfolio management to ensure enterprise and project-level decisions are aligned with financial and market needs. - Quickly realize the benefits of Product and Portfolio Management and reduce costs of implementations by utilizing pre-defined configurations based on best practices.
Check out the demo and learn how IBM Rational Focal Point helps organizations achieve their overall company goals. Project portfolio management can be described as methods for analyzing and collectively managing a group of current or proposed projects based on numerous key characteristics. This demo explains how Rational Focal Point provides visibility into each project's total expected cost, consumption of resources, expected timeline, benefits to be realized, and relationship or inter-dependencies with other projects in the portfolio.
Application security is very important and interesting. We all do personal business on the web whether it is online banking or shopping. We all expect and demand that our information we enter is secure and not vulnerable to attacks. We also need to assure that the applications we develop are secure. It is our responsibility as developers, to help create a smarter and more secure planet. Rational application security software helps IT and security professionals protect against the threat of attacks and data breaches. If you use applications to collect or exchange sensitive or personal data, your job as a security professional is harder now than ever before. IBM Rational AppScan is a leading application security testing suite designed to help manage vulnerability testing throughout the software development life cycle. Did I mention that it is our most popular demo? AppScan offers automated solutions for all types of security testing - outsourced, individual, and enterprise-wide analysis - and for all types of users - application developers, build managers, quality assurance teams, penetration testers, security auditors, and senior management.
AppScan delivers a comprehensive solution for organizations concerned about identifying and correcting security vulnerabilities in applications before they go live. The combination of static and dynamic analysis security testing delivers leading accuracy of vulnerability identification and remediation. By integrating security analysis across all stages of the software delivery life cycle and by offering solutions for all critical software lifecycles, you can address a wider range of security and compliance issues to more effectively reduce business risk and improve return on investment.
Design security into your business - help create a smarter more secure planet!
Now check out one of our most popular demos - AppScan This demo takes you through the process of scanning a Web application for security vulnerabilities using Rational AppScan Standard Edition.
IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® Architect for Software provides software development environment for real time and embedded software development based on a UML/SysML.
Embedded software developers can leverage an integrated software development environment for C, C++, Java or C# code that helps improve application consistency through UML based modeling to visualize and document the design of embedded and real time applications.
* Visualize architecture and design with industry standard UML or SysML * Generate C, C++, Java or C# code frames * Reverse engineer C, C++, Java or C# code for visualization and documentation * Integration within Eclipse development environment for integrated code, model and debugging operations * Maintain consistency of architecture, design, code and documentation automatically * Author AUTOSAR 4.0 compliant automotive applications * Leverage MARTE profile for architecting multi core applications * Trace requirements to design to deliver the right product to market * Collaborate using model-based differencing and merging features, including an integration with the Jazz- based IBM® Rational® Team Concert solution * Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software 7.5.3 adds support for Rational Rhapsody TestConductor Add On to apply testing to code visualized
This demonstration shows how to develop embedded software using the Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software development environment. The Rational Rhapsody development environment enables developers to visually capture their applications to automate manual coding tasks and communicate their designs. Learn how to import existing C++ code and synchronize it with a UML model, automatically create diagrams to understand the relationships in the code, and then document the design for external reports.
The workflow integration with Eclipse is illustrated by using Rational Rhapsody Architect for Software to turn the code into a simple 'ping pong' console game. It illustrates how, using code centric settings, dynamic synchronization with the code can be achieved, enabling the user to make updates in either the model or the code while still preserving the existing layout and structure. This enables developers to more easily adopt modeling on existing code projects or where preservation of code layout is critical to success.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet and working more efficiently!
IBM® InfoSphere® Data Architect (formerly Rational® Data Architect) is a collaborative enterprise data modeling and integration design tool to discover, model, relate, and standardize diverse and distributed data assets.
Check out this demo that shows how a data architect at a fictional company uses IBM® InfoSphere® Data Architect to efficiently create multidimensional data models of a new data mart, which can be used for business intelligence and analytical reports. The process focuses on data model transformation and validation (including built-in best practices), customizable diagrams, and DDL script generation.
The IBM Optim Query Tuner and Optim Query Workload Tuner for z/OS can help DBAs and developers maximize application performance with expert advisors and tools while increasing customer satisfaction, productivity, and quality of service.
More specifically Optim Query Tuner helps developers to write more efficient SQL queries, it reduces costs and risks by enabling developers to tune SQL during development, while problems are still relatively inexpensive to fix and before they cause a costly outages or performance issues . It Operates within a familiar Eclipse development environment and features seamless integration and natural launch points within Optim Development Studio. It also accelerates query tuning analysis by providing expert advice and recommendations. It really helps DBAs and developers maximize application performance.
Check out the demo that shows an online retailer, who wants to uphold their commitment to customer satisfaction. See how they achieved their goal for online ordering response to be no more than 30 seconds.
Are you at a loss on how your business uses it's services? For example, not having a roadmap of critical applications and servers and how they relate to each other. If you have servers that are set to be decommissioned in the future and/or need to know how to recover from a disaster, from a down server, you need to know what applications are dependent on what servers for planning purposes. Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in helps you discover how your business uses its services.
Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in shows you how your business plans and processes, IT applications and hardware interrelate. It Maps the landscape of your software programs and services and shows you how they depend on one another. This is all about smart software and saving money and improving the effectiveness and reliability of your business services.
Check out the 3 part demo series that demonstrates this for you!
Service-oriented architecture analysis with Rational System Architect, Part 1
In this 6-part demos series, watch and learn about a day in the life of an agile development team. From a requirement to the final test run, watch how the team solves problems using smart software. You'll see demos of Rational Team Concert, Rational DOORS, Rational Rhapsody, and Rational Quality Manager, all working together.
Part 1 shows creating a requirement Part 2 shows defining the sprint goal and aligning the test cases Part 3 shows creating a test plan Part 4 shows developing an integrating a build Part 5 shows executing test cases and submitting defects
Check out this series of demos that make up a workshop.It will take you through the steps to rapidly expand your skills in application development on IBM midldeware; take you through all the pieces from the IDE to Application Servers and Databases; help you install a low cost version of Linux and then help you install and Configure the Software. Once that's complete it will show you how to develop, test and deploy an application. You'll gain valuable skills on the following software products:
Rational Application Developer v7.5.4, Websphere Application Server v7
DB2 Express-C v9.7
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software..
Here are the demos:
Ubuntu Linux solution stack implementation, Part 1: Introduction to the UNIX environment Learn how to download and install a Ubuntu image and then go through some basic shell commands to help you navigate through the UNIX® environment. This is part 1 of a 4 part demo series to show you how to implement a solution stack (Rational® Application Developer, WebSphere® Application Server, and DB2® Express-C) on Ubuntu Linux, as well as how to integrate them in a Java application.
Learn how to download and install Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere®, DB2® Express-C, and a few other third party packages to get the solution stack up and running. This 4-part demo series shows you how to implement the solution stack (Rational Application Developer, WebSphere Application Server, and DB2 Express-C) on Ubuntu Linux®, as well as how to integrate them in a Java™ application.
Learn how to configure and setup Rational® Application Developer, create a WebSphere® profile, create a database in DB2® Express-C, and perform a test run on the solution stack. This 4-part demo series shows you how to implement the solution stack (Rational Application Developer, WebSphere Application Server, and DB2 Express-C) on Ubuntu Linux®, as well as how to integrate them in a Java™ application.
This demo shows you how to import the Java servlet application files into the Rational® Application Developer workspace, edit a few classes, and deploy the application on a WebSphere® Application Server. Finally, you get to see the solution stack work in a real life scenario. This 4-part demo series shows you how to implement the solution stack (Rational Application Developer, WebSphere Application Server, and DB2® Express-C) on Ubuntu Linux®, as well as how to integrate them in a Java™ application.
Check out the optional DB2 Performance Optimization Feature. It gives you the insight and ability to optimize workload execution. This feature can save you money and lower your risks by helping you to do more work with your existing hardware, and increase DBA productivity. Saving resources is a smart thing.
Performance optimization is very complex with many interdependent factors requiring deep skills. These skills are often hard to come by and typically very expensive. Problem isolation can take days and require many people across different domains and expertise. Add to this, the pressure on business today and the constant state of flux – hardware upgrades, software upgrades, application enhancements, new application deployment.
IBM Optim Performance Manager helps optimize the performance and availability of mission critical databases and applications. This enables organizations to resolve performance bottlenecks before they affect the business. Optim Performance Manager delivers a proactive, comprehensive performance management approach that allows IT staff to identify, diagnose, solve and prevent performance workload management issues in DB2.
Check out the demo!
DB2 Workload Management using Performance Optimization Feature See how one fictional company uses DB2® Workload Management and Optim™ Performance Manager Extended Edition to allocate database system resources to help a high priority application achieve its business objectives in a data warehousing environment. These capabilities are conveniently packaged together in the DB2 Performance Optimization Feature.
In past blogs, we have discussed the issues and challenges pertaining to requirements. Now let's discuss some of the IBM Rational solutions for addressing the challenges through Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) built on the collaborative Jazz platform.
Rational Requirements Composer is designed to provide a solution for the creation and composition of meaningful requirements based on user and stakeholder needs. Rational RequisitePro is designed to provide a platform for the management of Requirements assets, the establishment of priorities, the estimation of costs, difficulty, etc.
One issue is that many notations are needed to express requirements. How the information is related and maintenance of the relationships need to persist. RRC uses hyperlinks, collections, tags and attributes to create relationships among artifacts.
Not everything needs to be expressed in text – UI storyboards are a great way to flesh out high-level scenario options and get user validation. Also great for fleshing out low level requirements that have dimensions that are visible in the UI.
A simple scenario using storyboards would be:
1. Product managers record and organize stakeholder requests
2. Product managers collaborate with development on milestone scenarios and use cases
3. Architects and subject matter experts use process diagrams and text to outline scenarios
4. UI Storyboards help team to rapidly iterate on scenario options and flesh out design
Another benefit with RRC is Distributed teams can collaborate around the world. Teams can save valuable development time by using the web-based review and approval workflow, which is role based with reviewers, approvers, and optional reviewers.
- Stakeholders Share needs and validate proposed solutions over the web
- Project managers Understand the status of work to implement and validate requirements
- Business analysts define, validate, organize, and analyze requirements and use custom dashboards; share common views with the extended team
- Product owners contribute requirements and the market view and do reviews and approvals
- Developers and Testers ask for clarifications, help elaborate scenarios, and and give feedback
You need to bridge your information islands to help create smart software faster and at a lower cost.
See the new capabilities in IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer, which expands this application from requirements definition to requirements management. This demo shows you reporting, the Web interface, Web review and approval, collections and snapshots, and collaborative application lifecycle management.
Don't we love to see real world scenarios where software products help reduce costs and improve productivity.
In the energy and utilities sector, rising energy costs and technology advances are leading to more informed and involved utility customers. They want to know how much energy they are using, where they can optimize usage, and in some cases, how to implement their own renewable energy sources. This is all done through smart technologies including software.
Utilities are a critical link to improving energy efficiency, integrating renewable sources of energy and addressing climate change. IBM can add a layer of intelligence to your utility, using the power of information
From a business management perspective, IBM can also provide software, solution accelerators and best practices to help Energy and Utility companies reduce operating costs, accelerate deployment of intelligent network programs (like smart grids), provide energy management tools to consumers and limit security threats while reliably delivering electricity, gas or water.
And here is the demo...
In this example, see how Rational® Focal Point can be used in the energy and utilities sector, showing some of the major portfolio management challenges facing the industry. See how Focal Point meets those challenges by utilizing many of the monitoring, prioritization, and decision making capabilities featured in the solution.