Roll call: 5 questions for...Ali Manji
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We're calling on Ali Manji, a Rational software developer who joined the reporting tools team in January. His name should sound familiar to you because he has written several articles to help clients build leading-edge Java applications with Rational Software Architect and Rational Application Developer. Don't let his recent transition fool you. He is a man of many talents, which is why he was easily motivated to get on board with his new team and write this week's feature article, Tricks for deploying Rational Insight 1.0 in a large enterprise.
Q1) Which future standards do you and your colleagues see as important for the future?
Arthur Ryman, who is Rational’s Chief Architect for Reporting and Portfolio Strategy and Management, as well as the visionary who charts the future for our area, tells me that standards around RDF, SPARQL, and Linked Data will become critical for CLM solution providers. More generally, these standards will also be important for those who want to build solutions based on the growing NoSQL movement. I believe this further implies that standards for NoSQL will become necessary and critical.
Q2) What challenges are you expecting from your new assignment?
As is the case with many of our clients, my development team is globally dispersed. Collaboration through the use of social networking and development tools like Rational Team Concert becomes critical to project success and fostering a team culture with peers in other [areas of the world].
Q3) What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
We wanted to ensure that the architects tasked with deploying Rational Insight were aware of the options available for deploying in medium- to large-sized enterprises. Realizing an enterprise topology as described in the article is an important step towards the goals that users demand: scalability and performance.
Q4) If you could win a meetup with any celebrity or public figure in the world, who would it be, and what would you talk about?
Noam Chomsky. His contributions to computing are immense. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on the direction of modern computer languages and their applications in the era of social computing.
Q5) What do you like to do for fun?
I love to play badminton and read juvenile literature. Books that are my "must reads:" The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Conch Bearer, and Silvana de Mari’s The Last Dragon. I also like to play board games.
Ali has spoken at many technical conferences, including JavaOne and IBM Innovate. This month, you can catch up with him in person when he speaks about Tips and techniques for using Eclipse Dali tools to deploy JPA/JEE apps anywhere! at EclipseCon, March 26-29, 2012.
Ali appreciates suggestions for a future articles or blog posts you want to see about using or deploying Rational Insight in an enterprise environment. You can find more tips and thoughts from him on his self-titled blog, or you can follow him on twitter @torontoIBMer