- The theme for Innovate 2013 was announced this week: Stay Ahead. Gina Poole, VP WW Marketing for Rational Software, shares her thoughts about it on her blog.
- The early-registration deadline is extended until April 2. Take advantage of this opportunity to save $300USD on your conference pass
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A busy week ending in good news to share with you:
Do you see anything else that's different about Innovate in this post?
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It’s our first roll call of the year and this time we’re calling on Paul Urban. Paul has more than 25 years experience in developing systems, software, and hardware in the embedded and real-time systems industry. He is an OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional Model User, and a senior systems market manager for IBM Rational software and has worked with Rational software in various roles since 1995. Paul is a prolific author on developerWorks and has earned the Contributing Author badge. Learn more from Paul at the Rational Rhapsody enlightenment webinar series.
What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most?
What communities, forums or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
What magazines, newspapers and/or information products do you study?
How do you handle defeat and/or failure?
Which (future) standards are seen as important?
To what extent is User Experience integrated with software development in practice?
How do you keep up with changes in the industry?
After hours Paul spends his time supporting his kids in their extracurricular activities (soccer, karate, dancing or cub scouts), and for the few moments he saves for himself he golfs. Paul was part of the 2011 IBM Golf League champion team. Paul’s latest article is Safety-related software development using a model-based testing workflow. Think about this question as you read the article, and feel free to answer the question in the comments section:
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Thank you to all of our authors and community participants for making this a great year for developerWorks Rational. We have enjoyed getting to know you through the following activities:
In 2013, we're looking forward to making developerWorks a more engaging and educational space for you.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Robin, Patty, Jae, and Susan
From January 27 - 31, there will be the annual gathering of developers, administrators and line of business executives, in Orlando, interested in collaborative technology that makes us Work Together, superhuman, and social. For 20 years people have been coming to the conference formerly known as Lotusphere. Connect 2013 focuses on the business benefits of being social. How we can find more, see more, learn more, do more when we engage and leverage the people in our network. I grew up hearing people say that "it's not what you know, it's who you know". Social business gives insight to that statement. I am more efficient and productive when I utilize the people that I know. I know someone who works on "this stuff" who knows "a guy" that has "some information" that will help me solve my problem.
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the line of business manager, whereas Lotusphere was always know for being very "techy". This year, there is the "Lotusphere Stream" which caters to the technical audience. There, you'll find sessions presented by engineers, rather than marketing professionals. What you may give up with regard to "polish" you get back in the way of technical insight. It's all about utility. This is where you'll get the information that you need from the people that you trust. Here are some highlights:
The $400 discount is available through Monday, December 10th. So register today.
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The call for papers is open for IBM Innovate 2013. This year there are two streams: The Technical Exchange @Innovate and Team Directions @Innovate. Full descriptions for these streams and their areas of interest are on the conference website. The submission deadline has been extended to January 21, 2013!
So, think about ideas for your paper. If you have general questions about submission ideas, leave a comment on this post or use the message board.
UPDATE: Information about all conference tracks is available on the call for papers site, but track chairs for the following subjects have offered ideas about what might make a good paper topic -and- they are eager to hear any ideas that you have for these tracks:
When you have your idea, take a look at these tips for creating an abstract that gets noticed (good advice for many conferences):
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For those of you in the USA who have just returned from the Thanksgiving holiday, welcome back! My family didn't get quite this innovative during the holiday, but did you know that over 30 years ago, one man's Thanksgiving leftovers led to the discovery of excimer laser-based refractive eye surgery, now known as LASIK eye surgery? (h/t Stephen Armitage via IBM UK Communications)
Even if your holiday innovations weren't quite to the degree of discovering LASIK, here are some Rational community activities and chats where your peers are standing by to exchange ideas with you:
Scrum often works extremely well for small co-located agile teams but fails to when applied to larger more complex projects with distributed resources. The obvious question is, "Why?" As Agile consultants (Coaches, ScrumMasters, SMEs) we often must assess the teams and organizations to determine what challenges (i.e., scaling factors) may impact the team's performance during the pilot. Reedy Feggins of our Agile Tranformation community would like to hear from others regarding their experiences to capture a more complete list. Join the chat.
Join us to talk about and share knowledge on aspects of product and systems engineering from concept to disposal as they relate to the IBM offerings. Topics are focused on, but not limited to, systems, complex systems, systems of systems, and sub-systems, through embedded software development, testing and certification. Plus, from November 28 - December 7, join Greg Gorman, Jon Chard, and other community members in an online discussion about agile systems engineering.
Theresa Ramsey is a member of the Design Factory for Rational ALM, and would like to chat with those of you who either use Rational ALM solutions or integrate Rational solutions with third party ALM software. Feel free to add any information on what tools (and versions) you are using and any issues you currently have on integrations as a reply to this thread.
On November 30 at 11 AM EST, join us for a discussion on the latest release of the IBM solution for Rational Collaborative Management, presented by Phil Vogel, CLM Product Manager, and Scott Rich, Distinguished Engineer and Technical Lead for CLM. You will have a chance to hear what we've delivered since the CLM 4.0 release back in June of this year. When we say "discussion", we mean it! After a very short presentation we will open up the floor for questions and comments.
To get involved in community activities like the ones highlighted above, join the following developerWorks Rational communities that interest you:
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The developerWorks Rational team is happy to announce the launch of our site redesign. With this fresh, new look, we set out to organize technical articles, downloads, and events in ways that relate to your role and business needs. This design also improves the mobile device experience for those of you who visit us while on-the-go.
So, why in the world do honey badgers care? Because in a small tribute to our team mascot, we hid an image of one somewhere on the home page. Can you find it?
Do you like what you see? Or did something you love from our old design go away? Our team wants to hear from you as we iteratively refine this experience. Let us know what you think in the comments of this post.
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Software development and delivery thrives on the power of group-sourced ideas gained through communities. We want to help you find these communities easily and connect with peers online through the Rational communities and forums hub on developerWorks. It is a showcase of our most active communities related to application lifecycle management, Jazz development, enterprise modernization, agile development, and more.
As ideas and innovations change, so might the communities that support them. We'll make sure those communities are linked here for you as they emerge.
If you'll be at Innovate in Orlando, we have plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about Rational communities. Leaders of these sessions will cover specifics about getting involved in developerWorks, Jazz.net, and our independent user groups, respectively:
Engineers can be social: A look at collaboration without traditional boundaries (BOF-1770)
Get engaged: Getting the most out of Jazz.net portal (DR-2060)
Unleashing the power of the Rational User Community (DR-1977)
How to start up and lead a local IBM Rational User Community (BOF-2411)
"What if I can't make it to these sessions?"
The Exhibition Floor is going to be alive with activity from all of our community members and social media experts:
If I've missed a community gathering that's happening at Innovate, post it in the comments below. I'm sure everyone is getting excited to meet each other in person. Can't make it to Orlando? Then be sure to check these communities often online and make your virtual presence known through blogs and discussion forums. Members at the conference will make sure you're a part of the action, and that you don't miss a thing!
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Hi, I'm Gabi Zodik and I'm a Manager of Software and Services at IBM Research in Haifa, Israel.
My passion is systems. Systems such as planes, cars, or air traffic control are becoming more and more complex. Although they now provide us with functionality, efficiency, and productivity never before imagined, they are also introducing new engineering challenges. This is especially true in the design and development of engineering systems where the integration of different disciplines — software, hardware – is required.
For example, 10 years ago cars had one or two processors, whereas today a single car may have more than 100 processors running anything from Bluetooth connectivity to proximity sensors. We are developing new methods and tools to help designers cope with the complexity of making all of these things work together, by automating and streamlining the design and development phases.
Streamlining design for systems and software
For more information about this track, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As a developer, wouldn't you love to log in and simply have all of the development, test and deployment environments that you need at your fingertips? Steve Abrams, Chief Cloud Architect, and Timothy Hahn, Chief Architect for Enterprise Modernization Tools describe what PureSystems really means for development teams. Both are IBM Distinguished Engineers and authors of last week's featured article about IBM PureSystems, the new expert integrated systems approach to IT.
What does PureSystems mean for practitioners and software engineers?
Steve: With PureSystems, developers can focus on development and not worry about details of infrastructure and configuration. Especially with PureApplication Systems, the patterns mean that developers can easily build applications that everyone can be confident will work and perform well in production. This will dramatically reduce the amount of time, money, and effort wasted by development teams tracking down what turn out to be configuration errors, rather than application defects.
Tim: PureSystems represents a significant advance in how practitioners and software engineers will use their computing resources. PureSystems will make it possible for software engineers to get access to high-performance computing systems quickly, and just for the time they need to use it, to develop and test their applications. For system administrators, PureSystems represents a new way of managing their computing infrastructure. Administrators can concentrate on managing system images (rather than a bevy of individual instances) and can devote more time to innovating new application architecture models. By automating the instantiation and setup of systems and applications, the mundane tasks of system administration are handled by the system itself, which enables people to concentrate on new solutions.
By using PureSystems capabilities, how can development teams realize increased productivity on both new and existing applications?
Steve: Typically, availability of test hardware is a major bottleneck in the application lifecycle. PureSystems makes it simple for teams to quickly get access to production-like environments for testing purposes, virtually eliminating this bottleneck. Further, teams can connect PureSystems to a continuous integration process and automatically get continuous, realistic feedback on the quality of the application throughout the development cycle. The simple application onboarding process means that this benefit extends equally to new and existing applications.
Tim: Development teams should be looking at PureSystems as a means of getting access to server-level computing resources quickly, easily, and just at the time that they need them to deploy and test applications. Development teams should no longer feel the need to manage loads of small desktop systems in order to cobble together an approximation of a server-level infrastructure. Now, developers can get an instance of exactly what the eventual deployment environment will be for their applications, run their applications in that environment, and then return that instance to the resource pool, confident that they will get those resources again the next time that they need to test their applications. Without the burden of managing their own systems, developers can spend their time creating innovative applications.
What is the one action that you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?
Steve: Asking questions. Too often, people are afraid to ask questions, and that limits their ability to succeed. I can't think of a time when asking a good, hard, clarifying question did anything to impede progress. More often than not, the questions reveal the critical next steps for success.
Tim: The one action I have taken is to always be curious, inquisitive, and ready to take on a challenge that I wasn't expecting to come my way.
What interests you outside of your job (hobbies, activities)?
Steve: I love photography. I don't take pictures as well or as often as I would like, but I still love it (mandatory shameless plug: http://bit.ly/Ipnw0J).
Tim: I am an active triathlete, competing in sprint and international distance events. I also enjoy scuba diving.
What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most?
Steve: Lately, many of the books that I've read relate to the course that I teach at Columbia University. A current favorite is Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It provides a nice, flexible structure for defining and understanding business models. Even in a large company like IBM, innovative, entrepreneurial thinking about changing and emerging business models is critical to our success.
Tim: I read mostly fiction when not reading for work. One of my favorite books is Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. However, The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman is one book that I enjoyed that also has helped me realize the potential of our global society.
You can read their article, IBM PureSystems: A game changer in the development, deployment, and management of IT applications, on developerWorks.
Have you already looked at PureSystems? What have you read? Is there anything that Steve or Tim can help you with? Leave a comment here or at the end of their article.