This week, we're calling on Amy Silberbauer, an Executive IT Specialist on the Rational Unleash the Labs team and the lead architect for Rational Industry Solutions. She focuses on enterprise modernization, SOA, and BPM. Amy has been an IBM employee for 25 years, 22 of which she spent in software development in both the AIM and Rational organizations as lead architect and development manager. She is married and has two college-age children, plus two cats, and says she a "huge fan" of both baseball and football. What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most?
I don't spend too much time reading actual books, but do get insight from reading my colleagues' blogs and technical white papers. Specifically, there is a series of white papers on the convergence of BPM and SOA that have influenced the way I think about those technologies, but also enterprise modernization strategy in general. These are less about the technologies and more about methodology, which I really appreciate.Did you learn anything from writing your articles?
I learned how to condense my ramblings into a coherent set of educational guidance and instructions. Knowing something is one thing, but having to explain it to someone else is entirely different. I think our roles as technical leaders are as much (maybe more) about mentoring and teaching others what we know.What other activities interest you outside of your job?
I wish I could just write for a living! I like to be on the water and have recently been doing more fishing in bass tournaments with my husband, which is fun. I am learning to go outside my comfort zone and drive the boat, launch it, put it back on the trailer. I also love to garden and cook.What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
I am passionate about enterprise modernization and the need for IBM's customers to at least consider establishing a modern, multiplatform development environment. It is a shift in how we all do work that I believe is critical. Those of us in enterprise modernization were asked to spread our knowledge and become more accessible outside of IBM, so I was urged to start a blog. Given my tendency to ramble, my first blog was way too technical. So rather than throw it away, I decided to turn it into an article.Have you seen this particular scenario in your own organization? At a customer site?
Yes, in some form or another. When it comes to mainframe development, no two customers are alike, but we can at least put a stake in the ground and propose an initial scenario that can then be customized for any customer. It is better than starting from scratch.
After you read her article, let us know what you think. Do you think that mainframe and distributed developers can use the same development platform and use the same tools efficiently and effectively?