IBM Rational community
Another year and another Innovate Solutions Center expo drawn to a close. Thanks to all of you who stopped by the developerWorks pedestal #17 to say hello and let Ria and I show you the latest in Rational communities. Some highlights from our time with you included the stamps, of course. (Good luck scoring an iPad!). I was also impressed by the number of IBMers and customers who got started this week setting up their own communities as a vehicle to communicate with users in their own organizations.
Another thought to ponder for your communities is the concept of talkers and lurkers (sorry, but the social media aspect of "lurkers" sticks!). Many of the people we talked with over the past few days were up front about the fact that although they don't always feel like they have much to say in a community, but they do "lurk" and take advantage of any information that their peers can offer. Something to keep in mind when you wonder, "Why don't more people participate?" Perhaps they do, but as a captive audience.
How do you measure the success of your own communities?
It was a packed room today for UrbanCode's DevOps Initiative session where Eric Minick and team provided some brilliant insights especially around streamlined delivery by way of automating deployments.
With so many sessions just under the DevOps and associated tracks, it was an impossibility to attend them all... or even half of them! What I'm really looking forward to is being able to grab the slides from the InnovateSmartSite (found under the "Find Sessions" or "My Agenda" if you added it to your schedule and then clicking on the session details for the icons allowing you to get the slides or even email them to yourself!)
Bruce Douglass' session on Agile Systems Engineering today went far to support the DevOps ideas as well, along with all the other fabulous sessions delivered by clients, business partners, and IBMers alike.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce, another of our Blue Galaxy stars, yesterday during a conversation with a group of Lake Brantley high school students participating in a software development program. Unknowingly, Bruce gave me that solid connection and reason for why DevOps is so important. I made the connection at some point while he was talking about the connection between nuclear power plants, MRI devices, and other highly critical systems which can't fail: in this world of high stakes systems engineering DevOps helps to make sure everyone is talking and thinking about the whole of the project to ensure systems like these aren't run with code that is just "good enough". "It works for me" doesn't fly in these environments where disaster or tragic failures would result from a small issue. And this is where I realized that DevOps can take this same kind of systems engineering principles for highly regulated and safety critical industries, and impart the same kind of view to all businesses, businesses who will see success from connecting the pieces, start to finish, and from that holistic view be able to identify and correct risk quickly and in a more agile fashion.
And, because I can't write a blog post without providing more resources... here's a great set of references to complement the cloud knowledge you gained from the IBM Innovate 2013 conference: Innovate 2013: Supplement insights into DevOps and cloud
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This week the Rational community is talking about HTML5; IBM Innovate 2011 India; requirements and work item management; enterprise development; and functional testing.
Also, "Work Item Management with IBM Rational ClearQuest and Jazz" was released by IBM Press on July 17th. Authors Shmuel Bashan and David Bellagio tightly link theory with proven best practices, offering implementation guidance, detailed examples, and complete schemas. They present innovative solutions, introduce advanced customization techniques, and walk step-by-step through every phase of workflow development, from requirements through maintenance. They conclude with a full chapter of sample applications and solutions, ranging from Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management to SLAs. (h/t IBM Press)
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When I found out that our session on Non Traditional Enterprise learning was scheduled for the last time slot on Wednesday afternoon .. right before everyone goes to the Animal Kingdom theme part, my expectations for a lot of live attendees went way down.
Having said that, maybe this is an opportunity to show how non-traditional learning really works. Traditional learning ... which is what we're doing at the conference has it's limitations ... like being scheduled at a time that isn't great ... or like being in Orlando when you live in Sidney ... or being part of a 4 day conference ... which you can't get away from work to attend even if it was in your city.
Here is my presentation that I'll be sharing in about 2 hours ... Would love to engage with people here, or twitter .. or on my profile wall .. or any other way that works for you.
If you tweet .. please use the hashtag #session_SB_1422
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We're back from Innovate! The majority of us have sifted through our email backlog, caught up on blog posts, and pushed the limits of network bandwidth to get photos and videos uploaded.
Watching information feed through the Rational community this morning has been nothing short of dizzying. So, here's the slow version of links you might want to check out:
Product news and announcements
Video and media from Innovate
Do you have media that you'd like to share from Innovate? Having trouble finding something? Post a comment.
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DevOps is the soup to nuts* concept for true holistic software lifecycle management which brings continuous deployment combined with communication and deep collaborative integrations between engineering and IT infrastructure to stay ahead.
Today started with Kristoff Klockner and Sal Vella covering the devops ideas and then tossing to individual speakers to cover more specifics in 5 minute lightning talks about Mobile, Cloud, Big Data, and of Social Business.
We then met the SMEs in some awesome afternoon tech talk sessions and demos in the dW Live! space ion the expo floor and, of course, we met UrbanCode CEO and Founder Maciej Zawadzki in the Mini-Main tent sessions where he spoke on the topics of: Staying Ahead with a Smarter Approach to DevOps and Going Agile, Growing Agile and Continuously Delivering to Stay Ahead of the Competition
Business innovation is increasingly being delivered via software with rapid pace of market changes driving the need for business agility and providing great customer experience. How can clients establish an enterprise capability for accelerated delivery of software that enables them to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback, improving governance while balancing quality and cost: this is DevOps strategy and capabilities. The best place to start, other than Innovate is by reviewing the new white paper called "DevOps: The IBM approach." You'll find it enlightening for yourself AND your team!
Walker Royce gave us a quick overview of what DevOps is in this fun one minute promo video for IBM Innovate 2013. As he says, it is a horrible buzzword, but as we've found in today's sessions and keynotes at IBM Innovate (and in the snippets to be shared later), DevOps really is a holistic and critical piece to staying ahead in your business:
*soup to nuts is an American English idiom conveying the meaning of "from beginning to end".