We're calling on Rosalind Radcliffe, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Enterprise Modernization Solution Architect responsible for collaborative lifecycle management (CLM) products for IBM System z and Power Systems.
What is the area of software development process that is most important to you and your role?
I have two focus areas, one is bringing the different development teams based on platform and language to work closer together. We can only improve the overall development of applications if all the teams are working together. Second area is bringing development and operations closer together so that we can reduce the problems and errors introduced in production.
What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?
I have a focus on understanding our clients. Having a clear understanding of what's important to our clients business, understanding what their goals are and why they have selected our products and for what they will be using it for. This allows me to facilitate our building better solutions and has provided the opportunity to work across the divisions in IBM.
How do you keep up with changes in the industry?
By attending conferences, discussions with clients and peers, and reading news summaries from the industry. I have attended, presented and been a SHARE volunteer for the last 24 years. I believe this has been one key way of my keeping up with the focus of our clients and with the industry. Working with clients also has a way of forcing you to read and understand what's going on so I can provide the best input.
If you could change your life in one way, what would you change?
I think if I had understood earlier in life that it's important to find the joy and fun in what ever you are doing. This is a lesson I had to learn over time and it would have had more fun if I had learned it earlier.
What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most?
I read a wide variety of books as a child from science fiction including Asimov to Shakespeare. I believe the variety has led me to question what's in the world and try to find a better way of doing things. It also provided the opportunity to learn about different cultures and different ways things have been done in the past in order to help understand how to communicate new ideas to different groups of people.
When not heads-down in innovation, Rosalind spends most of her time with family and enjoys traveling in Europe for vacation. She volunteers for National Engineering week, spending time in middle school class rooms to explain what engineers do and help them understand the value of science in math. She is an active host and presenter at numerous events such as IBM Women in Technology, SHARE an IBM user group, IOD, Pulse, Impact and Innovate.
In collaboration with IBM Senior Software Engineer Chen Zhang Hong, she recently authored a series of feature articles IBM z/OS application continuous integration: Building continuous integration with Rational Team Concert, and Continuous testing at all levels. She appreciates feedback about whether you do automated deployment and testing of your z/OS applications? And if so, how?