Aha - finally found some time to type a quick blog entry here. Hi - my name is Greg Gorman and I'm on a team at Rational that is defining and managing a solution for Systems and Software Engineering. We have the ability to survey the entire Rational product portfolio, work with subject matter experts and our own experience, and define the products, practices and services that make up a solution that may benefit our customers and prospects. Sound like fun? I hope so, and look forward to your input.
A few weeks ago I gave the keynote address at one of our SE Symposium events in San Diego. I like to use as an example of how pervasive software has become in our society (and thus also how important good systems engineering is) by using a simple example -- just go to your favorite search engine and type in "software glitch blamed for" and let it rip.
You'll see some famous and not so famous headlines, and it's interesting to see what floats to the top. In some cases, it's truly a software failure. In many, I contend it's a systems engineering failure (an interface failed, bad data, bad response to environment, bad response to a failed component, etc..)
But -- what I wanted to lead out with was -- a big thank you to my colleagues in the SE and embedded development world:
40,000 flights did NOT crash today
millions of train passengers world-wide got to where they supposed to go safely
billions of phone calls were completed properly and lasted as long as they were supposed to
Sometimes we forget that the hard work of men and women in engineering truly have accomplished amazing things and have truly made this a Smarter Planet!