Smarter, safer transportation... one line of code at a time
Have you heard about IBM’s recent international survey on “commuter pain” ?
It’s called the IBM Commuter Pain Index, and it ranks the emotional and
economic toll of driving through commuter traffic in 20 international
cities. The results are in for 2011. Residents were asked to rate their
daily commuting experience according to things like commute time, time
stuck in traffic, price of gas, stop and go traffic patterns, etc., and,
well ... We don’t mean to pick on Mexico... [More]
It’s fair to say that we’re living in an intriguing world. Stop and take a look around you. Innovation is everywhere, it’s transforming our world. And guess what? If you’re involved with software, you’re right at the heart of innovation. Products are evolving into systems of systems with software being the invisible thread that brings it all together.
But why am I blogging?
I’m hoping this blog becomes a resource to help you break down the barriers to innovation in software and systems. Although this vision will undoubtedly evolve... [More]
I am excited to share with you our announcement about new and enhanced solutions from IBM Rational that continue to break down the barriers to innovation. You might be wondering what that means. Well, you’ll be better able to design and deliver software with higher quality and performance than ever before. Let me explain.
You’ve already heard me talk about software as the “invisible thread” that weaves innovation through software, products, and services. The thought leaders, practitioners, and analysts that I talk to every day all agree... [More]
A few weeks ago I wrote about my test
drive of the new Chevy Volt. One of the first “wow” moments a driver
has in that car is when you first begin to interact with the dashboard.
Information is a presented in a way that matters to the driver – even
though the car’s computer may have to crunch thousands of numbers and
run through multiple diagnostics, what the driver cares about is the end
result – “What’s my energy efficiency?” or “What’s my battery charge
level?” I’ve recalled the Volt dashboard this week as we released the... [More]
Now that we are in December, it is starting to feel like the holidays. We had our first snow (and subsequent ice) of the season in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend – and I’ve been busy buying a few special items for my family – even my dog Teddy. Of course, this time of year isn’t just about presents. In fact, it is a time that a lot of us start thinking about giving more and looking for ways we can have a positive impact on the world.
We try our best to make IBM a company that “gives back” to the world as well. One of the fun and... [More]
My name is Terry Quatrani and I am the Rational Evangelist at IBM. I must confess that I am also a modeling bigot. I started modeling in 1988 using a GE proprietary methodology that eventually became the Object Modeling Technique (OMT). In the early 90s I moved on to the Objectory and Booch techniques. I watched UML being born and followed its progress as it matured into UML 2.
Over the years I have found two main benefits to modeling. The first is communication. When you have a model you have a visual representation of your system... [More]
After a holiday break with family, I'm back and full of new ideas for this blog.
For starters, as I travel the world, visiting Rational customers and team members, one of my passions is shopping for the hidden gems each country has to offer.
Sometimes those are easy to find, but more often it takes dedication and some good bargaining to bring home treasures. We know that finding a hidden gem on the web can sometimes take time. Rational has a ton of resources on the web. So many that the best of them can often be hard to find. Going... [More]
I’ve just been reading a new thought leadership paper ‘Product Innovation Demands More Flexible Software Delivery’ by Forrester Consulting (registration required), commissioned by one of my marketing teams at IBM Rational, which has some very interesting finding and recommendations for companies developing innovative products where software is a major component. In September 2010, Forrester conducted a survey of 106 product development professionals in the US and UK who have responsibility for software development as part of product... [More]
My name is Dan Griffin -- I work on the marketing team here in IBM's Rational brand. I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to a new character – Ted the Developer. Ted, who happens to look a lot like a stick figure, is currently starring in his own YouTube series to introduce some of the features of the Jazz platform and Rational Team Concert .
We’d love to get your feedback on the videos – and of course would love for you to subscribe to the IBM Rational YouTube channel . Besides Ted, this channel is a great way to stay in the loop... [More]
The Toyota Crisis In the wake of the Toyota auto tragedies over the past two
years, and the subsequent investigations by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration), I was surprised to learn how ill-prepared NHTSA was
initially to dig into the matter -- to see what might have gone wrong, and
where the blame might fall. The matter: possible vulnerabilities in the
electronic throttle control (ETC) system in several Toyota vehicles. Patented
in 2002, ETC is an electro-mechanical, software-driven subsystem that has been
The impact of medical software
As the manager for the Rational digital team, I spend most of my time learning about and deploying social media and Internet technologies. When I was challenged, along with my peers, to think about the ways software had affected me personally, I thought less about my job, and more about my family.
My niece was born with a heart problem that resulted in several surgeries during her first six weeks, and more later in her first year. Every time I visited her in the intensive care unit, I was struck by the... [More]
What does agility look like, and how do we measure it?
Agility is about changing rapidly and therefore a truly agile project or organization should accommodate changes more easily. Consequently, improvements in agility are best measured by gauging the cost-of-change trends in software baselines. Improvements in these change trends are best achieved when integration testing largely precedes unit testing.
A well-accepted tenet of software engineering governance states, “The later you are in the life cycle, the more expensive things are to... [More]
Get your game on!
Attend the 'Service Management Simulator Experience' at Innovate 2011
The 'Service Management Simulator Experience' is a hands-on game focusing on the challenges and business value of implementing Service Management best practices in a realistic and exhilarating scenario. Over the course of a few hours, you'll use gaming and role playing dynamics to mirror the real-world interaction between IT and the business, from both a strategic and operational perspective. In the end, you will come away with an actionable... [More]
Advancing software-driven technical innovations and business outcomes
Hi Invisible Thread blog readers. My name is Peter Spung, and I've had the great pleasure to be in the software industry for nearly 30 years. Over that time, I've seen amazing technical advances in the field.
For example, when I studied Artificial Intelligence in school, a system like IBM's Watson that recently competed on Jeopardy! was pure science fiction, much like HAL in the move 2001: A Space Odyssey. That software intensive systems could have come this far,... [More]
Systems engineering at IBM Innovate
What makes a smart product smart?
You do. Yes, of course, it’s the software, but who integrates the software to ensure the product does what it should?
Software is useless unless and until it actually operates on something, typically within a complex system or even within a system of systems. Fortunately, the massive complexity associated with developing smart products can be managed with systems engineering. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to creating large, complex systems... [More]