The US Federal budget proposal for 2014 includes $40 billion for high-speed and intercity rail. It includes $50 billion in spending for highway projects. The funding plan would also extend the current “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) transportation bill beyond 2015, which continues the development of a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program. At the State level, in April 2013, the State of Massachusetts senate voted in an $800 million appropriation into the state’s transit... [More]
Modern systems such as electric cars, unmanned trains and airplanes, smart phones and healthcare equipment contain a growing number of electronic components and software to deliver function to the final users that was unimaginable only a few years ago. As complexity increase, design challenges increase exponentially. This complexity is the result of two major factors – the increase in scale (e,g, number of product functions, computation units, line of codes and so on) and the fact that any modern product today is in fact a cyber-physical... [More]
Across the globe, more people are using user-friendly, intuitive mobile devices as their primary means of obtaining information and services over the internet. This new behavior has motivated enterprises to develop new mobile channels and mobile apps to better serve the needs of their users, however, users are expecting more from their mobile experience and many companies are unable to keep up.
A successful mobile app, or “system of interaction”, creates not only a unique user experience, but anticipates the desires of the... [More]
Technologies such as Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and Social are pushing companies to innovate more rapidly. DevOps is an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery that enables clients to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. DevOps stems from pressures being placed on organizations today as they balance the need for stability and innovation. Test data management is about easily creating targeted, right-sized test databases rather than cloning entire production... [More]
Top 5 Ways JazzHub Can Benefit Your Business
JazzHub began as an initiative to bring Rational Team Concert in the cloud to academic users. Due to its success, we’ve recently launched JazzHub Beta 3 and opened it to the wider software development community so that anyone can collaborate with others to seamlessly plan, track, and develop software in the cloud.
So how can JazzHub benefit your business?
1. No server setup. Save your IT organization time and effort—we manage the servers. All you have to do... [More]
The 2012 IBM Global CEO study surveyed over 400 business and IT executives to examine factors affecting their organizations in today’s marketplace. The executives ranked technology as the most important external force impacting their organization. More than 50% of the CEOs recognize that software development is key to achieving a competitive advantage; however, only 25% leverage software development effectively.
Some companies are struggling to find their footing in an ever-changing connected world, while others wholeheartedly... [More]
In a traditional IT organization, it is not uncommon to find applications spanning multiple platforms, each built and managed with a different set of processes, tools, and skills. These multitier systems are composed of back-office applications such as packaged apps, data warehouse, mainframe, mid-range applications and front-office web, rich client or mobile applications. The complexity of building, testing and managing the release process of the parts and pieces that make up these applications can be overwhelming even for the most disciplined... [More]
Companies who develop products traditionally composed of both mechanical and electrical elements are now finding that to provide the innovative features our population's appetite for technology is demanding, they increasingly need to deliver software-based products. But as embedded software becomes increasingly complex, the challenges in successful product design and development rise.
Products we rely on everyday, such as automobiles, electronics, and medical devices, can have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of... [More]
*Image courtesy Jaguar Land Rover Limited
Keeping commuters amused and informed is the objective of modern cars in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. However the dynamic and interdependent nature of IVI systems makes them one of the most complicated systems to design and build.
Consider for example the simple use case of volume control in the car. To an oblivious user it is a simple knob that needs to be turned to control the intensity of the sound. But if the consumer is to be given a uniform experience irrespective... [More]
I'm happy to tell you that Blue Mercury Consulting was named our "best of show" winner at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit here in Buena Vista, Florida. Blue Mercury (bluemercuryconsulting.com) is one of IBM Rational's partners with their finger on the pulse of application lifecycle management (ALM) technology, specializing in the Rational Jazz platform.
I caught up with them at their booth on the last night of the Innovate Expo, and asked them about their goals, their clients, and their experience at this... [More]