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]
Are you a Champion?
Throughout history, the word “champion” has conjured images of warriors and athletes. While those images are often accurate, IBM is hoping to modify that definition.
To us a Champion is a person who evangelizes whatever they’re passionate about. That could be athletics, but it could also be technology.
To drive this point home, we’ve launched The IBM Champion Program which is a program designed to recognize thought leaders in the technical community.
IBM Champions will be recognized for their leadership... [More]
A new level of collaboration
Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something... -Frank Gehry
I really like this quote from the architect Frank Gehry, because it ties something we often think of as rigid - architecture - with something we think of as flowing and free-form - jazz music. When you think about it, architecture needs to be alive and flowing because it’s about people, whether it’s for business, a residence, or a public space. When we work together building... [More]
A complete Power Solutions guide to Innovate 2011
We’re less than 2 weeks until Innovate and we know that with 18 different tracks, making the decision on which track to follow can sometimes be difficult. Luckily, I know the ins and outs of at least one of them – the Power Systems track – and I’m giving you the rundown on everything we have planned. Take a look at the highlights below and feel free to leave any comments if you have questions or suggestions!
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Highlights for Power Systems... [More]
Ask the experts at Innovate 2011
You ask the questions, we provide the answers
The best part of any event is when you’re given the opportunity to get the answer you came looking for. With tech, things are changing constantly – we’re never in the same place twice – and it’s hard to stay on top of every new innovation.
As part of this year’s Innovate, we’re changing the format of our expert panel – we’re giving you control .
Our host, Walker Royce, will be leading the discussion, but will taking his cues from you.
Need an... [More]
10 ways to get social at #ibminnovate
We know big events are sometimes tough to navigate. And trust me, Innovate is going to be a BIG event. Fortunately for you, the social media team at Rational is here and ready to help you. We've made it a point to study up on everything that's going on to make sure we have (almost all) of the answers when you need them.
To top it off we have a few fun things you might want to check out if you're lucky enough to be joining us in Orlando - and even if you're not.
So, read on to find out all of the... [More]
Innovate 2011: Daily top 5 - Monday, June 6
Welcome to Innovate 2011! In these daily updates you’ll find some quick highlights of the things in the day to come along with some of the things you may have missed the day before. Most importantly (for attendees anyway) are the session updates which will be found at the bottom of each post – including room changes and cancellations.
Also, if you can't attend don’t forget to follow along with Innovate conversations .
Top 5 things you should check out today
Day 1 general... [More]
Improving collaboration, tackling complexity
Innovate 2011 showcases ways to handle the intricacies of systems and software delivery
If you’re old enough to have observed the growth of the Internet over the past 15 years, you’ve seen an amazing rise in complexity of information, patterns of interdependency that -- while not technically infinite -- seem to rival the complexity we find in nature. In the same era when we’ve unlocked the human genome with advanced computing power, we’ve also created our own highly complex, interwoven system... [More]
Business Partners make a splash at Innovate 2011
W're currently celebrating our 14th year of IBM's Innovate and many IBM Rational Business partners are issuing some great news this year. Many are announcing that they have achieved 'Ready for IBM Rational' technical validation as well as other exciting news.
Ready for IBM Rational software validation enables organizations to demonstrate and validate the integration between tools and the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform. As a validated provider an organization can gain valuable... [More]
Innovate 2011: Daily top 5 – Tuesday, June 7
Software is the competitive differentiator! Yesterday, Gina Poole, VP Marketing for IBM Rational, joined comedian/actress Felicia Day (“The Guild”) in hosting a session focused on enabling organizations to gain the winning advantage through Software and Systems Innovation.
Kristof Kloeckner, IBM Rational General Manager, opened with the IBM Rational vision: using integration, collaboration and agility to combat complexity and risk, releasing an organization’s ability to innovate. He... [More]
Innovate 2011: Daily top 5 – Wednesday, June 8
It’s hard to think that Innovate is almost coming to a close and I want to make sure you get to make the most out of the 1.5 days we have left.
Top 5 things you should check out today
Morning general session: You’ve been hearing about innovation and the importance of software all week. This morning we’re showing you one of the ways software has contributed to the amazing advances in technology. At 8:00 a.m. today, come down to the Pacific Ballroom to watch as our 4 contest... [More]
If you’re a software developer, project manager, or business leader responsible for software design and delivery, you’re probably too busy to follow the trends in every industry where software is at the center of competitive differentiation. Naturally, because that would be just about every industry. Whether you work in the IT space, or in one of many industries where embedded software is taking systems design to new heights of innovation, the world of development and delivery is a global beehive of partners, stakeholders, and consumers. The... [More]
The economics of mobile application testing
The year 2011 seems to be when a lot of companies are motivated to extend their business applications to support mobile devices. I get asked about how IBM Rational supports mobile application development at least once a day (usually more often than that!). As new smart phones and tablets are projected to become the "client of choice" for internet access ( ZDNet: As Microsoft's monopoly crumbles, its mobile future is crucial ), business application support for them will only intensify in... [More]
Announcing JazzHub: Rational Team Concert in the Cloud for Academics
Hi, Dan Griffin here. You may remember me from my earlier posting about Ted the Developer . I wanted to share with you some really exciting news that we just announced at Innovate 2011 regarding Jazz.net and our Rational Team Concert product.
As you may remember, professors and academic researchers can register at the IBM Academic Initiative to gain free access to an impressive library of full-version software and course modules including Rational Team... [More]
Worldwide mobile device sales have skyrocketed. Key drivers of this explosion may include the desire for smart phones with instant access to numerous cool applications at your finger tips and the growth of the Android™ mobile operating system from Google. The popularity of the smart phone can be attributed in large part to software—the invisible thread that enables today’s innovations. It is software, together with systems engineering, that enables what we call a “system of systems”—the ability of software-intensive subsystems such as radio and... [More]
A Practical Approach to Quality!
If your software and
systems development team is under 10 people, including coding, testing, and
project management, then your projects may not experience huge difficulties associated
with traceability -- i.e., the discipline that links requirements to test case
and test results. But for larger teams of 30 or more, where even a medium-size
project involves 5,000 requirements and 10,000 test
cases, the complexity can feel overwhelming.
this: If it takes 20 minutes to link the... [More]