Doing things on time and on budget – it does NOT matter if the
things you are doing are the wrong things. Before doing things the correct way,
it’s of vital importance for an organization to secure that the portfolio,
projects and activities are aligned with company strategy and that it’s
prioritized correctly to secure most possible value from a company’s limited
One of the biggest challenges is to make the best compromises
between contradictory projects and activities. For an organization to be
effective and... [More]
Building complex systems using SysML From designing chips to building new airplanes, designers and developers across diverse industries like avionics, signal and image processing, and communications are challenged by rising product complexity. Combined with intense market pressures and compliance to industry standards this increased complexity presents a major challenge to designers of electronic devices. To stay competitive, tight coordination between hardware and software engineers is critical to optimize product quality. This is especially... [More]
Walker Royce on Software Econometrics An expert describes a new approach to software project management Imagine you’re lucky enough to take a eight-week tour of Europe. How do you begin making plans? It might be fairly easy to determine your starting point, and where you’ll eventually end the journey. The more you think about it, you’ll certainly imagine a sequence of smaller trips to famous cities, mountains, seaside resorts. But as you scope out the general profile of your tour, would you plan every meal, every evening stroll, every purchase... [More]
It does not matter what you do or work with - if you are a professional soccer player, area manager of an manufacturing business or are the CEO of a Fortune 500 - focus on value will always be of major importance and in order to focus on value the right prioritization needs to be made.
A soccer player will have the option to pass the ball to a team mate or advance through the field with the ball him or herself, the area manager needs to evaluate which projects to run, which segments to focus on and what products to take to market and a CEO... [More]
More web content is being consumed via mobile devices and web developers have to be concerned with not only having their applications and content consumed through standard (desktop) computer browsers, but also through smart phones and tablets. There are a number of approaches to developing mobile applications, such as native applications and mobile-friendly portals, and each has its own benefits. Join me in this webcast as we look at some of the ways you can use mobile toolkit APIs, device simulators for testing and other tools that involve the... [More]
Adopting a new developmental approach and set of tools leveraging your existing assets, skills, and infrastructure investments can be time consuming. The IBM Enterprise Modernization Sandbox can help. Whether you are an IT manager, architect, or a developer, the System z Sandbox or the Power Systems sandbox can significantly help reduce the amount of time it takes to evaluate mainframe or Power Systems development tools. The sandbox offers an easy, web-based mechanism to help you evaluate IBM® Rational® solutions at no cost to your company. The... [More]
Mobile applications have changed the game. They have become the primary differentiator and value driver of an organization, in the minds of consumers. Are you and your development teams driving that value effectively to consumers? If not, I want to show you how. When developing mobile applications, requests must be captured from a range of stakeholders like customers, analysts, marketplace research, internal reviewers and more. Prioritizing these requests into product requirements is no simple task. Product and portfolio management (PPM) is a... [More]
If you work within IT for a midsize to large business, you’ve probably struggled now and then -- if not daily -- to make sense of the diverse technologies maintained by your department. A mix of hardware, old and new, and a wide variety of software applications, old and new, form a virtual landscape of technical challenges. Maybe you’ve met some of these challenges with creative bridges from one system to another, or maybe you’ve worked with teams of engineers who have risen to the occasion.
You might also be aware that there’s much more... [More]
Today we’re starting a new series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .” This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Over the past half century, businesses of all types across the globe have made significant investments in software and systems to automate business processes, deliver innovative capabilities, and integrate operations. As technology has evolved, organizations... [More]
This is part two ( read part 1 ) of our series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .”
This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the
value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Today, we'll discuss how to improve application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration and infrastructure efficiency. Improving application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration, and infrastructure efficiency
Being compliant while simultaneously driving growth is becoming more difficult in an increasingly regulated world - especially for financial services organizations. Since the credit crunch, we have seen a much greater emphasis on controlling and regulating financial services organizations. This has resulted in, for example:
The passing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Reform Act) in the United States Forthcoming implementation of Solvency II in Europe and Basel III across the globe Establishment... [More]
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]
Enterprise Architecture + Project Portfolio Management = Winning
What are the strategic goals and objectives of the organization? What products, services, applications are there to support ? Where should the spending of precious resources take place? Where are we going - what are our options and how and when will we get there?
These are questions every organization has to ask themselves….if they can be answered you are in a good position! But that is not usually the case…
Businesses have, and are still, investing significant... [More]
Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile
Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility ( follow #BizAgility on Twitter ) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in... [More]
Smarter. Flatter. Intelligent. Interconnected. Instrumented. We all agree that the world is changing. More likely than not you're building products or services that are driving this evolution. But are you prepared to lead? How can you prepare and win in the age of Smarter Products and Services ?
By Dominic Tavassoli and Pierre Coyne .
Delivering innovative products and services that transform the way we live, work, and play
You hear about IBM's 100-year anniversary and the evolution of the technology from the Industrial... [More]
Change is the only constant in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Today more than ever, businesses must face – and effectively manage – rising change and complexity. Uncertainty is everywhere we look. From marketplace shifts to surprise disruptions, managing this new reality is not an easy task. If you think about our organizations today, they are all part of a dynamic business network of relationships with customers, partners and suppliers that shape the way we do business. Consumer expectations are escalating and competitors and partners... [More]
Brand new ways to Business Agility -- from IBM Rational by Gina Poole , VP Marketing, IBM Rational I’ve been blogging on several sites over the past few weeks about our fall 2011 product and services launch, which has a big theme: “Business Agility.” I promised to bring you more, soon, on Application Portfolio Management , Collaborative DevOps , market-driven product development , and more. Well, we actually launched on October 6, and now I’m happy to be able to point you to much more information that can help you put business agility to work.... [More]
The ROI of your software development investments Understanding where and how we are spending our resources and getting return on our investments is difficult - especially for software development organizations... Many software companies manage a significant portfolio of solutions where there is a: Disconnect between business and delivery with a lack of delivery governance and control Risks and issues are handled to late in the delivery process instead of up front Software and systems delivery and portfolio data on disparate and globally... [More]
What is DO-178B? DO-178B is a rigorous safety standard used primarily for the certification of commercial avionics, although it is increasingly adopted in other industries. It provides guidance for the development of software including the development of five key plans and defines the standards for evidence of compliance for (up to) 66 development objectives, depending on the level of safety assurance required. Meeting this standard can increase development cost significantly. First time adopters of the standard routinely find 75%-150% cost... [More]
Can government improve or expand services and lower costs at the same time? With nearly 14 million people unemployed and 2.5 million that have given up looking for a job, most agree that government needs to be more efficient and lower costs. But in tough economic times like these, is it really possible for government to improve or expand services while lowering costs? Is it really possible to "do more with less"? If you have been around over the last 3 years, chances are you have heard the phrase, "do more with... [More]
The world is not just getting flatter,
it’s getting smarter. And changes in our phone usage can be seen as the
archetype of how technology is driving the new smarter planet. The smartness
quotient in the phones is no longer driven by hardware (which gets rapidly
standardized) but rather by the number of applications that can be accessed
with the phone. However developing applications for the diverse platforms such
as Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and others, has become a herculean task. These
platforms offer endless possibilities for... [More]
The compelling case for application
For most companies, what
would you say is the greatest challenge to achieving innovation? Is it a lack
of skill? Imagination? Dedication to success? In our direct experience,
confirmed by research we’ve done, it’s none of these things.
Across the globe, we find
that skilled, imaginative, and dedicated teams are increasingly hampered by
limited financial resources. Operational and maintenance expenses consume far
too much of the IT budget, so there’s little left to fund... [More]
Similar to many targeted
industries that benefit from Rational's industry solutions, the Energy and Utilities
(E&U) vertical is increasingly adopting both CLM and the IBM industry
framework SAFE. Although E&U companies are slowly adopting the best
practices in delivering cutting edge transmission and distribution systems, the
energy generation side of the E&U’s (especially the nuclear industry) is
noticeably behind other verticals in its transformation to software intensive
systems. However, as worldwide investment in nuclear... [More]
Banks and Financial
Institution face a challenging environment of increased regulatory scrutiny and
new regulations ( such as Dodd-Frank, Basel III and Solvency II) , raised corporate governance expectations, complex
risk management requirements and more!
Navigating this complex environment can be costly, time consuming and
risky... To address these challenges,
IBM Rational has created a new offering – The IBM Rational® Compliance
Accelerator for Financial Services. This
Accelerator was created to help our
Financial Services... [More]
In today's organizations one of the most important factors of business is entering and exiting the market window with the right products at the right time (to the right segment) - taking market share with profit. Now it's time for organizations to look into the role of the product management functions. Today, this is still very defused and we are constantly challenging ourselves with the dilemmas of what is the scope and what authority do we have to perform our daily duties. What is product management anyway? In reality, product management is... [More]
Big merger, new regulations and a 400% improvement in application performance? See how one financial services company did it When two financial services providers combined their Wealth Management division in a joint venture in 2009, they faced a new challenge – not only was there significant impact on the distributed source code, but they were now subjected to a different set of regulatory compliance mandates, including regulations from the US Federal Reserve and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). They needed to achieve full... [More]
For those of us involved with software and
systems development, but who happen not
to be experts in testing (there are a few of us out here) or application security
(ditto), some of the terminology used for code analysis can sound downright
mysterious. For example, “black box testing” -- it’s a set of methods to ensure
that the essential functionality of a unit of code has been achieved. I.e., you
don’t worry about what goes on inside the box, you just want the results, as
By contrast, “white box testing” doesn’t
Creating high quality products has its own significant share of contribution from testing. In a rapidly changing world, organizations have to develop complex products with short development time frames. Coupled with it, if the products are released for end consumers which can range in millions; an organization has to be very careful about the quality of the releases. The paradigm of testing is changing with these challenges and the roles and responsibilities of developers or testers are still evolving. An effective practice is to do the testing... [More]
Why do CSPs and NEPs need to collaborate to reduce time to service for equipment and applications?
Many of the common services on mobile networks, e.g., download of phone ringtones, navigation, or network optimization, that consumers enjoy today are managed by Communications Service Providers (CSPs). CSPs provide these services but the underlying hardware and software that provides that service come from Network Equipment Providers (NEPs). Given the volume of the consumers that use these services, proper testing is essential to ensure they... [More]
Innovate 2012, sponsored by Rational, is the industry event that recognizes, celebrates, and enables the development and delivery of software and systems. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to share your stories and best practices, and to tell the world how solutions from IBM Rational have helped you and your business innovate and transform software and systems delivery processes.
Why should you participate as a speaker or presenter at Innovate 2012?
Gain recognition among your industry peers as a thought leader
Network with 4,000+... [More]