I hope you're enjoying your time at Innovate 2013 as much as I am, the conversations with your peers, the training and certification opportunities, and the expanded scope of the conference itself. As our general manager Kristof Kloeckner noted on yesterday morning's main stage, we've reinvented Innovate this year to reflect the rapid growth in all areas of technology.
And with those "lightning talks" by IBM's senior leaders averaging 5 minutes a piece -- covering mobile, cloud, social business, big data, agile development, and... [More]
Dear development colleagues,
And I do mean colleagues. I began my career as a developer, and I spent lots of time sorting through the challenges of getting requirements right, meeting target deadlines, and dealing with customer expectations. That was only a few years ago, and yet the challenges you face today are already different at a detail level, just as they will be different next year.
We can probably count on this: the role of software development will remain one of the most challenging within the... [More]
It's check-in and registration day at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have been able to join us and to welcome you to this exciting annual event. (And for those of you who can't be here this week, please consider attending an "Innovate comes to you" event in your area over the coming months.)
Every year, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, to hear about your software and product... [More]
Celebrating the 25 th anniversary of IBM i
IBM i, with its roots dating back to S/36, S/38, and AS/400, is a complete, integrated environment for developing and running business applications. This year as we celebrate the 25 th anniversary of IBM i, we are proud to note how vital and modern this platform truly is. As we survey the landscape we see a platform that
has well over 100,000 customers running IBM i on POWER Servers
continues to attract a strong ecosystem of hundreds of ISVs delivering business... [More]
Announcing Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1
COBOL is one of the oldest programming languages in existence but it is still running the world’s most critical business applications. Everytime you withdraw cash from the ATM machine, deposit a check, book an airplane ticket, or make an insurance claim, a COBOL application is likely to be processing your transaction.
Our new announcement for Enterprise COBOL for z/OS affirms IBM’s strong commitment to delivering innovation and value to COBOL customers... [More]
Today, April 22, 2013 IBM announced the acquisition of UrbanCode Inc . as a complement to our DevOps solution.
We are very excited to welcome their highly skilled team and market leading products. The combination of IBM and UrbanCode capabilities, enable our clients to more rapidly deliver mobile, cloud, social, big data analytics and traditional applications.
DevOps is critical to helping organizations adjust to market shifts that are fundamentally changing the way businesses approach software innovation. These shifts include:
DevOps as a term has been evolving over the last few years. If you want some interesting perspective, see what your favorite search engine returns for the term. At it's most basic, DevOps is the process of bringing Development and Operations together to share processes and procedures. The goal is to reduce the risk of change and improve the speed of deployment. This requires true collaboration across the groups responsible from the business analyst, through Development, Test, Quality Assurance, and Operations. ... [More]
Over the last decade, software developers have made a number of significant transitions in software development. Many developers have shifted platforms, from client/server to windows to mobile and then on to cloud platforms and they have shifted methodologies from waterfall to agile. At the same time, we have shifted from "build it yourself" to "assemble from parts" as open source technologies have proliferated.
We don't know how fast software development productivity has been rising, in part because we can't really... [More]
Software delivery is more a discipline of economics than a discipline of engineering, because it is a complex endeavor that is inherently non-deterministic and entrepreneurial…there is much more uncertainty.
Successful software outcomes are highly dependent on continuous negotiations, accurate predictions, value creation, innovations, diverse team collaboration, business agility, market conditions and user demand. Success is much less dependent on the quality of contracts, Gantt charts, critical path schedules, earned value measurement,... [More]
As our need to deliver software faster and meet market demands has increased, something usually has to give. The old adage says that you can only deliver against 2 of the 3 mandates (cost, timeframe, quality), so choose which one won’t happen. However, that is no longer an acceptable answer. As an increasing number of organizations are going “agile”, quality concerns are being raised yet again. But being “agile” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. As a matter of fact, with agility can come increased quality as more people are testing the... [More]