The telephone game Remember the party game, "telephone," that was played across the world under a variety of similar names? Someone starts off whispering a phrase in the next person's ear, who whispers it in the next person's, until, at the end, the original message is usually completely garbled. Lost in translations: Strong vodka, putrid meat Or consider this (apparently apocryphal) story about machine translation: The starting text was "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." The program translated it into... [More]
I'm John McDonald, the CEO of CloudOne and an IBM Champion for Rational software. I'm participating in the IBM Cloud Innovation Forum in Chicago this week. Chief officials from many major corporations are here to listen and to talk about the impact of cloud. When I ask about software and systems development, over and over again in hallway and mealtime conversations I hear a common theme: The hope that the cloud will help them manage the rapid globalization of software and systems development. You know that many of the tools we use today for... [More]
Most software development projects have a mobile computing strategy associated with them. Strategy can be anything from figuring out which functions of your business benefit from mobile computing to developing the mobile application itself. But understanding the ways in which mobile technology affects your business is not always clear. In some cases, mobile can immediately change how you plan and conduct business with your partners and clients. But how do you apply a mobile strategy to your business? And after you’ve figured that out, how do... [More]
Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and corporate restructuring are normal. Deals can be worth hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars. Not surprisingly, we hear about M&As almost daily in the news headlines. Next time you flip open the newspaper's business section, the odds are high that at least one headline will announce some kind of M&A transaction. The upheaval caused by integrating with another organization significantly challenges the way both organizations conduct business. According to IBM research, an... [More]
The Jazz development team is interested in your ideas for our next generation of application lifecycle management tools. To collect your ideas and share them with everyone, we are hosting our first-ever Jazz Plan Jam , which begins on May 30. If you are already familiar with the transparent development features of jazz.net, then you know that you can submit enhancement ideas at any time. Instead, think of the Jazz Plan Jam as our way of isolating everyone from current work items and defects so that we can all focus solely on future changes... [More]
by Walker Royce Chief Software Economist, IBM Rational software Innovation has become synonymous with software. It’s through software that businesses can create products, systems, and services that are increasingly “instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent.” These innovations in software are becoming the source of real value to the consumer, and for many businesses it is what sets them apart from their competition. As you think about your organization, what is the biggest challenge you are facing NOW? What is NEXT if you want to... [More]
It’s time to Jam! Today, the IBM Rational team launched our first Jazz “Plan Jam ". It’s a one-week program in which we hope to gather your expert opinions to help us plan for the next release of the Jazz products. From May 30 to June 6, the Jazz Plan Jam, you will have an opportunity to tell us what you like, dislike, need, and don't need. Pass the word to your colleagues -- the more input we receive the better we can make the products! We hope to engage you, to understand what is most important to you , our most important... [More]
The Ultimate Social Guide to IBM Innovate 2012 Conference IBM Rational’s annual Innovate conference is scheduled to kick off Sunday, June 2, and run through June 7 in the beautiful Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The five-day conference features a who’s who of leaders in software and systems set to discuss the power of software-driven innovation to deliver smarter products and improve business outcomes. Innovate is a great event and you can get a lot out of the event from both the business and personal... [More]
You know, innovation has become synonymous with software. That’s the major reason we call our annual conference “Innovate,” where we provide enough courses, certification programs, presentations, and living network of brilliant minds to qualify as a five-day mini-university. What better opportunity to announce our new spring roll-out of products and services?! I can’t provide the details about the announcements we’ll be making on June 4th at Innovate, in Orlando. Instead, I hope to see you there and give you the details in person. But even if... [More]
Welcome to Innovate 2012 , our flagship conference for complex and embedded systems clients, partners and IBMers! We’re excited to offer over 100 sessions dedicated to this area, our own systems keynote as well as networking opportunities galore including our first face-to-face Virtual Rational User Group session and a systems engineering networking evening Monday night, featuring INCOSE President John Thomas. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also welcome the students and their robots from the FIRST Robotics competition for an awesome... [More]
Welcome to Orlando and IBM Innovate 2012! On behalf of the IBM Rational team, we want to thank you for joining us for our most important client event of the year. Innovate provides you with an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas with thousands of your peers (4000 to be exact), meet industry experts, and learn more about the IBM solutions that are helping us all build a Smarter Planet. 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... [More]
It looks like we have a fantastic and lively group of complex and embedded systems folks with us here at Innovate 2012. It was great to have everyone gathered together and ‘glowing’ at the welcome reception. We’re of to an exciting start at this year’s conference so in case you missed something, here are some systems highlights from yesterday: Rational Champions Reception Sunday night at Innovate a few select systems clients were invited to the Cabana Bar and Beach Club to join an intimate gathering to meet and mingle with IBM... [More]
Business Partner Achievements Recognized at IBM Innovate 2012 Conference ORLANDO , FL - June 4, 2012 : IBM (IBM: NYSE) today announced the winners of the 2012 IBM Rational Business Partner Awards at the IBM Innovate 2012 Conference. These awards recognize IBM Business Partners that have helped customers drive greater value from their investments in software and improve software delivery. Winners were selected in four award categories spanning the IBM Rational software portfolio. The IBM Rational Business Partner community continues to... [More]
by Gina Poole IBM clients know better than anyone that software and systems delivery is a rapidly changing landscape. Whether your job is in IT, or in the product & systems arena, software development is constantly impacted by new application delivery models like cloud, proliferating mobile end-point devices, shrinking delivery windows, and the blurring of organizational boundaries. So the question is, how can software and systems delivery teams ride the new technology waves of mobile, cloud, social business, etc., and turn these thorny... [More]
What a whirlwind of exciting events yesterday, we hope you were able to participate and enjoy all of the content we’ve had to offer you thus far. And just in case you missed something here are some of the systems highlights from yesterday: Systems Keynote - What’s NOW in Complex and Embedded Systems The second annual complex and embedded systems keynote was filled with exciting content and announcements…, heck even some robots joined in the fun! The executive team took center stage to communicate our vision to help address the unique... [More]
Welcome back to day two of Innovate 2012! Next Gina , the NOW and future Gina Poole, kicked-off Monday’s general session followed by an upbeat performance by Project DJ Slam , kicking the keynote into high gear. Sarah Backhouse , founder of Future360 and Innovate host, joined Gina on stage to help keep the IBM crowd on their toes by asking just the right questions. Monday’s session really set the stage for not only showing what’s next in software and systems innovation, but how to get there, starting now! Dr. Kristof Kloeckner , IBM... [More]
Are we having fun yet, maybe a little too much?! We’re over halfway through and there’s still so much yet in store for all of you! We are very excited about tonight’s special event, Foreigner at Seaworld! So, get ready to get nostalgic as we blast you back to the 1980’s in the days of big hair rock n roll! And in case you missed something, here are a few highlights from yesterday: Tuesday’s Keynote - Right. NOW. Opportunity Accelerated. Yesterday, IBM proudly presented its first CTO Summit—bringing together the CTOs of Rational, WebSphere,... [More]
I think that it is a clear understatement to say that "Mobile was hot!" at the Innovate 2012 conference last week. Beginning with the conference opening keynote from IBM Senior Vice President Robert LeBlanc, and continuing right through to the very last session on Smarter Planet Android development by Beery Holstein, the mobile software development topic came up constantly. The Mobile Track presentation sessions were delivered to rooms bursting at the seams . And the special "Question of the Day" contest, developed... [More]
by Gina Poole During Innovate last week, I provided an overview of the announcements about our spring launch for product & systems teams. Today, I'd like to give you a few details about our announcements geared for IT organizations. There are three key areas of capability that will help IT organizations: Accelerate delivery through improved integration across the application lifecycle Reduce cost and create new business value by expanding application lifecycle management beyond the development team Improve flexibility and boost... [More]
Hi Everyone, I'm Dan Griffin, the Marketing Manager for JazzHub and an enthusiastic supporter of how software development is taught in the classroom. With regard to academic activities, I'm happy to say that this year's Innovate was the best yet. We invited professors from the United States, Brazil, and Mexico to share what they are doing in their classrooms, learn from other professors, and give feedback on how we (IBM) can make our Academic Initiative program even stronger. However, our fun didn't stop with the professors! We also... [More]
We chose the name "Innovate" for our annual conference because it's focused on the development and delivery of software. And software innovation is where the competitive opportunities lie these days. But creating software is no easy task. Whether it's targeted for IT applications or embedded products, software creation remains a complicated challenge. What should IT and product & systems teams be thinking about these days, as they try to improve their capabilities in software development and delivery? Here are my five top... [More]
For quite some time, IBM Rational has been saying that organizations need to manage value versus projects in order to be successful. When the economic and market situation was at its lowest point it became evident who managed projects and who managed value.
Organizations that managed projects were paralyzed. They knew that they had to cut costs, but they didn’t know where to cut. They began stopping projects based on “gut feelings” with no logical reasoning. A majority of these changes had no lasting effect.
On the other hand... [More]
Imagine reducing your status reporting from 70 hours to just 1.5 hours.
Instead of the exhausting search for greater and newer sources of revenue, what if you could create a huge impact by simply reducing your costs? Not just a little here and there, but rather a dramatic cost reduction which frees up scarce resources. With productivity improvements expected every time you report the results, running ever faster is just not sustainable. The need is to run smarter, and the bank DnB Nord found just a way to do that with Rational.
IBM is excited to be part of a new standards effort kicking off at W3C, the Linked Data Platform Working Group , which was announced on May 9, 2012. This group will help realize Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a web of interrelated data. This standard will drive the evolution of Web 3.0, enabling new levels of application interoperability and data integration, while making data openly linked and accessible in the form of web pages. Tim Berners-Lee introduced the concept of Linked Data with four simple rules that encourage people to apply the... [More]
For the past decade, agile methods have proved beneficial for helping Information Technology (IT) software teams deliver, on schedule, high quality software that satisfies stakeholder needs. Software teams pursue agile methods because they need a process that can respond efficiently to change to the product under development. Agile methods afford more flexibility compared to traditional plan-driven approaches, which lock in the project details early and are less able to adjust to stakeholders’ evolving needs, market changes, and unplanned... [More]
Bringing the power of social software to software development teams provides many new collaboration opportunities that allow you to identify, connect and exchange ideas with a wide community of business and technical stakeholders, partners and end users. IBM has seen that social business allows people to embrace networks and find new ways to connect and collaborate both with their colleagues as well as with their partners and customers. Through using social software, working transparently and collaborating together, we've seen a better approach... [More]
There’s a lot of talk these days about DevOps, designing processes for coordinating software development teams with IT operations teams. The talk is being driven by companies challenged by a fast-moving market, an ever changing regulatory landscape, and transformational change. All companies today require agility in their business processes. While many companies limit the scope of DevOps to deployment automation, IBM takes a much broader view. DevOps is really about improved automation, integration, collaboration, and optimization of... [More]
As software plays an increasingly critical role in the business performance of corporations, IT faces considerable pressure to support new business initiatives while cutting costs. Over the last 30 years, billions of dollars have been invested in software applications, but typically, these investments are poorly leveraged. Too often, a complex and poorly understood application portfolio consumes a large percentage of IT funds, leaving corporate business and IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business innovation.
We all hope for substantial gains from IT investments, but imagine achieving a return on investment (ROI) of more than AUD $4 million within the first year. That's a pretty impressive result!
Like most organizations today, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) faced significant pressures to reduce costs. The bank had a substantial increase in the demand for its IT services and realized that simply adding more resources to keep up with the demand was not the answer. Instead, they needed to achieve greater efficiency and... [More]
Standards and tools use signals potential acceleration of productivity and an innovation curve
A century ago, assembly line production caused a paradigm shift in the automobile industry. The transition from handcrafting each car to manufacturing based on a standardized template, using tools, led to an exponential increase in productivity and efficiency. With the production of software now constituting a significant proportion of the value of a modern car, the stage is set for a similar boost in efficiency with widespread adoption of tools... [More]