Today is a special day for System z development. I wanted to let you know that we just announced Rational Developer for System z V9.0.1, which is available on Dec. 11 th . Rational Developer for System z (RDz) V9.0.1 provides numerous new and enhanced capabilities, including full edit, compile, debug, and code coverage capabilities for key languages and subsystems that are ready for immediate use. The exciting new feature in RDz V9.0.1 is the Integrated Debugger. It is a powerful, modern, GUI-based multiplatform, multi-language source level... [More]
Although I am looking at development lifecycle from the perspective of mobile applications now, it wasn't that long ago that I was the Program Director for IBM Rational Jazz Lifecycle Integration platform. My teams were constantly challenged to iteratively bring new capabilities to market to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of cloud, mobile and social, which are undeniably critical influencers for even the traditional application lifecycle. The value of continuous delivery was never more applicable: use the right tools at the right... [More]
A lot of our clients have recognized that IBM’s approach to DevOps makes them faster, more agile, and lean. This approach is enabling them to respond rapidly to customer feedback and bring software-driven innovation to their marketplace faster. They are now recognizing that they can leverage the continuous delivery capabilities of our DevOps solution not only in distributed platform environments, but in mainframe and midrange environments as well.
Steve Farley, vice president of the application development center for Nationwide has... [More]
It wasn’t that long ago that I began writing about DevOps and how I envisioned clients leveraging lean and agile principles across the software delivery lifecycle in order to dramatically improve the speed, frequency and efficiency of delivering software. Since that time, I have seen a tremendous growth in the adoption of DevOps and a true groundswell of support from clients, industry leaders, business partners and research firms. At events around the world, including the recent IBM InterConnect event in Singapore, companies are... [More]
"Shall we do it with brute force or finesse?" my physics instructor asked over and over again those many years ago in an introductory course. I sometimes think of him when talking with clients about the challenges of building complex products and systems. I'm referring to the planes, trains, and automobiles -- and smart products in general -- that have increasing amounts of software and interaction with other systems. Spare a thought for the engineers and managers in product companies that have somewhat suddenly and unexpectedly... [More]
Great mobile applications drive strong customer engagement with your enterprise. It is apparent that extending enterprise reach to customers and to employees on the move impacts every developer, not just a small team of experts delivering a mobile UI. Systems of engagement transform the enterprise from a series of transactions to an intimate conversation. This intimacy requires more than just a good looking application, it requires a deep integration with existing systems within the enterprise, which demands the skills of expert enterprise... [More]
And continuing the celebration of the 25 th anniversary of IBM i
by Bill Smith, IBM Rational software
At the end of May, in a post about making the move from v5r4 to newer versions of IBM i, I wrote:
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.
I went on to note a number of investments Rational had made in support of ensuring that IBM i remains relevant and vital. Things like Open Access RPG Edition, full-featured modern IDEs, and... [More]
Test drive the new COBOL compiler for free for 90 days
Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was rearchitected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications. It provides significant performance improvements and helps reduce processor utilization and operating costs for running business critical applications on System z. Read more about it in the IBM Systems Magazine article Enterprise COBOL 5.1 – Where Tradition Meets Innovation .
Performance benefit can sometimes be difficult to quantify because it... [More]
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been seeing many communications of late regarding DevOps. And the messages you hear from us at IBM emphasize that DevOps covers a lot of ground. It starts with planning, then development and test, then on through release management and deployment, and all the way to production monitoring and optimization. And then all the way back to the beginning again, with a feedback loop that informs the next iterations of planning and development, about what your customers (be they internal or external)... [More]
It's been a whirlwind 12 months. It seems like just yesterday that we saw the first 1.0 release of Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM) go live, and I was penning a developerWorks article on how a Linked Data approach to integration of data and process across the engineering lifecycle can help organizations define, design, and build complex products and systems faster, and smarter.
Fast forward a year, and we've seen a second major release of RELM (version 4.0.3 to align with product versions for other tools in the IBM... [More]
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]