I find myself spending a lot of time lately talking about Enterprise Modernization and helping customers establish a vision and roadmap for deployment of modernization solutions that actually provide value above and beyond their desire to simply “modernize”. After a lot of discussion about what it really means to modernize, I always come back to the same point: to even start, to even claim you are “doing” modernization, you must first modernize the way you “do” development, ensuring that your multiplatform applications are designed, developed... [More]
Executing a Successful Mobile App Strategy Highlights from IBM Impact 2012 conference Impact 2012 conference is full of mobile content! Rational mobile experts are talking about the challenges of mobile application development/delivery and the tools and solutions from IBM for successfully managing the lifecycle. You can learn more about: How do you develop for and test against multiple platforms effectively? How do you align business and development? How do you gain control of your development process and accelerate time to delivery? If you... [More]
The motto of the House of Stark in the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is “ Winter is coming ”. With sequestration looming, significant budget cuts already enacted, and stiff global competition, Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies are going to need to do more with less to remain competitive. Old ways, however, die hard--paper-based artifacts have been the backbone of the industry for its whole modern existence. This culture, however, comes at a very high cost, a cost it is quite clear we can no longer... [More]
Are you bags packed for Las Vegas? April 29 - May 4 Next week’s IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference, at The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotels, will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders for a transformative learning opportunity. And Rational will be there, showing our clients and conference attendees how to build a more effective IT infrastructure that supports business strategies, while increasing productivity and lowering costs. We’ll be making several important announcements. Plus: Designed just for developers, an... [More]
Mobile Apps: Customer reach and differentiation
Mobile application development is expected to exceed other platforms by 2015 , and today, there are now more than 6.8 million developers worldwide developing wireless applications . Financial Services organizations are finding that these mobile technologies represent an opportunity to extend their customer reach and enhance differentiation . Mobile banking is now used for checking, account transactions, payments, credit applications and other transactions. According to a new research... [More]
13 Reasons Every Developer Should Attend a Conference This Year Think of the last time that you got off a conference call or out of one of your regular meetings feeling recharged, inspired, and motivated. What about the last time that you took time out of your workday to really invest in yourself and learn something new? When was the last time that you encountered someone in a hallway at work and had a conversation that truly opened your mind? If you’re anything like the normal software developer, or any IT professional for that matter, these... [More]
PureSystems: What does it mean for IT software development? Innovation and competitive strength go hand in hand. This means companies who can bring their products and services to market faster, cheaper, and with lower risk are almost always going to be the winners. This week, IBM is announcing an exciting new class of technology designed to help businesses gain that competitive edge. This new category is called “Expert Integrated Systems,” and the new technology is called IBM PureSystems . For IT software developers , PureSystems changes some... [More]
In this smarter world, the complexity of software, products and systems is continually increasing. Innovative functionality has become an important competitive differentiator while quality has become a hygiene factor. Quality has to be considered across the development cycle starting from the concept stage to until end of life or maintenance. A recent IBM white paper examines just how the role of quality assurance has changed and provides best practices to extend Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to include quality management and improving... [More]
Cloud to the rescue: How the Telecommunications industry can benefit from the cloud It’s hard these days to avoid some type of discussion concerning the cloud when speaking of the communications industry. As consumers of technology, ‘cloud’ is an increasingly common part of our vocabulary (we now even have the convenience of backing up data on the typical smart device on to the cloud). The question for those of working in this industry is how to leverage the cloud for our business? The typical Communications Service Providers (CSPs) for... [More]
Mobile World Congress 2012 The Mobile World Congress 2012 event wrapped up in glittering style. If you missed it, you can catch up by viewing some of the videos on the Mobile World Live TV web site. Most of the major players – Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM – had significant presence. It probably should not have been surprising that Apple was not at the conference. Always the contrarian, they waited until the week after MWC to announce an update to the iPad . But there were lots of new devices and models announced during the conference... [More]
Almost every organization that exists today has a goal to grow their business and make it more effective. Growth can be organic or a result of mergers and acquisitions or a combination of both, but growth can put tremendous pressure on the IT organization, its executives and supporting applications. Rising complexity often results in high costs to maintain and operate the environment and resources spent on maintenance and operations are resources diverted from innovation and support for new business opportunities - activities that actually... [More]
It is projected that by 2050, 70% of people will be living in cities. There will be at least 27 “mega-cities” of 10 million people, compared to 19 today. Cities are growing in numbers and population and in their importance as planetary hubs of innovation. Economically, they are central to a globally integrated, and services based society; politically they are wielding greater and greater influence and responsibility. And technologically, cities now have access to tools that can help them gain a better understanding and control of their... [More]
I am pleased to announce our 2012 IBM Champions for Rational software!
The IBM Champion award is our way of recognizing the exceptional contribution of selected clients, Business Partners and academics. These experts have demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond to share their knowledge with the extended IBM community. We appreciate the time and energy these experts have invested promoting Rational through articles, white papers, events, and social media.
Enterprise DevOps: What's the buzz all about? I'm at PULSE, spending lots of time talking with customers, analysts, and colleagues about DevOps. I've been learning about what people are saying and doing to make their IT operations more efficient, what barriers still exist, and why people are excited over this new buzzword which gives hope for a better tomorrow: DevOps. Of course, we just announced that our DevOps offering - SmartCloud Continuous Delivery -- will go into beta later this year , so you know we're very excited about this area.... [More]
Compliance is costly, complicated and dynamic. Most businesses today are significantly impacted and impeded by compliance costs and risks. Consider the staggering costs: studies show that for every $1 billion in revenue, the cost of compliance programs comes close to $6 million. One study shows the cost of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance alone averages $4 million for companies with $5 billion revenue, and $10 million for companies with $10 billion and more in revenue. Did you know... Almost 80% of financial firms reported they had not... [More]
In 2010, IBM Citizenship created the Smarter Cities Challenge
to help 100 cities over a three-year period.
IBM sends 6 of our best and brightest individuals to a given city to
help them address some of the critical challenges facing their city. In 2011 alone, IBM went to 26 cities across the
world and so far, the city
leaders have been more than-pleased with IBM’s sense of global citizenship.
In September of 2011, 6 IBM subject matter experts, thought
leaders, executives and IBM master inventors contributed their time... [More]
Software: a matter of life or death? Like most mornings, your alarm clock goes off. You get up and drink your daily dose of caffeine before heading out. You get in your car and turn on the heater. You turn on your favorite radio station and type the address for your 8:00 AM meeting into the navigation system. You then proceed to get on a conference call using a Bluetooth device embedded in your car. Just like any other morning, except today something unexpected will happen. You’re crossing an intersection when suddenly a car runs a red light... [More]
Behind the scenes on IBM’s agile transformation Look, ma! The elephant’s dancing even faster!** How does one of the world’s largest software organizations become more nimble and more responsive to the marketplace? You may have read, or heard, any number of our experts and thought leaders – Scott Ambler , Bruce Douglass , Walker Royce , for example – sing the praises of agile development and delivery methods. The IBM Rational team firmly believes that, no matter how large your software development shop has grown, you can benefit from agile... [More]
Complying with the ISO 26262 standard Automotive software can be thought in terms of three distinct dimensions. The first dimension is the length and complexity of the code. Consider the startling fact that the average automobile has more lines of code than a fighter jet. Further with increasing sophistication of the software modules, software and time to market is often the differentiating factor – the speed of bringing new innovative features to the market establishes the OEM/supplier as the thought leader. The second dimension can be thought... [More]
Leading the industry in enterprise mobile application development Today IBM announced a new company-wide Mobile Enterprise strategy . Leveraging expertise and contributions from across IBM’s software labs and research facilities, coupled with strategic acquisitions, this announcement represents a commitment by IBM to lead the industry in enterprise mobile application development and delivery . An important part of the announcement is the agreement for IBM to acquire Worklight and the Worklight Mobile Application Platform . Worklight’s... [More]
IBM positioned as leader according to Gartner We're happy to announce that in their recent report, the analyst group Gartner has positioned IBM in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner Inc.'s 2011 Magic Quadrant for Business Process Analysis Tools! This report is designed primarily for business architects who use a variety of tools to support their enterprise programs. I’m proud to say that IBM Rational System Architect and Focal Point are high in the leadership area of the quadrant, where the industry’s best products for business process analysis... [More]
Transforming the enterprise through agility
How communications service providers can use enterprise architecture in an agile way
Every day, communications service providers (CSPs) around the world perform a balancing act between the need for new business initiatives and technology versus the need to contain costs and ensure overall efficiency. Data traffic is expected to increase 26x by 2015, leading to a compulsion to boost capital expenditure (CapEx) in order to build additional capacity. CSPs will be forced to find new and... [More]
Simplify IT with Application Portfolio Management 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 IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business... [More]
Medical device manufacturer revolutionizes remote heart monitoring and lowers patient follow-up cost by 41% Innovative approach improves patient safety, physician workload and cost effectiveness of patient care> Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and approximately every minute, someone will die of one! These are just some of the glaring statistics from latest report from the American Heart Association (Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics--2011 Update). Additionally, according to the World Health... [More]
Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!) by Neil Patterson and AnnMarie Stenglein Teams of capable individuals carefully chosen and assembled, for whatever purpose, are almost always “greater than the sum of their parts,” as the saying goes. Think of how, in the hands of a master, all 16 chess pieces become an invincible force; or the 1927 New York Yankees (including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, you may need to look that one up) -- both offer examples of overwhelming power, grace, and skill that no one piece or player in... [More]
Why Co-Development? The importance of hardware and software collaboration in building embedded devices (by Martin Bakal) In the past, embedded devices - devices with a processor inside them like automobiles, medical devices, etc., used to treat hardware and software as two parallel development efforts and then solve any incompatibilities during integration. This worked to a large extent because the software was fairly simple and could be modified to work around the defects as well as because development time frames were longer. Those times are... [More]
Green Hat technology boosts software quality & development agility by Gina Poole As many of you know, the overhead and time required to set up an actual test environment can be a major constraint for software development and delivery teams. The process is time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it’s made worse by the compressed delivery schedules needed in today’s most competitive markets, such as the arena for smart phones and tablets. For the past few years, the IBM Rational team has advocated using a virtualized environment, including... [More]
A while back I did my own research. I asked a group of product managers to describe the 3 most important tasks and activities they had as a product manager. I didn’t provide any more guidance than that, below is subset of the answers I got:
Analyze- market, company and customer
Conceptualize - Solution, Product
Communicate and manage life cycle
Know your products' strong and weak points
Customer insight research in order to know how you could help them to solve their problems
Convince/Create, get internal... [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]
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]