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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]
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]
Webinar: An Integrated Testing Strategy for Your 5-Star Mobile Apps
The complexity of mobile application testing can be overwhelming, and the cost associated with conventional test environments can be high. How do you manage these factors without compromising quality or contributing to your overhead?
What if you could use real devices while leveraging your existing test environment and testing methods—including manual testing, automated testing, and continuous monitoring? A new webinar by two leading industry experts from IBM and... [More]
The world of mobile development is moving faster than most of us can keep track. IBM recently announced our mobile enterprise solution, MobileFirst. We sat down with a few of our mobile leaders to ask some common development questions. Have more questions to ask? Post them in the comments and our leaders will answer!
Meet the leaders
Charles Rankin is a Senior Software Engineer who has worked for IBM in Austin, Texas for the past 19 years. He has worked in a variety of roles including test, development, architecture, and... [More]
I recently overheard a couple of conversations at a conference where people were asserting that application lifecycle management tooling is unnecessary overhead for small teams. Now, it’s absolutely true that every agile team is different and agile teams are responsible for working together to determine how they can continuously improve. However, I can say the following based on 18 years of working with large-scale distributed teams and teams as small as just two members: Collaboration and application lifecycle management tools are typically... [More]
With the announcement of RELM in September, the growing importance of systems engineering has been a topic of discussion. We sat down with four of our Rational systems experts to answer some common questions about design, agile, modeling and architecture.
Meet the leaders
Dr. Keith Collyer is an expert in Requirements and Systems Engineering. He trained as an electronic engineer, later moving into software development. His interest in the “people” aspects led him into project management, quality assurance and processes, never losing... [More]
Improving anything from 4 hours to 10 minutes sounds impossible, but that is exactly what Avea, a mobile communications company in Turkey has done. To succeed in the telecommunications market you have to be fast, and the quality has to be, well perfect. Customer churn and increased competition has been such a heavy burden in the telecommunications market and companies are looking at new innovative services to deploy through analyzing customer data and building new ecosystems through exciting new partnerships. However without increasing ones own... [More]
We sat down with Alan Brown, IBM Rational CTO for Europe, and asked him about the experiences with customers that drove him to write his new book, “Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain”, on the CIO summer reading list .
Agile practices are really a key part of the way most organizations are trying to change these days. Agility means more flexibility and provides freedom, but that that kind of flexibility must come with discipline and rigor to give an organization the chance to... [More]
In what ways is medical device development similar to other product development?
If you are in a product development role, you will be very aware of the sorts of challenges you face, including:
Need to sell into global markets
Need to shorten development time and time to market
The Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering has been produced to help companies to meet these challenges. In this post, I am going to briefly discuss the solution for medical device development that is being... [More]
For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited due to:
The lack of visibility into the enterprise to identify the effects, costs and risks of change, and to gain an understanding on where to invest time/resources, on which initiatives, and in what order
A complex infrastructure and older technologies that hinder business... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
A Practical Approach to Quality!
If your software and
systems development team is under 10 people, including coding, testing, and
project management, then your projects may not experience huge difficulties associated
with traceability -- i.e., the discipline that links requirements to test case
and test results. But for larger teams of 30 or more, where even a medium-size
project involves 5,000 requirements and 10,000 test
cases, the complexity can feel overwhelming.
this: If it takes 20 minutes to link the... [More]