IBM Rational delivers greater value from investments in software and systems. Rational solutions enable organizations to achieve precision in desired business outcomes and execute with reduced risk and cost.
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]
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]
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]
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]
27,000 users of a Rational solution. Convergence on process definition. Two statements that don't seem to fit, but for IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) they have become an absolute driving force in producing an infrastructure that can deliver state of the art products, on time, and with outstanding quality. A perfect example was the announcement of IBM PureSystems on April 11th, 2012 . Rational solutions played a major role in the infrastructure for delivering PureSystems. Backing up a few years, IBM STG started down the road of a... [More]
Innovate Guest Speakers Announced! I’m very happy to offer up a few more reasons for you to attend this year’s Innovate conference in Orlando -- our special guests! Sarah Backhouse Founder and host of Future360, TV host, producer and sustainability expert. Sarah Backhouse will moderate an entire day that celebrates the power of this user community to create and innovate the future. Dr. Michio Kaku We’ll also hear from futurist, co-founder of string field theory, best-selling author, and host of SciQ on the Science Channel,... [More]
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]
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]
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.
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]