Software underpins many of the basic activities we perform on a regular basis. Whether it’s using coupons at the grocery store, practicing a musical instrument, servicing your car, watching television, or even signing up for a parent-teacher conference (a newly automated process in our school district), software continues to permeate the day-to-day activities we are involved in at work, home, and play.
With software at the root of many of the activities in our daily lives, it is no wonder that companies increasingly are viewing... [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]
It is my pleasure to announce this year's IBM Champions for Rational Software! Earlier this year, we asked you to nominate the leaders in your technical communities who represented the three "R's" of being a champion : Being responsive, respected, and recognized in the technical community. The following new and returning Rational champions stood out among the crowd. They are experienced in using Rational solutions to solve real business problems and are recognized experts in their field. They spend their own time, energy and resources... [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]
Curiosity: The Next Mars Rover (artist's concept) Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
For all the technological advances of the space age, including the landing missions to Mars, we still haven't answered one of our very oldest questions about the solar system: Is there, or was there ever, life on the Red Planet? On August 6, 2012, the Mars Curiosity rover made its way to the surface of the planet to get closer to an answer, with its mission to explore the possibility that microbial life was or is still present in the upper... [More]
Industries of all varieties have begun to realize that the target audiences for their business applications have shifted in massive numbers from the use of traditional personal computers, such as desktops and notebooks, to using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for accessing the internet and for obtaining the information that they seek. This applies if the intended audience for the application is a direct customer of the enterprise (business-to-consumer apps, or “B2C”), or if the targeted user is an employee or business... [More]
In working with the semiconductor and custom ASIC industries the design challenges that keep coming up are time to market, complexity, and cost of recall/redesign. These issues have become more acute as the rise of mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets) has increased the demand for the industry to put more functionality into small packages.
What makes this even more challenging is the need for hardware and software teams to work closely together to build a complete and coherent end product. The question is: what solutions are there to... [More]
On my desk are devices from four players that changed the mobile space and could potentially do so even more in 2013. I have an iPhone that runs iOS, a Nexus 7 tablet running Android, a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone, and a notebook running Microsoft Windows 8. (Well, OK. Three mobile devices and one notebook. I am still looking for an excuse to buy a Microsoft Surface tablet.)
For the last few years, we have been constantly hearing from developers about the fragmentation in the mobile world. Yes, it was fragmented. There was iOS for... [More]
On February 7, eight startups from around the world will compete in New York City for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year . The IBM® SmartCamp Global Finals bring together leading venture capitalists, industry experts, press, analysts, entrepreneurial organizations, and academics to network and celebrate entrepreneurship.
IBM SmartCamp launched in 2010 with a goal to identify early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with the IBM Smarter Planet® vision . IBM SmartCamp gives entrepreneurs the... [More]
We are now accepting nominations for our 2013 class of IBM Champions for Rational software. Champions are IBM clients or partners in the technical community who motivate others toward our software solutions and services by being:
R esponsive - They are actively engaged with their peers through communities, user groups, and events.
R espected - They are experienced professionals who serve as technical mentors to their peers.
R ecognized - They extend themselves beyond their peer groups to share their expertise through social media,... [More]
There are two ends to the spectrum of thinking about how and when to reuse artifacts during product development. One end of the spectrum is to begin the process by designing for reuse. The other end of the spectrum is not developing for reuse at all and then reengineering the artifacts later to reuse. The goal of reuse is to reduce cost and improve efficiency in product development. For software designers to reduce costs, they must build an architecture with common core assets. There are two different ways that an organization can structure... [More]
Not too far into the future, you will probably be able to stroll into a nearby car dealership, make a down payment, and leave in the latest self-driving car. The idea of driverless "Google" cars has captured the imagination of many, and the cars have rarely been far from the headlines in recent months. Not only because they are icons of cool technological innovation, but also because they could herald a dramatic shift in how our lives work.
Who needs a taxi when your car can drive itself back from a party? Why worry about finding... [More]
Rethink IT, reinvent business
IBM SmartCloud enables a new era of computing
Here is something you have probably heard from IBM Rational over the past several years: Innovation in software will differentiate your products and services from the competition, which will improve your organization’s bottom line. We firmly believe this is true, and we have case studies and our own in-the-trenches experience to back it up.
The problem is, all the innovative thinking in the world will not do you a bit of good if you cannot deliver... [More]
What's next for the first, crucial step in successful product development
We’ve written many times here about the changing nature of the products and systems that we use in our personal and business lives. The increase in software is the invisible thread that is guiding product innovation and connecting a planet of "intelligent" things. We’ve also talked about the increasing complexity of such products and the challenges that multidisciplinary engineering teams... [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]