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.
Can you believe it? The powerful, tiny device most of us have in our purses or pockets is really just a few years old. Of course we know that, but it’s amazing how quickly the mobile smart phone has expanded beyond its consumer roots to capture the imagination of businesses of every type. And how quickly businesses have seized opportunities to create what Geoffrey Moore calls “systems of engagement,” enhancing their corporate backbones with new mobile applications to support the modern enterprise.
For enterprise IT organizations, the focus... [More]
Helping teams develop anytime, anywhere
Because of all the innovations that software has brought us, everyone expects access to data anywhere, at anytime. This “anywhere, anytime” expectation is not limited to consumers. Software developers increasingly expect to build and deliver within a wider array of environments that embrace individuals, distributed teams and communities, and can include crowdsourcing, outsourcing, the cloud, and whatever is next on the horizon.
Today’s Fall Product Launch for IT solutions is designed to help IT... [More]
Water-scrum-fall is a term coined in 2011 by Dave West of Forrester Research to describe the reality of the current state of agile development. Agile development in a non-agile world is the reality in most enterprises. Although, more and more enterprises are switching to agile or agile-like practices for their development work, the environment around them still functions in a waterfall manner. There are the business approvals, approvals from enterprise architecture and from security and so on that add waterfall-like steps before development... [More]
The "Systems" perspective: How do we get to real innovation?
Complexity seems to be the arch enemy of product innovation. We frequently hear from our customers statements such as:
Every time I fix something in one place, I break two other things. - Software engineer
It’ll take me ages to determine the impact of swapping this part. - Mechanical engineer
I can’t tell which the version of software is designed for my PCB. - Electrical engineer
The IBM Rational team believes that product and systems... [More]
IBM recently announced the IBM PureData™ System. This is the third member of a powerful family of IBM PureSystems™ that provide incredible flexibility and productivity to businesses. I’m really excited about using these systems to rapidly assemble some pretty amazing and advanced applications.
To better understand what’s going on here, let’s look at a potential scenario. Let’s imagine that we work at a large company that sells office equipment across the planet. We have several existing systems -- many databases, ERP applications, web... [More]
IBM PureSystems: Ushering in a new era for software and systems delivery
The traditional approach to building IT infrastructure and software— where skilled engineers spend weeks and months to install, configure, build, test and deploy applications, databases, and tools— can no longer keep pace with today’s rapidly changing business and technology requirements. A recent study conducted by Forrester Research, Inc., on behalf of IBM, highlights that 25% of IT projects are deployed over budget and 34% are deployed behind schedule. IT... [More]
It’s a new era of technology , brought forth by intelligent systems and smarter products. We are building a smarter planet , by changing the way we use technology .
Governments are using intelligent systems to plan, prevent and prepare
Smart cities are digitally connected and optimized , using data from transportation systems, energy management systems, and water supply systems to plan for unexpected events, prevent strained resources and prepare for growth and congestion in the future.
For all these systems to work... [More]
The 20th century manufacturing revolution simplified the way people and teams worked together toward a larger goal. But when it comes to software delivery, the odds of predicting project success is still more of an art than science. Looking for a solution -- often when the problem itself isn’t clear -- IT organizations spend way too much time and energy on internal dynamics and the activities associated with production, rather than innovation and competitive goals. Most of the time, the reason for this wasted effort is poor collaboration and... [More]
Why software isn’t so soft
For something with the word “soft” in the name, software is very hard indeed. Every study I’ve seen has shown that we, as an industry, are terrible at estimating how long it will take to create and not good at all at producing it without defects. There are all kinds of reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the fact that creating software is far more akin to a craft than an engineering discipline. Each software product is lovingly sculpted from the depths of our creative minds. Developing software is... [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]
Too often, current application lifecycle management (ALM) practices are cumbersome to the point that they slow down the development process. The tremendous number of variables in the ALM process makes software development work resource intensive and difficult to manage. How can we make this better?
As a cloud services provider, part of the solution seems obvious to us. On-demand cloud services allow access from anywhere, at any time and eliminate dependency on physical infrastructure and capital expenses. This makes software developers’... [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]
The IBM Software Technical Summit in China, which was held earlier last month in Beijing, was heavily geared toward the IT practitioners. This was easily observed from the participant demographics. At the conference, I was more likely to run into a young IT professional wearing casual outfits than a business suit. I admit, the choice of clothing was partly due to the artistic DNA of this city, which is the cultural center of China and nurtures more musicians than any other place in the country. But the point is, if you are an IT practitioner... [More]
Keys to successful demand and delivery management
Extending software lifecycle management
There's an old saying that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. The same is true with IT portfolio management. In the real world, well-laid plans for application delivery must face the unpredictable forces of changing business requirements. In the past, rigid, engineering-oriented approaches have proven unable to adapt to this kind of naturally occurring change. But there is a better way.
Challenges of delivering value amid... [More]
Cast your mind back to (or if you’re young enough, just imagine!) the days before the world wide web. You’re doing some research for studies or your hobby, sitting in a library surrounded by books. You have so many different places to look for information, in lots of different formats, and perhaps your local library doesn’t even have all the sources you need. You have to jump in the car and travel to collate all the necessary input.
Fast forward to the present day, and a web browser is your gateway to a wealth of information. Search... [More]
For decades, businesses have depended on mainframe servers to reliably process transaction workloads. This is all the more true today, and application developers continue to forge business logic on these mission-critical systems.
With the announcement of the new zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), the mainframe once again establishes itself as the ultimate system for the secure, intelligent, dynamic, and out-right massive-scale processing of business workloads.
While it makes perfect sense to fully leverage these systems, the next-generation of... [More]
The world has officially gone mobile. It has done so in ways that we could not even have conceived of only a few years ago. Today, there are more smartphones and tablets sold than all of the PCs in the world put together , and in certain countries mobile devices have replaced cash . They have created a vibrant app economy with almost 500,000 new jobs. And a mobile startup goes from zero to a one billion valuation in less than two years.
Mobile development has not been confined to just the individual or consumer market. It has also been a... [More]
InterConnect 2012: Turning opportunities into outcomes
We live in a rapidly changing world where industries are transforming and businesses are forced to deliver new value and new technology to compete. To turn opportunities into business outcomes, we need new leaders who can capitalize on information and use technology as a catalyst for innovation.
Is your business prepared to defend against security threats? Are you using big data to make educated business decisions? Have you streamlined your critical business processes? Are you... [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]
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 corporate business and IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business innovation.
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]
IBM is excited to be part of a new standards effort kicking off at W3C, the Linked Data Platform Working Group , which was announced on May 9, 2012. This group will help realize Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a web of interrelated data. This standard will drive the evolution of Web 3.0, enabling new levels of application interoperability and data integration, while making data openly linked and accessible in the form of web pages. Tim Berners-Lee introduced the concept of Linked Data with four simple rules that encourage people to apply the... [More]
Imagine reducing your status reporting from 70 hours to just 1.5 hours.
Instead of the exhausting search for greater and newer sources of revenue, what if you could create a huge impact by simply reducing your costs? Not just a little here and there, but rather a dramatic cost reduction which frees up scarce resources. With productivity improvements expected every time you report the results, running ever faster is just not sustainable. The need is to run smarter, and the bank DnB Nord found just a way to do that with Rational.
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]
We chose the name "Innovate" for our annual conference because it's focused on the development and delivery of software. And software innovation is where the competitive opportunities lie these days. But creating software is no easy task. Whether it's targeted for IT applications or embedded products, software creation remains a complicated challenge. What should IT and product & systems teams be thinking about these days, as they try to improve their capabilities in software development and delivery? Here are my five top... [More]
Hi Everyone, I'm Dan Griffin, the Marketing Manager for JazzHub and an enthusiastic supporter of how software development is taught in the classroom. With regard to academic activities, I'm happy to say that this year's Innovate was the best yet. We invited professors from the United States, Brazil, and Mexico to share what they are doing in their classrooms, learn from other professors, and give feedback on how we (IBM) can make our Academic Initiative program even stronger. However, our fun didn't stop with the professors! We also... [More]
by Gina Poole During Innovate last week, I provided an overview of the announcements about our spring launch for product & systems teams. Today, I'd like to give you a few details about our announcements geared for IT organizations. There are three key areas of capability that will help IT organizations: Accelerate delivery through improved integration across the application lifecycle Reduce cost and create new business value by expanding application lifecycle management beyond the development team Improve flexibility and boost... [More]
I think that it is a clear understatement to say that "Mobile was hot!" at the Innovate 2012 conference last week. Beginning with the conference opening keynote from IBM Senior Vice President Robert LeBlanc, and continuing right through to the very last session on Smarter Planet Android development by Beery Holstein, the mobile software development topic came up constantly. The Mobile Track presentation sessions were delivered to rooms bursting at the seams . And the special "Question of the Day" contest, developed... [More]