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I meet and regularly work with clients who are looking for the promised value of adopting DevOps to improve their IT shop’s software delivery. Their first questions are always about how to get started practically. Our consulting team has a clear four-step process that we introduce in all workshops, and in this and my next few blog posts I will outline those steps and show how you can use them to get moving with DevOps.
Think through business-level drivers for improvement . IBM’s approach to DevOps defines a broader view... [More]
In my last blog post I defined what we want to achieve in our DevOps improvement initiative. Once that is done, we need to know where we are today. Sometimes it is difficult for my clients to assess on their own where everything is going well or otherwise. Most tend to know the biggest pains but not necessarily the why. This blog post outlines some guidelines for you to use when assessing your maturity to know where you should begin.
Where am I today?
In my recent paper on “... [More]
Adopting a new developmental approach and set of tools leveraging your existing assets, skills, and infrastructure investments can be time consuming. The IBM Enterprise Modernization Sandbox can help. Whether you are an IT manager, architect, or a developer, the System z Sandbox or the Power Systems sandbox can significantly help reduce the amount of time it takes to evaluate mainframe or Power Systems development tools. The sandbox offers an easy, web-based mechanism to help you evaluate IBM® Rational® solutions at no cost to your company. The... [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]
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]
The Cloud Enabling Technologies and DevOps kickoff at IBM Pulse focused on DevOps and PaaS in the enterprise, and how DevOps drives agility and innovation. Moe Abdula, VP SmartCloud Foundation, began the session with a look into how Cloud is changing the way work gets done . He touched on how moving towards agile, optimized composable business requires a transformation, and how that transformation allows developers to break free of traditional constraints and develop more quickly and innovatively . Shigeyoshi Shimotsuji, told how Toshiba is... [More]
In my previous blog post, “ What DevOps and triathlons have in common: Connecting the dots ,” I explained why it makes sense to consider cloud technology when implementing the DevOps concept of a continuous delivery pipeline .
The question now remains: What kind of cloud do I need for this?
In IBM we have several flavors of cloud solutions that we offer to our customers. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ , IBM SoftLayer , IBM BlueMix ,... [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]
Welcome back to day two of Innovate 2012! Next Gina , the NOW and future Gina Poole, kicked-off Monday’s general session followed by an upbeat performance by Project DJ Slam , kicking the keynote into high gear. Sarah Backhouse , founder of Future360 and Innovate host, joined Gina on stage to help keep the IBM crowd on their toes by asking just the right questions. Monday’s session really set the stage for not only showing what’s next in software and systems innovation, but how to get there, starting now! Dr. Kristof Kloeckner , IBM... [More]
Business Partners make a splash at Innovate 2011
W're currently celebrating our 14th year of IBM's Innovate and many IBM Rational Business partners are issuing some great news this year. Many are announcing that they have achieved 'Ready for IBM Rational' technical validation as well as other exciting news.
Ready for IBM Rational software validation enables organizations to demonstrate and validate the integration between tools and the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform. As a validated provider an organization can gain valuable... [More]
It’s what you need to do. And what we’re here to help you do. So no surprise, “Stay ahead” is the theme for Innovate 2013. And one of the key ways we’re living up to that promise is in taking the event to the next level, transforming it into The IBM Technical Summit. We have committed ourselves to stay ahead of your needs by expanding Innovate 2013 to include more valuable content than ever before. This will be the technical education event for software and product practitioners -- people with titles like programmer, analyst, engineer, tester,... [More]
It looks like we have a fantastic and lively group of complex and embedded systems folks with us here at Innovate 2012. It was great to have everyone gathered together and ‘glowing’ at the welcome reception. We’re of to an exciting start at this year’s conference so in case you missed something, here are some systems highlights from yesterday: Rational Champions Reception Sunday night at Innovate a few select systems clients were invited to the Cabana Bar and Beach Club to join an intimate gathering to meet and mingle with IBM... [More]
In today’s challenging economy, businesses are under increased pressure to reduce overall costs while mitigating and controlling risks. The reality is that many businesses struggle to successfully deliver quality software on time and on budget that meets their market needs. Why is it so difficult to deliver a product that aligns to the business goals?
Organizations face a combination of technology challenges due to their complex IT environments. These environments serve multiple business functions, consist of large... [More]
Innovate 2011: Daily top 5 – Wednesday, June 8
It’s hard to think that Innovate is almost coming to a close and I want to make sure you get to make the most out of the 1.5 days we have left.
Top 5 things you should check out today
Morning general session: You’ve been hearing about innovation and the importance of software all week. This morning we’re showing you one of the ways software has contributed to the amazing advances in technology. At 8:00 a.m. today, come down to the Pacific Ballroom to watch as our 4 contest... [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]