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]
How can you deliver applications faster without sacrificing quality or control? How do you deliver 10X faster business innovation instead of 10% incremental improvement? New and established companies using DevOps have transformed their software delivery process and achieved dramatic improvements in speed, quality and business satisfaction. If you want to hear real life experiences improving operations with DevOps, watch the on-demand webcast.
Leading the industry in enterprise mobile application development Today IBM announced a new company-wide Mobile Enterprise strategy . Leveraging expertise and contributions from across IBM’s software labs and research facilities, coupled with strategic acquisitions, this announcement represents a commitment by IBM to lead the industry in enterprise mobile application development and delivery . An important part of the announcement is the agreement for IBM to acquire Worklight and the Worklight Mobile Application Platform . Worklight’s... [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]
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]
IBM Innovate is now IBM InterConnect 2015 , taking place February 22 – 26 at the Mandalay Bay and MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At InterConnect, you’ll find DevOps and Continuous Engineering sessions, demos, and labs covering all aspects of software and product development:
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]
Code Rally is a racing game with a twist: instead of driving a vehicle around a track using a controller you code an AI (Artificial Intelligence) to drive the car around for you. This Fall, the Code Rally Online Challenge will be held in North America, Europe, Brazil, India and China. Compete amongst your peers to put your skills to the test and race for the fastest time! You will have the chance to compete on multiple race tracks for some awesome prizes. Looking for more? If you become the fastest racer in your region, get... [More]
Throughout the last few weeks I have been involved in a major customer project where we had to implement the DevOps notion of a continuous delivery pipeline based on IBM SoftLayer. SoftLayer is IBM’s premier infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud solution with 13 data centers located around the world. Throughout my next few blog posts I want to share the extremely positive experiences we made when integrating IBM UrbanCode Deploy and SoftLayer .
Based on ambitious business targets within a highly competitive and dynamic... [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]
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]
Enterprise DevOps: What's the buzz all about? I'm at PULSE, spending lots of time talking with customers, analysts, and colleagues about DevOps. I've been learning about what people are saying and doing to make their IT operations more efficient, what barriers still exist, and why people are excited over this new buzzword which gives hope for a better tomorrow: DevOps. Of course, we just announced that our DevOps offering - SmartCloud Continuous Delivery -- will go into beta later this year , so you know we're very excited about this area.... [More]
13 Reasons Every Developer Should Attend a Conference This Year Think of the last time that you got off a conference call or out of one of your regular meetings feeling recharged, inspired, and motivated. What about the last time that you took time out of your workday to really invest in yourself and learn something new? When was the last time that you encountered someone in a hallway at work and had a conversation that truly opened your mind? If you’re anything like the normal software developer, or any IT professional for that matter, these... [More]
The economics of mobile application testing
The year 2011 seems to be when a lot of companies are motivated to extend their business applications to support mobile devices. I get asked about how IBM Rational supports mobile application development at least once a day (usually more often than that!). As new smart phones and tablets are projected to become the "client of choice" for internet access ( ZDNet: As Microsoft's monopoly crumbles, its mobile future is crucial ), business application support for them will only intensify in... [More]
In my last blog post , I shared the 5 best practices my teams have learned during our own DevOps Journey:
1. Expand agile practices beyond development and test to include client, business stakeholders, and operations to breakdown silos and improve outcomes.
2. Shift Left with continuous testing using automation and virtualization to eliminate long back-end test cycles and increase quality.
3. Build a delivery pipeline leveraging tools-as-a-service that enables developers to commit... [More]
In 2010, IBM Citizenship created the Smarter Cities Challenge
to help 100 cities over a three-year period.
IBM sends 6 of our best and brightest individuals to a given city to
help them address some of the critical challenges facing their city. In 2011 alone, IBM went to 26 cities across the
world and so far, the city
leaders have been more than-pleased with IBM’s sense of global citizenship.
In September of 2011, 6 IBM subject matter experts, thought
leaders, executives and IBM master inventors contributed their time... [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]
Recently, Gartner, Inc. positioned IBM as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites (ISQ) report. For the report, Gartner evaluated 14 worldwide vendors, placing IBM in the number one spot in the leaders quadrant based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute. Testing is one of the key processes in the software development life cycle. The market has been steadily maturing to deliver improved user success, but technology changes like... [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.
Hybrid Cloud has become an extremely common term in the Cloud space. It is used to describe multiple cloud adoption scenarios where either multiple cloud technologies co-exist, or cloud and physical infrastructure co-exist. Let’s understand ‘hybrid cloud’ better by looking at various cloud adoption scenarios:
Cloud and physical infrastructure: This is an extremely common scenario. Unless an organization is born-on-the-cloud, this is actually the default scenario. Any given organization has workloads and... [More]
IBM partnered with Software Quality Engineering to execute a survey that explores where today’s testers are spending their time, what obstacles they most often encounter and where they think their attention should be focused. These are the responses from 250 test professionals - primarily quality managers, test managers and test leads - from around the globe, all with 6 or more years of experience.
Check out the complete results of the survey.
IBM positioned as leader according to Gartner We're happy to announce that in their recent report, the analyst group Gartner has positioned IBM in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner Inc.'s 2011 Magic Quadrant for Business Process Analysis Tools! This report is designed primarily for business architects who use a variety of tools to support their enterprise programs. I’m proud to say that IBM Rational System Architect and Focal Point are high in the leadership area of the quadrant, where the industry’s best products for business process analysis... [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]
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]
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been seeing many communications of late regarding DevOps. And the messages you hear from us at IBM emphasize that DevOps covers a lot of ground. It starts with planning, then development and test, then on through release management and deployment, and all the way to production monitoring and optimization. And then all the way back to the beginning again, with a feedback loop that informs the next iterations of planning and development, about what your customers (be they internal or external)... [More]
Transforming the enterprise through agility
How communications service providers can use enterprise architecture in an agile way
Every day, communications service providers (CSPs) around the world perform a balancing act between the need for new business initiatives and technology versus the need to contain costs and ensure overall efficiency. Data traffic is expected to increase 26x by 2015, leading to a compulsion to boost capital expenditure (CapEx) in order to build additional capacity. CSPs will be forced to find new and... [More]
10 ways to get social at #ibminnovate
We know big events are sometimes tough to navigate. And trust me, Innovate is going to be a BIG event. Fortunately for you, the social media team at Rational is here and ready to help you. We've made it a point to study up on everything that's going on to make sure we have (almost all) of the answers when you need them.
To top it off we have a few fun things you might want to check out if you're lucky enough to be joining us in Orlando - and even if you're not.
So, read on to find out all of 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]
We’re approaching a tipping point at IBM with our internal adoption of DevOps practices. It was rather energizing for me as both a user and provider of DevOps solutions to participate in a meeting at the IBM Design Center in Austin, Texas in July, surrounded by hundreds of IBM business line and development leaders at various stages of DevOps adoption. For some it was an opportunity to do a bit of chest-thumping with early and measurable success. For others, it was an opportunity to drink the Kool-Aid, so to speak, and better... [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]