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It’s fair to say that we’re living in an intriguing world. Stop and take a look around you. Innovation is everywhere, it’s transforming our world. And guess what? If you’re involved with software, you’re right at the heart of innovation. Products are evolving into systems of systems with software being the invisible thread that brings it all together.
But why am I blogging?
I’m hoping this blog becomes a resource to help you break down the barriers to innovation in software and systems. Although this vision will undoubtedly evolve... [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]
This is part two ( read part 1 ) of our series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .”
This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the
value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Today, we'll discuss how to improve application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration and infrastructure efficiency. Improving application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration, and infrastructure efficiency
Great mobile applications drive strong customer engagement with your enterprise. It is apparent that extending enterprise reach to customers and to employees on the move impacts every developer, not just a small team of experts delivering a mobile UI. Systems of engagement transform the enterprise from a series of transactions to an intimate conversation. This intimacy requires more than just a good looking application, it requires a deep integration with existing systems within the enterprise, which demands the skills of expert enterprise... [More]
Technologies such as Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and Social are pushing companies to innovate more rapidly. DevOps is an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery that enables clients to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. DevOps stems from pressures being placed on organizations today as they balance the need for stability and innovation. Test data management is about easily creating targeted, right-sized test databases rather than cloning entire production... [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]
The Toyota Crisis In the wake of the Toyota auto tragedies over the past two
years, and the subsequent investigations by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration), I was surprised to learn how ill-prepared NHTSA was
initially to dig into the matter -- to see what might have gone wrong, and
where the blame might fall. The matter: possible vulnerabilities in the
electronic throttle control (ETC) system in several Toyota vehicles. Patented
in 2002, ETC is an electro-mechanical, software-driven subsystem that has been
Today we’re starting a new series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .” This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Over the past half century, businesses of all types across the globe have made significant investments in software and systems to automate business processes, deliver innovative capabilities, and integrate operations. As technology has evolved, organizations... [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]
Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile
Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility ( follow #BizAgility on Twitter ) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in... [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.
Bringing the power of social software to software development teams provides many new collaboration opportunities that allow you to identify, connect and exchange ideas with a wide community of business and technical stakeholders, partners and end users. IBM has seen that social business allows people to embrace networks and find new ways to connect and collaborate both with their colleagues as well as with their partners and customers. Through using social software, working transparently and collaborating together, we've seen a better approach... [More]
What is DO-178B? DO-178B is a rigorous safety standard used primarily for the certification of commercial avionics, although it is increasingly adopted in other industries. It provides guidance for the development of software including the development of five key plans and defines the standards for evidence of compliance for (up to) 66 development objectives, depending on the level of safety assurance required. Meeting this standard can increase development cost significantly. First time adopters of the standard routinely find 75%-150% cost... [More]
It does not matter what you do or work with - if you are a professional soccer player, area manager of an manufacturing business or are the CEO of a Fortune 500 - focus on value will always be of major importance and in order to focus on value the right prioritization needs to be made.
A soccer player will have the option to pass the ball to a team mate or advance through the field with the ball him or herself, the area manager needs to evaluate which projects to run, which segments to focus on and what products to take to market and a CEO... [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]
For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited due to:
The lack of visibility into the enterprise to identify the effects, costs and risks of change, and to gain an understanding on where to invest time/resources, on which initiatives, and in what order
A complex infrastructure and older technologies that hinder business... [More]
Why Co-Development? The importance of hardware and software collaboration in building embedded devices (by Martin Bakal) In the past, embedded devices - devices with a processor inside them like automobiles, medical devices, etc., used to treat hardware and software as two parallel development efforts and then solve any incompatibilities during integration. This worked to a large extent because the software was fairly simple and could be modified to work around the defects as well as because development time frames were longer. Those times are... [More]
A few weeks ago I wrote about my test
drive of the new Chevy Volt. One of the first “wow” moments a driver
has in that car is when you first begin to interact with the dashboard.
Information is a presented in a way that matters to the driver – even
though the car’s computer may have to crunch thousands of numbers and
run through multiple diagnostics, what the driver cares about is the end
result – “What’s my energy efficiency?” or “What’s my battery charge
level?” I’ve recalled the Volt dashboard this week as we released the... [More]
The ROI of your software development investments Understanding where and how we are spending our resources and getting return on our investments is difficult - especially for software development organizations... Many software companies manage a significant portfolio of solutions where there is a: Disconnect between business and delivery with a lack of delivery governance and control Risks and issues are handled to late in the delivery process instead of up front Software and systems delivery and portfolio data on disparate and globally... [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]
Big merger, new regulations and a 400% improvement in application performance? See how one financial services company did it When two financial services providers combined their Wealth Management division in a joint venture in 2009, they faced a new challenge – not only was there significant impact on the distributed source code, but they were now subjected to a different set of regulatory compliance mandates, including regulations from the US Federal Reserve and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). They needed to achieve full... [More]
A Practical Approach to Quality!
If your software and
systems development team is under 10 people, including coding, testing, and
project management, then your projects may not experience huge difficulties associated
with traceability -- i.e., the discipline that links requirements to test case
and test results. But for larger teams of 30 or more, where even a medium-size
project involves 5,000 requirements and 10,000 test
cases, the complexity can feel overwhelming.
this: If it takes 20 minutes to link the... [More]
The world is not just getting flatter,
it’s getting smarter. And changes in our phone usage can be seen as the
archetype of how technology is driving the new smarter planet. The smartness
quotient in the phones is no longer driven by hardware (which gets rapidly
standardized) but rather by the number of applications that can be accessed
with the phone. However developing applications for the diverse platforms such
as Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and others, has become a herculean task. These
platforms offer endless possibilities for... [More]
Systems engineering at IBM Innovate
What makes a smart product smart?
You do. Yes, of course, it’s the software, but who integrates the software to ensure the product does what it should?
Software is useless unless and until it actually operates on something, typically within a complex system or even within a system of systems. Fortunately, the massive complexity associated with developing smart products can be managed with systems engineering. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to creating large, complex systems... [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]
Banks and Financial
Institution face a challenging environment of increased regulatory scrutiny and
new regulations ( such as Dodd-Frank, Basel III and Solvency II) , raised corporate governance expectations, complex
risk management requirements and more!
Navigating this complex environment can be costly, time consuming and
risky... To address these challenges,
IBM Rational has created a new offering – The IBM Rational® Compliance
Accelerator for Financial Services. This
Accelerator was created to help our
Financial Services... [More]
Doing things on time and on budget – it does NOT matter if the
things you are doing are the wrong things. Before doing things the correct way,
it’s of vital importance for an organization to secure that the portfolio,
projects and activities are aligned with company strategy and that it’s
prioritized correctly to secure most possible value from a company’s limited
One of the biggest challenges is to make the best compromises
between contradictory projects and activities. For an organization to be
effective and... [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]
I recently overheard a couple of conversations at a conference where people were asserting that application lifecycle management tooling is unnecessary overhead for small teams. Now, it’s absolutely true that every agile team is different and agile teams are responsible for working together to determine how they can continuously improve. However, I can say the following based on 18 years of working with large-scale distributed teams and teams as small as just two members: Collaboration and application lifecycle management tools are typically... [More]
Brand new ways to Business Agility -- from IBM Rational by Gina Poole , VP Marketing, IBM Rational I’ve been blogging on several sites over the past few weeks about our fall 2011 product and services launch, which has a big theme: “Business Agility.” I promised to bring you more, soon, on Application Portfolio Management , Collaborative DevOps , market-driven product development , and more. Well, we actually launched on October 6, and now I’m happy to be able to point you to much more information that can help you put business agility to work.... [More]