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.
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]
Simplify IT with Application Portfolio Management 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 IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business... [More]
The intent of this post is to provide an insight into the world of the systems engineer that is used to working on large embedded projects. Meaning engineers that design and develop products that fly, move on tracks or wheels and float, or in some cases submerge. It is a summary of a webinar I gave in February that has since been transcribed and turned into a white paper
What is it?
Systems engineering spans all the disciplines involved in developing a product. It provides the means to specify the... [More]
In the white paper, “ Adopting IBM’s approach to continuous software delivery ,” I discussed an adoption framework for iteratively introducing new capabilities and change by assessing your practices and planning improvements. I concluded by introducing the first steps for planning your DevOps adoption and improvement roadmap. I followed this paper with a four-part blog series that outlined a good four-step process for getting started on your improvements journey ( step 1 , step 2 ,... [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]
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]
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]
There’s a lot of debate in the IT industry about whether a cloud is required when conquering the land of DevOps. Before I dive into this topic, let me start with an analogy to motivate our discussion.
I’m a triathlon junkie in my private life and love the challenge of all kinds of distances, from short tracks up to the Ironman. I started my journey years ago as purely a runner; I only rode a bike on family trips and swimming was a mystery to me. But then a major knee injury stopped me from pure running and was the... [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]
In my previous blog post, “ What kind of cloud do I need for DevOps?" I mentioned that the IBM implementation of a continuous delivery pipeline with IBM UrbanCode Deploy (UCD) is not dependant on any specific (IBM) cloud solution. Throughout the coming weeks I’ll give you some more insight into implementation examples of how to integrate cloud platforms into UCD.
Today I’ll start the journey by explaining the integration between UCD and... [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
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]
Complexity is the biggest challenge in delivering innovative products, systems and applications today. Engineers rely on a wide variety of tools in their daily jobs to deal with this complexity. A couple of these tools are Mathworks Simulink , a very popular tool used to create models of control systems or plants, and IBM Rational Rhapsody , which is used to specify the architecture, design and functionality of these systems. Both of these tools help you to manage complexity by providing a development environment where you can... [More]
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