I was recently asked the question, “Does DevOps require an agile model of software development?” My first reaction was, yes, absolutely. Why would you put racing tires on a pinto? But on further reflection, I don’t think that is the case. In fact, I think the vision of DevOps spans well beyond the uber agile models of development popularized by startups .
DevOps is simply the vision that business value is maximized when software developers and systems operations cooperate to achieve reliable, repeatable and incremental... [More]
Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!) by Neil Patterson and AnnMarie Stenglein Teams of capable individuals carefully chosen and assembled, for whatever purpose, are almost always “greater than the sum of their parts,” as the saying goes. Think of how, in the hands of a master, all 16 chess pieces become an invincible force; or the 1927 New York Yankees (including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, you may need to look that one up) -- both offer examples of overwhelming power, grace, and skill that no one piece or player in... [More]
Improving anything from 4 hours to 10 minutes sounds impossible, but that is exactly what Avea, a mobile communications company in Turkey has done. To succeed in the telecommunications market you have to be fast, and the quality has to be, well perfect. Customer churn and increased competition has been such a heavy burden in the telecommunications market and companies are looking at new innovative services to deploy through analyzing customer data and building new ecosystems through exciting new partnerships. However without increasing ones own... [More]
The recent Invisible Thread blog on ‘ The Mars Climate Orbiter: what, why, and lessons learned ’ made me wonder if we have lost the art of good requirements engineering? Both teams went off to work on their boxes, without worrying too much what was in the other box.
New approaches to development, such as the use of User Stories in Extreme Programming and Agile, or more model based approaches such as Model Driven Software Engineering and the use of SysML... [More]
You need a good information model to carry out effective impact analysis. A software impact analysis report usually covers just the requirements for the relevant part of the code and the test used to verify the code. In a model-based paradigm, however, the effect of a change at the software level can be much greater.
A small change at the code level can impact many requirements and model elements, traversing all the way up the requirement and model hierarchy. Therefore, the information model should be consistently applied... [More]
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]
Announcing JazzHub: Rational Team Concert in the Cloud for Academics
Hi, Dan Griffin here. You may remember me from my earlier posting about Ted the Developer . I wanted to share with you some really exciting news that we just announced at Innovate 2011 regarding Jazz.net and our Rational Team Concert product.
As you may remember, professors and academic researchers can register at the IBM Academic Initiative to gain free access to an impressive library of full-version software and course modules including Rational Team... [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]
Mainframe and IBM have been synonymous since 1952. Over the years mainframes have seen a lot of transformation to stay in tune with the market requirements and industry changes. With the New Year, IBM brings forward another change with the new mainframes in a signature moment. This change is in sync with the changing market requirements. We are living in the digital age, the current technological landscape and recent trends prove that cloud , mobile and big data are disrupting business dynamics globally. They are creating opportunities... [More]
If you are on a software development team these days, you are feeling the pressure to deliver faster. But you still need to deliver value. And don’t forget – you must keep costs down, too. A tall order! How do teams “deliver at the speed of business?”
Consider this simple analogy…
You drive your car to the store or to work every day. You know the path and how long it should take because you’ve done it many times.
Can you anticipate the risks you might encounter along the way... [More]
Why is BlueMix smilin' at me? IBM Innovate 2014 is chock full of sessions and workshops about Codename: BlueMix beta, a flexible platform built on open standards leveraging the best of breed IBM technologies, applications and services. However, you don't have to wait for Innovate to leverage IBM's cloud platform; you can begin your free trial today to:
Develop your apps: from concept to live in minutes
Scale your app to meet automatic auto-scaling
Experience the... [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]
My career in modeling
Early in my career as an automotive engineer, I was exposed to modeling. Growing up I had often thought that I might go into modeling, but I had envisioned something completely different. Nonetheless, I was initially excited by the prospect of creating a graphical specification of a system.
Shortly after I started modeling, I was unfortunately introduced to the challenges of collaborating on a design. Even worse were the design reviews! Preparing for the review was a tedious... [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]
Over the last decade, software developers have made a number of significant transitions in software development. Many developers have shifted platforms, from client/server to windows to mobile and then on to cloud platforms and they have shifted methodologies from waterfall to agile. At the same time, we have shifted from "build it yourself" to "assemble from parts" as open source technologies have proliferated.
We don't know how fast software development productivity has been rising, in part because we can't really... [More]
Complying with the ISO 26262 standard Automotive software can be thought in terms of three distinct dimensions. The first dimension is the length and complexity of the code. Consider the startling fact that the average automobile has more lines of code than a fighter jet. Further with increasing sophistication of the software modules, software and time to market is often the differentiating factor – the speed of bringing new innovative features to the market establishes the OEM/supplier as the thought leader. The second dimension can be thought... [More]
Innovate Guest Speakers Announced! I’m very happy to offer up a few more reasons for you to attend this year’s Innovate conference in Orlando -- our special guests! Sarah Backhouse Founder and host of Future360, TV host, producer and sustainability expert. Sarah Backhouse will moderate an entire day that celebrates the power of this user community to create and innovate the future. Dr. Michio Kaku We’ll also hear from futurist, co-founder of string field theory, best-selling author, and host of SciQ on the Science Channel,... [More]
When we renamed the annual Innovate conference "Innovate: The IBM Technical Summit," we did so because software development has become much more than a specialized discipline within an organization's IT department, or systems engineering department -- what the Rational brand has always stood for. We chose the broader phrase "IBM technical summit" because the impact of software development and delivery extends, these days, much farther into the greater concerns of the business.
Like never before,... [More]
Building complex systems using SysML From designing chips to building new airplanes, designers and developers across diverse industries like avionics, signal and image processing, and communications are challenged by rising product complexity. Combined with intense market pressures and compliance to industry standards this increased complexity presents a major challenge to designers of electronic devices. To stay competitive, tight coordination between hardware and software engineers is critical to optimize product quality. This is especially... [More]
Not too far into the future, you will probably be able to stroll into a nearby car dealership, make a down payment, and leave in the latest self-driving car. The idea of driverless "Google" cars has captured the imagination of many, and the cars have rarely been far from the headlines in recent months. Not only because they are icons of cool technological innovation, but also because they could herald a dramatic shift in how our lives work.
Who needs a taxi when your car can drive itself back from a party? Why worry about finding... [More]
A diagram is not a model. Some people may argue, but lack of an understanding about the differences between these two kinds of representations can lead to undesirable situations.
A diagram is just a perspective from a model. You can understand this better by thinking about a 3-D model of a house and the several perspectives or drawings that can be extracted from that 3-D model.
In some... [More]
Continuous delivery of software-driven innovation will be a key focus at IBM Innovate 2014 . An enterprise capability for continuous software delivery can enable organizations to seize market opportunities, respond more rapidly to customer feedback, and balance speed, cost, quality and risk. With this in mind, we are delivering a robust DevOps for Enterprise Systems agenda at Innovate. These session were developed for architects, developers, testers and systems programmers. There are a number of practitioner and management... [More]
Have you heard about the new IBM Pulse event – dev@Pulse ? It's a 2-day exclusive event for developers, taking place in Las Vegas from February 24-25. It features the latest content in app design and delivery - spanning the topics of gaming, mobility, artificial intelligence, open technologies and more.
I won’t wait any longer to tell you the best part. It’s free! Really, all the dev@Pulse happenings will cost you nothing. Not only is it free of charge, but also free of PowerPoint pitches, and product pitches -- the... [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]
The telephone game Remember the party game, "telephone," that was played across the world under a variety of similar names? Someone starts off whispering a phrase in the next person's ear, who whispers it in the next person's, until, at the end, the original message is usually completely garbled. Lost in translations: Strong vodka, putrid meat Or consider this (apparently apocryphal) story about machine translation: The starting text was "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." The program translated it into... [More]
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lot of software delivery projects fail . Just-in-time strategies to development, testing, integration and operations can lead to schedule overruns and architectural... [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]
Being compliant while simultaneously driving growth is becoming more difficult in an increasingly regulated world - especially for financial services organizations. Since the credit crunch, we have seen a much greater emphasis on controlling and regulating financial services organizations. This has resulted in, for example:
The passing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Reform Act) in the United States Forthcoming implementation of Solvency II in Europe and Basel III across the globe Establishment... [More]
After a holiday break with family, I'm back and full of new ideas for this blog.
For starters, as I travel the world, visiting Rational customers and team members, one of my passions is shopping for the hidden gems each country has to offer.
Sometimes those are easy to find, but more often it takes dedication and some good bargaining to bring home treasures. We know that finding a hidden gem on the web can sometimes take time. Rational has a ton of resources on the web. So many that the best of them can often be hard to find. Going... [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]