IBM Rational's Enterprise DevOps Transformational Journey
Over the last 10 years as an IBM executive, I have been leading large development organizations in the adoption of lean, agile and DevOps practices. These development organizations have spanned multiple geographies, technologies, cultural backgrounds and skill sets. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot. Mostly that these transformations are hard, take much longer than you want in a large organization, and that it is important to learn from others on similar journeys. In... [More]
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Keeping commuters amused and informed is the objective of modern cars in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. However the dynamic and interdependent nature of IVI systems makes them one of the most complicated systems to design and build.
Consider for example the simple use case of volume control in the car. To an oblivious user it is a simple knob that needs to be turned to control the intensity of the sound. But if the consumer is to be given a uniform experience irrespective... [More]
Modern systems such as electric cars, unmanned trains and airplanes, smart phones and healthcare equipment contain a growing number of electronic components and software to deliver function to the final users that was unimaginable only a few years ago. As complexity increase, design challenges increase exponentially. This complexity is the result of two major factors – the increase in scale (e,g, number of product functions, computation units, line of codes and so on) and the fact that any modern product today is in fact a cyber-physical... [More]
I recently had the opportunity to talk about DevOps for Enterprise Systems at both IBM Enterprise2014 (Las Vegas) and the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2014 (San Francisco). Co-presenting with me were Slavik Zorin, CEO of Synchrony Systems, an IBM Business Partner, and Carmen DeArdo, Director of Application Development at Nationwide Insurance, respectively. I heard a lot of positive feedback, and I thank them both for sharing their stories.
What follows is a summary of the key takeaways from the two events.... [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]
Medical device manufacturer revolutionizes remote heart monitoring and lowers patient follow-up cost by 41% Innovative approach improves patient safety, physician workload and cost effectiveness of patient care> Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and approximately every minute, someone will die of one! These are just some of the glaring statistics from latest report from the American Heart Association (Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics--2011 Update). Additionally, according to the World Health... [More]
The 20th century manufacturing revolution simplified the way people and teams worked together toward a larger goal. But when it comes to software delivery, the odds of predicting project success is still more of an art than science. Looking for a solution -- often when the problem itself isn’t clear -- IT organizations spend way too much time and energy on internal dynamics and the activities associated with production, rather than innovation and competitive goals. Most of the time, the reason for this wasted effort is poor collaboration and... [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]
With all the hype and promotion DevOps is getting in the marketplace, one may ask the question: Is it necessary to implement the entire DevOps solution stack to see the benefits? As a manager within IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) who is responsible for the implementation of continuous delivery for thousands of developers, I would answer the question with a resounding no .
If an organization attempts to implement the entire DevOps solution stack, not only could there be a lack of overall vision and... [More]
Since World Cup fever currently has the world in a frenzy – particularly the Netherlands, where I am writing this from just after their 5-1 victory against Spain – I thought it would be good to share a footballing story from about 4 years ago!
Note that as a Brit I shall be steadfastly refusing to talk about Soccer!
Take a stroll down memory lane, to South Africa, with the dulcet tones of the Vuvuzela giving every team a great excuse for playing badly, and also giving the worlds media something... [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]
Now that we are in December, it is starting to feel like the holidays. We had our first snow (and subsequent ice) of the season in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend – and I’ve been busy buying a few special items for my family – even my dog Teddy. Of course, this time of year isn’t just about presents. In fact, it is a time that a lot of us start thinking about giving more and looking for ways we can have a positive impact on the world.
We try our best to make IBM a company that “gives back” to the world as well. One of the fun and... [More]
If you’re heading to IBM Pulse or looking for an excuse to be in the neighbourhood you should sign up for dev@Pulse ! This is a free 2 day event being held at the Hakkasan Nightclub in MGM Grand. Registering gets you access to a free party on Monday evening and Pulse Palooza on Tuesday night.
There are no peds at dev@Pulse, just open tables and short labs to learn about our technology. I’m running a lab that will show how you can code and host a Node.js app completely in a Cloud based... [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]
The world has officially gone mobile. It has done so in ways that we could not even have conceived of only a few years ago. Today, there are more smartphones and tablets sold than all of the PCs in the world put together , and in certain countries mobile devices have replaced cash . They have created a vibrant app economy with almost 500,000 new jobs. And a mobile startup goes from zero to a one billion valuation in less than two years.
Mobile development has not been confined to just the individual or consumer market. It has also been a... [More]