Industries of all varieties have begun to realize that the target audiences for their business applications have shifted in massive numbers from the use of traditional personal computers, such as desktops and notebooks, to using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for accessing the internet and for obtaining the information that they seek. This applies if the intended audience for the application is a direct customer of the enterprise (business-to-consumer apps, or “B2C”), or if the targeted user is an employee or business... [More]
Similar to many targeted
industries that benefit from Rational's industry solutions, the Energy and Utilities
(E&U) vertical is increasingly adopting both CLM and the IBM industry
framework SAFE. Although E&U companies are slowly adopting the best
practices in delivering cutting edge transmission and distribution systems, the
energy generation side of the E&U’s (especially the nuclear industry) is
noticeably behind other verticals in its transformation to software intensive
systems. However, as worldwide investment in nuclear... [More]
I'm happy to tell you that Blue Mercury Consulting was named our "best of show" winner at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit here in Buena Vista, Florida. Blue Mercury (bluemercuryconsulting.com) is one of IBM Rational's partners with their finger on the pulse of application lifecycle management (ALM) technology, specializing in the Rational Jazz platform.
I caught up with them at their booth on the last night of the Innovate Expo, and asked them about their goals, their clients, and their experience at this... [More]
by Gina Poole IBM clients know better than anyone that software and systems delivery is a rapidly changing landscape. Whether your job is in IT, or in the product & systems arena, software development is constantly impacted by new application delivery models like cloud, proliferating mobile end-point devices, shrinking delivery windows, and the blurring of organizational boundaries. So the question is, how can software and systems delivery teams ride the new technology waves of mobile, cloud, social business, etc., and turn these thorny... [More]
More web content is being consumed via mobile devices and web developers have to be concerned with not only having their applications and content consumed through standard (desktop) computer browsers, but also through smart phones and tablets. There are a number of approaches to developing mobile applications, such as native applications and mobile-friendly portals, and each has its own benefits. Join me in this webcast as we look at some of the ways you can use mobile toolkit APIs, device simulators for testing and other tools that involve the... [More]
Too often, current application lifecycle management (ALM) practices are cumbersome to the point that they slow down the development process. The tremendous number of variables in the ALM process makes software development work resource intensive and difficult to manage. How can we make this better?
As a cloud services provider, part of the solution seems obvious to us. On-demand cloud services allow access from anywhere, at any time and eliminate dependency on physical infrastructure and capital expenses. This makes software developers’... [More]
In step 3, the most recent of my posts on the topic of getting started with DevOps ( step 1 , step 2 and step 3 ) I discussed how you would prioritize your practice improvements through a simple process using user priorities, pain points and complexity. Then I discussed creating a backlog of these prioritized improvements and explained how to group them into an improvement release measurable that could help produce specific outcomes and support an incremental roll out of changes. With those steps in mind, we now move to the final... [More]
We all hope for substantial gains from IT investments, but imagine achieving a return on investment (ROI) of more than AUD $4 million within the first year. That's a pretty impressive result!
Like most organizations today, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) faced significant pressures to reduce costs. The bank had a substantial increase in the demand for its IT services and realized that simply adding more resources to keep up with the demand was not the answer. Instead, they needed to achieve greater efficiency and... [More]
You’ve written your mobile app. It’s deployed to an app store. But how much time did you spend improving the quality of your app?
Mobile users have a low tolerance for faults. 79 percent of mobile users will only retry an app once or twice if it fails to work the first time . The quality of your mobile app will go a long way to determining the success of your app. Low-quality apps suffer from issues such as frequent crashes,... [More]
Imagine reducing your status reporting from 70 hours to just 1.5 hours.
Instead of the exhausting search for greater and newer sources of revenue, what if you could create a huge impact by simply reducing your costs? Not just a little here and there, but rather a dramatic cost reduction which frees up scarce resources. With productivity improvements expected every time you report the results, running ever faster is just not sustainable. The need is to run smarter, and the bank DnB Nord found just a way to do that with Rational.
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]
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]