IBM Rational software for enterprise systems
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 communications across teams, and that can have dramatic impact on business results.
There are solutions out there, and some hold great promise. For example, integrating the key business stakeholders, partners, and development teams using agile methods; or integrating development teams with operations via DevOps -- both are about effective cross-team collaboration. These new modes of collaboration put the focus on stakeholders and interactions across the lifecycle, and over time they will deliver better IT economics, largely because they improve group productivity.
IBM’s new “Fit-for Purpose” Enterprise Systems, including IBM zEnterprise and IBM Power Systems, provide unprecedented security, flexibility, and speed-of-delivery for IT systems. They offer a platform of extremely powerful yet cost-effective hardware that’s consistent with Smarter Computing – Cloud-ready, Data-ready, and Security-ready. The latest versions -- IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM Power Systems – are uniquely capable of helping IT deliver applications for the modern enterprise (think mobile, cloud, etc.) while also handling the traditional, still mission-critical, back office systems more effectively.
As powerful as these new systems are, we know that the organizational change and group productivity challenges can still be worrisome. To help with this, we in IBM Rational have been investing in an overarching process around lifecycle management to help accelerate the development and deployment of new workloads for Enterprise Systems.
Here’s an example. After a customer-facing mobile application is deployed, it’s vital to get feedback and then quickly release updates to that application to head off negative reviews that could drive away adoption or even damage the brand. Using the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z, customer advocates and developers can work within agile feedback loops to spot problems and promote what’s working. With more modern test processes, mainframe and distributed teams work together to deliver better code quality, faster – in some cases reducing application delivery time from months to weeks or days, and reducing the cost of handling defects by up to 90%.
As more collaborative lifecycle management spreads across an organization, you see economies of scale emerging. It takes vision, and a little patience. Organizational change, team productivity, the shift in systems toward a more dynamic and mobile workplace -- all these challenges are really just critical steps along the path of innovation that organizations have to take. We want success to be at the end of your path. IBM offers powerful enterprise systems and software to help you make that journey more swiftly and safely.
Hayden is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, product management, sales enablement and services of this portfolio. Hayden has worked at IBM for 25 years and has held a variety of positions, including software developer, product architect, product manager, co-leader of the Eclipse tools platform and director of the WebSphere Studio / Rational modeling and construction tools. Technically, Hayden was an early adopter of object technology and Smalltalk, applying it in the areas of code generation, debugging, IDEs, and performance. He has contributed 14 patents to IBM's portfolio. Hayden is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a BS in Mathematical Sciences.
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