Innovate 2011: Daily top 5 – Tuesday, June 7
Software is the competitive differentiator! Yesterday, Gina Poole, VP Marketing for IBM Rational, joined comedian/actress Felicia Day (“The Guild”) in hosting a session focused on enabling organizations to gain the winning advantage through Software and Systems Innovation.
Kristof Kloeckner, IBM Rational General Manager, opened with the IBM Rational vision: using integration, collaboration and agility to combat complexity and risk, releasing an organization’s ability to innovate. He announced today new solutions for Collaborative Design Management, and enhancements to solutions for:
- Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management
- Solution for Software and Systems Engineering
- Collaborative Development and Operations
Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, continued the discussion focusing on the heart of economic success for an organization, the productivity of software development. Walker then hosted a Client Success Showcase featuring General Motors and Danske Bank, and their extraordinary transformations and key improvements in software economics. Concluding the session, Robert Leblanc, Senior VP, Middleware Software discussed how our clients and our audience are an essential component driving innovation, building smarter products and services and ultimately a Smarter Planet.
Top 5 things you should check out today
- Birds of Feather: Last night you voted on what you wanted us to cover. Today you get to experience the results. Stop by the solution expo – where the white board was yesterday – to see what tonight’s sessions will be and where you’ll be able to find them.
- Super women’s group reception: We’re celebrating women in business and invite you to join us in supporting females in technical and executive roles. Come to Asia 5 in the Dolphin hotel at 7:30 tonight to meet some IBM executives and network with other attendees.
- Meet Felicia Day: You’ve seen her on stage, but now’s your chance to meet her in real life. Come down to the social media area of the solution expo tonight from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. to say hello to Felicia and pick up a signed photo.
- Meet the authors: Today at the Innovate bookstore you’ll have the opportunity to meet with three distinguished authors. Meet Walker Royce at 10:30 a.m., Capers Jones at 1:30 p.m., and Judith Hurwitz at 3:30.
- Open lab workshops: In addition to our technical workshops, open lab workshops provide an opportunity for some hands-on experience using IBM Rational solutions, tools, and processes. These sessions are available to all attendees at no additional cost. Stop by Swan 4 of the Swan hotel (lobby level) today between 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or from 1:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Additional information about these sessions can be found on page 7 of your conference guide and also by stopping at the information desk.
What you may have missed yesterday
IBM offers new tools to help university students, professionals prepare for information technology top jobs
At IBM Innovate 2011, IBM announced it is making its new collaborative software tools available free to help universities build software development skills. In addition, the new tools will be offered to developers who participate in IBM developerWorks.
The proliferation of smart products and devices is driving new levels of software design complexity. The demand for software development and engineering skills is expected to grow significantly. In its 2010 Career Guide to Industries Report, The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that computer systems design and related professions will add about 656,400 jobs, and realize a 21% increase over the next decade, placing it among the top growth professions.
IBM is making new tools available to help diverse development teams, whether in a university environment or a traditional developer group, work more efficiently. The new tools can facilitate innovation across dispersed teams as they build software design and development skills to meet industry challenges.
The new JazzHub allows university teams to develop directly on IBM's Jazz.net website with no fee. Jazz is an open platform designed to support any participant who wants to improve the software development process . On JazzHub, registered university teams can begin development in under a minute. The new JazzHub, powered by IBM Rational Team Concert, a team based development solution for both traditional and agile planning, gives software and systems engineering students tools that make software development and deployment a truly social experience.
The following academic institutions are participating in the JazzHub Beta Program:
- North Carolina State University will use the JazzHub in future curriculum projects. The institute previously used Jazz for research, analyzing information about artifacts, and in an online course in Agile software development.
- Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and the University of Macedonia (Greece) will participate in joint development work with the JazzHub to promote collaboration between students across international borders.
- University of Naples Federico ll (Italy) is undergoing a project with seven other local universities, entitled Enforcing Team Cooperation (ETC), which is using the disciplines of software engineering in a collaborative environment to create new applications.
“Software engineering courses are meant to prepare students for the practice of designing, developing, understanding and maintaining software in the real world and the effectiveness of these courses have a tremendous impact on the software industry. IBM’s continued commitment to provide students tools, at no charge, greatly improves the quality of their learning,” said Paolo Maresca, University of Naples Federico ll. “We’re planning on integrating the JazzHub into our course work immediatel y and students will become intimately familiar with a tool that that they’ll be using once they enter the work force. This will give them a leg-up compared to other students vying for the same jobs.”
IBM Rational community on developerWorks provides developers and students with a collaborative environment where they can engage in conversations about current product use and future technologies. Visitors can find the latest technical information such as articles and white papers, blog entries, discussion threads from around the community, product release information, documentation, and other information. These communities will help all visitors engage with development teams and technical experts from a single web location.
Additionally, the new Knowledge Paths community, hosted by IBM developerWorks, allows visitors to build technical skills by stepping through professionally-developed roadmaps on various technical topics. The first two knowledge paths, focused on IBM Rational Jazz and Agile, are available online now.
Check back tomorrow or tweet to @ibminnovate for the latest updates! Also, don’t forget to follow along with Innovate conversations.
About the author:
Rebecca Lalez is the social media strategist for Rational software and IBM Innovate 2011. She’s been a part of the Rational web marketing team for three years and is one of the faces behind Rational and Innovate on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc. After receiving her M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, she is currently living in Chicago with her dog Doogie. You can connect with Rebecca on Twitter and LinkedIn.