The economics of mobile application testing
The year 2011 seems to be when a lot of companies are motivated to extend their business applications to support mobile devices. I get asked about how IBM Rational supports mobile application development at least once a day (usually more often than that!). As new smart phones and tablets are projected to become the "client of choice" for internet access ( ZDNet: As Microsoft's monopoly crumbles, its mobile future is crucial ), business application support for them will only intensify in... [More]
Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile
Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility ( follow #BizAgility on Twitter ) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in... [More]
Brand new ways to Business Agility -- from IBM Rational by Gina Poole , VP Marketing, IBM Rational I’ve been blogging on several sites over the past few weeks about our fall 2011 product and services launch, which has a big theme: “Business Agility.” I promised to bring you more, soon, on Application Portfolio Management , Collaborative DevOps , market-driven product development , and more. Well, we actually launched on October 6, and now I’m happy to be able to point you to much more information that can help you put business agility to work.... [More]
I am pleased to announce our 2012 IBM Champions for Rational software!
The IBM Champion award is our way of recognizing the exceptional contribution of selected clients, Business Partners and academics. These experts have demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond to share their knowledge with the extended IBM community. We appreciate the time and energy these experts have invested promoting Rational through articles, white papers, events, and social media.
Cloud to the rescue: How the Telecommunications industry can benefit from the cloud It’s hard these days to avoid some type of discussion concerning the cloud when speaking of the communications industry. As consumers of technology, ‘cloud’ is an increasingly common part of our vocabulary (we now even have the convenience of backing up data on the typical smart device on to the cloud). The question for those of working in this industry is how to leverage the cloud for our business? The typical Communications Service Providers (CSPs) for... [More]
In this smarter world, the complexity of software, products and systems is continually increasing. Innovative functionality has become an important competitive differentiator while quality has become a hygiene factor. Quality has to be considered across the development cycle starting from the concept stage to until end of life or maintenance. A recent IBM white paper examines just how the role of quality assurance has changed and provides best practices to extend Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to include quality management and improving... [More]
PureSystems: What does it mean for IT software development? Innovation and competitive strength go hand in hand. This means companies who can bring their products and services to market faster, cheaper, and with lower risk are almost always going to be the winners. This week, IBM is announcing an exciting new class of technology designed to help businesses gain that competitive edge. This new category is called “Expert Integrated Systems,” and the new technology is called IBM PureSystems . For IT software developers , PureSystems changes some... [More]
I'm John McDonald, the CEO of CloudOne and an IBM Champion for Rational software. I'm participating in the IBM Cloud Innovation Forum in Chicago this week. Chief officials from many major corporations are here to listen and to talk about the impact of cloud. When I ask about software and systems development, over and over again in hallway and mealtime conversations I hear a common theme: The hope that the cloud will help them manage the rapid globalization of software and systems development. You know that many of the tools we use today for... [More]
As software plays an increasingly critical role in the business performance of corporations, IT faces considerable pressure to support new business initiatives while cutting costs. Over the last 30 years, billions of dollars have been invested in software applications, but typically, these investments are poorly leveraged. Too often, a complex and poorly understood application portfolio consumes a large percentage of IT funds, leaving corporate business and IT leaders challenged to find the funds needed for business innovation.
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]
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]
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]
We are now accepting nominations for our 2013 class of IBM Champions for Rational software. Champions are IBM clients or partners in the technical community who motivate others toward our software solutions and services by being:
R esponsive - They are actively engaged with their peers through communities, user groups, and events.
R espected - They are experienced professionals who serve as technical mentors to their peers.
R ecognized - They extend themselves beyond their peer groups to share their expertise through social media,... [More]
Throughout the last few weeks I have been involved in a major customer project where we had to implement the DevOps notion of a continuous delivery pipeline based on IBM SoftLayer. SoftLayer is IBM’s premier infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud solution with 13 data centers located around the world. Throughout my next few blog posts I want to share the extremely positive experiences we made when integrating IBM UrbanCode Deploy and SoftLayer .
Based on ambitious business targets within a highly competitive and dynamic... [More]
Cloud enabled technologies and DevOps is a major growth initiative for IBM, so we’re excited to announce that Pulse 2014 will feature a Cloud Enabled Technologies and DevOps stream as part of the Optimizing IT & Service Management Track . These sessions will showcase how enterprises can drive rapid business innovation leveraging private and hybrid models. Points of emphasis will be private cloud implementations, Software Defined Environments, DevOps across the cloud and the value of Open Standards initiatives such as Open Stack and... [More]
There’s a lot of debate in the IT industry about whether a cloud is required when conquering the land of DevOps. Before I dive into this topic, let me start with an analogy to motivate our discussion.
I’m a triathlon junkie in my private life and love the challenge of all kinds of distances, from short tracks up to the Ironman. I started my journey years ago as purely a runner; I only rode a bike on family trips and swimming was a mystery to me. But then a major knee injury stopped me from pure running and was the... [More]
The Cloud Enabling Technologies and DevOps kickoff at IBM Pulse focused on DevOps and PaaS in the enterprise, and how DevOps drives agility and innovation. Moe Abdula, VP SmartCloud Foundation, began the session with a look into how Cloud is changing the way work gets done . He touched on how moving towards agile, optimized composable business requires a transformation, and how that transformation allows developers to break free of traditional constraints and develop more quickly and innovatively . Shigeyoshi Shimotsuji, told how Toshiba is... [More]
In my previous blog post, “ What DevOps and triathlons have in common: Connecting the dots ,” I explained why it makes sense to consider cloud technology when implementing the DevOps concept of a continuous delivery pipeline .
The question now remains: What kind of cloud do I need for this?
In IBM we have several flavors of cloud solutions that we offer to our customers. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ , IBM SoftLayer , IBM BlueMix ,... [More]
In my previous blog post, “ What kind of cloud do I need for DevOps?" I mentioned that the IBM implementation of a continuous delivery pipeline with IBM UrbanCode Deploy (UCD) is not dependant on any specific (IBM) cloud solution. Throughout the coming weeks I’ll give you some more insight into implementation examples of how to integrate cloud platforms into UCD.
Today I’ll start the journey by explaining the integration between UCD and... [More]
A lot of introductory and theoretical blog posts have been written to explain the notion of a DevOps “continuous delivery pipeline” and its relationship to cloud technology. I’ve even written some myself, but I thought it was time to show some actionable scenarios.
Some colleagues and I from the German Rational and cloud team recently implemented an end-to-end DevOps scenario that we also demonstrated with great success at CeBIT fair in Hannover, Germany. Thanks to Rene Meyer, Dr. Patrick Schneider,... [More]