Today’s high-tech savvy consumers are much more demanding of quality—even for the most cutting-edge and high-tech electronic innovations. Automobiles, medical devices, mobile phones and electronics manufacturers all face the challenge of delivering the latest innovations to market (while trying to avoid getting blasted on social media because of poor quality). More than ever, test engineering teams for electronics manufacturers are on the frontlines trying to ensure the highest product quality for increasingly complex systems.
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
Douglas Adams , author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy .
The need for speed in the development lifecycle of a product is no longer just desired; it is essential for organizations to remain competitive. While this approach breeds innovation, it also breeds terror of upcoming deadlines.
When I first started working in the telecommunications industry in the early 1990s, the... [More]
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lot of software delivery projects fail . Just-in-time strategies to development, testing, integration and operations can lead to schedule overruns and architectural... [More]
Software underpins many of the basic activities we perform on a regular basis. Whether it’s using coupons at the grocery store, practicing a musical instrument, servicing your car, watching television, or even signing up for a parent-teacher conference (a newly automated process in our school district), software continues to permeate the day-to-day activities we are involved in at work, home, and play.
With software at the root of many of the activities in our daily lives, it is no wonder that companies increasingly are viewing... [More]
There are two ends to the spectrum of thinking about how and when to reuse artifacts during product development. One end of the spectrum is to begin the process by designing for reuse. The other end of the spectrum is not developing for reuse at all and then reengineering the artifacts later to reuse. The goal of reuse is to reduce cost and improve efficiency in product development. For software designers to reduce costs, they must build an architecture with common core assets. There are two different ways that an organization can structure... [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]
Can you believe it? The powerful, tiny device most of us have in our purses or pockets is really just a few years old. Of course we know that, but it’s amazing how quickly the mobile smart phone has expanded beyond its consumer roots to capture the imagination of businesses of every type. And how quickly businesses have seized opportunities to create what Geoffrey Moore calls “systems of engagement,” enhancing their corporate backbones with new mobile applications to support the modern enterprise.
For enterprise IT organizations, the focus... [More]
Helping teams develop anytime, anywhere
Because of all the innovations that software has brought us, everyone expects access to data anywhere, at anytime. This “anywhere, anytime” expectation is not limited to consumers. Software developers increasingly expect to build and deliver within a wider array of environments that embrace individuals, distributed teams and communities, and can include crowdsourcing, outsourcing, the cloud, and whatever is next on the horizon.
Today’s Fall Product Launch for IT solutions is designed to help IT... [More]
Water-scrum-fall is a term coined in 2011 by Dave West of Forrester Research to describe the reality of the current state of agile development. Agile development in a non-agile world is the reality in most enterprises. Although, more and more enterprises are switching to agile or agile-like practices for their development work, the environment around them still functions in a waterfall manner. There are the business approvals, approvals from enterprise architecture and from security and so on that add waterfall-like steps before development... [More]
The "Systems" perspective: How do we get to real innovation?
Complexity seems to be the arch enemy of product innovation. We frequently hear from our customers statements such as:
Every time I fix something in one place, I break two other things. - Software engineer
It’ll take me ages to determine the impact of swapping this part. - Mechanical engineer
I can’t tell which the version of software is designed for my PCB. - Electrical engineer
The IBM Rational team believes that product and systems... [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]
For decades, businesses have depended on mainframe servers to reliably process transaction workloads. This is all the more true today, and application developers continue to forge business logic on these mission-critical systems.
With the announcement of the new zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), the mainframe once again establishes itself as the ultimate system for the secure, intelligent, dynamic, and out-right massive-scale processing of business workloads.
While it makes perfect sense to fully leverage these systems, the next-generation of... [More]
There’s a lot of talk these days about DevOps, designing processes for coordinating software development teams with IT operations teams. The talk is being driven by companies challenged by a fast-moving market, an ever changing regulatory landscape, and transformational change. All companies today require agility in their business processes. While many companies limit the scope of DevOps to deployment automation, IBM takes a much broader view. DevOps is really about improved automation, integration, collaboration, and optimization of... [More]
Bringing the power of social software to software development teams provides many new collaboration opportunities that allow you to identify, connect and exchange ideas with a wide community of business and technical stakeholders, partners and end users. IBM has seen that social business allows people to embrace networks and find new ways to connect and collaborate both with their colleagues as well as with their partners and customers. Through using social software, working transparently and collaborating together, we've seen a better approach... [More]
For the past decade, agile methods have proved beneficial for helping Information Technology (IT) software teams deliver, on schedule, high quality software that satisfies stakeholder needs. Software teams pursue agile methods because they need a process that can respond efficiently to change to the product under development. Agile methods afford more flexibility compared to traditional plan-driven approaches, which lock in the project details early and are less able to adjust to stakeholders’ evolving needs, market changes, and unplanned... [More]