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. The compelling... [More]
I recently had the opportunity to talk about DevOps for Enterprise Systems at both IBM Enterprise2014 (Las Vegas) and the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2014 (San Francisco). Co-presenting with me were Slavik Zorin, CEO of Synchrony Systems, an IBM Business Partner, and Carmen DeArdo, Director of Application Development at Nationwide Insurance, respectively. I heard a lot of positive feedback, and I thank them both for sharing their stories. What follows is a summary of the key takeaways from the two events. The main point... [More]
It is my pleasure to announce this year's IBM Champions for Rational Software! Earlier this year, we asked you to nominate the leaders in your technical communities who represented the three "R's" of being a champion : Being responsive, respected, and recognized in the technical community. The following new and returning Rational champions stood out among the crowd. They are experienced in using Rational solutions to solve real business problems and are recognized experts in their field. They spend their own time, energy and resources... [More]
A lot of our clients have recognized that IBM’s approach to DevOps makes them faster, more agile, and lean. This approach is enabling them to respond rapidly to customer feedback and bring software-driven innovation to their marketplace faster. They are now recognizing that they can leverage the continuous delivery capabilities of our DevOps solution not only in distributed platform environments, but in mainframe and midrange environments as well. Steve Farley, vice president of the application development center for Nationwide has... [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, professional... [More]
It’s time to Jam! Today, the IBM Rational team launched our first Jazz “Plan Jam ". It’s a one-week program in which we hope to gather your expert opinions to help us plan for the next release of the Jazz products. From May 30 to June 6, the Jazz Plan Jam, you will have an opportunity to tell us what you like, dislike, need, and don't need. Pass the word to your colleagues -- the more input we receive the better we can make the products! We hope to engage you, to understand what is most important to you , our most important stakeholders. ... [More]
I find myself spending a lot of time lately talking about Enterprise Modernization and helping customers establish a vision and roadmap for deployment of modernization solutions that actually provide value above and beyond their desire to simply “modernize”. After a lot of discussion about what it really means to modernize, I always come back to the same point: to even start, to even claim you are “doing” modernization, you must first modernize the way you “do” development, ensuring that your multiplatform applications are designed, developed... [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. Champion Client Expertise Julian Holmes UP Mentors Agile Christiaan Heidema... [More]
This is part two ( read part 1 ) of our series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .”
This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the
value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Today, we'll discuss how to improve application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration and infrastructure efficiency. Improving application knowledge, development skills, team collaboration, and infrastructure efficiency The IBM... [More]
Today we’re starting a new series called “ A Rational approach to enterprise modernization .” This series is meant to help you and your business to optimize the value of your applications, people, teams and infrastructure.
It's based on a thought leadership white paper from Ashok Reddy . Over the past half century, businesses of all types across the globe have made significant investments in software and systems to automate business processes, deliver innovative capabilities, and integrate operations. As technology has evolved, organizations... [More]
If you work within IT for a midsize to large business, you’ve probably struggled now and then -- if not daily -- to make sense of the diverse technologies maintained by your department. A mix of hardware, old and new, and a wide variety of software applications, old and new, form a virtual landscape of technical challenges. Maybe you’ve met some of these challenges with creative bridges from one system to another, or maybe you’ve worked with teams of engineers who have risen to the occasion.
You might also be aware that there’s much more... [More]