For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited due to:
The lack of visibility into the enterprise to identify the effects, costs and risks of change, and to gain an understanding on where to invest time/resources, on which initiatives, and in what order
A complex infrastructure and older technologies that hinder business... [More]
Want to change the world? Take advantage of the Watson Ecosystem to begin developing the next great cognitive computing app. In three years since its Jeopardy debut, Watson has made tremendous strides and has grown in its ability to help us solve challenging problems. Today Watson has grown into being a cloud service with millions of uses and based on a broad industry body of knowledge. Developers can partner with IBM Watson to use its Ecosystem to develop cognitive computing applications.
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"Every great innovation runs through a developer's hands." —Kristof Kloeckner, GM of IBM Rational
Have you hugged your developer today? Because if you haven't, you probably should. This morning at Innovate 2014 we learned that there is a new renaissance going on in the developer community, one in which there is no boundary between the programmer and the customer. According to Steve Robinson, GM of Cloud Platform Services at IBM, developers are the new kingmakers. And it's all about speed.
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Over the last decade, software developers have made a number of significant transitions in software development. Many developers have shifted platforms, from client/server to windows to mobile and then on to cloud platforms and they have shifted methodologies from waterfall to agile. At the same time, we have shifted from "build it yourself" to "assemble from parts" as open source technologies have proliferated.
We don't know how fast software development productivity has been rising, in part because we can't really... [More]
On February 7, eight startups from around the world will compete in New York City for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year . The IBM® SmartCamp Global Finals bring together leading venture capitalists, industry experts, press, analysts, entrepreneurial organizations, and academics to network and celebrate entrepreneurship.
IBM SmartCamp launched in 2010 with a goal to identify early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with the IBM Smarter Planet® vision . IBM SmartCamp gives entrepreneurs the... [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]
It’s a new era of technology , brought forth by intelligent systems and smarter products. We are building a smarter planet , by changing the way we use technology .
Governments are using intelligent systems to plan, prevent and prepare
Smart cities are digitally connected and optimized , using data from transportation systems, energy management systems, and water supply systems to plan for unexpected events, prevent strained resources and prepare for growth and congestion in the future.
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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]
Standards and tools use signals potential acceleration of productivity and an innovation curve
A century ago, assembly line production caused a paradigm shift in the automobile industry. The transition from handcrafting each car to manufacturing based on a standardized template, using tools, led to an exponential increase in productivity and efficiency. With the production of software now constituting a significant proportion of the value of a modern car, the stage is set for a similar boost in efficiency with widespread adoption of tools... [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]
Innovate Guest Speakers Announced! I’m very happy to offer up a few more reasons for you to attend this year’s Innovate conference in Orlando -- our special guests! Sarah Backhouse Founder and host of Future360, TV host, producer and sustainability expert. Sarah Backhouse will moderate an entire day that celebrates the power of this user community to create and innovate the future. Dr. Michio Kaku We’ll also hear from futurist, co-founder of string field theory, best-selling author, and host of SciQ on the Science Channel,... [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]
Software: a matter of life or death? Like most mornings, your alarm clock goes off. You get up and drink your daily dose of caffeine before heading out. You get in your car and turn on the heater. You turn on your favorite radio station and type the address for your 8:00 AM meeting into the navigation system. You then proceed to get on a conference call using a Bluetooth device embedded in your car. Just like any other morning, except today something unexpected will happen. You’re crossing an intersection when suddenly a car runs a red light... [More]
Medical device manufacturer revolutionizes remote heart monitoring and lowers patient follow-up cost by 41% Innovative approach improves patient safety, physician workload and cost effectiveness of patient care> Approximately every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and approximately every minute, someone will die of one! These are just some of the glaring statistics from latest report from the American Heart Association (Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics--2011 Update). Additionally, according to the World Health... [More]
Why Co-Development? The importance of hardware and software collaboration in building embedded devices (by Martin Bakal) In the past, embedded devices - devices with a processor inside them like automobiles, medical devices, etc., used to treat hardware and software as two parallel development efforts and then solve any incompatibilities during integration. This worked to a large extent because the software was fairly simple and could be modified to work around the defects as well as because development time frames were longer. Those times are... [More]