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.
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]
My name is Terry Quatrani and I am the Rational Evangelist at IBM. I must confess that I am also a modeling bigot. I started modeling in 1988 using a GE proprietary methodology that eventually became the Object Modeling Technique (OMT). In the early 90s I moved on to the Objectory and Booch techniques. I watched UML being born and followed its progress as it matured into UML 2.
Over the years I have found two main benefits to modeling. The first is communication. When you have a model you have a visual representation of your system... [More]
It’s fair to say that we’re living in an intriguing world. Stop and take a look around you. Innovation is everywhere, it’s transforming our world. And guess what? If you’re involved with software, you’re right at the heart of innovation. Products are evolving into systems of systems with software being the invisible thread that brings it all together.
But why am I blogging?
I’m hoping this blog becomes a resource to help you break down the barriers to innovation in software and systems. Although this vision will undoubtedly evolve... [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]
A few weeks ago I wrote about my test
drive of the new Chevy Volt. One of the first “wow” moments a driver
has in that car is when you first begin to interact with the dashboard.
Information is a presented in a way that matters to the driver – even
though the car’s computer may have to crunch thousands of numbers and
run through multiple diagnostics, what the driver cares about is the end
result – “What’s my energy efficiency?” or “What’s my battery charge
level?” I’ve recalled the Volt dashboard this week as we released the... [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]
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]
Now that we are in December, it is starting to feel like the holidays. We had our first snow (and subsequent ice) of the season in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend – and I’ve been busy buying a few special items for my family – even my dog Teddy. Of course, this time of year isn’t just about presents. In fact, it is a time that a lot of us start thinking about giving more and looking for ways we can have a positive impact on the world.
We try our best to make IBM a company that “gives back” to the world as well. One of the fun and... [More]
I’ve just been reading a new thought leadership paper ‘Product Innovation Demands More Flexible Software Delivery’ by Forrester Consulting (registration required), commissioned by one of my marketing teams at IBM Rational, which has some very interesting finding and recommendations for companies developing innovative products where software is a major component. In September 2010, Forrester conducted a survey of 106 product development professionals in the US and UK who have responsibility for software development as part of product... [More]
by Gina Poole During Innovate last week, I provided an overview of the announcements about our spring launch for product & systems teams. Today, I'd like to give you a few details about our announcements geared for IT organizations. There are three key areas of capability that will help IT organizations: Accelerate delivery through improved integration across the application lifecycle Reduce cost and create new business value by expanding application lifecycle management beyond the development team Improve flexibility and boost... [More]
After a holiday break with family, I'm back and full of new ideas for this blog.
For starters, as I travel the world, visiting Rational customers and team members, one of my passions is shopping for the hidden gems each country has to offer.
Sometimes those are easy to find, but more often it takes dedication and some good bargaining to bring home treasures. We know that finding a hidden gem on the web can sometimes take time. Rational has a ton of resources on the web. So many that the best of them can often be hard to find. Going... [More]
Since World Cup fever currently has the world in a frenzy – particularly the Netherlands, where I am writing this from just after their 5-1 victory against Spain – I thought it would be good to share a footballing story from about 4 years ago!
Note that as a Brit I shall be steadfastly refusing to talk about Soccer!
Take a stroll down memory lane, to South Africa, with the dulcet tones of the Vuvuzela giving every team a great excuse for playing badly, and also giving the worlds media something... [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]
Are you bags packed for Las Vegas? April 29 - May 4 Next week’s IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference, at The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotels, will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders for a transformative learning opportunity. And Rational will be there, showing our clients and conference attendees how to build a more effective IT infrastructure that supports business strategies, while increasing productivity and lowering costs. We’ll be making several important announcements. Plus: Designed just for developers, an... [More]
The impact of medical software
As the manager for the Rational digital team, I spend most of my time learning about and deploying social media and Internet technologies. When I was challenged, along with my peers, to think about the ways software had affected me personally, I thought less about my job, and more about my family.
My niece was born with a heart problem that resulted in several surgeries during her first six weeks, and more later in her first year. Every time I visited her in the intensive care unit, I was struck by the... [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... [More]
"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]
The DevOps and continuous delivery in the cloud with JazzHub session at IBM Pulse focused on lessons learned while implementing solutions in the cloud and the importance of taking a DevOps approach. Ben Chodroff, CloudOne CTO, and Hari Vetsa, Rational Architect, spoke to the team’s migration from IBM SmartCloud Enterprise to SoftLayer. A major reason the team chose to move to SoftLayer is that the more malleable nature of SoftLayer proved a better fit for what they were after. Ben Chodroff advised that when moving to cloud, “make... [More]
27,000 users of a Rational solution. Convergence on process definition. Two statements that don't seem to fit, but for IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) they have become an absolute driving force in producing an infrastructure that can deliver state of the art products, on time, and with outstanding quality. A perfect example was the announcement of IBM PureSystems on April 11th, 2012 . Rational solutions played a major role in the infrastructure for delivering PureSystems. Backing up a few years, IBM STG started down the road of a... [More]
Recently, IBM's Michael Rowe talked to our training class about the Internet of Things (IoT). He boiled down the Internet of Things to a simple concept: thing sends data to a processing system, which then sends processed information to some person or thing. Repeat this with a few million or billion things and you have the Internet of Things. This made me wonder: am I just a thing ? Or am I a living being? Does it matter to the Internet of Things how alive the thing is?
Usually when we talk of the Internet of... [More]
You need a good information model to carry out effective impact analysis. A software impact analysis report usually covers just the requirements for the relevant part of the code and the test used to verify the code. In a model-based paradigm, however, the effect of a change at the software level can be much greater.
A small change at the code level can impact many requirements and model elements, traversing all the way up the requirement and model hierarchy. Therefore, the information model should be consistently applied... [More]
IBM Rational's Enterprise DevOps Transformational Journey
Over the last 10 years as an IBM executive, I have been leading large development organizations in the adoption of lean, agile and DevOps practices. These development organizations have spanned multiple geographies, technologies, cultural backgrounds and skill sets. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot. Mostly that these transformations are hard, take much longer than you want in a large organization, and that it is important to learn from others on similar journeys. In... [More]
Complexity is the biggest challenge in delivering innovative products, systems and applications today. Engineers rely on a wide variety of tools in their daily jobs to deal with this complexity. A couple of these tools are Mathworks Simulink , a very popular tool used to create models of control systems or plants, and IBM Rational Rhapsody , which is used to specify the architecture, design and functionality of these systems. Both of these tools help you to manage complexity by providing a development environment where you can... [More]
Have you heard about IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation ? It is the new version of IBM Rational DOORS, which is the requirements management module in the IBM Systems and Software Engineering solution.
If you are already using IBM Rational DOORS , don't get upset over the transition to Rational DOORS Next Generation! This is a transition that does not have to happen all at once and will probably affect clients in many different ways. If you are just beginning to explore Rational DOORS,... [More]
A diagram is not a model. Some people may argue, but lack of an understanding about the differences between these two kinds of representations can lead to undesirable situations.
A diagram is just a perspective from a model. You can understand this better by thinking about a 3-D model of a house and the several perspectives or drawings that can be extracted from that 3-D model.
In some... [More]
There are many ways to reuse assets, and although some of these ways may not be as efficient as others, it just makes sense to reuse work that has been previously done. Today, reuse of assets is commonly implemented in product lines.
Consider a product family such as a line of cars. There are S, SE, SEL and limited edition models. These closely related products share one or more common elements. The branches shown in the following diagram of a product line with variants branching off could represent the S, SE, SEL and... [More]
In this day and age, outsourcing is a common practice. Gone are the days of end-to-end development of large-scale products that are cultivated by a single group. This could mean working with another part of your existing company, collaborating with another company locally or using global resources. And it raises the question: How can DevOps help in the delivery of a product that involves multiple vendors or contributors?
Multivendor projects are everywhere
Look at some of today’s large industries: automotive,... [More]
The proliferation of mobile devices over the last 10 years, coupled with new trends in wearable technology, is driving us more toward the Internet of Things . This in turn takes us into interesting new problem spaces.
For many years, development houses—whether delivering systems, products, services or applications—have been wrestling with the triangle of forces that is quality versus cost versus time.
However, with the technology trends that we are seeing... [More]
Everyone has a favorite meal that their mom prepares, right?
I really love my mom’s mushroom soup because she prepares it exactly the way I like it. My wife always tried to prepare it whenever I missed my mom, and I was very thankful for that. However, even though my wife used my mom’s recipe and the same ingredients, it just wasn’t my mom’s soup. I know she even called my mom to ask for some tips but it still didn’t taste the same! Finally, my wife and mom prepared the soup together and... [More]