A Practical Approach to Quality!
If your software and
systems development team is under 10 people, including coding, testing, and
project management, then your projects may not experience huge difficulties associated
with traceability -- i.e., the discipline that links requirements to test case
and test results. But for larger teams of 30 or more, where even a medium-size
project involves 5,000 requirements and 10,000 test
cases, the complexity can feel overwhelming.
this: If it takes 20 minutes to link the... [More]
Building complex systems using SysML From designing chips to building new airplanes, designers and developers across diverse industries like avionics, signal and image processing, and communications are challenged by rising product complexity. Combined with intense market pressures and compliance to industry standards this increased complexity presents a major challenge to designers of electronic devices. To stay competitive, tight coordination between hardware and software engineers is critical to optimize product quality. This is especially... [More]
Moving to Collaborative Design Management (and why you should care!) by Neil Patterson and AnnMarie Stenglein Teams of capable individuals carefully chosen and assembled, for whatever purpose, are almost always “greater than the sum of their parts,” as the saying goes. Think of how, in the hands of a master, all 16 chess pieces become an invincible force; or the 1927 New York Yankees (including Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, you may need to look that one up) -- both offer examples of overwhelming power, grace, and skill that no one piece or player in... [More]
The motto of the House of Stark in the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is “ Winter is coming ”. With sequestration looming, significant budget cuts already enacted, and stiff global competition, Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies are going to need to do more with less to remain competitive. Old ways, however, die hard--paper-based artifacts have been the backbone of the industry for its whole modern existence. This culture, however, comes at a very high cost, a cost it is quite clear we can no longer... [More]
Welcome to Innovate 2012 , our flagship conference for complex and embedded systems clients, partners and IBMers! We’re excited to offer over 100 sessions dedicated to this area, our own systems keynote as well as networking opportunities galore including our first face-to-face Virtual Rational User Group session and a systems engineering networking evening Monday night, featuring INCOSE President John Thomas. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also welcome the students and their robots from the FIRST Robotics competition for an awesome... [More]
It looks like we have a fantastic and lively group of complex and embedded systems folks with us here at Innovate 2012. It was great to have everyone gathered together and ‘glowing’ at the welcome reception. We’re of to an exciting start at this year’s conference so in case you missed something, here are some systems highlights from yesterday: Rational Champions Reception Sunday night at Innovate a few select systems clients were invited to the Cabana Bar and Beach Club to join an intimate gathering to meet and mingle with IBM... [More]
What a whirlwind of exciting events yesterday, we hope you were able to participate and enjoy all of the content we’ve had to offer you thus far. And just in case you missed something here are some of the systems highlights from yesterday: Systems Keynote - What’s NOW in Complex and Embedded Systems The second annual complex and embedded systems keynote was filled with exciting content and announcements…, heck even some robots joined in the fun! The executive team took center stage to communicate our vision to help address the unique... [More]
Are we having fun yet, maybe a little too much?! We’re over halfway through and there’s still so much yet in store for all of you! We are very excited about tonight’s special event, Foreigner at Seaworld! So, get ready to get nostalgic as we blast you back to the 1980’s in the days of big hair rock n roll! And in case you missed something, here are a few highlights from yesterday: Tuesday’s Keynote - Right. NOW. Opportunity Accelerated. Yesterday, IBM proudly presented its first CTO Summit—bringing together the CTOs of Rational, WebSphere,... [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]
Cast your mind back to (or if you’re young enough, just imagine!) the days before the world wide web. You’re doing some research for studies or your hobby, sitting in a library surrounded by books. You have so many different places to look for information, in lots of different formats, and perhaps your local library doesn’t even have all the sources you need. You have to jump in the car and travel to collate all the necessary input.
Fast forward to the present day, and a web browser is your gateway to a wealth of information. Search... [More]
Why software isn’t so soft
For something with the word “soft” in the name, software is very hard indeed. Every study I’ve seen has shown that we, as an industry, are terrible at estimating how long it will take to create and not good at all at producing it without defects. There are all kinds of reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the fact that creating software is far more akin to a craft than an engineering discipline. Each software product is lovingly sculpted from the depths of our creative minds. Developing software is... [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.
For all these systems to work... [More]
IBM PureSystems: Ushering in a new era for software and systems delivery
The traditional approach to building IT infrastructure and software— where skilled engineers spend weeks and months to install, configure, build, test and deploy applications, databases, and tools— can no longer keep pace with today’s rapidly changing business and technology requirements. A recent study conducted by Forrester Research, Inc., on behalf of IBM, highlights that 25% of IT projects are deployed over budget and 34% are deployed behind schedule. IT... [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]
With the announcement of RELM in September, the growing importance of systems engineering has been a topic of discussion. We sat down with four of our Rational systems experts to answer some common questions about design, agile, modeling and architecture.
Meet the leaders
Dr. Keith Collyer is an expert in Requirements and Systems Engineering. He trained as an electronic engineer, later moving into software development. His interest in the “people” aspects led him into project management, quality assurance and processes, never losing... [More]