The IBM Software Technical Summit in China, which was held earlier last month in Beijing, was heavily geared toward the IT practitioners. This was easily observed from the participant demographics. At the conference, I was more likely to run into a young IT professional wearing casual outfits than a business suit. I admit, the choice of clothing was partly due to the artistic DNA of this city, which is the cultural center of China and nurtures more musicians than any other place in the country. But the point is, if you are an IT practitioner... [More]
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 innovation and... [More]
Keys to successful demand and delivery management Extending software lifecycle management There's an old saying that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. The same is true with IT portfolio management. In the real world, well-laid plans for application delivery must face the unpredictable forces of changing business requirements. In the past, rigid, engineering-oriented approaches have proven unable to adapt to this kind of naturally occurring change. But there is a better way. Challenges of delivering value amid continuous change To... [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 engines... [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]
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 key... [More]
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 extending... [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 and... [More]
We all hope for substantial gains from IT investments, but imagine achieving a return on investment (ROI) of more than AUD $4 million within the first year. That's a pretty impressive result! Like most organizations today, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) faced significant pressures to reduce costs. The bank had a substantial increase in the demand for its IT services and realized that simply adding more resources to keep up with the demand was not the answer. Instead, they needed to achieve greater efficiency and... [More]
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]
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]
IBM is excited to be part of a new standards effort kicking off at W3C, the Linked Data Platform Working Group , which was announced on May 9, 2012. This group will help realize Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a web of interrelated data. This standard will drive the evolution of Web 3.0, enabling new levels of application interoperability and data integration, while making data openly linked and accessible in the form of web pages. Tim Berners-Lee introduced the concept of Linked Data with four simple rules that encourage people to apply the... [More]
Imagine reducing your status reporting from 70 hours to just 1.5 hours.
Instead of the exhausting search for greater and newer sources of revenue, what if you could create a huge impact by simply reducing your costs? Not just a little here and there, but rather a dramatic cost reduction which frees up scarce resources. With productivity improvements expected every time you report the results, running ever faster is just not sustainable. The need is to run smarter, and the bank DnB Nord found just a way to do that with Rational.