Doing things on time and on budget – it does NOT matter if the
things you are doing are the wrong things. Before doing things the correct way,
it’s of vital importance for an organization to secure that the portfolio,
projects and activities are aligned with company strategy and that it’s
prioritized correctly to secure most possible value from a company’s limited
resources. One of the biggest challenges is to make the best compromises
between contradictory projects and activities. For an organization to be
effective and “best in... [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]
Walker Royce on Software Econometrics An expert describes a new approach to software project management Imagine you’re lucky enough to take a eight-week tour of Europe. How do you begin making plans? It might be fairly easy to determine your starting point, and where you’ll eventually end the journey. The more you think about it, you’ll certainly imagine a sequence of smaller trips to famous cities, mountains, seaside resorts. But as you scope out the general profile of your tour, would you plan every meal, every evening stroll, every purchase... [More]
It does not matter what you do or work with - if you are a professional soccer player, area manager of an manufacturing business or are the CEO of a Fortune 500 - focus on value will always be of major importance and in order to focus on value the right prioritization needs to be made. A soccer player will have the option to pass the ball to a team mate or advance through the field with the ball him or herself, the area manager needs to evaluate which projects to run, which segments to focus on and what products to take to market and a CEO... [More]
More web content is being consumed via mobile devices and web developers have to be concerned with not only having their applications and content consumed through standard (desktop) computer browsers, but also through smart phones and tablets. There are a number of approaches to developing mobile applications, such as native applications and mobile-friendly portals, and each has its own benefits. Join me in this webcast as we look at some of the ways you can use mobile toolkit APIs, device simulators for testing and other tools that involve the... [More]
Adopting a new developmental approach and set of tools leveraging your existing assets, skills, and infrastructure investments can be time consuming. The IBM Enterprise Modernization Sandbox can help. Whether you are an IT manager, architect, or a developer, the System z Sandbox or the Power Systems sandbox can significantly help reduce the amount of time it takes to evaluate mainframe or Power Systems development tools. The sandbox offers an easy, web-based mechanism to help you evaluate IBM® Rational® solutions at no cost to your company. The... [More]
Mobile applications have changed the game. They have become the primary differentiator and value driver of an organization, in the minds of consumers. Are you and your development teams driving that value effectively to consumers? If not, I want to show you how. When developing mobile applications, requests must be captured from a range of stakeholders like customers, analysts, marketplace research, internal reviewers and more. Prioritizing these requests into product requirements is no simple task. Product and portfolio management (PPM) is a... [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]
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]
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]
Being compliant while simultaneously driving growth is becoming more difficult in an increasingly regulated world - especially for financial services organizations. Since the credit crunch, we have seen a much greater emphasis on controlling and regulating financial services organizations. This has resulted in, for example: The passing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Reform Act) in the United States Forthcoming implementation of Solvency II in Europe and Basel III across the globe Establishment of... [More]
Smarter, safer transportation... one line of code at a time Have you heard about IBM’s recent international survey on “commuter pain” ?
It’s called the IBM Commuter Pain Index, and it ranks the emotional and
economic toll of driving through commuter traffic in 20 international
cities. The results are in for 2011. Residents were asked to rate their
daily commuting experience according to things like commute time, time
stuck in traffic, price of gas, stop and go traffic patterns, etc., and,
well ... We don’t mean to pick on Mexico... [More]
Enterprise Architecture + Project Portfolio Management = Winning What are the strategic goals and objectives of the organization? What products, services, applications are there to support ? Where should the spending of precious resources take place? Where are we going - what are our options and how and when will we get there? These are questions every organization has to ask themselves….if they can be answered you are in a good position! But that is not usually the case… Businesses have, and are still, investing significant amounts in order to... [More]
Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility ( follow #BizAgility on Twitter ) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in... [More]
Smarter. Flatter. Intelligent. Interconnected. Instrumented. We all agree that the world is changing. More likely than not you're building products or services that are driving this evolution. But are you prepared to lead? How can you prepare and win in the age of Smarter Products and Services ?
By Dominic Tavassoli and Pierre Coyne . Delivering innovative products and services that transform the way we live, work, and play You hear about IBM's 100-year anniversary and the evolution of the technology from the Industrial Revolution... [More]