My career in modeling Early in my career as an automotive engineer, I was exposed to modeling. Growing up I had often thought that I might go into modeling, but I had envisioned something completely different. Nonetheless, I was initially excited by the prospect of creating a graphical specification of a system. Shortly after I started modeling, I was unfortunately introduced to the challenges of collaborating on a design. Even worse were the design reviews! Preparing for the review was a tedious task of copying and pasting... [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]
One of several highlighted events taking place at this year's Innovate conference you won't want to miss! Come hear how several women executives have advanced their careers in technology during periods of tremendous change in the industry. Women’s Discussion Panel Dolphin Hotel, Australia 3 Tuesday, June 3 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adaptability is crucial in today’s tech industry and continuously improving your skills is the key to success. Aligned with the theme of the conference, the panel will focus... [More]
Complying with the ISO 26262 standard Automotive software can be thought in terms of three distinct dimensions. The first dimension is the length and complexity of the code. Consider the startling fact that the average automobile has more lines of code than a fighter jet. Further with increasing sophistication of the software modules, software and time to market is often the differentiating factor – the speed of bringing new innovative features to the market establishes the OEM/supplier as the thought leader. The second dimension can be thought... [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, Dr. Michio Kaku... [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.
GE Capital has a vision: to responsibly move at market speed. The challenge is remaining secure, compliant and managing quality standards while moving quickly enough to stay ahead of the competition. Snehal Antani, CIO of CDF & EA at GE Capital, took to the stage during the DevOps keynote to tell how GE had leveraged DevOps to attain their goals. He echoed what is already becoming a common DevOps theme at Innovate: It’s about people, the shift required to become lean and agile requires a commitment from people. How is GE... [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 limited edition car... [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 forward,... [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]
A lot of our clients have recognized that IBM’s approach to DevOps makes them faster, more agile, and lean. This approach is enabling them to respond rapidly to customer feedback and bring software-driven innovation to their marketplace faster. They are now recognizing that they can leverage the continuous delivery capabilities of our DevOps solution not only in distributed platform environments, but in mainframe and midrange environments as well. Steve Farley, vice president of the application development center for Nationwide has... [More]
JazzHub , IBM's web application that enables users to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud, is constantly evolving. In addition to JazzHub recently receiving a snazzy makeover, JazzHub has been enhanced to support automatically deploying code to the cloud as well as creating Git repositories hosted at JazzHub. Lauren Schaefer, a web developer for JazzHub, will be leading a session on March 11 to walk you through JazzHub's latest and greatest features. Time will be... [More]
When planning for DevOps I always first think about “What is the best I can achieve?” Comparing the ideal with the reality then helps me to define the roadmap of changes I have to apply. Robb Wiedrich talked in his recent blog post about DevOps best practices in the area of principles to adopt. I want to focus more on the workflow view here. Sorting out what to do in which step helps us to define the overall process and the roles involved. So let's have a look at a very simplified flow from requirement... [More]
The telephone game Remember the party game, "telephone," that was played across the world under a variety of similar names? Someone starts off whispering a phrase in the next person's ear, who whispers it in the next person's, until, at the end, the original message is usually completely garbled. Lost in translations: Strong vodka, putrid meat Or consider this (apparently apocryphal) story about machine translation: The starting text was "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." The program translated it into... [More]
Announcing JazzHub: Rational Team Concert in the Cloud for Academics Hi, Dan Griffin here. You may remember me from my earlier posting about Ted the Developer . I wanted to share with you some really exciting news that we just announced at Innovate 2011 regarding Jazz.net and our Rational Team Concert product. As you may remember, professors and academic researchers can register at the IBM Academic Initiative to gain free access to an impressive library of full-version software and course modules including Rational Team Concert to be used in... [More]