Innovate 2012, sponsored by Rational, is the industry event that recognizes, celebrates, and enables the development and delivery of software and systems. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to share your stories and best practices, and to tell the world how solutions from IBM Rational have helped you and your business innovate and transform software and systems delivery processes. Why should you participate as a speaker or presenter at Innovate 2012? Gain recognition among your industry peers as a thought leader Network with 4,000+ of your... [More]
Curiosity: The Next Mars Rover (artist's concept) Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech For all the technological advances of the space age, including the landing missions to Mars, we still haven't answered one of our very oldest questions about the solar system: Is there, or was there ever, life on the Red Planet? On August 6, 2012, the Mars Curiosity rover made its way to the surface of the planet to get closer to an answer, with its mission to explore the possibility that microbial life was or is still present in the upper layers of the Martian crust.... [More]
Most software development projects have a mobile computing strategy associated with them. Strategy can be anything from figuring out which functions of your business benefit from mobile computing to developing the mobile application itself. But understanding the ways in which mobile technology affects your business is not always clear. In some cases, mobile can immediately change how you plan and conduct business with your partners and clients. But how do you apply a mobile strategy to your business? And after you’ve figured that out, how do... [More]
Recently, JazzHub received a new name, IBM DevOps Services , and we’ve been working hard to enhance our DevOps services to make the site even more DevOps-y (can we pretend for a moment that “DevOps-y” is a word?). We’re thrilled about our new name and our new features, and we can’t wait to meet you at IBM Impact to talk all about it. Below are some highlights of all the places we’ll be next week at IBM Impact! General Sessions While we highly... [More]
In step 3, the most recent of my posts on the topic of getting started with DevOps ( step 1 , step 2 and step 3 ) I discussed how you would prioritize your practice improvements through a simple process using user priorities, pain points and complexity. Then I discussed creating a backlog of these prioritized improvements and explained how to group them into an improvement release measurable that could help produce specific outcomes and support an incremental roll out of changes. With those steps in mind, we now move to the final... [More]
Can you believe it? The powerful, tiny device most of us have in our purses or pockets is really just a few years old. Of course we know that, but it’s amazing how quickly the mobile smart phone has expanded beyond its consumer roots to capture the imagination of businesses of every type. And how quickly businesses have seized opportunities to create what Geoffrey Moore calls “systems of engagement,” enhancing their corporate backbones with new mobile applications to support the modern enterprise. For enterprise IT organizations, the focus is... [More]
The DevOps Services team will be all over the place at IBM Innovate ! With a bunch of great sessions and interactive experiences planned, there are lots of ways for you to learn about IBM DevOps Services and BlueMix , meet our team, and try out our tools in person. Below you’ll find just a sampling of a few of the places you can learn more about IDS and BlueMix at Innovate. For a full list of sessions and workshops, see the Innovate 2014 Agenda . Be sure to follow our twitter account @JazzHub for... [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]
I'm happy to tell you that Blue Mercury Consulting was named our "best of show" winner at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit here in Buena Vista, Florida. Blue Mercury (bluemercuryconsulting.com) is one of IBM Rational's partners with their finger on the pulse of application lifecycle management (ALM) technology, specializing in the Rational Jazz platform. I caught up with them at their booth on the last night of the Innovate Expo, and asked them about their goals, their clients, and their experience at this year's... [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]
You’ve written your mobile app. It’s deployed to an app store. But how much time did you spend improving the quality of your app? Mobile users have a low tolerance for faults. 79 percent of mobile users will only retry an app once or twice if it fails to work the first time . The quality of your mobile app will go a long way to determining the success of your app. Low-quality apps suffer from issues such as frequent crashes, poor... [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 across all the... [More]
Industries of all varieties have begun to realize that the target audiences for their business applications have shifted in massive numbers from the use of traditional personal computers, such as desktops and notebooks, to using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for accessing the internet and for obtaining the information that they seek. This applies if the intended audience for the application is a direct customer of the enterprise (business-to-consumer apps, or “B2C”), or if the targeted user is an employee or business partner... [More]
Today is a very exciting day. IBM has just unveiled z13, the world’s most advanced mainframe system, which offers unprecedented performance and scalability and transforms the economics of IT. Today is also the first time in history where all compilers on z/OS (COBOL, PL/I and C/C++) are simultaneously providing Day 1 support for a new z processor while delivering new programming features. In addition, we have added a new compiler to our z System lineup – XL C/C++ for Linux on z Systems. These new... [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.