influence: (ˈɪnflʊəns) — n. An effect of one person or thing on another resulting from ability, wealth, position, etc.
Here in Rational Support, we understand the deep value of influence and thought leadership. We work hard to make sure our experiences across the organization are captured and shared out to help all of our clients and other IBMers alike reuse and benefit from our collective knowledge. One of these ways is through our periodic "Top Content" posts which highlight the most reused support content in the prior month.
Identifying and quantifying the value of what we do, however, isn't quite as easy. This is something that we've touched on before, and something which is a huge trend in the 'social' industry today: measuring value. Recently I ran across this article from Wired Magazine discussing one of these ranking systems: Klout. In the closing of this article the author, Seth Stevenson, posits that while this tool is becoming more of a pivotal piece in the social spaces it is likely missing a key factor (or more) to really crack the nut of measuring influence and subsequently value. Seth makes an important note on his own anxieties and calling out what he has seen in terms of who the biggest score holders are: big names that appear caught in an echo chamber, versus those he finds truly interesting who tend to have lower scores across the board.
In Rational Support, we believe we've stayed away from that echo chamber effect in our social spaces, instead focusing in on the information that is critical and necessary for you, our clients, to be successful in your businesses. Sure, we may watch our Klout score with a little interest, but we don't let that drive how we do our jobs. Our core beliefs remain squarely client-first; even if that means our content isn't "viral", or provocative, or witty enough to catapult us into internet fame... we remain focused on you and getting the right information to you when you need it.
Given that influence is comprised of so many differing variables, both observable and intuitive, how would YOU quantify your influence? What are those key factors or variables that are important to you, which do you look for to identify the influencers in your networks? Let us know in the comments below!
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We've highlighted the IBM Rational Community on developerWorks here before, in part because we see the value in bringing together like-minded people to collaborate on ideas, solutions, and knowledge sharing. After all, what kind of support blog would we be if we didn't show you the best places to solve technical or business problems?
Today, we are happy to highlight a new community aimed at helping you transform your software and product delivery, The Agile Transformation community here on developerWorks is where you can learn from (and collaborate with) over 500 agile experts and enthusiasts who have transformed their own teams and organizations to adopt agile software development methods.
But you don't have to take our word for it... Here's a quick 2 minute tour of the community, presented by Scott Ambler which should help show the value you can get from this new community. Scott guides you through the The Agile Transformation community, a dedicated group of professionals well-versed in adopting agile development methods and scaling them to an organization. Get executive views from experts as well as "tales from the trenches" told by developers who apply these methods every day. http://ibm.co/getagile:
As a member of this community you can hare your experiences and thoughts in the Agile Transformation community blog, tap the collective expertise of the community by asking a question on the message boards, or participate in an upcoming Community webcast to learn more about how you can transform your own organization to me more agile...
To join, visit the Agile Transformation community and click Join this group.
Below you will find links to the seven new downloads posted between April 24th, 2012 and today... don't forget to check out the 'tags' above to find other downloads you may have missed. You'll also find a nice bonus video exemplifying the benefits of signing into Support Portal!
The Benefits of Signing In to the IBM Support Portal- This quick tip video demonstrates the advantages of signing in to the IBM Support Portal, rather than using Support Portal anonymously. Visit the IBM Support Portal at: http://ibm.co/SupportPortalfromYT
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Have you been to the Rational User Community recently? NO? Then how do you know what's going on in your local Rational User Group?
Rational User Groups are independent, user-run organizations that provide an open forum to promote information exchange between customers and Rational staff. They bring together bright minds and bright ideas. There are over 24,000 members in 97 Rational user groups worldwide.
Here's just a quick sampling of the events taking place in May across the global (and virtual) user groups:
There are three new videos available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational
. There are new presentations for Rational Developer for Power, including a presentation on its integration with Rational Team Concert. There is also a new installation video for Rational Automation Framework, which is the product's first piece of content for IEA.
Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
Rational Automation Framework
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We work with the coolest people. You have no idea.
This week at lunch, thanks to the good offices of the IBM Green Team, we got a chance to check out the handiwork of one of our colleagues, who has converted his car to run on vegetable oil.
Just because he could.
SO cool. Here is Byron Garcia's story, in his own words:
"Back in 2002, I was looking for a vehicle with superb gas mileage and I found the Golf TDI. I read all about it, researched mileage, and was mightily impressed with the mileage these little cars could achieve (45+MPG!)
Some time later, I found out about a fringe group of people that were running diesel-fueled cars with vegetable oil. I attended a workshop to convert a diesel-powered VW Rabbit and then decided to take the plunge and do it myself. Since I knew that this would most definitely void my warranty, I waited until the warranty ran out and in 2007, I ordered my kit and installed in June of that year.
I have been running my car on veggie oil and diesel since and my biggest regret is not having done it sooner. The filtering / processing of grease has been a learning process but by now I have the process worked out."
It's all kinds of smart, green, thrifty, geeky, innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-your-hands-dirty, reuse-and-recycle fun!
- Kits cost less than $2000
- Fuel is straight vegetable oil: new or used. Used vegetable oil = FREE fuel. Byron gets his used vegetable oil from various sources, including the IBM MassLab cafeteria.
- Cleaner emissions, with the fuel economy of diesel, without the high cost of diesel.
What's not to love?
Now I want one.
Hot off the presses, we have another installment of "Live on developerWorks Rational" bringing you the following items that went live this week:
Extend TOGAF's ArchiMate to nonfunctional aspects of enterprise architecture
By: Fabio Castiglioni, Client Technical Advisor, IBM, Italy and Francesco Pedullá. Executive Architect, IBM, Italy
Extend ArchiMate, the TOGAF modeling language, to represent nonfunctional, business aspects of enterprise architecture, thus making the architecture more useful in clouds and other environments. Then download a simple customization so you can use the extension in Rational System Architect.
Product: Rational System Architect
Using SoaML services architecture to encapsulate interactions
By: Jim Amsden, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM, USA
Jim Amsden, co-author of the OMG SoaML standard, explains the key concepts and how to use SoaML to encapsulate the interactions between participants in service-oriented architecture. He also clarifies the different modeling approaches and options supported by UML, SoaML, SysML, and UPDM.
Product: Rational Software Architect
Back up Oracle databases with the IBM Rational repotools utility
By: Paul J. Vellan, Software Verification Developer, IBM, Canada
The Repository Tools utility, known as repotools, is included with the IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager and other Rational Collaborative Design Management applications. The author describes how to use it to back up and restore an Oracle database.
Product: Rational Application Developer
This week we are also highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
And as another special treat, here's a link to a VERY useful InfoCenter topic: Keyboard shortcuts in IBM Rational DOORS.
While developerWorks Rational is the key place for so many great articles, demos, and other content, did you know there's other spaces out there also providing some amazing content from a usage/support/post-sales level? Yes? No? Well, let me round up some of the recent bits you may or may not have seen recently and help you dig in even deeper...
From our Jazz.net library feed:
Automated Build Output Management Using the Plain Java Client Libraries: Rational Team Concert (RTC) and the Jazz Build Engine (JBE) provide continuous integration through build and build result publishing. The build results are part of the Jazz object model and are tightly integrated into the development workflow... Dynamically changing an attribute to ReadOnly in Rational Team Concert: When an attribute is set to ReadOnly, it is read only across all the states of the work item. If you have a requirement that the attribute has to be read only in specific states, there is no out of the box feature to get it... Integrating your test tools with IBM Rational Quality Manager using the command-line adapter: Many teams have their own custom testing tools that meet the specific needs of their group. At the same time they would like to use the numerous features provided by IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM) to increase the productivity of the testing team... Timelines and Iterations in Rational Quality Manager: In prior releases of Quality Manager, a test schedule consisted of a list of milestones that were specific to a given test plan. If two individual test plans wanted to share a common schedule the set of milestones...
From the C/C++ Cafe:
April 2012 for XL C/C++ for AIX, V11.1 PTFs Released: The April 2012 Compiler PTFs for XL C/C++ for AIX, V11.1 are now available at the following links and on Fix Central: April 2012 PTF for XL C for AIX, V11.1 April 2012 PTF for XL C/C++... Inline asm: manually encoding instructions: The basic premise of inline asm is to be able to write assembly code within your C or C++ program (using asm operands to connect the asm code to the parent program), delegate the translation of that assembly to the compiler and/or the system assembler, and...
From Kevin Grigorenko's Websphere SWAT blog:
MAT OQL: Selecting information from static class instances: I couldn't find a better way to select attributes of a static class instance. Using classof() doesn't help because there could be zero instances of a class. The following example checks if the JVM is a z/OS control region. The trailing space character within... How the JVM MBean dumpThreads method works: WAS exposes a JVM MBean for each process that has methods to create thread dumps, heap dumps, and system dumps. For example... Upcoming Presentation on May 1st: Deep Dive into IBM Java Health Center: I'll be presenting a WebSphere Technical Exchange on May 1st @ 11AM Eastern . The topic will be a deep dive on IBM Java Health Center, primarily around its low-overhead, production-ready profiling capabilities to understand CPU issues on IBM JVMs...
From the EGL blog:
EGL Web Developer Tools 0.8 is now available: For those of you who are following the EGL open source project on Eclipse (you may have read about it in an earlier EGL Cafe blog The open era for EGL begins today ), we're excited to announce the availability of our second incubator release, EGL Web Developer... Headless Hint: Start Automated Build With Empty Workspace: If you are creating an automated build process for an EGL application, you will want the build to start with an empty workspace and load the application source files from the latest committed changes in the Source Control Manager repository. This example...
From the Rational Business Partner blog:
IBM Rational Enablement Fridays Call Series - updated schedule: The IBM Rational Enablement Fridays Call Series is a great way to spend an hour enabling yourself on an individual topic of interest. The "virtual live" format allows you to interact with Rational SMEs during an interactive question-and-answer dialogue....
And lastly, here's a great tip from our friends over at Information Management Support:
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We finally got some rain here in New England over the past couple of days .... some much-needed rain.
been so dry here that my backyard stream, usually burbling with snow
melt, and filled with a chorus of spring peepers at this time of year,
has been bone dry.
Until yesterday, when I gleefully snapped this shot of the stream running once again.
And my good friend and colleague Ben Hardill asked if I had recorded it for Creek Watch.
What is Creek Watch? Another wonderful, geeky, crowd-sourcing mobile solution from our friends at IBM Research.
From creekwatch.org: Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor
the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway,
spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture
and report how much water and trash you see. We aggregate the data and
share it with water control boards to help them track pollution and
manage water resources.
Honestly, how cool is that?
And it's FREE!