Over on my personal blog, I posted last week about Building a better business: Hiring ducks and eagles for the right jobs.
In that post, I explored the personal experience and positive results of team hiring practices that focused on finding the right person for the right job. The net conclusion of that post being: "Hire to your needs, but also to the candidate’s strengths and abilities. It isn’t easy, but the rewards and your future success depend upon it."
But, I'd like to take that conclusion a step further now, since "future success" is a bit too nebulous for my taste.
From the social business perspective, hiring the ducks and eagles is a critical portion of our success, as people in the right job tend to be more motivated and passionate about what they do. It is this increased level of passion that is such an important building block of success in social business. Without passion, social business just becomes activities that fall flat, and your audiences will pick up on that immediately.
Social businesses with passionate employees, however, are thriving and forging new paths in the world around us. It is that passion which drive employees, either on their own or with slight urging, to get out in the social spaces and share their knowledge and excitement with others. While the passion IS infectious, it also needs to be cultivated.
That passion is either fostered or stifled long before the employee ever has opportunity to play in the social spaces. It begins during the hiring process: identifying and hiring to both your needs and the candidate's abilities right from the get-go builds that foundation to grow your company into the motivated and passionate social business you need. Hire a duck for an eagle's job (or vice versa) and you will stifle that passion. Likewise, put the duck in the right pond and enable the eagle to soar, and that same stifled passion now becomes a raging fire driving both to spread the excitement.
Your audiences can tell the difference between mere activity and authentic excitement, and they will treat your social business accordingly... Can you really afford to not hire the ducks and eagles?
I'll leave you with the video that inspired both post titles and over-arching topics: You Can’t Send A Duck To Eagle School:
Wow! Do we ever have a jam-packed "back to school" version of Live on developerWorks Rational for you today! So without further delay, let's dive right into the great articles which have gone live on developerWorks Rational over the past few weeks:
Record Android client app test scripts in Rational Performance Tester
By Valerio Pengue, Software Performance Engineer, IBM
Learn how to use the Rational Performance Tester and the Android emulator to set up a simple framework to record an HTTP test for an Android application in IBM Rational Performance Tester.
Food for thought: The "Systems engineering club sandwich"
By Andy Gurd, WW Go-to-Market Manager, Engineering Lifecycle Management, IBM
Have you ever felt that 1000 words might prove more worth than one unreadable drawing? Andy Gurd explores the "tasty" interplay between textual requirements and models and would like to hear your experiences with using requirements and models together effectively.
Rational goes mobile
By Robin Wood, developerWorks Rational Acquisition Editor, IBM
A convenient list of Rational articles about developing mobile applications using Rational software, including links to other developerWorks mobile resources.applications
The true value of agile process maturity
By Bob Aiello, Consultant and editor-in-chief, CM Best Practices Consulting
Bob Aiello examines some of the critical success factors required to implement successful agile practices reliably. To be truly valuable, they must be mature enough to be scalable and repeatable, he says. He also discusses how to implement robust and mature agile processes.
Create an advanced upload file test case in Rational Performance Tester
By Valerio Pengue, Software Performance Engineer, IBM
Learn how to create Rational Performance Tester tests to upload a random file selected from a data pool of files to a target application. Advanced examples show how to create multiplatform test cases and how to generate random parameters at run time.
Deploy IBM Rational Insight 1.1 in a large enterprise
By Ali Manji, Software Developer, IBM
A previous article, "Tips for deploying Rational Insight 1.0 in a large enterprise," covered some of the benefits of deploying Rational Insight 22.214.171.124 components across a three-tier architecture. This article updates information for Version 1.1 and explains how to add a web server tier to handle static content.
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0 and Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0
By Paul Urban, Senior Systems Market Manager, IBM
IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0 provide simplified design collaboration with new systems engineering workflow with a Jazz technology-based database repository that unifies requirements and design. These new versions also add many usability enhancements and improvements for systems engineering and safety-critical development.
Map virtual machines with this algorithm
By Rahul Choudhary, Software Engineer, IBM and Riti Saxena, Software Engineer, IBM
Deploying virtual machines in bulk is a tedious and cumbersome job. Bulk deployment of virtual machines in a data center involves several tasks, and one of the key challenges is planning what to deploy where. This algorithm provides a simplified and efficient solution.
Use OSLC and Visual Basic to integrate Rational Team Concert
By Takehiko Amano, IT Specialist, IBM
Rational Team Concert helps distributed teams manage tasks, defects, source code configuration, and builds collaboratively. Because it implements Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC), it can integrate existing tools, such as other project or activity management software. Learn how use it with Visual Basic scripting language to integrate an existing system.
From my developerWorks, C++ Templates: What is a variadic template function?
The latest language standard has further complicated C++ by adding variadic templates. One problem I had in my attempt to understand this new feature was the lack of simple examples showing how it worked. Here's my attempt to show some of the basics of a variadic template function.
How to capture the hidden value within your engineering data
On September 11 at 2 pm ET, learn how you can extract the value hidden within your complex web of systems engineering and software development data. Register now to attend this free webcast.
Rhapsody enlightenment: Timing and performance analysis with Rational Rhapsody and the INCHRON Tool-Suite
What will the system do - and when? Through the integration with the INCHRON Tool-Suite, the "When will the system do it?" can be answered, too.
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Rhapsody enlightenment: What's new with Rhapsody
Learn about the latest features and preview upcoming capabilities for Rational Rhapsody in this webinar.
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT.
Rational Team Concert: https://jazz.net/downloads/rational-team-concert/releases/4.0
Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer share a common installer that deploys the shared Jazz Team Server plus the Change and Configuration Management, Quality Management, and Requirements Management applications.
Determine ROI for projects with the Investment Analysis component
By Tejaswini Jamakhandi, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
The Investment Analysis component in Rational Focal Point uses input-bounded estimates for costs and benefits to compute a distribution for net present value (NPV) of the project over its lifetime. From the NPV, it calculates other key values, including return on investment (ROI). See what formulas it uses and learn how it works.
Product: IBM Rational Focal Point
Track projects in two other applications with Rational Focal Point
By Manjunatha S. Nadigar, Integration Lead, IBM
Monitor projects tracked by other Rational applications by using the XPathValueFetcher business rule in Rational Focal Point to fetch key values, such as status and progress. You can configure the rule to run as a background batch process to periodically synchronize data from Rational Team Concert and Rational Requirement Composer.
Products: IBM Rational Focal Point, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Requirements Composer
Take snapshots of Investment Analysis data in IBM Rational Focal Point
By Björn Kylberg, Senior Software Developer, IBM
You can use the version attribute in IBM Rational Focal Point to take snapshots of data, including data from the Investment Analysis component. This article explains how and provides an example of how to work with snapshots.
Product: IBM Rational Focal Point
Portfolio Management ROI calculator
Portfolio-based management of projects has become a corporate necessity as organizations are increasingly subjected to a variety of pressures and constraints. IBM Portfolio Management solutions, powered by IBM Rational Focal Point, are designed to help organizations to analyze and optimize their portfolios to secure maximum business value.
Announcing IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM)
Engineers can use RELM to visualize, analyze and organize engineering data (such as requirements, design, tests, and work items) and relationships (links). It helps teams make effective and timely decisions, improve reuse of engineering data, and maintain compliance with standards.
Webinar: Process management for Rational Team Concert
Register for the Sept. 19 11:00am-12pm EDT webinar and bring your processes to life with stages and ALM.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
The IBM Rational Software Development Platform(SDP) is an open, proven, complete and modular solution comprised of a comprehensive set of tools, proven best practices and professional services. This modular solution provides all the tools that individuals and teams need to successfully build, integrate, extend, modernize and deploy software and software-intensive systems.
By automating and integrating the business process of software development, the IBM Rational Software Development Platform helps organizations create software that differentiates their business performance.
To find out more about this integrated, modular solution and how it can improve your company's top-line growth go to: www.ibm.com/software/developmentplatform.
(Source: IBM SDP)
Licenses for SDP products are of two types:
- Activation Kit
- Floating Licenses
1) Activation Kits:
Activation Kit are node lock licenses. These licenses are not specific to any host IDs. These are .jar files which needs to be applied to the product using Installation Manager (IM). Even though these .jar files does not contain any "Host Details" of a client machine, you will have to use the the activation kit based on the quantities purchased.
For example, if you have purchased 2 quantities, you can use the same activation kit on two machines (Provided both the machines have the same version of the product). There are different activation kits for different versions of the application. Note: Using the activation kits on more machines other than the purchased orders will lead to compliance issues.
The below steps should activate your trial SDP using an Activation Kit:
a) Launch IBM Installation Manager (IBM IM)
b) Select the option "Manage License"
c) Highlight the application and choose "Import product Activation Kit"
d) Click Browse and select the correct activation kit and hit "Next"
You should be able to accept the license agreements and click Finish to complete the activation process
Note: You will need an administrator access to import an activation kit or active your SDP product.
2) Floating Keys:
Floating keys are based on Client/Server architecture. In order to use a floating license key one needs to install "Rational License Key Server". Let us discuss how a floating key works. For example, if you have ordered 5 Floating keys and assuming that the license server is UP and serving the keys and your users are pointing to the license server and able to communicate with the server machine. Then, the first user who launches the application, will be able to check out 1 license for that application. Likewise, the second, third, fourth and fifth user will launch their applications and successfully check out a key each. Now, if the sixth user has to launch the application and check out the key, he/she needs to wait until one of the user logs out of the application and closes it. This way that license is freed and available for the next user. Having understood the working of a Floating license key, let us now proceed to know how to configure the SDP applications to pick up one.
The process of enabling an SDP application for a floating license are as follows:
a) Launch the IM (IBM Installation Manager)
b) Select Manage License
c) Highlight the application and choose Configure a floating license
d) Accept the agreement
e) Ensure the option Enable Floating license support is selected
f) Click the Add (Plus) icon and put in the license server details (Either FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name)/ IP address)
g) Click test connection to check whether the system is able to communicate with the license server machine and to know if it is serving a required license
h) After successful communication, navigate through the on screen instructions and hit finish
i) You will be able to see the option Floating next to the application under the Manage license option
Author: Kiran Byrappa
The team over on Jazz.net is very pleased to announce the new IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery (SCCD) project! IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery is an agile, scalable and flexible solution for end-to-end lifecycle management and automation, creating an environment that takes collaboration between Development and Operation teams to the next level.
Check out the video below for a great overview of this emerging solution:
IBM Smart Cloud Continuous Delivery Overview- In this video, Bill Higgins of IBM Smart Cloud and DevOps, provides an overview of the IBM Smart Cloud Continuous Delivery offering on jazz.net.
Interested in MORE? I know you are! Check out the Jazz.net blog post on this topic for even deeper insight!