Cognos has arrived. Ok, we know they've been around for years yet they arrived just for me today as I found Cognos on developerWorks... and the Cognos Support Blog here on My dW.... where do start? I figured proven practices had to be a good place ..and it was. Then I started thinking about what was being shared on My developerWorks and found the Cognos Innovation Center blog.....I have so much to explore...what about you?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  optim information_management confession green smarter_planet 3 Comments 1,277 Visits
what's an Optim? I always think opt-in as in what I do for newsletters and e-mails, etc. It sounds the same. But Optim is so much more...now that is an understatement.
IBM recently consolidated many of its Data Studio products under the Optim name in an effort to provide a complete integrated data management environment -- a comprehensive solution that enables you to design, develop, deploy, and manage database applications throughout the lifecycle. So I had to find out...here's more about Optim
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  green confession download rhapsody smarter_planet rational trials 1,506 Visits
I started with the demo
and then something about the word free and Rhapsody got my attention: download a free trial version of IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® Developer V7.5, the embedded, real-time or technical application systems and software development solution that improves your productivity throughout the embedded systems and software development lifecycle from requirements capture to implementation and deployment. Rhapsody Developer enables model driven development (MDD) based on industry standard UML® and SysML, providing host and target-based simulation with full application development environments for C, C++, Ada, and Java™ including code generation of behavioral diagrams targeting real time operating systems or constrained targets such as microcontrollers. All these downloads...sometimes I just don't know where to start.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession software rational interface fun age design user 4 Comments 1,877 Visits
Does age matter? Interesting question. I always wonder how who takes these surveys and who doesn't. Is it really about age or design? Many of these decisions about design are based on personal experience and knowledge, but system design and architecture tools often play a bigger role in this process.
If we use the right tools, for software design does that make a difference? So many tools, and so little time! I found this article on developerworks article about various tools and the underlying concepts behind them. It compares popular software tools for an IT architect, including the IBM® Rational® suite of products, which provides a complete set of tools to get the job done in the most efficient way.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  rational confession composer requirements smarter_planet productivity green 1,665 Visits
Not 3 not 5 not even 10 but 30 productivity tips....hard to pass this one up.......I am always looking for productivity tips.
Three part series written by the developers on the IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer team who had a hand in designing and implementing that part of the offering:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  chocoate smarter_planet green organic behvaior food buying confession 1 Comment 1,678 Visits
When shopping, how often do you buy green? Do you buy organic? Even if it costs more? Be honest! One relatively study shows that 70 percent of Americans want to buy green, but of that number, only 40 percent are willing to pay extra for products that are better for the environment. In addition, 75 percent of shoppers feel that big-name brands are misleading consumers by exaggerating the actual environmental-friendliness of their products in hopes of attracting more buyers. So what's a company to do? Do business make the same decisions of how /where to invest? How about governments or schools?
Everyone is talking green......does the money follow? or flow? Should we all be working on "green" applications? What does it mean to have "green" software?
IBM launched Smarter Planet and Nestlé has launched Creating Shared Value. IBM and Nestle's are two companies that have long histories and value to consumers, businesses and the world. For IBM, building a smarter planet links to the smarter food: Technology is shaping how it grows, how it tastes and how it gets to your plate. Nestle's will focus their efforts in three key areas: nutrition, water and rural development. Those areas are core to the company’s business strategy and essential to creating a better and healthier world in the 21st century. The overlap? Food is a constant. We all need it. Smarter food available to all no matter the location...can't fault that one. Chocolate...well...if you've been following my blog, you know it is a favorite food of mine. ...hence the link between smarter planet and Nestle's......chocolate is such a unifying force.
What impacts my buy decisions? What impacts my build decisions?
Those are questions I think we all ask when we focus our IT brain on "green" technology. Is it worth my time? my business' time? my personal time and choices?
For me, the answer is yes....what about you?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it technology traffic confession green smarter_planet challenge 1,978 Visits
Have an innovative idea on how to solve traffic congestion? The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with IBM
and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations (STCI) has launched a global challenge to identify innovative ideas for combating transportation congestion.
ITS America is challenging commuters, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, techies, students, and academic researchers to come up with the best ideas to reduce traffic congestion and lessen its economic and environmental impact. And you don't have to be from America to participate.
Let's face it....if you commute (plane, train, bus, boat, trolley, ferry, car, bike, ski, walk, etc) you have ideas and being technically minded....I bet you have some GREAT ideas.
At stake is a $50,000 prize presented at the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, this September. The winner will also receive the development support needed to put his or her idea to work.
Winning ideas are expected to focus on the following five areas:
1. Speed and efficiency: Using technology to reduce delays and transport people and goods efficiently and reliably.
2. Behavioral impact: Innovative ways to convince users to choose options that reduce congestion.
3. Safety: Preventing accidents, improving incident response and providing more timely, accurate transportation information.
4. Sustainability: Lowering energy use and emissions while actively managing traffic and reducing congestion.
5. Economic competitiveness: Improve productivity through new technologies (e.g., wireless applications and mobility tools).
For additional information and to enter submissions, visit the ITS Congestion Challenge
and if you do submit and win....let us know.....
if you do submit and don't win....also let us know as my bet is your ideas are still worth sharing. Share as a comment or post as a message on It's all about Green