I've learned a lot about heart transplants this weekend which I'll share below. But first, I want to say I've also learned a lot of about teamwork and perseverance and unrelenting commitment in driving toward a major, and at times seemingly unachievable, goal. But most of all I've learned that some members of the developerWorks team are simply not human. How else does one explain the ability to go on and on through endless days and weeks and months with very little and often no sleep to achieve continuous nocturnal breakthroughs while patiently wading through the unexpected setbacks all the while maintaining that focus and commitment on the end goal. Yes, that's right, I believe there are more than a few members on this developerWorks team who must be related to those Twilight vampires (who never sleep) and thanks to them and I am quite certain that My developerWorks, now running on Lotus Connections 2.5, will be a runaway blockbuster on the Social Networking best seller list (and soon to be major motion picture....STAY TUNED!) Watch out Edward Cullen and the Twilight saga team, I'm sure the growing My developerWorks phenomenon will blow right by you.
So getting back to heart transplants. According to the Mayo Clinic's web site, "The Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary team approach to medicine is ideally suited to the complex problems presented by heart transplant patients. The Mayo Clinic Heart Transplant Program brings together the collective expertise of specialists with extensive experience in transplant surgery and medicine." WOW...sounds a lot like the multidisciplinary team approach we've built here at developerWorks over the past 10 years. I'm quite sure the collective expertise and extensive experience of our specialists were key to today's successful deployment.
Thanks to yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com, here is a brief overview of the highly complex, completely amazing, heart transplant procedure
During the heart transplant procedure
After the patient is asleep, a device called the
Swan-Ganz catheter may be inserted into the jugular vein in the neck.
It is then threaded to the pulmonary artery, which transports blood
from the heart to the lungs. The catheter measures heart function,
pressures within the heart and lungs and oxygen levels within the
blood. Medication is also delivered through the Swan-Ganz catheter. A
breathing tube (endotracheal tube) will be inserted into the mouth and down the windpipe (trachea) to maintain an airway.
While researching heart transplants, I came across another blogger who called out the similarity between IT upgrades and heart transplants. In his blog, "Does IBM have a fix for the banking infrastructure?", Dave Rosenberg states that "Replacing a core banking system is akin to conducting a simultaneous heart and lung transplant on a patient that is still jogging. It's just not realistic. And, since banks can't afford to simply shut down their operations in order to transition to new applications, these vital upgrades were put on hold indefinitely."
Dave quickly points out that IBM has good news for our banking colleagues...."To help facilitate these (global) banking upgrades, as part of its Smarter Planet initiative, IBM is unveiling a new Banking Framework that will allow banks to effectively structure and integrate their applications and better manage their data.The IBM Banking Industry Framework addresses four key areas that demand the majority of a banks attention and resources, providing a path to accelerate transformation, and system upgrade with an eye towards future needs and reduced project risk.The features of the framework include:
- An integrated risk management domain to support a holistic approach to managing financial risk, operational and IT risk, financial crimes detection and prevention, and compliance.
- The customer care and insight domain helps banks build a foundation for creating a single view of the customer and enabling more effective and efficient sales and service.
- The payments and securities domain helps banks progressively transform their payments operations to become more flexible and efficient.
- The core banking transformation domain allows banks to modernize and renovate existing systems that sustain core banking functions while aligning with the changing needs of the business."
Wow....I'm very happy we didn't have to attempt a simultaneous heart and lung transplant here at My developerWorks this weekend...although I'm sure our amazing multidisciplinary team could even pull that off that double feat!
I'm very excited to learn from Dave Rosenberg about IBM's Smarter Planet focus on making sure our IT colleagues have great tools like the new Banking Framework to help their future operations run smarter while eliminating the need for any double transplant heroics!