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Whether your team needs to improve the profitability of a software intensive product or service, or improve your IT productivity and reduce overhead costs, the tools and know-how from IBM Rational can help you succeed. Some of the best minds in IBM Rational share their subject expertise and market insight into the latest trends and products through these resources. Stay informed—sign up for our RSS feeds.


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#261 Agile. Everywhere.

matthew holitzaAgile practices have transformed the way software is built and delivered. Today, Agile is used in virtually every industry and is being used to deliver every type of software from mobile to mainframe, Agile is everywhere and impacts everyone! Whether you are a developer, tester, analyst, architect or project manager agile could be in your future. Please take a few minutes to join Matt Holitza as he explores what the move to agile could mean for you and your team. Speaker, Matt Holitza.


#260 Testing Complex Financial Services Applications from Mobile to Mainframe

sue green adam olsonBanking, Insurance and Financial Market applications and processes have increasingly complex testing needs that are hindering time to market and increasing costs. Recent results show that financial institutions around the world are addressing this challenge in order to excel in rapidly changing financial environments. Join this podcast to hear how, from Mobile to Mainframe apps: 1)Test lab infrastructure costs can be reduced by up to 90%. 2)Labor involved in setting up test environments can be reduced by 80%+. 3)Test environments can be configured in minutes versus weeks. And 4) Developers have the means to test software earlier. Speakers, Sue Green and Adam Olson.


#259 Integrating Testing into the Development Lifecycle

Sanjiv JainThe role of embedded software is growing exponentially in Engineering systems and quality in these systems is no longer a differentiator, but a necessity for success. Increasing development time or cost is not an option, therefore engineers must evolve their techniques to remain competitive. Learn how IBM and National Instruments are investing to equip engineers with technology to produce superior system quality and validation efficiency with the ability to trace and improve development end to end and improve collaboration between all engineering teams from initial requirements through final systems test. Speakers, Chris Washington and Sanjiv Jain.


#258 Systems Engineering – It’s Not Just for Engineers

greg gorman steve shoafSystems engineering is increasingly being recognized as an essential technology for successful development of innovative, software-intensive smart products. Unlike the systems engineering in the Apollo age, visualized as a room full of slide-rules and skinny black ties, today’s systems engineering is more pervasive than ever before. Extending beyond typical engineering benefits such as lower costs, higher quality and reduced risk, today’s systems engineering, if utilized intelligently, can have a significant business impact – touching not only engineering, but manufacturing, procurement, support, and planning, as well as affecting future profit opportunities of long-lived products. Join Greg Gorman and Steve Shoaf as they discuss how systems engineering can impact business decisions made outside the engineering organization.


#257 When An All-in-One ALM Solution May Be Enough

bernie coyneAre you tired of vendors pushing their over the top ALM solutions on you? Are you fed up with having to contort the way your team naturally works to fit someone else’s solution? Are you frustrated at how much effort you are spending trying to keep multiple development tools up and running? Then get some answers by attending this refreshingly candid podcast and learn how a simpler, leaner approach may be all you really need. Speaker, Bernie Coyne, Sr.


#256 Adopting agile methods for safety-critical systems development

bruce douglas Agile methods can bring benefits of discipline and efficiency to software development, and agile can be—and is—applied to the development of safety critical systems. In this podcast, Bruce Douglass answers a selection of questions from practitioners and managers engaged in safety-critical development on the topic of agile adoption.

#255 The power of service virtualization to reduce the costly application footprint

madeline bauliss tamara kulesa Every agency is under pressure to reduce costs while at the same time increasing the amount of development. Join us to learn how service virtualization can "bend the cost curve" with more agility and less risk. The power of virtualization has moved from the data center floor to mission delivery with new service virtualization reduce the cost of developing and sustaining the complex, integrated systems that are critical for agency programs and operations. Madeline Bayliss and Tamara Kulesa, speakers.

#254 Governing outsourced development for Government Agencies

  For years, Governments have been trying to reap the benefits of Service-Oriented Architectures to improve their business agility. Whether agency information and processes are currently deployed on legacy systems, requires new modern development, or relies on the integration of open data, the core principles and capabilities for collaborative development can help drive successful SOA programs resulting in improved citizen outcomes and reduced costs.


#253 IBM Point of View: Measuring Software Quality - Why Your Metrics Don't Make the Grade

Software quality and customer satisfaction are measured by companies more than any other form of measurement. However is the data being captured and analyzed providing an accurate reflection of reality with respect to quality and customer satisfaction? Join Al Wagner as he reflects on the recent IBM sponsored webcast where Capers Jones presented today’s more practical measures and metrics allowing companies to be more predictable with quality.


#252 Get smart with mainframe development

 Learning about Rational Developer for System z 

Many developers are mislead or unfamiliar with the latest mainframe development tools. Luckily, there are no-cost instructor-led Distance Learning classes that have been helping developers get up-to-speed to tackle mainframe COBOL, PL/I, Assembler, Java development and more. In this podcast Jon Sayles and Stephen Henderson will discuss the overall structure, course content and how you can signup for the upcoming sessions at no cost.


#251 Applying Requirements to the Life Cycle Development

Requirements come in many shapes and sizes. 

They have demonstrated time and time again to improve the development time, quality and overall cost of a project. Projects that lack requirements quickly fall into many of the typical traps of common project failure. Listen to the podcast in where Bernard Coyne talks about how requirements improve the complete development life cycle along with the best practices of managing requirements effectively.


#250 How to Get the Right Engineering Data at Your Fingertips, Faster

 As a chief engineer, systems engineer, software engineer, or electrical engineer do you spend too much time searching for engineering data relevant to the task or decision at hand? 

Do bad things happen when you don't find the right data or get a complete answer? When building reports or documents, does it simply take too much effort and time to pull all the data together and get it in a common format? And when an engineering change is proposed is it difficult to assemble information about all of the potentially impacted subsystems and the artifacts that define them? Listen to this podcast to hear Andy Gurd and Amit Fisher discuss these challenges and describe a solution that uses a Linked Data approach to provide searching, reporting and analysis capabilities across multiple, distributed engineering data sources.


#249 Introducing Rational's Intelligent Transportation Systems Capabilities

 Green Light - Go! We are proud to introduce IBM Rational capabilities to accelerate the planning, design, and the development of complex intelligent transportation systems, while ensuring compliance to regulations. 

Public sector stakeholders in the planning, design, and development of modern infrastructure need help supporting compliance to standards, ensuring traceability across the ecosystem, and governing outsourced projects from scope development to operation and deployment. Join this podcast to learn the newest solutions offered by IBM Rational.


#248 Mobile Ops - Why Should You Care?

 User expectations around mobile apps have made it imperative for development teams to deliver releases early and often , showcasing new features and obtaining feedback from line of business stakeholders and targeted customers. 

But connecting to a range of enterprise systems -- including native applications, back office systems, as well as third party services -- can greatly slow the pace of development.


#247 The Future of Requirements in Agile Product Development

Companies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. 

But how do you handle requirements in this brave new world of user stories, backlogs, iterations and burndown? In this podcast Keith Collyer discusses how requirements management and traceability must evolve as vital aspects of agile systems engineering and software development processes.


#246 The Software Edge: How Effective Software Development Drives Competitive Advantage

The 2012 IBM Global CEO study found today's business leaders rank technology as the most important external force that will impact their organizations. 

A new IBV software development study supports this, with IT and business leaders identifying five top technology trends critical to competitiveness. However, the same survey reveals that most organizations are not prepared to take advantage of these trends. While management recognizes that software is crucial to capitalizing on technology for competitiveness, they are not successfully executing. Learn how organizations that leverage effective software development can help close the execution gap and gain competitive advantage.


#245 Better Decision Support for Medical Devices Product Management

 Medical device companies have to find ways to compete with lower-cost competition worldwide. 

They need to make the right decisions to define the right features and functions to build into their medical devices for reaching the right market at the right time. In this podcast we will discuss how IBM Rational Focal Point software provides a full audit trail to help ensure regulatory compliance and capture enhancement requests, product ideas, market needs and technical needs for product development.


#244 Introducing the Rational Solution for Electronic Design

Rational Solution for Electronics Design increases productive and reduces overall development costs 

The new Rational Solution for Electronics Design focuses on support for the system level design of electronic devices using Rhapsody; electronic design management, including configuration management of hardware and software design assets using ClearCase; and workflow using Rational Team Concert. The solution can help you streamline and automate workflow, thus allowing you to be more productive and reduce your overall development costs.


#243 Bringing Mobile to Your Power Systems Applications

 We seem to be in a mobile "2.0" zone, where companies are realizing that they must up their game to remain competitive. 

For most, this means pushing out more sophisticated applications, and in order to do this they often must extend to their backend Power System. We'll talk to "Why" you might want to extend (access to databases, etc.) And then cover "What unique application development and delivery challenges this creates?"