Somehow I have a feeling that I've written about this already, but scanning recent blog entries I see no mention of it: last week I finished my brief stint working on the IBM-Lenovo segmentation project. As I mentioned before, I was in charge of establishing, coordinating, and executing the worldwide change management process; now that the project is preparing to deploy the initial segmented architecture, there aren't many changes coming in; at least none that will be acted upon for several months. As the smoke clears on this project, I'll write more about what went on - it was a really interesting project.
But now I'm moving on to other things.
I'll be working part-time on two different but related projects. The first project I've mentioned earlier: helping to specify features and scenarios for future Rational team products. I've gained some good experience over the past four years working on large, complex systems with geographically-distributed teams. These challenges are common to modern enterprise software development, and which tooling can do a better job of supporting.
The second job will be working on development on IBM's Intranet. We've given this the august title of IBM's On Demand Workplace, and it's really fun because it involves pretty modern distributed technologies (WebSphere App Server, Portal, RSS, etc.) and also is one of the most advanced intranets of any company in the world. The piece I'm working on specifically is called "role enablement". Most intranets provide employees with general content such as announcements, news, HR functions, and employee directories, but few companies provide functionality directly relevant to a person's job through the intranet. This is what we're looking to do.
So this should provide plenty of material to blog about over the next couple of months, though I'll have to have some discussion with my new managers about what is and isn't publishable on the Internet.
I look forward to sharing these experiences with you and look forward to your input.
Done with IBM-Lenovo segmentation; on to Rational and On Demand Workplace
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