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Check out the top 10 technical developerWorks demos of 2011!
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IBM technology drives the Chevrolet Volt with Rational tools
This just out! Spread the word and check out the Rational Focal Point Demo. It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
IBM technology drives the Chevrolet Volt
With help from Rational, General Motors is transforming its organization and the way it develops and delivers cars.
GM engineers used Rational solutions to develop critical electronic controls for the Volt's innovative battery system, electric drive unit, and cabin electronics. The vehicle's unique propulsion system required the design of an unprecedented "system of systems," centered on software that seamlessly integrates the Volt's battery pack with its electric drive system. IBM Rational software solutions were also used to help GM engineers model the interactions of the Volt's embedded systems, helping to increase the quality and efficiency.
To promote collaboration between global engineering teams, IBM is helping GM standardize their vehicle design on fewer software tools and a common design process, as well as helping them manage change throughout the product development process.
The result of GM's investment in solutions from IBM Rational? Accelerated response to consumer demands and compression of the time it takes to develop a new vehicle, from the auto industry average of five to 10 years, or longer, to 29 months!
Check out the demo....
Learn how IBM Rational Focal Point helps organizations achieve their overall company goals. Project portfolio management can be described as methods for analyzing and collectively managing a group of current or proposed projects based on numerous key characteristics. This demo explains how Rational Focal Point provides visibility into each project's total expected cost, consumption of resources, expected timeline, benefits to be realized, and relationship or inter-dependencies with other projects in the portfolio.
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IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation is a requirements management tool that you can use to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to information. It builds on the Rational DOORS 9 rich client and the Rational Requirements Composer web client.
Rational DOORS Next Generation includes a rich client and a web client. You can use the rich client to quickly create and manage business requirements. In the web client, you can further define, elicit, capture, elaborate, discuss, and review requirements and artifacts.
The rich client is based on IBM Rational DOORS 9, and the web client is based on IBM Rational Requirements Composer.
It runs on the Jazz™ platform. This product is the first step in the process to bring Rational DOORS more fully into the requirements management (RM) space of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management, where it can integrate with Rational tools in other spaces, such as change and configuration management (CCM) and quality management (QM).
Rational DOORS Next Generation can also integrate with third-party products.
Check out the demo! It is all part of creating a smarter planed!
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Don't we love to see real world scenarios where software products help reduce costs and improve productivity.
In the energy and utilities sector, rising energy costs and technology advances are leading to more informed and involved utility customers. They want to know how much energy they are using, where they can optimize usage, and in some cases, how to implement their own renewable energy sources. This is all done through smart technologies including software.
Utilities are a critical link to improving energy efficiency, integrating renewable sources of energy and addressing climate change. IBM can add a layer of intelligence to your utility, using the power of information
And here is the demo...
In this example, see how Rational® Focal Point can be used in the energy and utilities sector, showing some of the major portfolio management challenges facing the industry. See how Focal Point meets those challenges by utilizing many of the monitoring, prioritization, and decision making capabilities featured in the solution.
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As a software development team, what is your challenge? My experience is that development teams need to have a structured approach to application development. A software development team has to develop applications for multiple projects, often running on multiple platforms. The applications must, of course, be of the highest quality and use industry standards and best practices.
- Building scalable applications and services
- Reducing rework and defects
- Improving quality and performance
- Matching application complexity to team skills
- Coordination and planning
These are not easy things to manage. IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) is the product that addresses the structured application development challenge. RAD provides tools for developing J2EE, portal, Web services, and SOA applications.
It, is built on Eclipse, so it can be extended to meet your needs. It has many visual design and development tools for greater productivity, including UML visual modeling tools, that let you use UML notation to create code.
RAD provides a host of tools for developing and consuming Web services, building components for use in a service-oriented architecture and building web 2.0 applications. It also provides runtime environments on both WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal server for development and testing. It can also be used to develop applications running in other runtime environments, such as Tomcat, Geronimo, and others.
RAD comes with a host of visual tools for designing Web sites and Web pages. It provides extensive tooling and support for building JSF applications. It also provides tools to create and use Service Data Objects (SDOs) to access various data sources and to bind SDOs to UI components.
So if you want to be a RAD software development team, you may want to check out Rational Application Developer. It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software and that starts with smart software development tools.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software
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Now this is a tool to help create a smarter development environment!
IBM® Rational® DOORS® Web Access enables stakeholders across your organization immediate access to the latest project requirements and traceability relationships. Rational DOORS Web Access provides secure, zero-footprint access to the central DOORS repository to enable stakeholders such as business users, developers, QA, marketing, and suppliers to stay up-to-date with the latest project requirements -- across the project and around the world. Take a closer look at how DOORS Web Access provides clear visibility into requirements and traceability relationships using the DOORS desktop client.
Check out the demo!
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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It is amazing that in the last few years, so many companies are jumping on the Green bandwagon. I question some companies I see peddling their products in the name of green. But how about software companies? Can we find the value in Green for software? In the traditional sense, software isn't the first thing people think of when you say Green. We often think of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with a 1970's perspective. For example, reduce your energy use, recycle materials, and find alternate energy sources. But to make this a better planet, we need to continue to challenge ourselves and look beyond. Not only in our personal lives, but at work as well.
As business people or software developers you may be currently participating in optimized multi-site collaboration and reducing travel, workload costs, and fuel emissions. You may be involved in a multi-site development effort, modernizing legacy applications with SOA services. Now that is the new Green or am I taking huge liberties?
In the developerWorks portfolio of demos, we have a great example of team tools that shows the integration with IBM® Rational® Build Forge and IBM Rational Team Concert. These tools work together seamlessly to provide software assembly for Jazz and traditional muti-site development environments simultaneously. Check out the demo!
So do you think companies are exploiting the whole Green movement? Do you think you can find the value in Green for software?
Let me know what you think and what is your favorite Green commercial? Here is mine!
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"Fly by the seat of your pants" is an early aviation term when aircraft had few navigation aids and flying was accomplished by means of the pilot's judgment.
The term emerged in the 1930s and was first widely used in reports of Douglas Corrigan's flight from the USA to Ireland in 1938.
That flight was reported in many US newspapers of the day 'Corrigan Flies By The Seat Of His Pants',
We all know that we can't fly by the seat of our pants in software development. There are so many tools today that help us make smarter software faster.
From use case development all the way to modeling, solution analysis, design activities and project management. And thank goodness that aircraft
now have the navigation tools to fly more safely.
Check out these tools to help develop software smarter!
This demo shows how to transform an IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer project into a model in IBM Rational Software Architect or IBM Rational
Software Modeler.See how use cases and process flow requirements captured in IBM Rational Requirements Composer can be used as a basis for your
solution analysis and design activities within Rational Software Architect or Rational Software Modeler.
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Cloud computing can make a positive difference to your company's impact on the environment and provide unbounded scale and differentiated quality of service. Each physical server on your network consumes power, creates additional heat and requires constant cooling from air-conditioning systems. These costs can be reduced with Cloud computing. In addition, Cloud computing is a means of providing service delivery for consumer and business needs in a simplified way. Businesses are looking to cloud computing to provide the agility needed to respond quickly in today's highly competitive environment and an environment that scales easily to effectively meet customer needs.
So in a nutshell, the benefits of cloud computing are predictable any time, anywhere access to IT resources. flexible scaling of resources and a positive impact on the environment. Cloud computing can be smart computing.
IBM Tivoli and Cloud Demo
See how you can implement Smart Business Test Cloud, a private test cloud, using Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM), Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM), IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM), and WebSphere cloud appliance. Additionally, IBM Smart Business Test Cloud services support IBM’s hardware, software, and services platform -- which is IBM CloudBurst. Smart Business Test Cloud also gives you the option to leverage your existing systems and storage for a complete cloud solution.
Eclipse and Amazon Web Service (AWS) Demo
Learn how to use the Amazon Web Services toolkit for Eclipse. This demo shows you how to create a simple Java™ Web application, hello world, and deploy it to the cloud. To complete the steps in this demo, you will need to have Eclipse installed and setup. You will also need to have an Amazon account.
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Internet and digital technologies are transforming the way we live and work today. New technologies are transforming how we share information, make relationships and make decisions.
It was just in the 1980's, when message centers still existed and businesses manually collected all telephone messages. We will skip the steps in between, like the answering machine, but now we have VOIP that sends our voicemail directly to our email inbox. We can be anywhere in the world, including at home by the pool and collect our telephone messages instantly, from our laptops or hand held devices.
Our global teams usually communicate through instant messaging. We Collaborate real time with each other for insights, information and answers. Your team member could be in Dublin while you live in Toronto. Instant information from 3000 miles away. You might just as well be in the office next door.
We are in a new era and it has only just begun. It will be software development teams, who will continue to transform and create this Smarter Planet through software. All business processes, hidden knowledge and services will become digital for quick access, to make faster and more effective decision making, Innovation will thrive and lives will be saved. Social software will allow us to find people with areas of expertise outside of our immediate teams, who will also provide us information to make the best decisions and blossom new innovation.
Creating a Smarter Planet isn't going to be exactly easy, but it will be a lot faster and development teams will be a lot smarter and effective if they have the right software development tools. Using development tools that provide communication for global teams, that automate project status and efficiently track progress of the project, will help us build better quality software faster.
Creating a Smarter Planet starts with software development..
IBM Rational DOORS
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Over the last couple of weeks I've been talking about Jazz and Rational Team concert, the importance of collaboration they provide and the architecture of Jazz. This week I will go into a little more detail of the collaboration capabilities of Rational Team Concert.
Rational Team Concert makes it easy to exchange information directly in the context of your work. If an enhancement request changes, you and other team members are notified of the change automatically. You can reference the change in chat sessions and link to artifacts. Business stakeholders can also automatically stay informed about the status of task changes that interest them.
Several views enable you to share team information. You can track team activity, present information in more detail, or configure which information is visible at any time.
Many aspects of the software development lifecycle are integrated, including iteration planning, process definition, source control, defect tracking, build management, and reporting. Each of these aspects is integrated in a single environment. You can track and manage the relationships between artifacts, promote sound development processes, and gather project information automatically and unobtrusively.
All this collaboration within the tool provides the ability to reduce meetings and status reports, reduce rework and leverage top technical and business talent by matching skills with work items through the tool.
It is all about communicating all the details and changes throughout the development cycle and that is smart software development.
Use Rational Requirements Composer & Rational Quality Manager to align business with IT
Learn how the integration between Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) and Rational Quality Manager (RQM) highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. The demo illustrates how IBM is taking integration and collaboration to a new level to help reduce project risk, reduce rework and increase productivity so that organizations can build the right product faster.
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Modeling lets you manage complexity and risk. Not all projects require models in order to be successful. The more complex a project is, the more you need models. Software is no different than every other kind of engineering in this respect. You probably don’t need to create a model before putting together a doghouse. It’s not very complex, and if the doghouse fails, i.e. falls apart, the consequences are not too dire – the dog stays in the big house. But, as we move up in complexity and look at building a family dwelling or even a high-rise office building, the need to model is more important, as these buildings are much more complex than a doghouse, and the consequences of these buildings failing are more serious.
There are many reasons to model…here are some of them.
- manage complexity- detect errors and omissions early in the lifecycle
- communicate with stakeholders
- understand requirements
- drive implementation
- understand the impact of change
- ensure that resources are deployed efficiently
Communication is the biggest benefit of modeling.
The best models represent different viewpoints of the same system. This isn’t just nice to have, it’s a necessity. Different stakeholders in a system will be interested in different viewpoints. Creating good models that ensure all stakeholders understand what they need to understand about the system is critical to success.
You need to use modeling to control the application architecture and to use a tool that uses the common language of modeling, UML. The solution should provide a way for geographically distributed teams to access the models. You want a tool that provides transformation capabilities, to aid with model-driven development. And the solution should help you create and enforce the rules of your architecture, by providing guidance on the development process you are using. This allows you to visually compare changes to models, and linking requirements to the design you are creating.
The IBM Rational product that provides this solution is IBM Rational Software Modeler. IBM Rational Software Modeler (Software Modeler) supports UML notation. It has a simplified user interface which makes it quite easy to use. Software Modeler is built on Eclipse, so it is extensible and it integrates with other Eclipse development environments. And of course it integrates with other IBM Rational products.
Rational Requirements Composer with Rational Software Modeler integration
This demo shows how to transform an IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer project into a model in IBM Rational Software Architect or IBM Rational Software Modeler. See how use cases and process flow requirements captured in IBM Rational Requirements Composer can be used as a basis for your solution analysis and design activities within Rational Software Architect or Rational Software Modeler.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
Requirements are the foundation of effective project delivery; poor practices and results, make it difficult to be successful in your projects or in the marketplace in general.
Let's discuss some the problems that can result from poor requirements practices;
One major issue in requirements practices is that there may be little to no stakeholder to stakeholder communication. For example, one stakeholder will send information and assets but may not have time or desire to discuss thoroughly. Another stakeholder will indicate that his process is the most important and should take priority. If there is no stakeholder to stakeholder discussion, the result is poor alignment of the strategy.
Another result is that the analyst may provide disparate, disjointed and inconsistent data in a variety of different formats that are impossible to understand and organize. This problem results in information overload that leads to ignored information and missing requirements.
Office tools and products have typically been the administrative tools to document our software development processes. They Have become the de-facto standard for defining requirements. As much as the tools work for individual recording functions, connecting and linking them in a meaningful way becomes very challenging and this exacerbates the process. Remember, documents are islands. They don't have version control, no reuse, team access and input may be difficult, just to mention a few issues with traditional office tools.
The result is that when the project continues with fuzzy unclear requirements and Stakeholders are unclear of timelines and expectations. The development team is placed on hold then suddenly placed in fire-drill mode to try and meet project deadlines. This is a project managers nightmare.
It is all about creating a smarter planet through software. Use great team tools to manage your development requirements. Some solutions are: Rational Requirements Composer which is designed to provide a solution for the creation and composition of meaningful requirements, based on user and stakeholder needs. Rational RequisitePro is designed to provide a platform for the management of Requirements assets, the establishment of priorities, the estimation of costs, difficulty, etc.
We'll talk more about this next week in more detail.
Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
Learn how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
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Optim™ Performance Manager for DB2® for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows® boasts a whole new architecture that includes modern browser-based user interfaces which provide system health overviews and detailed diagnostics to isolate the source of emergent problems. It provides performance analysis and tuning for managing DB2 systems using an easy to use web interface.
You should check out these demos to get started on the basics. It is a really cool product.
IBM Optim Performance Manager 126.96.36.199, Part 1: Install the product
Part 1 of this demo series describes IBM Optim Performance Manager 188.8.131.52 architecture and packaging, and how to install the product. Part 2 describes the Extended Insight architecture, and how to install and configure the Extended Insight client.
IBM Optim Performance Manager 184.108.40.206, Part 2: Install and configure the Extended Insight feature
Part 2 describes the Extended Insight architecture, and how to install and configure the Extended Insight client.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet!
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The IBM Software Development Kit for Linux on POWER (SDK) is a free, Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The SDK integrates C/C++ source development with the Advance Toolchain, Post-Link Optimization, and classic Linux performance analysis tools, including OProfile and Valgrind. The IBM SDK for Linux on POWER provides you with an all-in-one solution for developing software on Linux on POWER platforms.
This demo shows you how to access the SDK using a technique called X-Forwarding, which allows you to integrate the SDK interface to an interface running on your Linux desktop. It also shows you how to create a virtual desktop session on the POWER server and connect to it using either Linux or Microsoft® Windows® clients.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet!