Change is the only constant in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Today more than ever, businesses must face – and effectively manage – rising change and complexity. Uncertainty is everywhere we look. From marketplace shifts to surprise disruptions, managing this new reality is not an easy task. If you think about our organizations today, they are all part of a dynamic business network of relationships with customers, partners and suppliers that shape the way we do business. Consumer expectations are escalating and competitors and partners... [More]
Behind the scenes on IBM’s agile transformation Look, ma! The elephant’s dancing even faster!** How does one of the world’s largest software organizations become more nimble and more responsive to the marketplace? You may have read, or heard, any number of our experts and thought leaders – Scott Ambler , Bruce Douglass , Walker Royce , for example – sing the praises of agile development and delivery methods. The IBM Rational team firmly believes that, no matter how large your software development shop has grown, you can benefit from agile... [More]
For the past decade, agile methods have proved beneficial for helping Information Technology (IT) software teams deliver, on schedule, high quality software that satisfies stakeholder needs. Software teams pursue agile methods because they need a process that can respond efficiently to change to the product under development. Agile methods afford more flexibility compared to traditional plan-driven approaches, which lock in the project details early and are less able to adjust to stakeholders’ evolving needs, market changes, and unplanned... [More]
I am pleased to announce our 2012 IBM Champions for Rational software!
The IBM Champion award is our way of recognizing the exceptional contribution of selected clients, Business Partners and academics. These experts have demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond to share their knowledge with the extended IBM community. We appreciate the time and energy these experts have invested promoting Rational through articles, white papers, events, and social media.
Transforming the enterprise through agility
How communications service providers can use enterprise architecture in an agile way
Every day, communications service providers (CSPs) around the world perform a balancing act between the need for new business initiatives and technology versus the need to contain costs and ensure overall efficiency. Data traffic is expected to increase 26x by 2015, leading to a compulsion to boost capital expenditure (CapEx) in order to build additional capacity. CSPs will be forced to find new and... [More]
We are now accepting nominations for our 2013 class of IBM Champions for Rational software. Champions are IBM clients or partners in the technical community who motivate others toward our software solutions and services by being:
R esponsive - They are actively engaged with their peers through communities, user groups, and events.
R espected - They are experienced professionals who serve as technical mentors to their peers.
R ecognized - They extend themselves beyond their peer groups to share their expertise through social media,... [More]
Water-scrum-fall is a term coined in 2011 by Dave West of Forrester Research to describe the reality of the current state of agile development. Agile development in a non-agile world is the reality in most enterprises. Although, more and more enterprises are switching to agile or agile-like practices for their development work, the environment around them still functions in a waterfall manner. There are the business approvals, approvals from enterprise architecture and from security and so on that add waterfall-like steps before development... [More]
My name is Terry Quatrani and I am the Rational Evangelist at IBM. I must confess that I am also a modeling bigot. I started modeling in 1988 using a GE proprietary methodology that eventually became the Object Modeling Technique (OMT). In the early 90s I moved on to the Objectory and Booch techniques. I watched UML being born and followed its progress as it matured into UML 2.
Over the years I have found two main benefits to modeling. The first is communication. When you have a model you have a visual representation of your system... [More]
It is my pleasure to announce this year's IBM Champions for Rational Software! Earlier this year, we asked you to nominate the leaders in your technical communities who represented the three "R's" of being a champion : Being responsive, respected, and recognized in the technical community. The following new and returning Rational champions stood out among the crowd. They are experienced in using Rational solutions to solve real business problems and are recognized experts in their field. They spend their own time, energy and resources... [More]
Tough economic times, it's time to think about how to make your business more agile
Is your team working to make your business more agile? IBM’s Business Agility ( follow #BizAgility on Twitter ) initiative responds to the rapid pace of change today’s businesses must manage in their networks, partner and supplier relationships, customer preferences, and market fluctuations.
This October, IBM Rational will join product and service offerings from the Tivoli and WebSphere brands to help you reach new heights in... [More]
For most organizations, innovation and competitive differentiation go hand in hand. But often an organization’s ability to quickly and proactively respond to change driven by market drivers, customer demands and even regulatory compliance can be limited due to:
The lack of visibility into the enterprise to identify the effects, costs and risks of change, and to gain an understanding on where to invest time/resources, on which initiatives, and in what order
A complex infrastructure and older technologies that hinder business... [More]
In my interactions with many organizations, I have observed an unclear understanding of continuous software delivery . Most of the organizations think that continuous software delivery and project and program management are the same. This is not the case! Traditional project and program management concepts are not able to scale with current market demands and business expectations.
Even though there are many similarities between continuous software delivery and project or program management, continuous delivery is on a much broader scale.... [More]
I recently overheard a couple of conversations at a conference where people were asserting that application lifecycle management tooling is unnecessary overhead for small teams. Now, it’s absolutely true that every agile team is different and agile teams are responsible for working together to determine how they can continuously improve. However, I can say the following based on 18 years of working with large-scale distributed teams and teams as small as just two members: Collaboration and application lifecycle management tools are typically... [More]
In my previous post I gave my definition of the term development operations , or DevOps , and how this related to the transformation underway in my organization. We knew that to create a closer partnership with our stakeholders we would need to work more like them and also understand all the work that we had committed to provide them. In essence we were saying that we needed to be more agile and understand our backlog .
The need for a department-wide view
In my organization teams have a good... [More]
The world is not just getting flatter,
it’s getting smarter. And changes in our phone usage can be seen as the
archetype of how technology is driving the new smarter planet. The smartness
quotient in the phones is no longer driven by hardware (which gets rapidly
standardized) but rather by the number of applications that can be accessed
with the phone. However developing applications for the diverse platforms such
as Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and others, has become a herculean task. These
platforms offer endless possibilities for... [More]