IBM Rational delivers greater value from investments in software and systems. Rational solutions enable organizations to achieve precision in desired business outcomes and execute with reduced risk and cost.
The 2012 IBM Global CEO study surveyed over 400 business and IT executives to examine factors affecting their organizations in today’s marketplace. The executives ranked technology as the most important external force impacting their organization. More than 50% of the CEOs recognize that software development is key to achieving a competitive advantage; however, only 25% leverage software development effectively.
Some companies are struggling to find their footing in an ever-changing connected world, while others wholeheartedly... [More]
Over the last decade, software developers have made a number of significant transitions in software development. Many developers have shifted platforms, from client/server to windows to mobile and then on to cloud platforms and they have shifted methodologies from waterfall to agile. At the same time, we have shifted from "build it yourself" to "assemble from parts" as open source technologies have proliferated.
We don't know how fast software development productivity has been rising, in part because we can't really... [More]
As our need to deliver software faster and meet market demands has increased, something usually has to give. The old adage says that you can only deliver against 2 of the 3 mandates (cost, timeframe, quality), so choose which one won’t happen. However, that is no longer an acceptable answer. As an increasing number of organizations are going “agile”, quality concerns are being raised yet again. But being “agile” doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. As a matter of fact, with agility can come increased quality as more people are testing the... [More]
The "Systems" perspective: How do we get to real innovation?
Complexity seems to be the arch enemy of product innovation. We frequently hear from our customers statements such as:
Every time I fix something in one place, I break two other things. - Software engineer
It’ll take me ages to determine the impact of swapping this part. - Mechanical engineer
I can’t tell which the version of software is designed for my PCB. - Electrical engineer
The IBM Rational team believes that product and systems... [More]
Why software isn’t so soft
For something with the word “soft” in the name, software is very hard indeed. Every study I’ve seen has shown that we, as an industry, are terrible at estimating how long it will take to create and not good at all at producing it without defects. There are all kinds of reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the fact that creating software is far more akin to a craft than an engineering discipline. Each software product is lovingly sculpted from the depths of our creative minds. Developing software is... [More]
We sat down with Alan Brown, IBM Rational CTO for Europe, and asked him about the experiences with customers that drove him to write his new book, “Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain”, on the CIO summer reading list .
Agile practices are really a key part of the way most organizations are trying to change these days. Agility means more flexibility and provides freedom, but that that kind of flexibility must come with discipline and rigor to give an organization the chance to... [More]
Keys to successful demand and delivery management
Extending software lifecycle management
There's an old saying that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. The same is true with IT portfolio management. In the real world, well-laid plans for application delivery must face the unpredictable forces of changing business requirements. In the past, rigid, engineering-oriented approaches have proven unable to adapt to this kind of naturally occurring change. But there is a better way.
Challenges of delivering value amid... [More]
Cast your mind back to (or if you’re young enough, just imagine!) the days before the world wide web. You’re doing some research for studies or your hobby, sitting in a library surrounded by books. You have so many different places to look for information, in lots of different formats, and perhaps your local library doesn’t even have all the sources you need. You have to jump in the car and travel to collate all the necessary input.
Fast forward to the present day, and a web browser is your gateway to a wealth of information. Search... [More]
For decades, businesses have depended on mainframe servers to reliably process transaction workloads. This is all the more true today, and application developers continue to forge business logic on these mission-critical systems.
With the announcement of the new zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), the mainframe once again establishes itself as the ultimate system for the secure, intelligent, dynamic, and out-right massive-scale processing of business workloads.
While it makes perfect sense to fully leverage these systems, the next-generation of... [More]
InterConnect 2012: Turning opportunities into outcomes
We live in a rapidly changing world where industries are transforming and businesses are forced to deliver new value and new technology to compete. To turn opportunities into business outcomes, we need new leaders who can capitalize on information and use technology as a catalyst for innovation.
Is your business prepared to defend against security threats? Are you using big data to make educated business decisions? Have you streamlined your critical business processes? Are you... [More]
Standards and tools use signals potential acceleration of productivity and an innovation curve
A century ago, assembly line production caused a paradigm shift in the automobile industry. The transition from handcrafting each car to manufacturing based on a standardized template, using tools, led to an exponential increase in productivity and efficiency. With the production of software now constituting a significant proportion of the value of a modern car, the stage is set for a similar boost in efficiency with widespread adoption of tools... [More]
We chose the name "Innovate" for our annual conference because it's focused on the development and delivery of software. And software innovation is where the competitive opportunities lie these days. But creating software is no easy task. Whether it's targeted for IT applications or embedded products, software creation remains a complicated challenge. What should IT and product & systems teams be thinking about these days, as they try to improve their capabilities in software development and delivery? Here are my five top... [More]
by Gina Poole During Innovate last week, I provided an overview of the announcements about our spring launch for product & systems teams. Today, I'd like to give you a few details about our announcements geared for IT organizations. There are three key areas of capability that will help IT organizations: Accelerate delivery through improved integration across the application lifecycle Reduce cost and create new business value by expanding application lifecycle management beyond the development team Improve flexibility and boost... [More]
I think that it is a clear understatement to say that "Mobile was hot!" at the Innovate 2012 conference last week. Beginning with the conference opening keynote from IBM Senior Vice President Robert LeBlanc, and continuing right through to the very last session on Smarter Planet Android development by Beery Holstein, the mobile software development topic came up constantly. The Mobile Track presentation sessions were delivered to rooms bursting at the seams . And the special "Question of the Day" contest, developed... [More]
by Walker Royce Chief Software Economist, IBM Rational software Innovation has become synonymous with software. It’s through software that businesses can create products, systems, and services that are increasingly “instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent.” These innovations in software are becoming the source of real value to the consumer, and for many businesses it is what sets them apart from their competition. As you think about your organization, what is the biggest challenge you are facing NOW? What is NEXT if you want to... [More]