The intent of this post is to provide an insight into the world of the systems engineer that is used to working on large embedded projects. Meaning engineers that design and develop products that fly, move on tracks or wheels and float, or in some cases submerge. It is a summary of a webinar I gave in February that has since been transcribed and turned into a white paper
What is it?
Systems engineering spans all the disciplines involved in developing a product. It provides the means to specify the... [More]
In my job, I routinely find myself talking with clients about using modeling to support their systems engineering activities. The discussion usually focuses on the challenges a team is having, and most of their difficulty can often be traced back to a lack of understanding of what modeling is. This is the same issue I saw many students struggling with when I taught introductory modeling classes. In this blog post, I will try to present modeling as simply a formalization of what we, as humans, do all the time: abstract. We do this without even... [More]
Test drive the new COBOL compiler for free for 90 days
Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was rearchitected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications. It provides significant performance improvements and helps reduce processor utilization and operating costs for running business critical applications on System z. Read more about it in the IBM Systems Magazine article Enterprise COBOL 5.1 – Where Tradition Meets Innovation .
Performance benefit can sometimes be difficult to quantify because it... [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]
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]
There are two ends to the spectrum of thinking about how and when to reuse artifacts during product development. One end of the spectrum is to begin the process by designing for reuse. The other end of the spectrum is not developing for reuse at all and then reengineering the artifacts later to reuse. The goal of reuse is to reduce cost and improve efficiency in product development. For software designers to reduce costs, they must build an architecture with common core assets. There are two different ways that an organization can structure... [More]
With the announcement of RELM in September, the growing importance of systems engineering has been a topic of discussion. We sat down with four of our Rational systems experts to answer some common questions about design, agile, modeling and architecture.
Meet the leaders
Dr. Keith Collyer is an expert in Requirements and Systems Engineering. He trained as an electronic engineer, later moving into software development. His interest in the “people” aspects led him into project management, quality assurance and processes, never losing... [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]
It’s a new era of technology , brought forth by intelligent systems and smarter products. We are building a smarter planet , by changing the way we use technology .
Governments are using intelligent systems to plan, prevent and prepare
Smart cities are digitally connected and optimized , using data from transportation systems, energy management systems, and water supply systems to plan for unexpected events, prevent strained resources and prepare for growth and congestion in the future.
For all these systems to work... [More]
The 20th century manufacturing revolution simplified the way people and teams worked together toward a larger goal. But when it comes to software delivery, the odds of predicting project success is still more of an art than science. Looking for a solution -- often when the problem itself isn’t clear -- IT organizations spend way too much time and energy on internal dynamics and the activities associated with production, rather than innovation and competitive goals. Most of the time, the reason for this wasted effort is poor collaboration and... [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]
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]
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]
Are we having fun yet, maybe a little too much?! We’re over halfway through and there’s still so much yet in store for all of you! We are very excited about tonight’s special event, Foreigner at Seaworld! So, get ready to get nostalgic as we blast you back to the 1980’s in the days of big hair rock n roll! And in case you missed something, here are a few highlights from yesterday: Tuesday’s Keynote - Right. NOW. Opportunity Accelerated. Yesterday, IBM proudly presented its first CTO Summit—bringing together the CTOs of Rational, WebSphere,... [More]
What a whirlwind of exciting events yesterday, we hope you were able to participate and enjoy all of the content we’ve had to offer you thus far. And just in case you missed something here are some of the systems highlights from yesterday: Systems Keynote - What’s NOW in Complex and Embedded Systems The second annual complex and embedded systems keynote was filled with exciting content and announcements…, heck even some robots joined in the fun! The executive team took center stage to communicate our vision to help address the unique... [More]
by Gina Poole IBM clients know better than anyone that software and systems delivery is a rapidly changing landscape. Whether your job is in IT, or in the product & systems arena, software development is constantly impacted by new application delivery models like cloud, proliferating mobile end-point devices, shrinking delivery windows, and the blurring of organizational boundaries. So the question is, how can software and systems delivery teams ride the new technology waves of mobile, cloud, social business, etc., and turn these thorny... [More]
It looks like we have a fantastic and lively group of complex and embedded systems folks with us here at Innovate 2012. It was great to have everyone gathered together and ‘glowing’ at the welcome reception. We’re of to an exciting start at this year’s conference so in case you missed something, here are some systems highlights from yesterday: Rational Champions Reception Sunday night at Innovate a few select systems clients were invited to the Cabana Bar and Beach Club to join an intimate gathering to meet and mingle with IBM... [More]
Welcome to Innovate 2012 , our flagship conference for complex and embedded systems clients, partners and IBMers! We’re excited to offer over 100 sessions dedicated to this area, our own systems keynote as well as networking opportunities galore including our first face-to-face Virtual Rational User Group session and a systems engineering networking evening Monday night, featuring INCOSE President John Thomas. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also welcome the students and their robots from the FIRST Robotics competition for an awesome... [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]
Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and corporate restructuring are normal. Deals can be worth hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars. Not surprisingly, we hear about M&As almost daily in the news headlines. Next time you flip open the newspaper's business section, the odds are high that at least one headline will announce some kind of M&A transaction. The upheaval caused by integrating with another organization significantly challenges the way both organizations conduct business. According to IBM research, an... [More]
27,000 users of a Rational solution. Convergence on process definition. Two statements that don't seem to fit, but for IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) they have become an absolute driving force in producing an infrastructure that can deliver state of the art products, on time, and with outstanding quality. A perfect example was the announcement of IBM PureSystems on April 11th, 2012 . Rational solutions played a major role in the infrastructure for delivering PureSystems. Backing up a few years, IBM STG started down the road of a... [More]
Innovate Guest Speakers Announced! I’m very happy to offer up a few more reasons for you to attend this year’s Innovate conference in Orlando -- our special guests! Sarah Backhouse Founder and host of Future360, TV host, producer and sustainability expert. Sarah Backhouse will moderate an entire day that celebrates the power of this user community to create and innovate the future. Dr. Michio Kaku We’ll also hear from futurist, co-founder of string field theory, best-selling author, and host of SciQ on the Science Channel,... [More]
The motto of the House of Stark in the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is “ Winter is coming ”. With sequestration looming, significant budget cuts already enacted, and stiff global competition, Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies are going to need to do more with less to remain competitive. Old ways, however, die hard--paper-based artifacts have been the backbone of the industry for its whole modern existence. This culture, however, comes at a very high cost, a cost it is quite clear we can no longer... [More]
Creating high quality products has its own significant share of contribution from testing. In a rapidly changing world, organizations have to develop complex products with short development time frames. Coupled with it, if the products are released for end consumers which can range in millions; an organization has to be very careful about the quality of the releases. The paradigm of testing is changing with these challenges and the roles and responsibilities of developers or testers are still evolving. An effective practice is to do the testing... [More]
Building complex systems using SysML From designing chips to building new airplanes, designers and developers across diverse industries like avionics, signal and image processing, and communications are challenged by rising product complexity. Combined with intense market pressures and compliance to industry standards this increased complexity presents a major challenge to designers of electronic devices. To stay competitive, tight coordination between hardware and software engineers is critical to optimize product quality. This is especially... [More]
Doing things on time and on budget – it does NOT matter if the
things you are doing are the wrong things. Before doing things the correct way,
it’s of vital importance for an organization to secure that the portfolio,
projects and activities are aligned with company strategy and that it’s
prioritized correctly to secure most possible value from a company’s limited
One of the biggest challenges is to make the best compromises
between contradictory projects and activities. For an organization to be
effective and... [More]
A Practical Approach to Quality!
If your software and
systems development team is under 10 people, including coding, testing, and
project management, then your projects may not experience huge difficulties associated
with traceability -- i.e., the discipline that links requirements to test case
and test results. But for larger teams of 30 or more, where even a medium-size
project involves 5,000 requirements and 10,000 test
cases, the complexity can feel overwhelming.
this: If it takes 20 minutes to link the... [More]