Highlights from Grady Booch keynote: innovation, cool stuff from the labs
At the keynote presentation this morning, IBM Fellow and leading Rational technologist Grady Booch emphasized the value and importance of innovation, which "occurs at the intersection of invention and insight," with invention being truly intentional and insight often being serendipitous. "You can create a climate that allows innovation to flourish," said Grady. "Be intentional about it."
Next, as Roger Oberg describes, was fast-paced demo from Rational model-driven development specialist Grant Larsen. If I had a chance to get some coffee beforehand I might be able to add more details, but I think I'd better leave that to Grant, Roger and others. I can tell you, though, that at least one person in the audience (who came in from South America, and counts among his clients the second-largest bank in S.A.) nodded his head in approval, saying afterward, "I really liked the demo. Cool."
Grady also noted that "we love demanding customers, we love to be pushed." I couldn't agree more. That's what developerWorks is all about: serving the demands (or what I call the "wants and needs") of customers and would-be customers -- the worldwide community of developers and technical professionals. It runs in the family...
Grady then reviewed a bunch of cool innovations from IBM Research, including a Star Trek-like speech translator, "Veggie Vision" technology that eases checkout by automatically recognizing objects such as fruits and veggies, and a Linux Watch - "a great example of unfettered innovation." If you're at the conference, you can learn more at the alphaWorks booth in the Exhibit Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11:30 to 2:00. And we can all check out these innovations online, courtesy alphaWorks (which BTW today debuted its new Research topics, a collection of resources technology downloads, demos, articles, and more to help build awareness and understanding about an emerging research topic.)
Finally, it was nice to hear Grady mention developerWorks and alphaWorks, saying that he relied on both aW and dW even before Rational joined IBM. "Before we were borged by IBM, I would look at alphaWorks and developerWorks on a weekly basis to see what's going on at IBM." If folks like Grady are tuning in every week, I think we're doing something right. Thanks, Grady!
Now it's after 7pm in Vegas (10pm Eastern), and I'm off to the rationalconf2005 Solutions Center for a bit, then on the BOF session, "Rational Online Community Exchange." More tomorrow (and I'm looking forward to seeing Thomas Dolby) ...