RSDC report: Monday
At yesterday's keynote, Roger Oberg and Danny Sabbah described how software can work (or play) together in concert. Roger discussed how pieces of software can interoperate across technologies, global boundaries, silos, and even generations. He also noted that significant freedoms can be gained by governing development, leaving more room to innovate. Danny mentioned three trends - community, modularity, and empowerment. He also discussed how "passive governance… [the] integration of automation into what we do every day" fuels innovation. He said governance empowers teams, provides greater efficiencies through reuse, allows for clearly defined goals and greater line of sight, and increases efficiencies of globally distributed environments. Danny led a discussion with panelists (including Joe Bugajski, VP Global Standards, VISA; Jan Roberts, Senior Director, CETS, Network Software & Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems; and Jay Cappy, Managing Director, BearingPoint) who described their challenges and reinforced the importance of community, modularity, empowerment, and open standards.
At a press conference after the keynote, Danny Sabbah emphasized IBM's support of open source, saying open source software "is something we are incorporating into our business strategy. And we're not gonna fight it like others. We're not going try to keep proprietary standards that fight against open source. ... I don't believe that it's bad for the industry at all -- unlike a few of our competitors." I know IBM fully supports standards and open source, as evidenced by its efforts around Linux, Eclipse, J2EE, Apache, and newer activities such as the Open Ajax Initiative, for example. Still, I always like to hear executives validate and reaffirm our position.
Be sure to check out the various RSDC 2006 blogs and podcasts. (I especially appreciated Walker Royce's blog about how practicioners view governance...)