IBM Innovate 2013 Tue, 2013.05.07Posted by tevirselrahc in conference, ibm, Innovate, innovation, rational, rsdc, software, software-development, systems, Uncategorized.
Tags: conference, ibm, IBMInnovate, Innovate, Innovate2013, rational
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I haven’t been to Innovate for a while, but I was lucky enough to be accepted this year (this will be my 11th Rational conference – and we are on the 11th Doctor…coincidence?).
If you happen to go to the conference, send me a message – perhaps we can meet there! (more…)
Your Business May Depend on Your CMO and CIO Working Together Tue, 2012.09.11Posted by tevirselrahc in article, governance, ibm, innovation, jazz, organisation, product-management, rational, software, software-development, systems, systems-engineering, telecom, tools, work.
This is a great article that brings up some issues that can prevent the CMO and CIO from working effectively together and aligning their decisions with the enterprise’s business objectives, instead of their own departments.
This is also an area where IBM Rational can help, in facilitating collaboration between these two, sometimes silo’ed, entities, especially where software and system intensive solutions are at play.
IBM Rational’s tools for product portfolio management can help manage the input from both the CMO and CIO teams to the definition of the products provided by the enterprise. Each division provides its needs, its objectives, and its desired outcomes, and IBM Rational Focal Point can help blend all of this and keep it aligned with the overall division and enterprise business objectives. Each product (or project) can then be evaluated against these business objectives and scheduled accordingly.
Further integration between the product portfolio tools and IBM Rational’s collaborative lifecycle management platform then ensures that the software and system requirements can be traced to the implementation and deployment of the software/systems products.
Yes, this is a simplified view of the whole thing, but it can and has been done in the past!
Sharing (and collaborating) is power Tue, 2011.10.25Posted by tevirselrahc in ibm, innovation, organisation, Video.
Here are two great videos about sharing and, by extension, collaboration:
I do believe that sharing knowledge is important. Within IBM (where I’m employed), I do use many of the tools that are provided us to ensure that this is done – from internal implementations of IBM Connections and Rational Asset Manager to wikis and shared project storage area. I will, however, be the first to state that I could do better.
I was, however, wondering… Does using blogs, twitter, Connections, etc. to convey this message just panders to the converted? Are the people already doing this not the ones who would be reading those media?
The iPad Wed, 2010.09.08Posted by tevirselrahc in apple, family, iPad, SWMBO.
It’s now been two months in the house with an iPad…
The kids think it is a great games platform – so much so that the Nintendo DSi’s have seen less action. However, the bickering about playing with it continues (no, we are not getting more than one…).
SWMBO has discovered that it is great to read her online magazines, to access movie sites, and to go through email (which she did not do to often prior to this). She really likes the “instant on” capability. She does miss Flash support as some of here favourite sites provide Flash content. When will those sites realise that they must bend to Apple’s hegemony (;-)!
As for me, I only get to touch it when everyone is away (the pecking order is SWMBO, kids, and then me)… At least, since I work from home, I get it at lunch. I also really like getting instant access to IMDB when we watch movies. I’m also getting hooked on the ability to read comics…but that’s another topic. One aspect that bugs me, and it has nothing to do with the device, is that many magazine do not offer access to their iPad/iPhone app to their print subscribers – one has to buy a second subscription for the electronic version!
One thing for sure is that it should not be thought of as a computer! It is certainly not as versatile, but it does fill a niche in our household.
IBM and Systems Engineering Wed, 2010.09.08Posted by tevirselrahc in blog, ibm, jazz, systems, systems-engineering.
IBM is still serious about dealing with all aspects of systems development. In the past, this was mainly seen as developing embedded software. More recently, with the rise in popularity of SysML, there have been added capabilities to support systems engineers’ needs for architecture modeling and development tooling. Now, IBM is taking the rest of the tools into consideration by attaching systems development to the Jazz platform:
Interesting read and, perhaps more importantly, the start of discussions related to this topic!
If you have any interest in systems engineering (not just embedded software development), please respond to Greg’s invitation to talk and discuss about it!
An interesting take on the iPad Mon, 2010.02.22Posted by tevirselrahc in apple, blog, hardware.
Tags: apple, ipad, market, traceback
Matt Gemmel has a very interesting blog entry on the iPad. He makes some good points about a lot of people missing the point of the device and helps clarify some of my questions in my previous post regarding what market Apple wants to define.
Apple’s iPad Tue, 2010.02.09Posted by tevirselrahc in apple, hardware.
Tags: apple, ipad
It’s been announced. The new revolutionary gizmo from Apple.
Yes, it looks good. Yes, Jobs did his usual spiel to present the new toy. And yes, when I saw the presentation I wanted one.
The good thing for me is that Apple is giving me some time to think. Had it been available at launch, it might have been a less rational, “want” reaction to buy. So I get to cool off a bit.
Now, my feeling is that it is trying to carve itself a niche market. Then again, Apple is typically good at carving niche and generating “want”. I am just not quite sure yet what that niche is… And I do not yet know whether I fit within that niche… There are certainly some very nice aspects to it: in-house portability (it may be easier to use on a couch to look up IMDB information about the movie I’m watching), functionality (all my iPhone apps and more), decorative (an expensive picture frame when not in use), readable (it’ll be easier to read my eBooks on this than on the iPhone), etc. But it will certainly not be a “real” computer replacement (I don’t see myself editing documents or pictures on it).
So does it fit my usage pattern? In some way, yes. But is it worth the price? That is still debatable. And Apple might lower the cost in the near future like it did for the iPhone. If I compare it to a dedicated eBook reader (e.g., Kindle), then this has much more capacity (and colour) for an incremental cost. One of the things I would have liked to see is some memory extensibility (e.g., an SDHC slot). Granted, Apple wants to seel the enhanced hardware, but even my MacBook Pro has an SDHC slot now – and this fits between the iPhone and the MacBook!
So will I buy it? If it were up to me, I would still think for a while. But SWMBO has already decided that this is the device for her, so we will be getting one when it becomes available…
Windows 7… Tue, 2010.02.09Posted by tevirselrahc in apple, hardware, microsoft, software.
I had to install Windows 7 on one of the machines at home. Well, maybe I did not have to, but I still did. I guess I was hoping for something better than Vista. So I went ahead and got the upgrade and installed it.
After two weeks of running Windows 7, I got a black screen of death… Great start! Reboot, driver updates, restart – all seemed OK.
Last week, I finally got around to playing a bit more with it and looked that the performance index… I was a bit surprised to see go from 7.5 under Vista to 3.7 under Windows 7! And Windows 7 is supposed to have better performance than Visat?!? Not sure what happened, but I’m not overly happy. Now I’ll have to figure out why it now has such a bad rating with the same hardware.
Luckily, my main computer is a Mac…
The Battle for Blue Wed, 2009.12.09Posted by tevirselrahc in flickr, image, organisation, trivia, Uncategorized.
Tags: colour, corporate
I never really thought about why a company choses a colour over another one for their logo. However, this picture does seem to indicate that a lot of companies are thinking along the same lines.
Thanks to Phil Gyford for the image!
Everybody does support Tue, 2009.08.18Posted by tevirselrahc in Uncategorized.
This is something that has been in my head since the Rational Software Conference in June…
With the advent of all the social networking opportunites out there, it has become evident to me that support for a company’s products is no longer just limited to the official support organisation. Granted, that organisation is still required as there is a need for customers to call in when they are faced with a problem – we can’t get away from that! However, we must also recognised that our customers are also part of one, and often, many, social networks.
In such a new world order, it belongs to us to become aware of what is being said about our company and our products and to take action when one feels it is required. That action can be to either speak out ourselves – if we have the knowledge – or use our companies networks to inform people who would need to know. And when problems are brought up and discussed in social network fora, we might want to get our support organisation involved!
Does that open the door in our organisation for “social networking monitors”? Perhaps that is not a bad thing!