Thursday, December 11, 2008

Software deployment best practices

Check out a Software Deployment best practice, and prevent system and deployment crashes that keep you up at night! Literally - stuck in the office trying to fix the 'deployment went wrong.'


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New! Architecture Management and Construction v7.5 products are here!

And, blastoff!

Our new Architecture Management and construction v7.5 products are announced, and will eGA 9/26

With so much exciting new capabilities, I am really excited to be the one to introduce the product. More than ever before, the solutions help you squash the learning curves associated with the 'latest and greatest' technologies, with numerous tools to help you us get started. Tutorials, demos and sample projects are just some ways you can quickly become an expert - not to mention the point and click tools within the tools like taking a Java class and turning it into a webservice. Not sure how to get started with web2.0, or want to incorporate it into your projects? Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software has visual tools to help you. Heard about JEE 5? Interested in getting started with it and use it in your projects? Rational Software Architect for WebSphere (which includes Rational Application Developer) has the tools to help you build J EE 5 projects , most productively and with a higher level of abstraction through annotation support.

Well.. find out more all the exciting, new, modern features the tools introduce to help you in technologies dynamic world.!.

And, let me know about your projects! Are you thinking of using JEE 5? Have you already implemented in J EE 5? Are you building SOA apps? Web2.0? Have you played with the Rational Application Open Beta?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Rational Asset Manager v7.1 is LIVE!

Another version of Rational Asset Manager is released with very cool new capabilities including integrations with IBM Tivoli CCMDB for lifecyle managment and infrastructurally connecting development with operations.

In addition, new capabilities include support for CC UCM, batch file upload and other needed features.

Asset management is an essential part of any organizations, that enables organizations really get the most out of SOA, reuse intiatives and asset collaboration (facilitating designed framework use, patterns and other organizational IP).

For more information:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Agile development with Rational

Some of you may think, that Agile development and Rational doesn't go hand in hand. That could be further from the truth!
Agile development is not about no tools, it is about just the right amount of tools and process to help you become more Agile. And well, Rational has just the right tools for that.

Within Agile projects, some require modeling. Yes, modeling. I know you thought that if you are working on Agile projects, you don't need modeling. But that is just not so. I mean, how will you break down your work, how can map out your iterative approach and how will you ensure that the work merges seamlessly. 'Just enough modeling' is the right solution.
As an article on StickyMinds points out "Despite what you may have heard, modeling is an important part of agile software development. Sadly, it doesn’t get a lot of attention, even though it’s a fundamental technique for scaling agile to meet the needs of the real-world situations in which project teams regularly find themselves. It pays to think before you act, and modeling enables you to think through the critical, high-level issues that other techniques struggle to address. " It does pay to think before you act... doesn't it? For more information on Rational Software Architect, you can check out:

Agile projects also need to be organized in a different way than traditional workflow SDLC, because of the iterative nature of the project. Components and funtionality consistently need to be located, updated, and modified. You, agile teams, may find this helpful:
Smart Agile Development within Dispersed Teams

Oh, and lets not forget RTC! Rational Team Concert is all about Agile development.

Managing Solution Architectures

Hey guys,

Sorry we haven't posted for a while, no excuses, just a fact that we'll have to make sure doesn't happen again!

Well, we on the architecture management side have a lot of fun going on. There is a really cool podcast in development, by our very own James Conallen, which I will certainly let you know about once it goes live, on Managing solution architectures. The fact is, most of us are not doing 'green field' development. We are working within the architectural constraints outlined for us, with software that is already running, and sometimes multiple versions of same software due to mergers and acquisitions. How do you manage such an architecture? What is the right architecture to take the solution into the 21st century. I know you heard about SOA, Agile, MDD - but which one is right for you? This podcast positions some facts that may help you decide the right solution and approach for you. Sounds interesting? .. stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My new favorite quote

You software testers may really appreciate it!

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

IBM's RAD Tops Other IDEs in User Satisfaction Survey

Software developers ranked IBM's Rational Application Developer higher than Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) offered by Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and four others in the 2008 Evans Data Corp. IDE Users' Choice survey announced today and conducted in April of this year.

Find our more exciting information about RAD’s robust development environment and what John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans Data Corp, said about RAD on Excite Money & Investing.

Finally, enjoy the full IDE Users Choice survey by downloading the full report on the Evans Data Corp web site.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

SOA Sandbox for Reuse

The SOA Sandbox for Reuse at developerWorks has just been updated to include Rational Asset Manager. I've been really impressed with the sandbox - it's a hosted environment where you can instantly access and play with the tools that make up IBM's SOA foundation. It loads very quickly and the performance is just as good as running the applications natively, except you don't have all the hassle of installing and configuring the tools yourself. The included cheat sheets guide you through sample SOA scenarios, but you can also just explore the environment on your own. Here's how you get to the RAM environment.

Go to the SOA Sandbox for reuse main page at Once there, simply follow the prompts to start the online trial (you'll need an ID to register). Once you've gone through the registration process, you'll be brought to the Trial Environment selection screen. If this is the first time you've worked with a hosted trial, you'll need to download the Citrix Metaframe presentation client (the link is on the page), then you can click on one of the available applications (below) - the RAM one is called "Governance of Reuse".

IBM SOA sandboxOnce the application starts up (and it's very quick), it's just like using the native app. Follow the guidelines in the cheat sheet for a complete SOA scenario, or just explore for yourself. The cheat sheet is shown on the right in the image below.

Rational Asset Manager SOA
So what are you waiting for? Go explore!

SOA Governance

There's a new article out this week from DevX, on SOA Governance, focusing on Rational Asset Manager and WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. From the abstract:

Your most valuable SOA assets are worthless if you and your team can't find, use, and manage them. Find out how IBM Rational Asset Manager and IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository's governance solution can help you maximize your SOA investment to meet your business needs.

You can find the rest of the article here.