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#294 Systems engineering of connected cars into the internet of things

Michael Rowe Manprit SinghEquipping all objects in the world with minuscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers could be transformative of daily life. According to ABI Research more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things (Internet of Everything) by 2020. Along with this latent potential comes inevitable complexity.
When your architecture has to scale from hundreds to millions to billions of things rigorous methods and tools would be required to manage the exploding complexity. Join this podcast to understand how Rational is gearing to contain complexity. Speakers, Michael Rowe, Manprit Singh, and Kimberly Gist.


#293 What’s new from IBM Rational for Smarter Product Development?

Jon ChardFrom changing business environments and technology trends to ever-increasing customer expectations, there are many factors forcing you to rethink the product and systems development and delivery lifecycle. In this podcast Jon Chard, marketing manager for IBM Rational Smarter Product Development discusses the key challenges and how Rational is continuing to deliver on its strategy of an open, connected, systems approach to Smarter Product Development. Speakers, Jon Chard and Kimberly Gist.


#292 The Scaled Agile Framework: An Agile Path to DevOps

Elizabeth Woodward Ken FranceTransforming your organization can be a daunting endeavor and bring up a lot of tough questions. How do we organize our large teams most effectively? How do I test before an application is ready? How can I align business priorities to software innovation? What approach will help me manage compliance mandates? How do I remove the deployment bottlenecks to improve time to market? Join Elizabeth Woodward, IBM Rational Agile Consultant and Ken France, Managing Partner, Blue Agility to find out how the Scaled Agile Framework paired with IBM Devops capabilities delivers the answers for the Agile Enterprise of the future, and becomes the path to better business outcomes. Speakers, Elizabeth Woodward, Ken France, and Kimberly Gist.


#291 Turning data into knowledge for competitive advantage - How to deliver smarter product development

Steve Shoaf Historically, product development has been very engineering-centric, starting with concept design and ending with release to manufacturing. Leading manufacturers, however, are questioning whether this is where product development should really start and end. While the engineering activity has typically focused on optimizing product functionality according to a given set of requirements, the question remains as to the origin of these requirements.
In fact, if you can learn more about the specific requirements by better understanding customer sentiment and market trends, you can build a better product. If you can learn more about how your product actually behaves while in service, you know specifically about how it can be improved. And if you know more about how all the systems within your product work together, you can design it better.
This podcast outlines how knowledge about customers, operations, and your development process can help you achieve smarter product development.
Speakers, Steve Shoaf and Kimberly Gist.


#290 Simplify testing with virtual CICS programs with IBM Rational Test Automation Solution (Green Hat)

JohnChewter There is wide-spread adoption of agile practices throughout the development lifecycle, including building and maintaining critical applications on the mainframe. Achieving agility here is helped through the use of automated testing and techniques like Service Virtualization which can shorten the delivery cycle, and improve application quality. IBM Rational Test Automation Solution now enables service virtualization and automated integration testing for CICS applications, scaling down and simplifying the required CICS test region configuration and MIPS requirements. Speakers, John Chewter and Kimberly Gist.


#289 Realizing the Greatest Value from Your IMS and Compiler Upgrades

Roland Koo HaleyFung Both IMS and Enterprise COBOL had new and exciting announcements this year. COBOL and IMS continue to deliver leading edge technologies to facilitate application integration, modernization, as well as improving application performance. Roland Koo, Product Manager for Rational Compilers, and Haley Fung, IMS Senior Developer, identify why it is important to upgrade to the latest versions of IMS and COBOL together. Speakers, Haley Fung, Roland Koo, and Kimberly Gist.


#288 Application Development in a DevOps Enterprise

Bill Smith Come join us as we discuss how the objectives of becoming a DevOps Enterprise –including reducing time-to-value, enhancing business agility, and being more Lean –can be furthered by using the right tools for the creative tasks of software development Speakers, Bill Smith and Kimberly Gist..


#287 Bringing Application Lifecycle Management to IBM i with Rational and ARCAD

Philippe Magne Chris Trobridge Companies are realizing that they must up their game to remain competitive. For most, this means pushing out more sophisticated applications, and in order to do this they often must extend their backend Power Systems to multi-platform front ends. We’ll cover the integrated Rational application lifecycle management solution for IBM i, including the new ARCAD Pack for Rational, for greater programmer productivity and rapid application release. Speakers, Chris Trobridge, Philippe Magne, and Kimberly Gist.


#286 What's hot for mainframe, IBM i, and distributed applications development?

Bill Smith Cindy Krauss Come join us as we discuss the Rational multiplatform IDEs v9.0.1, and introduce the new integrated debugger that is now in Rational Developer for System z. Speakers, Cindy Krauss, Bill Smith, and Kimberly Gist.


#285 IBM Rational's product delivery solutions for CSPs

Glenn Hughes Communication Service Providers face many challenges in defining, building, and deploying complex software-based systems. IBM Rational telecom solutions and tools are used successfully by various organizations within communications service providers to address their unique challenges in the definition of their products and in the construction and delivery of the software required by such systems. Speakers, Glenn Hughes and Kimberly Gist.


#284 Rapid response to feedback - continuous delivery in a mobile world

Derek D. Baron Obtaining feedback from users of Mobile apps is critical to determining the quality of the apps. But what do you do with the feedback? The most successful organizations leverage automation to rapidly respond to that feedback and deliver mobile apps that are truly engaging. This podcast explores the value of new IBM capabilities to continuously integrate, test, deploy and release mobile apps, reducing cycle times to respond faster to feedback. Speakers, Derek D. Baron and Kimberly Gist.


#283 Is a Configuration Management tool enough for managing your requirements?

Jared Pulham As development support tools become better integrated, the similarities and, perhaps more importantly, differences between terminology and process are brought to light. With agile and other recent development paradigms, often one get confused with the importance of requirements and a tool to manage them. In this webcast, we examine the similarities and differences between requirements and the artifacts most commonly called Work Items; when a CM tool would be sufficient and when to use a RM tool in your project? Speakers, Jared Pulham and Kimberly Gist.


#282 Role of requirements in systems engineering lifecycle

Vijay P Sankar Morgan Brown In this podcast, we discuss about how organizations can expand the value of requirements when they collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines. As the systems become complex, collaboration and a communication platform becomes very critical. Requirements, being the foundation stone, Systems Engineering organizations need to consider requirements driven development and quality management. Speakers, Morgan Brown, Vijay P Sankar, and Kimberly Gist.


#281 Construct high quality applications faster with the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development

Alisa Morse Tim FeeneyThe pressure to quickly deliver differentiated customer value through innovative software is driving IT to explore fundamental transformations in software delivery. IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Development can help you optimize your System z development processes and reduce costs. Join us to hear about the latest capabilities, which include automated code review, unit test and code coverage for mainframe applications. Speakers, Alisa Morse, Tim Feeney, and Kimberly Gist.


#280 Why Agile and DevOps are important for CSPs

Steven J. Weaver Neil LeBlancCommunications service providers (CSPs) have a history of adopting agile methods in their development of software-intensive products. However, the adoption of these methods, especially when continuous integration is involved, are impeded with old approaches to the deployment of these solutions to test labs and, finally, to the running system. In addition, test labs are expensive to setup and run and their preparation and usage can be restricted and time consuming. As well, the ability to respond in a timely manner to requests from the operations group can be impacted. This can lead to issues with customer satisfaction and reduced ARPU. In this podcast, we will discuss some approaches that help with this situation. Speakers, Neil LeBlanc, Steven J. Weaver, and Kimberly Gist.


#279 Accelerate and continuously deliver multiplatform applications

Maneesh Goyal Francis DumontManual processes and efforts to deliver software changes across an enterprise are notoriously risky, costly, and error-prone. New deployment models and tools have come into play that helps streamline collaboration between teams, standardize and automate repeatable tasks, thereby increasing deployment quality and repeatability while reducing risk and cost. Discover how this new generation of release, deployment, and provisioning tools helps you improve your processes today, while positioning you for an easy jump to next-generation systems management in the future, saving days or even weeks of effort for every deployment. Speakers, Francis Dumont, Maneesh Goyal, and Kimberly Gist.


#278 Staying Ahead with Smarter Products - New Ways to drive Competitive Advantage

Steve ShoafThe make-up of products and systems has changed -- Today's products are much smarter, due to an large increase in embedded electronics and software.This has led to a commensurate increase in product and system complexity. To meet the demands of today's savvy consumers -- smart companies are seeking new ways to gain a competitive advantage. Speakers, Steve Shoaf, and Kimberly Gist.


#277 Feedback and Metrics - The Keys to Mobile Enterprise Quality

Yan (Tina) Zhuo"Our Mobile Apps aren't engaging customers". This reflection points squarely at the accepted principle that the measure of quality is different for mobile. User experience and quality falls short of user expectations, resulting in negative reviews and poor rating. Insightful and streamlined feedback is essential to making a mobile app successful in the marketplace. This podcast discusses feedback and quality metrics as key enablers for dramatically reduced response and delivery of high valued mobile apps with engaging user experiences. Speakers, Yan (Tina) Zhuo, and Kimberly Gist.


#276 Dealing with Turbulence in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Karla Ducharme Deepak NairThe current economic scenario poses significant challenges for companies operating in the Aerospace & Defense Industry. Join Karla Duchame, Market Manager for Aerospace & Defense and Automotive, Rational and Deepak Nair, Go To Market Manager for Aerospace & Defense, Rational as they discuss how Rational tools can help you address risk in A&D programs and improve business agility with improved governance. Speakers, Karla Ducharme, Deepak Nair, and Kimberly Gist.


More detail on Rational support for safety critical development: bit.ly/RationalAero

More detail on Rational DOORS and the NASA JPL Mars Rover on bit.ly/curiosity-DOORS

#275 Let’s talk about the real ROI for ALM

Jennifer MooreWhat return on investment (ROI) can you really expect when you improve your software delivery capabilities? Would you believe 55% less time for build and deploy? Or reducing deployment time from four hours to 10 minutes and quality issues by 77%? How about a 552% ROI after three years? What about a faster BUT happier team? In this podcast, Jennifer Moore, IBM Marketing Manager for Application Lifecycle Management, shares real results from real IBM clients. Speakers, Jennifer Moore and Kimberly Gist.


#274 Ideas in action: Agile product development - IBM System and Technology Group

Paridhi Verma Wayne CarriganIBM STG (Systems and Technology Group) discusses how they have a small internal IT team that supports a diverse set of projects using IBM Rational development tools. The integrations between these tools allow them to leverage scarce resources and still get the job done in a very efficient manner. Please listen to Wayne Carrigan STG Rational Deployment architect as he discusses how this is all possible. Speakers, Paridhi Verma, Wayne Carrigan, and Kimberly Gist.


#273 Successes in Financial Services industries with automated release and deployment

Eric Minick Sue GreenBanking, Insurance and Financial Market clients are decreasing app release time, increasing their ability to test more often, and reducing risk while delivering apps faster. Join this Podcast to hear how automating app release and deployment is cutting unnecessary costs and getting apps out faster in Financial Services Sector (FSS) clients. Speakers, Sue Green, Eric Minick, and Kimberly Gist.


#272 IBM's Approach to Agile ALM

Richard Knaster Matt Holitza In seeking out an agile tool, there are many choices. Take a few minutes to learn about IBM's approach to Agile ALM. The solution includes coaching, best practices and tooling that support a team's core agile need while also providing integrated best-in-class source code management and build automation. These integrated capabilities allow agile developers to focus on delivery great code by automating the busy work that slows them down. Speakers, Matt Holitza, Richard Knaster, and Kimberly Gist.


#271 Executing product strategy for software defined networking

paridhi verma harvey wong The network equipment industry is being driven towards Software-Defined Networking (SDN), a technology transition that threatens to commoditize network equipment. With a cast of established networking giants, hot start-up companies, and other formidable players, there is a dynamic and complex competitive landscape, with billions of dollars at stake. Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMS) will need to effectively execute their product strategies to either protect or seize market share and margins. This means establishing close alignment and responsiveness to customer needs and requirements, and then having the agility to deliver the corresponding software capabilities and products. Paridhi Verma and Harvey Wong, speakers.


#270 Agile Approaches for Complex Product Development

Bola Rotibi Jonathan ChardCompanies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But what approaches really work and what benefits can adopters expect to obtain? In this podcast, analyst Bola Rotibi of analysts Creative Intellect Consulting discusses the applicability of Agile approaches to embedded software and complex systems development, drawing upon the results of an in-depth cross-industry study conducted at the end of 2012. Speakers, Bola Rotibi and Jonathon Chard.


#269 Agility with Discipline in the Government Environment

Richard Knaster Alan Brown Many agencies are adopting, or want to adopt Agile practices to drive faster delivery, higher quality, and improved collaboration. An iterative approach to software delivery allows for a constant evolution of requirements, driving refinements more frequently in the development process, ensuring timely delivery of critical software. Despite the benefits, agencies have adoption challenges unique to the government environment. Join this podcast to learn a few strategies your organization can leverage for successful agile adoption. Speakers, Alan Brown, Richard Knaster and Kimberly Gist.


#268 Building a medical device tricorder!

ParidhiVerma Harvey Wong Martin BakalDr. McCoy and the medical tricorder device from Star Trek is becoming reality. Entrepreneurs, start-ups, and traditional medical device manufacturers are leveraging the compute power, portability, and connectivity of Smartphones to create a new class of medical diagnostic devices. There’s even an X Prize competition adding fuel to the market interest. This podcast discusses the regulatory compliance considerations and the key product development lifecycle practices that are needed to build Smartphone-based medical devices. Paridhi Verma, Harvey Wong and Martin Bakal, speakers.


#267 Managing software outsourcing to ensure quality and timely delivery

Charles RivetSoftware development outsourcing efforts by Communications Service Providers can lead to difficulties in collaborating with their software supply chain to ensure requirements are well understood causing potential delays in product offering. IBM Rational's GADO offering can help govern the collaboration across this supply chain. Speakers, Kimberly Gist and Charles Rivet.


#266 Save Money and Trade Your IBM i Green Screen Development Tools for Modern IDEs

William T. (Bill) SmithJoin us to hear about the new 9.0 versions of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX & Linux. Learn what you need to know to get your modern tools NOW. Hear about the ADTS trade up program to save you money. Speakers, Kimberly Gist and William T. (Bill) Smith.


#265 Get Ready to Sprint with Rational Team Concert

Millard ElingsworthFor scrum teams to be productive, they need stories that are specified well enough that they can actually be implemented. Millard Ellingsworth describes an increasingly popular practice called "backlog grooming" and explains Rational Team Concert customizations that can help identify user stories that need grooming. This article requires Rational Team Concert version 4.0 or higher. Speakers, Kimberly Gist and Millard Ellingsworth.


#264 Ideas in action: Diagnostic Grifols

Keith Collyer Paridhi VermaDiagnostic Grifols has adopted Agile practices while keeping development in compliance with regulations. In this podcast you will learn how Diagnostic Grifols has evolved its practices with the new AAMI’s Technical Information Report (TIR45) which gives guidance on the use of Agile in medical device development; Diagnostic Grifols has attained significant gains in productivity with a simultaneously Agile and compliant approach; and how this type of approach could be used in other regulated industries as well. Keith Collyer and Paridhi Verma, speakers.


#263 How to build quality products by leveraging agile development and automated metric reporting

martin_baka paridhi_vermaAgile development allows the developers to build products quicker. One issue that organizations have in migrating to Agile is understanding project completion and how to manage the different metrics across projects. Another issue is the metrics capture process for an Agile team becomes quite burdensome, if it isn't automated. Typical agile metrics are things like burndown and velocity. Mapping these concepts to traditional project status like percent complete and expected ship date can become onerous. Martin Bakal and Paridhi Verma, speakers.


#262 What's new in the cloud — RAD and SCE

Jean Yves Rigolet Steve _Weaver IT organizations today must be able to flexibly react to changing business requirements. The ability to host Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) in the cloud reduces the time, cost and resources required for installation, configuration and maintenance. Learn how IBM is extending IBM SmartCloud Enterprise images to include Rational’s development solutions. Jean-Yves Rigolet and Steve Weaver, speakers.


#261 Agile. Everywhere.

matthew holitza Agile practices have transformed the way software is built and delivered. Today, Agile is used in virtually every industry and is being used to deliver every type of software from mobile to mainframe, Agile is everywhere and impacts everyone! Whether you are a developer, tester, analyst, architect or project manager agile could be in your future. Please take a few minutes to join Matt Holitza as he explores what the move to agile could mean for you and your team. Speaker, Matt Holitza.


#260 Testing Complex Financial Services Applications from Mobile to Mainframe

sue green adam olson Banking, Insurance and Financial Market applications and processes have increasingly complex testing needs that are hindering time to market and increasing costs. Recent results show that financial institutions around the world are addressing this challenge in order to excel in rapidly changing financial environments. Join this podcast to hear how, from Mobile to Mainframe apps: 1)Test lab infrastructure costs can be reduced by up to 90%. 2)Labor involved in setting up test environments can be reduced by 80%+. 3)Test environments can be configured in minutes versus weeks. And 4) Developers have the means to test software earlier. Speakers, Sue Green and Adam Olson.


#259 Integrating Testing into the Development Lifecycle

Sanjiv Jain The role of embedded software is growing exponentially in Engineering systems and quality in these systems is no longer a differentiator, but a necessity for success. Increasing development time or cost is not an option, therefore engineers must evolve their techniques to remain competitive. Learn how IBM and National Instruments are investing to equip engineers with technology to produce superior system quality and validation efficiency with the ability to trace and improve development end to end and improve collaboration between all engineering teams from initial requirements through final systems test. Speakers, Chris Washington and Sanjiv Jain.


#258 Systems Engineering – It’s Not Just for Engineers

greg gorman steve shoaf Systems engineering is increasingly being recognized as an essential technology for successful development of innovative, software-intensive smart products. Unlike the systems engineering in the Apollo age, visualized as a room full of slide-rules and skinny black ties, today’s systems engineering is more pervasive than ever before. Extending beyond typical engineering benefits such as lower costs, higher quality and reduced risk, today’s systems engineering, if utilized intelligently, can have a significant business impact – touching not only engineering, but manufacturing, procurement, support, and planning, as well as affecting future profit opportunities of long-lived products. Join Greg Gorman and Steve Shoaf as they discuss how systems engineering can impact business decisions made outside the engineering organization.


#257 When An All-in-One ALM Solution May Be Enough

bernie coyne Are you tired of vendors pushing their over the top ALM solutions on you? Are you fed up with having to contort the way your team naturally works to fit someone else’s solution? Are you frustrated at how much effort you are spending trying to keep multiple development tools up and running? Then get some answers by attending this refreshingly candid podcast and learn how a simpler, leaner approach may be all you really need. Speaker, Bernie Coyne, Sr.


#256 Adopting agile methods for safety-critical systems development

bruce douglas Agile methods can bring benefits of discipline and efficiency to software development, and agile can be—and is—applied to the development of safety critical systems. In this podcast, Bruce Douglass answers a selection of questions from practitioners and managers engaged in safety-critical development on the topic of agile adoption.


#255 The power of service virtualization to reduce the costly application footprint

madeline bauliss tamara kulesa Every agency is under pressure to reduce costs while at the same time increasing the amount of development. Join us to learn how service virtualization can "bend the cost curve" with more agility and less risk. The power of virtualization has moved from the data center floor to mission delivery with new service virtualization reduce the cost of developing and sustaining the complex, integrated systems that are critical for agency programs and operations. Madeline Bayliss and Tamara Kulesa, speakers.


#254 Governing outsourced development for Government Agencies

 For years, Governments have been trying to reap the benefits of Service-Oriented Architectures to improve their business agility. Whether agency information and processes are currently deployed on legacy systems, requires new modern development, or relies on the integration of open data, the core principles and capabilities for collaborative development can help drive successful SOA programs resulting in improved citizen outcomes and reduced costs.


#253 IBM Point of View: Measuring Software Quality - Why Your Metrics Don't Make the Grade

Software quality and customer satisfaction are measured by companies more than any other form of measurement. However is the data being captured and analyzed providing an accurate reflection of reality with respect to quality and customer satisfaction? Join Al Wagner as he reflects on the recent IBM sponsored webcast where Capers Jones presented today’s more practical measures and metrics allowing companies to be more predictable with quality.


#252 Get smart with mainframe development

Learning about Rational Developer for System z. Many developers are mislead or unfamiliar with the latest mainframe development tools. Luckily, there are no-cost instructor-led Distance Learning classes that have been helping developers get up-to-speed to tackle mainframe COBOL, PL/I, Assembler, Java development and more. In this podcast Jon Sayles and Stephen Henderson will discuss the overall structure, course content and how you can signup for the upcoming sessions at no cost.


#251 Applying requirements to the life cycle

Requirements come in many shapes and sizes. They have demonstrated time and time again to improve the development time, quality and overall cost of a project. Projects that lack requirements quickly fall into many of the typical traps of common project failure. Listen to the podcast in where Bernard Coyne talks about how requirements improve the complete development life cycle along with the best practices of managing requirements effectively.


#250 How to Get the Right Engineering Data at Your Fingertips, Faster

As a chief engineer, systems engineer, software engineer, or electrical engineer do you spend too much time searching for engineering data relevant to the task or decision at hand? Do bad things happen when you don't find the right data or get a complete answer? Listen to this podcast to hear Andy Gurd and Amit Fisher discuss these challenges and describe a solution that uses a Linked Data approach to provide searching, reporting and analysis capabilities across multiple, distributed engineering data sources.


#249 Introducing Rational's Intelligent Transportation Systems Capabilities

Green Light - Go! We are proud to introduce IBM Rational capabilities to accelerate the planning, design, and the development of complex intelligent transportation systems, while ensuring compliance to regulations. Public sector stakeholders in the planning, design, and development of modern infrastructure need help supporting compliance to standards, ensuring traceability across the ecosystem, and governing outsourced projects from scope development to operation and deployment. Join this podcast to learn the newest solutions offered by IBM Rational.


#248 Mobile Ops - Why Should You Care?

User expectations around mobile apps have made it imperative for development teams to deliver releases early and often , showcasing new features and obtaining feedback from line of business stakeholders and targeted customers. But connecting to a range of enterprise systems -- including native applications, back office systems, as well as third party services -- can greatly slow the pace of development.


#247 The Future of Requirements in Agile Product Development

Companies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But how do you handle requirements in this brave new world of user stories, backlogs, iterations and burndown? In this podcast Keith Collyer discusses how requirements management and traceability must evolve as vital aspects of agile systems engineering and software development processes.


#246 The Software Edge: How Effective Software Development Drives Competitive Advantage

The 2012 IBM Global CEO study found today's business leaders rank technology as the most important external force that will impact their organizations. A new IBV software development study supports this, with IT and business leaders identifying five top technology trends critical to competitiveness. However, the same survey reveals that most organizations are not prepared to take advantage of these trends. While management recognizes that software is crucial to capitalizing on technology for competitiveness, they are not successfully executing. Learn how organizations that leverage effective software development can help close the execution gap and gain competitive advantage.


#245 Better Decision Support for Medical Devices Product Management

Medical device companies have to find ways to compete with lower-cost competition worldwide. They need to make the right decisions to define the right features and functions to build into their medical devices for reaching the right market at the right time. In this podcast we will discuss how IBM Rational Focal Point software provides a full audit trail to help ensure regulatory compliance and capture enhancement requests, product ideas, market needs and technical needs for product development.


#244 Introducing the Rational Solution for Electronic Design

Rational Solution for Electronics Design increases productive and reduces overall development costs. The new Rational Solution for Electronics Design focuses on support for the system level design of electronic devices using Rhapsody; electronic design management, including configuration management of hardware and software design assets using ClearCase; and workflow using Rational Team Concert. The solution can help you streamline and automate workflow, thus allowing you to be more productive and reduce your overall development costs.


#243 Bringing Mobile to Your Power Systems Applications

We seem to be in a mobile "2.0" zone, where companies are realizing that they must up their game to remain competitive. For most, this means pushing out more sophisticated applications, and in order to do this they often must extend to their backend Power System. We'll talk to "Why" you might want to extend (access to databases, etc.) And then cover "What unique application development and delivery challenges this creates?"