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Whether your team needs to improve the profitability of a software intensive product or service, or improve your IT productivity and reduce overhead costs, the tools and know-how from IBM Rational can help you succeed. Some of the best minds in IBM Rational share their subject expertise and market insight into the latest trends and products through these resources. Stay informed—sign up for our RSS feeds.

Recent podcasts

#321 Five vital steps for successful software delivery in a chaotic world

David C. Myers Collaborative development enables teams to work together across tools to deliver quality software faster. Speakers, David C. Myers and Kimberly Gist

#320 Work Smarter with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation

Morgan Brown Poor requirements management is among the significant contributing factors in the failure of a project. Improper requirements management can lead to disconnected teams, wasted time, out-of-control costs and unsatisfied customers. If you use documents, spreadsheets, emails, wikis and other conventional office &, productivity tools to keep track of your business, customer or product requirements, you could be putting your project at risk. With proper requirements management solution implementation, development costs can be reduced by up to 57%, time to market accelerated by up to 20%, and cost of quality lowered by up to 69%. Speaker, Morgan Brown, Global Enablement Leader for requirements management solutions at IBM Rational.

#319 Enhance development and delivery efficiency by improving initial code quality

Bill Smith Kathy ChanDefects are many times less expensive to rectify the earlier they are caught in development cycle. In this podcast you will learn about an IDE that provides automated tools to quickly create high quality code during the implementation of software that addresses this issue by moving defect resolution and prevention into the development activities of a software project. This results not just in development efficiency but also improved time to market and reduced development cost. Speakers, Kathy Chan, Bill Smith and Kimberly Gist

#318 Bringing Application Lifecycle Management to IBM i 5250 development

Chris Trobridge Floyd DelmuroCompanies are realizing that they must become more productive to remain competitive. For most, this means pushing out more sophisticated applications faster, and in order to do this they often must extend their backend IBM i systems to multi-platform front ends. We’ll cover the application development and delivery challenges when the IBM i development is still 5250 based and others work in other places. We will talk about using Rational Team Concert with the ARCAD Pack for Rational to manage legacy and modern development environments. Speakers, Chris Trobridge, Floyd Del Muro and Kimberly Gist

#317 Using Continuous Engineering to Unlock Engineering Knowledge

Steve Shoaf Ben WilliamsContinuous Engineering is an enterprise capability that speeds delivery of increasingly sophisticated and connected products by helping businesses to evolve their engineering practices to adapt to the accelerating pace of business change. Continuous engineering isn’t “continuous” in the sense that it is never ending. Rather, it addresses the ever present need to rethink, redesign, reintegrate and reinnovate products and systems. It is about helping engineers work in the ways that they want to work—with easy access to all the tools, data and expertise they need to do their jobs better.One of the key practice areas within Continuous Engineering is focused on unlocking access to and understanding of engineering knowledge and information, regardless of source, to enable the right decisions at the right times. The ability to unlock engineering knowledge helps engineers and product developers turn insight into outcomes. Speakers, Steve Shoaf, Ben Williams and Kimberly Gist

#316 Realizing the Greatest Value from COBOL V5 and RDz v9.1

Roland Koo Bill Smith RDz V9.1 can help you upgrade to COBOL v5.1 to increase application performance and reduce operating cost. Speakers, Roland Koo, Bill Smith and Kimberly Gist

#315 Continuous Engineering—How to put the “Things” in the “Internet of Things”

Steve Shoaf Join Steve Shoaf as he discusses how continuous engineering can help manufacturers prosper in the age of the “Internet of Things.” Speakers, Steve Shoaf and Kimberly Gist

#314 "How IBM transformed itself with DevOps" - #4 in the series "DevOps for Government"

Laurel Dickson-Bull Paul Bahrs David Leigh Irene Penney Jeanette Deupree Xavier Segovia In this fourth and final discussion, Laurel and Paul discuss how IBM has transformed their own software engineering approach with new devops processes, tools and culture. This is a topic that will interest our Government clients as they learn about and adopt devops in their their departments and agencies, but really clients in all industries will enjoy and use the information in this last podcast. Joining Laurel and Paul are David Leigh, Jeanette Deupree, Xavier Segovia and Irene Penney from IBM who share their stories of DevOps adoption and important lessons learned.

#313 "Special considerations for Governments as they adopt DevOps" - #3 in the series "DevOps for Government"

Laurel Dickson-Bull Paul Bahrs In this third discussion, Laurel and Paul discuss the process improvements DevOps brings to a government organization, how to assess readiness through a free self assessment tool and also how to foster a cultural change that supports a DevOps adoption. Speakers, Laurel Dickson-Bull, Public Sector Offering Manager, IBM Rational software and Paul Bahrs, Chief Architect for Emerging Technologies, IBM Rational software

#312 US Government Clients who have Adopted DevOps" #2 in the series "DevOps for Government"

Laurel Dickson-Bull Paul BahrsIn this second discussion, Laurel and Paul bring home the value of DevOps with more examples of success in government agencies. DevOps capabilities can help government deliver software faster and more predicatively and with less risk. The primary capabilities discussed are in four major areas: 1) Plan and Measure or Steer, 2) Develop and Test, 3) Release and Deploy, 4) Monitor and Optimize. Speakers, Laurel Dickson-Bull, Public Sector Offering Manager, IBM Rational software and Paul Bahrs, Chief Architect for Emerging Technologies, IBM Rational software

#311 "Why Government should Pay Attention to DevOps" - #1 in the series "DevOps for Government"

Laurel Dickson-Bull Paul BahrsDevOps is an exciting topic in the software delivery industry today including the Government sector. IBM sees DevOps as an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery, enabling organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. This capability unites the people, practices, technologies, and the information across organizations that support the software delivery process. For Government, this means by applying this DevOps approach the associated best practices, agencies and departments can respond faster and with higher quality to citizen expectations. Listen to Paul and Laurel discuss why Government should pay attention to DevOps. Speakers, Laurel Dickson-Bull, Public Sector Offering Manager, IBM Rational software and Paul Bahrs, Chief Architect for Emerging Technologies, IBM Rational software

#310 Bringing business strategy and customer feedback into the development lifecycle

Roger Le BlancDelivering quality software on-time, on-budget and on-target isn't easy: costly, error-prone manual processes; slow deployment to development and test; upgrade risks due to multiple applications platforms - all of these cause delays and bottlenecks in software delivery. For organizations using mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies for competitive advantage, they need a smarter, more flexible foundation for software delivery. Businesses are benefiting from continuous aligning releases with business strategies and goals and balancing those priorities with user feedback. Speakers, Roger Le Blanc and Kimberly Gist

#309 What is Codename: BlueMix, and how can I leverage it today?

Chris SpencerBlueMix is IBM’s recently announced $1B investment into the cloud—it is IBM’s cloud platform. Let’s take a minute to understand what BlueMix is, how developers can leverage it today, and why it matters to business. Speakers, Chris "Spence" Spencer and Kimberly Gist

#308 Importance of Resilient Services for Telecommunications

Jiani Zhang Tolla CherwankaService outages and system downtimes have a direct adverse effect on consumer satisfaction. That's why for telecommunication companies, developing and building resilient services is especially important. In this podcast, listen in as we discuss the importance of resilient services and what to keep in mind as companies aim to develop resilient services. Speakers, Tolla Cherwanka and Jiani Zhang

#307 Introduction to Strategic Reuse

Jiani Zhang Joanne ScoulerWith development time and cost constantly being squeeze, how can companies become more efficient and capture the most from their development investments? In this podcast, listen in as we discuss the concept of strategic reuse, its connection to continuous engineering and its application to product development. Speakers, Joanne Scouler and Jiani Zhang

#306 Death to Manual Deployments

Eric MinickDo your software projects stumble over the deployment hurdle? If so, you are not alone. Many software projects struggle achieving consistent deployment across their environments -- from Test to UAT to Staging to Production. Successful deployments must account for differences between environments; coordinate development teams and environment owners; balance schedule pressures; and create the requisite audit trail. When these challenges are compounded by error prone, inconsistent and inefficient manual processes, achieving a consistent deployment can seem impossible. The cost of this struggle is lost time, late breaking defects, and uncertainty. In this podcast, we go beyond the whys of consistent automated deployments and examine best practices, helpful tools and common pitfalls encountered when seeking consistent deployments across environments. Speakers, Eric Minick and Kimberly Gist.

#305 DevOps: Integrating Systems of Engagement with Systems of Record

Timothy HahnYour business depends on software. So it′s critical that enhancements be meaningful and timely — but you are confronted with legacy applications managed through disparate processes, tools and siloed teams that take too long to deliver the software changes needed to support your business. In today′s podcast, Tim Hahn, Distinguished Engineer and CTO for IBM Enterprise Modernization joins us to discuss IBM′s point of view on DevOps and solutions available to accelerate integration of emerging systems of engagement applications such as mobile with existing systems of record spanning distributed, mid-range and mainframe platforms. Speakers, Timothy Hahn and Kimberly Gist

#304 Continuous delivery -- accelerated!

Sanjeev SharmaYour team needs to deliver software faster and improve quality, what key capabilities do they need? Your team needs to deliver software faster and improve quality, what key capabilities do they need? How can your team deliver software faster and improve quality? How do you balance speed, cost, quality and risk, that seems like a tall order? Speakers, Sanjeev Sharma and Kimberly Gist.

#303 Harmonize People, Process and Practices in Product Development

Brett Hillhouse Erich MeierGlobal organizations developing complex systems are facing increasing pressure to innovate, to develop more features at a lower cost with higher quality than ever before; staying ahead of the curve is essential to remain competitive. In this podcast we will talk about how to create processes that people accept and embrace and how to select the right technologies to run them. Participants will learn how to transform the development environment from isolated engineering silos to a collaborative learning organization. In short, to ensure harmony between People, Process and Practices. Speakers, Erich Meier, Brett Hillhouse, and Kimberly Gist.

#302 Do you have what it takes to be a successful Business Analyst? Top competencies of a successful Business Analyst

George DeCandioThe role of a business analyst is changing day by day and is getting exciting with the increased business value that a BA can deliver to the organization. Do you have what it takes to be a successful business analyst? Join us for a podcast where George DeCandio, Distinguished Engineer discusses about the top competencies needed to become a successful business analyst. Speakers, George DeCandio and Kimberly Gist.

#301 Continuous Innovation through continuous engineering - close the gap between systems level modeling and physical simulation

Sayyidul Arafat Jens Schindler Amit Fisher In current development processes, various methodologies and supporting software suites are used for system level analysis and multi-physics simulation analysis. These analysis are two critical parts of a Continues Engineering methodology, which have not been married in the past and have been carried out in silos by separate teams with minimal interactions. For an effective Continues Engineering methodology, it is imperative to close this gap. This podcast describes the successful joint effort by IBM and its business partners to develop a hybrid simulation platform with the goal of connecting system level analysis and multi physics simulation. Speakers, Amit Fisher, Jens Schindler, Sayyidul Arafat and Kimberly Gist.

#300 Applying DevOps in Retail: Results that matter

Sue GreenDevOps processes and tools are helping Retailers compete in their fast paced mobile, digital and physical markets. Hear what key retailers are doing to deliver innovation faster. Learn how they can collaborate with customers and stakeholders during development to ensure success. Test virtualization and deployment automation are improving front end mobile to back end mainframe lifecycle development processes. DevOps processes and tools can enable your company to quickly respond to market shifts with greater agility, quality and success. Speakers, Sue Green and Kimberly Gist.

#299 Delivering Safety critical systems in the Energy Sector

Bruce DouglassRecent advances in the energy sector are prompting a transformation in development practices. Energy organizations must be lean, agile, and focused on maintaining the rigorous standards essential for the successful delivery of safety-critical systems. Join this podcast to hear IBM Rational Chief Evangelist Bruce Powel Douglass discuss how proven design best practices can enable organizations to reap the vital benefits of agile development while increasing their focus on safety. Speakers, Bruce Douglass and Kimberly Gist.

#298 Deliver better service in the Telecommunication industry with continuous deployment

Eric MinickFaced with the pressures of empowered consumers and fierce competition, communication service providers (CSPs) need to constantly optimize the services they deliver to their customers. CSPs are forced to continuously update customer-facing applications and internal IT applications that improve performance. By capturing the benefits of continuous deployment, CSPs can not only streamline their deployment of applications, increasing efficiency and speed, but also improve coordination and integration across both internal and external application environments. Speakers, Eric Minick and Kimberly Gist

#297 Rational's POV on the Future of Consumer Electronics

Michael Rowe Keith Collyer Jiani ZhangFrom 4k TVs to healthcare wearables, the consumer electronics industry is not only diverse in the types of products but also expansive in covering multiple aspects of the consumer's life. These electronic products are innovating at lightning speeds and are facing challenges that are new to this industry. Factors such as certification, safety, and extensive connectivity are essential to modern day consumer electronics. In this podcast, listen as we explore these new challenges of consumer electronics and discuss how to turn these challenges into opportunities. Speakers, Jiani Zhang, Michael Rowe and Keith Collyer

#296 Leverage IBM PureApplication System to Jump Start DevOps

Don ThomasBusinesses are working to address the challenges of today’s complexities and demand that has shifted delivery time lines from months down to weeks and even days. The key to a successful DevOps program is bringing together environment delivery, tooling, automation, governance and organizational collaboration. The PureApplication system can act as a catalyst to launch a successful DevOps program. Speakers Don Thomas and Kimberly Gist

#295 Distinctions in speed: Innovation speed vs. development speed

Martin Bakal Jiani ZhangIn the current Electronics market with the pressures of fierce competition and empowered consumers, having the right products at the right time is pivotal to success. In this podcast, we will discuss the two distinct types of speed: innovation speed versus development speed. Speakers: Jiani Zhang and Martin Bakal

#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.

4Q 2013 podcasts

#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.

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