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IBM & Syracuse: Building Critical Software Development Skills

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If you’ve been watching any of the Livestream coverage emerging from the IBM Innovate event down in Orlando, you know that skills is a key issue facing software development shops everywhere.  The need for new and changing skills, skills for new platforms and development languages, skills to help pull it all together.

Today, IBM made an announcement from Innovate that it is working to help address the skills issue in a new partnership with Syracuse University intended to help college students build computing skills to manage traditional and new systems in large global enterprises.

As business value creation increasingly shifts to software, the skills needed to tackle disruptive technologies like cloud and mobile computing, particularly for enterprise-class, large industrial systems, have become critical.

Lack of employee skills in software technologies is cited as the top barrier that prevents organizations from leveraging software for a competitive advantage, according to initial findings in IBM’s Institute for Business Value 2012 Global Study on Software Delivery.

And according to IBM’s 2012 Global CEO Study, including input from more than 1,700 Chief Executive Officers from 64 countries and 18 industries, a majority (71 percent) of global CEOs regard technology as the number one factor to impact an organization’s future over the next three years — considered to be an even bigger change agent than shifting economic and market conditions.  

Syracuse GETs Skills

Syracuse University’s Global Enterprise Technology (GET) curriculum is an interdisciplinary program focused on preparing students for successful careers in large-scale, technology-driven global operating environments.

IBM and a consortium of partners provide technology platforms and multiple systems experience for the GET students. IBM’s Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and z Enterprise Systems help students build applications on multiple systems platforms including z/OS, AIX, Linux and Windows.

“Our students need to build relevant skills to address the sheer growth of computing and Big Data,” said David Dischiave, assistant professor and the director of the graduate Information Management Program in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University. “These courses and the IBM technology platform help prepare students to build large global data centers, allow them to work across multiple systems, and ultimately gain employment in large global enterprises.”

Close to 500 students have participated in the Global Enterprise Technology minor since its inception. Syracuse University’s iSchool is the No. 1 school for information systems study, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and serves as a model for other iSchools that are emerging around the globe.

Back To The Mainframe Future

More than 120 new clients worldwide have chosen the IBM mainframe platform as a backbone of their IT infrastructure since the IBM zEnterprise system was introduced in July 2010.

The zEnterprise is a workload-optimized, multi-architecture system capable of hosting many workloads integrated together, and efficiently managed as a single entity.

Syracuse University is a participant in IBM’s Academic Initiative and was a top ranked competitor in IBM’s 2011 Master the Mainframe competition.

As today’s mainframes grow in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts, the contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive in the enterprise computing industry job market.

IBM’s Academic Initiative offers a wide range of technology education benefits to meet the goals of colleges and universities. Over 6,000 universities and 30,000 faculty members worldwide have joined IBM’s Academic Initiative over the past five years.

Urgent, Urgent, Urgent…

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Excuse me while I just sing out loud to myself for a second:

You’re not shy, you get around

You wanna fly, don’t want your feet on the ground

You stay up, you won’t come down

You wanna live, you wanna move to the sound

You say it’s urgent (urgent, urgent…)

Okay, we’re gonna play human Shazam.

Name that tune!

Need a hint?  Lou Graham?  Singers of “Cold As Ice?” “Hot Blooded?” “Juke Box Hero?”

Of course, I’m talking about Foreigner.  And I’m talking about them not only because they were a band instrumental to my youth, but because they’ll be playing at the IBM Innovate event next week in Orlando.

I won’t be in attendance, but my partner-in-crime, Scott Laningham, will be there and covering the event, and I’m entirely jealous all my colleagues and our customers are going to see Foreigner and I’m not.

You can still register, and if you do, you can expect to select from over 400 technical sessions, some extended technical training with hands-on workshops, great keynotes, a comprehensive exhibit hall, and the opportunity to network with over 4,000 of your peers.

What else do you want?

We’re going to have mountaineers and string theorists among our external keynote speakers, not to mention one of my favorite IBM execs, Rational’s vice president of marketing, Gina Poole.

Here’s just a few of the key tracks you can look to follow while in Orlando: Application lifecycle management. Design, development, test and deployment. Embedded systems and software. Security. Smarter computing with enterprise modernization.

A little something for every developer in all of us.

If, like me, you can’t be there in the flesh, there’s going to be more than ample opportunity to follow the stream from beyond. First and foremost, use the #ibminnovate hash tag to keep track on Twitter.

You can also watch some of the great video content Scott and team will be producing at www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware.

Scott tells me I might even be making a guest remote appearance.

But whether I make it or not, if you’re in the software development realm, I don’t know why you would be anywhere else next week.

Just don’t tell me how great Foreigner was when you get back.

Written by turbotodd

June 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Watson’s Webby

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“Thank you for the honor.”

That’s all the words IBM’s Watson will be able to convey were it to be able to stand up on the stage and accept its Webby Award.

Watson was just named person of the year by the Webbys, which is an interesting way of categorizing the IBM supercomputer that outplayed Jeopardy! world champions back in February.

What’s all this, you say?  Well, the fact is, Webby award speeches have historically been limited to five (and typically, very carefully chosen) words.

Although with all that brain power, I’m sure Watson could come up with something better and much more clever than the five I selected.  I just wanted to make sure it didn’t seem like Watson was ungrateful.

Congratulations, Watson.  You earned every word.

If you’re interested in watching, the 15th annual Webby Awards ceremony will be held June 13 and hosted by Lisa Kudrow. The show will stream live on numerous outlets, including via Facebook and the Huffington Post.

Back in Orlando, Florida, Innovate 2011 is preparing to get going over the weekend.  I mentioned in a previous post that software guru Grady Booch will actually be speaking about Watson at the conference.

Of course, we’re giving Grady more than just five words, as he has quite a bit to say about the software methods behind Watson’s madness.

Written by turbotodd

June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Calling Dr. Watson

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My good buddy Scott Laningham from developerWorks recently conducted a Q&A with IBM Rational software guru Grady Booch.  You can check it out in the video down at the bottom of this post.

He also talked to the “hat lady.”  I’m not going to explain who the “hat lady” is.  If you don’t know who she is, you can find out via the video!

And FYI, Booch is going to be doing a keynote at Innovate 2011 about the Watson technology (remember Watson V. Jeopardy!, where the computer won back in February??). Booch is going to go deep on the subject from the Innovate stage in Orlando.  You can learn more in Scott’s interview.

Speaking of Watson, as we head into a long holiday weekend here in the U.S., let it be known that IBM announced earlier today the expansion of its Health Analytics Solution Center in Dallas, Texas.

Some background: Since opening in Big D in late 2009, the HASC has worked with more than 150 hospitals, health plans, and other healthcare organizations to drive smarter healthcare.  It provides clients access to health analytics experts, tech architects, and specialists, as well as to hundreds of health industry experts from across IBM.

As part of HASC’s expansion, the center is incorporating some of the same technology used in IBM’s Watson. Using sophisticated analytics to understand the meaning and context of medical information, advanced health analytics is increasingly being used to help healthcare orgs gain new insight from the explosion of health data growing at the rate of 35 percent per year!

You can learn more about this new expansion here, and about IBM’s smarter healthcare initatives here.

In the meantime, have a great, long, restful holiday weekend, and please, for those of you in the American family, don’t forget to remember those who have given their lives in the service of this country.

Until next week…and now, here’s Scott, Grady, and the “hat lady!”

Written by turbotodd

May 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Bank On The Run

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The Washington Post reported earlier that three of the nation’s four largest banks are about to launch a system called “ClearXchange” that will let customers transfer money from their checking accounts using only a mobile number or email address.

The three banks include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo & Co., and they expect to add other financial institutions later as they work to build an industry-wide utility for moving money around.

I’ve been with an Internet-only bank since 1996, so for my money, this is long overdue.  Of course, it does beg the question as to how this squares with a service like PayPal.

PayPal being, of course, the e-payments market leader, and which according to this post processed some $27.5 billion (U.S.) in payments in the first quarter.

But enough about money on the move…let’s get Rational for a brief spell.

I mentioned in a prior post that the IBM Innovate software  and systems innovation conference is transpiring in Orlando, Florida, June 5-9.  That’s just around the corner.

You can still register to attend here, and if you’re not sure if you want to make the trip yet or not, try out the sample agenda builder here, which might just tip the balance and send you on your way.

Our world class Rational social media team will be providing expanded coverage of the event this year.  You can follow some of the key social streams (including Twitter, YouTube, and live video coverage via LiveStream) on the IBM Innovate conversations site.

This year, folks can also submit questions for panelists directly from our social spaces for the Day 4 keynote expert panel discussion.

And of course, you won’t want to miss “The Guild’s” Felicia Day, who will be Innovate 2011’s special guest emcee.

In a recent interview with our Smarter Planet blog, Felicia provided a big reveal: Her brother worked for IBM and has been to Innovate numerous times!

Innovate 2011 Conference: Profit From Software

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Happy Friday.

I’ve been too busy to keep track of all that’s going on at Big Blue this week, but I did notice some nows out of Warsaw that I thought worth sharing.

The Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling at the University of Warsaw announced earlier this week they will be the first scientific center in Poland to use the IBM Blue Gene/P system.

This supercomputer will be used in scientific research and take on computationally intensive scientific problems described as “major challenges” in areas like meterology, cosmology, materials sciences, and neurominformatics.  You can learn more about this deal here.

I also wanted to plant a reminder before the weekend: Innovate 2011, IBM’s premier event for software and systems innovation, is just around the corner.

To be held June 5-9 in Orlando, Florida, Innovate 2011 is your opportunity for the good folks with IBM Rational to show how you can cut through the complexity of developing smarter products, systems, and software delivery.

You can visit here to get all the skinny on registration.  If you’re looking for those extra special reasons to convince your boss to let you out of the office for a few days, we’ve provided “Top 5 Reasons to Attend.”

Or, go visit the “Rational Talks to You” podcast series to hear from past participants on the topics you’ve told us matter most.

Even IEEE Fellow and UML co-creator, Grady Booch, is in on the action, joining this webcast (attendees for which get $300 off their Innovate 2011 registration) to give us a sneak preview of his Innovate 2011 keynote presentation about IBM’s Jeopardy! champion computer, Watson.

Remember, software is everywhere…but it’s especially at Innovate 2011!

Secure By Design

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Here’s a couple of sound bytes for you that were shared earlier today at the Rational Innovate conference down in Orlando:

  • 49% of web apps have vulnerabilities.
  • 67% of web apps with vulnerabilities did not have a patch at end of 2009.

Yowser.  If that doesn’t give you the web security hee bee jee bees, I’m not sure what will.

Facing a rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated threat environment, and the adoption of new computing paradigms such as cloud computing, organizations are searching for new ways to handle increased risk and complexity.  

Businesses and governments around the world are making investments in new technologies and business models that make them more efficient, agile and competitive.

However, these new technologies are also introducing new risks that are compromising critical infrastructures, privacy and identity, requiring organizations to rethink how they deal with compliance, risk management and data protection.

IBM has been working hard in the background on improving security capabilities for business, and today introduced several new pieces of software, and services, that help organizations build security into the initial design of their applications – as opposed to bolting it on as an afterthought when it becomes much more costly to fix.

Central to IBM’s approach to addressing clients’ security challenges is a shift in focus from securing assets to securing critical services. IBM’s Secure By Design initiative and IBM Security Services are helping clients build security into the fabric of the services they deliver, making security intrinsic to their business processes, product development and daily operations, while addressing emerging compliance constructs.

Today’s announcements from Orlando include several new offerings that can help organizations lower cost and reduce risk:

  • Access Management: Software that can help organizations provide users with secure access to their servers, applications and environments, across new service delivery platforms, including cloud computing;
  • Security Testing: Software that enables businesses to automatically test source code and identify potential security and compliance risks during the earliest stages of software development;
  • Source Code Assessment Services: Services that help clients assess their application security, identify vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for resolution;
  • Secure Engineering Framework: A proven blueprint for building and deploying secure software.

New Software to Secure Access and Execute Security Policies

As customers drive new Web-based services and portal initiatives, they must balance the growing need for exposing data with the ability to provide secure access to these critical resources on a need to know basis.

Today, IBM introduced new updates for the Tivoli Access Manager family to help organizations provide centralized authentication, policy management and access control services across several new service delivery platforms, such as cloud computing and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as well as complex portal and Web application environments.

These new updates can also help protect access to critical data across an organization. As delivery models continue to shift and cause more complexity, these new enhancements can help organizations securely manage access to business-critical applications and data while giving users fast, convenient access to the information they need.

New Software to Identify Security Vulnerabilities at the Source Code Level

Building on the momentum of its recent acquisition of security vendor Ounce Labs, IBM is further strengthening its security portfolio today by introducing AppScan Source Edition, a new addition to its Web application security and compliance portfolio.

This new version of AppScan provides a comprehensive solution for organizations concerned about correcting security vulnerabilities in applications before they go live, when they are less costly to fix. 

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To address the aforementioned attacks, businesses should take a more holistic approach to designing critical applications and services with security woven in at the earliest stages of development. The traditional "bolt-on" approach of adding on security after systems are developed or implemented is no longer effective.

The AppScan family combines the static code analysis testing expertise from Ounce Labs with Rational’s existing dynamic testing capabilities to allow organizations to adopt security analysis across the software development lifecycle (SDLC), from design, through coding and into production.

Designed to deliver faster analysis and better triage of results with greater accuracy, AppScan Source Edition offers clients expanded support for several development languages, the ability to manage more than one million findings and integrations that enable enterprise & regulatory compliance reporting and better collaboration.

The AppScan product family is the only portfolio that offers both static and dynamic analysis testing in one solution.

New Source Code Assessment Services 

For organizations that lack in-house application security expertise or prefer to outsource testing security assessments, IBM today is also launching Application Source Code Security Assessment.  These new services are designed to help clients understand and improve their regulatory compliance and reduce risk by providing a baseline assessment of the source code of applications to encourage building security into the SDLC.

Through this new service, IBM consultants test applications for clients, identify security vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for prioritization and detailed remediation steps to resolve the vulnerabilities.

Best Practices for Designing Secure Software Products

To help clients, IT companies, academics, etc. implement a secure, end-to-end approach to product delivery, IBM has recently published "Security in Development: The IBM Secure Engineering Framework."

The framework provides best practices around security that are increasingly a requirement for developing products and applications that run in the world’s digital infrastructure.

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IBM’s new Secure Engineering Framework helps clients implement a secure, end-to-end approach to product delivery.

Attention to security is required across both the global supply chain and the development processes to deliver products that have appropriate security characteristics and resistance to vulnerabilities. The goal of this framework is to enable greater collaboration with others in the industry, standards bodies and governments around the world to refine how organizations approach security.

IBM’s approach to security helps customers manage risk from end-to-end, across all five security focus areas: data and information; application and process; people and identity; network, server and end point; and physical infrastructure.

Visit here to learn more about other strategic announcements emerging from the IBM Innovate 2010 conference.

Written by turbotodd

June 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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