IBM Fire Sale?

In a recent conversation, a friend pointed out that IBM® has been selling (sorry, “divesting”) some of their products to UNICOM® recently. So I had a quick look and found the following:

OK…The “fire sale” title may be a bit strong, but some of these products were already not getting all the love they deserve from IBM, so this may be a good thing (for IBM, maybe less for the users).

Given the history UNICOM® has with IBM products, many of these should not be a surprise and I hope my Cognos friends are in a better position to move them forward.

I will admit that having worked in Rational, I’m a bit sad about seeing some of the tools change hands. I remember System Architect from the Popkin days (way before I was part of IBM) as one of the first commercial modeling tools I’ve used. I’ve worked a lot with PurifyPlus in the past both prior to and at IBM and, though it is rather old, it was a very good tool.  And as a product manager at IBM, I enjoyed using Focal Point (which came over with the Telelogic acquisition). I do hope that they have found a good home an that the development teams have been well taken care of.

On the other hand, such acquisitions do offer the potential for competition to get in there, as Corso seems to be doing for System Architect. Do check these guys out – Corso is run by really good guys who are undeniable experts in their field! And no, I am not getting a cut…

This also begs the question as to whether other Rational tools could be divested. I can certainly see that the tools directly related to cloud or IOT, such as Rhapsody, are probably safe, being well aligned with the direction IBM seems to be taking. But some of the other modelling tools might be considered if that business worsen, especially given that very decent lower cost and, especially, open source alternatives exist that are backed by industry (OK, I will admit to having an interest in that one…).

And maybe IBM will repeat their Eclipse experiment and contribute some of these tools to open source…

One can only hope, but the future will continue to be interesting.


[2016.01.13] Update: Check out Gartner’s analysis of the Rational System Architect acquisition by UNICOM®!

A Trip through Europe

A few weeks ago, I took a two and a half week business trip through Europe. That is long to be away from the family…

How that trip came about to be so long is interesting… First, I was supposed to attend and present at EclipseCon Europe. Well, that happened and it was a great week: I presented  “Papyrus for RealTime – Executable Modeling on Eclipse” (which was my best audience thus far at EclipseCons, both in terms of size and quality of questions), I was part of the “Papyrus Industry Consortium” launch, I attended various sessions inclusing the Papyrus Summit, and I took part in the PolarSys Steering Committee (where I volunteered to help with the marketing committee – close enough to product management…). I also had a great one-on-one meetings with the eTrice people, which I am sure will lead to great collaboaration for Papyrus-RT. Overall, a very productive week.

But to get back to how the trip got so long… Since I was in Europe, I decided to visit a company that had expressed an interest in Papyrus for Real Time, and to do that meant that I needed to add three days at the beginning of the trip. Although that company is not yet in a position to adopt Papyrus-RT, they are very interested in the work we are doing. I’m hoping they will be able to either join, or be invited into, the Papyrus Industry Consortium.

So that 1.5 weeks… The last week was added because the Ericsson Modeling Days had been (re)scheduled to immediately follow EclipseCon Europe – another week spent in Stockholm where I did a demo of Papyrus-RT to the attendees. Another week of great discussions amongs modeling enthusiasts.

Since I was in Stockholm, I did manage to have a nice dinner with my Swedish friends (I have to go back in the summer…)!

And then, there was the Lufthansa strike…

Ah! The joys of business travels!

 

PolarSys and the INCOSE Symposium 2015

Readers of this blog will be aware that I was present at the INCOSE Symposium 2015, held in Bellevue (Seattle), WA.

I would like to point out that there is now an entry on PolarSys blog about the “Growing interest in PolarSys at the INCOSE Symposium

I must say it was a great experience and I truly enjoyed talking Papyrus (both SysML and “Real Time”) with the visitors at the PolarSys booth. It was also great to meet former colleagues.

One of the goals for INCOSE is to promote model-based systems engineering, and I was impressed by the level of interest and the quality of questions from the visitors. This indicates that the INCOSE’s goal is certainly taken to heart! I have been a member of INCOSE for many year, but I look forward to getting more involved (I joined a couple of working groups while at the symposium). There is an INCOSE Canada conference in Ottawa coming up – I’ll be there (and you can register here)!

(And for those who are wondering, I’m fourth from the left in the booth staff picture…)

EclipseCon Europe 2015 – I’ll be there!

My presentation about “Papyrus for Real Time: Executable modeling on Eclipse” was accepted, so it looks like I will be at EclipseCon Europe 2015 in November (3-5)!

EclipseCon are great conferences – attendees are enthusiastic about technology and open-source technologies in particular. This shows in their wide interests and in their usually good questions (granted, there are not bad questions…so better questions…).

If you are interested in open source solutions for UML, UML-RT, code generation for complex systems, then come to see my presentation!

I look forward to meeting you in Ludwigsburg, DE!