This is a great article that brings up some issues that can prevent the CMO and CIO from working effectively together and aligning their decisions with the enterprise’s business objectives, instead of their own departments.
This is also an area where IBM Rational can help, in facilitating collaboration between these two, sometimes silo’ed, entities, especially where software and system intensive solutions are at play.
IBM Rational’s tools for product portfolio management can help manage the input from both the CMO and CIO teams to the definition of the products provided by the enterprise. Each division provides its needs, its objectives, and its desired outcomes, and IBM Rational Focal Point can help blend all of this and keep it aligned with the overall division and enterprise business objectives. Each product (or project) can then be evaluated against these business objectives and scheduled accordingly.
Further integration between the product portfolio tools and IBM Rational’s collaborative lifecycle management platform then ensures that the software and system requirements can be traced to the implementation and deployment of the software/systems products.
Yes, this is a simplified view of the whole thing, but it can and has been done in the past!
Here are two great videos about sharing and, by extension, collaboration:
I do believe that sharing knowledge is important. Within IBM (where I’m employed), I do use many of the tools that are provided us to ensure that this is done – from internal implementations of IBM Connections and Rational Asset Manager to wikis and shared project storage area. I will, however, be the first to state that I could do better.
I was, however, wondering… Does using blogs, twitter, Connections, etc. to convey this message just panders to the converted? Are the people already doing this not the ones who would be reading those media?
Jazz is still attracting a lot of attention at the conference – and so it should!
Jazz is a great platform that shows a lot of promise – maybe even more than Eclipse did, and that’s saying a lot!
If you are at the conference, do enquire about Jazz. Even better, go to the reception and live poster session tonight (after visiting me in the Solution Center, of course)! You will get a chance to meet with the developers and learn a lot about this endeavour!
If you are not at the conference (and, if you are a Rational customer, why aren’t you?!?), then go to the Jazz web site and learn more about it!