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®!

IBM Innovate 2013

Innovate is the IBM Technical Summit. If you are an IT or Systems developer, this is the place to be to see IBM’s innovation in software and systems innovation!

I haven’t been to Innovate for a while, but I was lucky enough to be accepted this year (this will be my 11th Rational conference – and we are on the 11th Doctor…coincidence?).

If you happen to go to the conference, send me a message – perhaps we can meet there! Continue reading

Your Business May Depend on Your CMO and CIO Working Together

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.

Your Business May Depend on Your CMO and CIO Working Together.

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!

Windows 7…

I had to install Windows 7 on one of the machines at home. Well, maybe I did not have to, but I still did. I guess I was hoping for something better than Vista. So I went ahead and got the upgrade and installed it.

After two weeks of running Windows 7, I got a black screen of death… Great start! Reboot, driver updates, restart – all seemed OK.

Last week, I finally got around to playing a bit more with it and looked that the performance index… I was a bit surprised to see go from 7.5 under Vista to 3.7 under Windows 7! And Windows 7 is supposed to have better performance than Visat?!? Not sure what happened, but I’m not overly happy. Now I’ll have to figure out why it now has such a bad rating with the same hardware.

Luckily, my main computer is a Mac…