Jan 272014

Blog about Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM)

My name is Rosa Naranjo.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  But, I have never had the pleasure of working as an electrical engineer.  IBM hired me as a software developer right out of college.

I moved to Poughkeepsie, NY in 1991 as part of the Mainframe Service division, working on a OS/2 based prototype application for servicing a mainframe.  The application was to run on the Portable IBM PS/2 P70.

In 1993, I moved to the birthplace of the PC: IBM complex in Boca Raton,FL.  I joined the Engineering Software division of the then PC Company, later to become the IBM PC division.  I worked on a tool called the System Information tool.  This tool later became part of a collection of tools which made up a retail systems management software application called NetFinity.  This product was pre-loaded on all IBM PCs including servers, and competed against other systems management applications released by Intel, Microsoft and Novell Networks.   I enjoyed working on this project so much that when IBM relocated to RTP in 1994, I went with the entire NetFinity team to North Carolina.  I enjoyed my time in North Carolina but at some point, it was time to return to Florida.

In 1998, I relocated back to West Palm Beach, FL and joined the ViaVoice Speech Recognition development team.  I worked on several projects associated with speech recognition such as Directory Dialer, WebSphere Transcription Server, and lastly the IBM WebSphere Voice Toolkit.  It was on the IBM WebSphere Voice Toolkit that I had the opportunity to become acquainted with the Rational Application Developer.

In 2006, I decided to join the Rational division of the IBM Software group as well as join the ranks of the remote employee workforce.  As part of Rational, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting assignments ranging from Release Management, Level 3 support and back to software development for Jazz based applications from its earliest days.  I have worked on the early prototype for storyboarding of requirements in Jazz and eventually worked on versions 1 and 2 of Rational Requirements Composer.

Since March 2011, I have joined the ranks of the Jazz Jumpstart team.  This team helps to enable IBM customers with Jazz-based solutions.  I’m really excited to join this team because I enjoy helping individuals and organizations harness the power of Jazz based solutions, in particular Collaborative Lifecycle Management or CLM, for short.

Jan 272014
Closing the Demand-Supply gap with improved SDLC capabilities

About Jim

Hello, my name is Jim Amsden. I’m a Solution Architect with IBM Rational specializing in the broad domain of solution delivery and lifecycle management (SDLC). I live in Cary NC with my wife Marjorie.

I have spent many years in software development, creating and using a large number of methods, tools, and best practices from Structured Analysis, to Shlaer-Mellor Recursive Design, to UML and Model-Driven Architecture. I was the lead author of the OMG SoaML specification and chair of the submission team. I was also co-author with Kyle Brown of the “blue book”, Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere. I’ve used countless programming languages, operating systems, APIs, and development methods from Ada, to JEE, iOS and Xcode, to dynamic programming using Ruby and various Semantic Web technologies.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet many of the thought leaders in the IT methods and tools industry including Grady Booch, Jim Rumbaugh,  Ralph Hodgson, Bran Selic, Allen Kennedy, Sally Shlaer, Steve Mellor, Steve Cook, Martin Nally and many others. This blog is my attempt to give something back from this experience, to help you address some of the challenges in building and integrating complex IT systems across distributed teams.

When I’m not traveling the world helping IBM clients address their IT solution delivery problems, I am an avid runner and cyclist (having run two Boston Marathons), amateur musician, and audio recording technician. I play mandolin and guitar in a local folk/bluegrass band called No Worries. I performed on, recorded, mixed, and mastered our latest CD which is available at ReverbNation. We’re currently working on our next project where I am using Apple Logic Pro X as the Digital Audio Workstation.

Jan 272014

Jazz in Flight

About this blog

This blog is all about the IBM Jazz Products and especially Rational Team Concert or RTC. The focus of the blog is going to be extending Rational Team Concert and automating tasks in RTC.

About Ralph

Hi, my name is Ralph Schoon and I live in Wiesbaden, Germany.

I have always been fascinated by computers and software and work as a professional in computer related industries since 1993 when I graduated in Kiel in the northern part of Germany.

Over the years I have worked in various roles such as administrator, developer for IT and embedded systems, consultant and IT specialist for development tools. I joined IBM 2003 in the acquisition of Rational Software as an IT specialist and consultant for development tools covering application lifecycle management.

I had the opportunity to meet Erich Gamma 2007 to get a first glimpse on the emerging Jazz technology. It was obvious to me, that Rational Team Concert was the tool that I had been always looking for as a developer. So I decided to get involved with the Jazz technology.

I joined the Jazz Jumpstart team in 2010 and, enjoyed to work with this great team helping users all over the world in adopting the Jazz tools.

Mid 2013, the initial mission of the Jazz Jumpstart team was achieved. I will continue working on supporting the success of the Jazz Products in the Unleash The Labs Team, with a similar focus.

When I am not working on Jazz tools, I like biking and hiking in the Taunus mountains and the vineyards of the Rheingau that stretch out from the mountains to the river Rhine, where I live today. I also like reading a lot, especially science fiction and science books. I am also into playing computer games.

Recently I reanimated an old hobby – remote controlled airplanes.  I tried starting this fascinating hobby when I was a teenager, but it was simply unaffordable for me then. Today simulators and a much cheaper and better technology especially for batteries and motors make it a lot simpler. Building airplanes from scratch using PDF plans, foam plates, carbon spars, cutter, glue, some color, battery, motor and electronics and get it through the maiden flight is still a challenge. This also has a lot of similarities to IT projects and the general challenges in the area I am working in.