Posted by: RationalRDM | May 26, 2011

Collaboration and Integration: No man or requirement is an island

“No man is an island” wrote John Donne. I googled the proverb to see what is said about its meaning. The first definition that came up was ‘Human beings do not thrive when isolated from others’ (from:  I think this sums up why striving for more and improved ways of collaborating is key to success for many human endeavours, particulary as we tackle increasingly complex challenges.

In software and systems engineering (to create software applications that drive business innovation or smarter products that help to improve quality and efficiency in our working and private lives), there is an ongoing need to seek ways to break down barriers between the various lifecycle disciplines and roles to provide more efficient workflows.  At the forthcoming Innovate 2011 conference (Orlando, Florida, June 5-9), collaboration and integration will be among the central themes, and one of the key announcements will be about Collaborative Lifecycle Management – new and enhanced capabilities for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

One of the key elements to the Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution are capabilities for requirements definition & management in the form of Rational Requirements Composer, and Innovate will be the place to be to get the latest IBM news on Rational Requirements Composer as well as hearing about best practices for, and experiences with Rational Requirements Composer from both IBM and customers. Some highlights of what you can expect to see:

  • Jared Pulham, product manager, IBM, will present ‘The New IBM Rational Requirements Composer’. In this session, Jared will  provide an overview of what is new in IBM Rational Requirements Composer and explain the vision of requirements capability for application lifecycle management (ALM).
  • Hari Narayanaswamy, Nationwide and Lee Reid, IBM will present ‘Extended Requirements Lifecycle Management’. This session will describe an approach to extending requirements management to the full lifecycle – from the inception of a business need through the ongoing updates and maintenance  of IT applications that will exist for years. Attendees will learn how this technique is being adopted at Nationwide Insurance in pilot projects, hear about the initial results, and see how automation is taking place with IBM Rational Requirements Composer.
  • Kirk Grotjohn, IBM will present ‘Using IBM Rational Requirements Composer Sketching Tools to Visually Communicate and Elaborate Requirements’.  A member of the IBM Rational Requirements Composer design team will show how the sketching tools were used to design key features of Requirements Composer and illustrate the advantages of ‘visual communication.’
  • Valerio Rosati, IBM,Vivienne Suen, IBM, and Ian Kerins, Royal Bank of Canada will present ‘Case Study: Royal Bank of Canada Uses IBM Rational Solutions as New Standard for Requirements Definition and Management’.  This session will outline how Royal Bank of Canada uses IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational RequisitePro, and IBM Rational Publishing Engine  as the standard toolset to support its improved requirements discipline within its enterprise project management framework.

Come to Innovate 2011 and learn more about Collaborative Lifecycle Management, requirements definition & management and Rational Requirements Composer among many other topics relevant to the software and systems engineering community.

Well talking of islands, it’s time for me to link up outside of mine (I’m in the UK) and join my colleagues across the world on a conference call.

I hope you can make it to Innovate 2011 – I’d love to meet you there.

Andy Gurd, Go-to-Market Manager, IBM Rational


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