Feeds

Developer silos considered harmful

News from the Rational Developer Conference

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

So, developer silos are a bad thing, are they, according to IBM/Rational (see story here)?

Well, yes they are. I remember architect customers of Autodesk describing the normal, dysfunctional, process of putting up a building to me (see story here). After every stage, handover documents were prepared, all the knowledge that wouldn't fit in them was discarded; and the first thing done in the next stage was to recreate everything that had been thrown away in the previous stage, possibly in different words/tools and for different people. Very wasteful and not uncommon in software development too (and very profitable for the consultants helping with the handover documentation - and the recreation of the discarded knowledge).

But that was then, and although it's still going on, it's a reasonably well-understood phenomenon, one that's powering the trend towards Application Lifecycle Management offerings.

Other vendors have "fixed" it - Borland, perhaps, which has now apparently gone beyond mere Application Lifecycle Management. And, more important possibly, standards-based initiatives have addressed it. The essence of the OMG's Model Driven Architecture, for example, is that these manual hand-offs are eliminated by automatically transforming models, rather than rewriting specs.

OK, so IBM/Rational is aware of all this and its Build Forge acquisition helps automate its process. Rational kick-started the current interest in software development process, in fact and I have a lot of time for its development platform already (it's just not the only workable one). But it is already a "bigger, tighter IBM Rational Software Development Platform", and sometimes rather unfairly criticised for being too monolithic. If you use it properly it is agile enough but I'm a little surprised that IBM is apparently pushing the "big platform" aspects of its offering now.

Still, it is a rich offering, now richer still, and it's good to see that Rational perhaps isn't just disappearing into the Eclipse platform without trace. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.