Scott Rich

Scott Rich is a Distinguished Engineer and Technical Lead for IBM Developer Experience and the Cloud Architect for Rational CLM. Scott was recently the Technical Lead for the Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution at IBM Rational. He was a founding member of the Jazz project, and the lead for the Jazz Foundation Project. Scott spent a year evangelizing Rational's vision with customers as the Chief Technical Officer for Rational in Northeast Europe. He is a member of the core team of the IBM Tools Development Council, and was previously development lead for Rational Application Developer. He has worked at IBM for 25 years, holding a number of technical positions in that time on VisualAge for Smalltalk and Java, WebSphere Studio, and now Rational's team tools.

The rise of “apps for everything”

The enterprise IT phenomenon known as systems of engagement can empower developers in varied sectors.

Working on software development tools at IBM, I typically work with enterprise customers. These are large teams building large, complex software systems with a lot of legacy. I was excited when I had a chance to get involved with IBM’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) initiative, which is now available as BlueMix.

The “systems of engagement” concept behind BlueMix sounded promising, but also triggered my buzzword-skepticism reflex. Ultimately, though, I’ve become convinced there is something happening here, and it extends beyond my traditional enterprise stomping grounds. It’s a projection of a trend that is occurring among makers, enterprise software development shops, and, most surprisingly, in complex systems.

The IT phenomenon “systems of engagement” is actually much bigger than that — it’s a feature of a new era of apps and composable services in software and systems, and it could even be the beginning of a fun phase of software development. Read more…

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