Scott Rich, TweetChief Technical Officer at IBM
Biography: Scott Rich
Scott Rich is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Officer for IBM Rational Software in Northeast Europe. He was the lead for the Jazz Foundation Project, and a founding member of the Jazz project.
Scott 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 23 years, holding a number of technical positions in that time on VisualAge for Smalltalk and Java, WebSphere Studio, and now Rational's team tools.
Building a complex Java-based system with a large team distributed across the globe might not be the ideal approach, but it is the reality that many of us face. In IBM's Jazz project, we are a team of around 200 developers in a dozen locations around the world, and we've managed to overcome most of the challenges presented by this model over the last seven years, and we are even managing to accelerate our release cycle.
In this talk, I'll discuss those challenges and the technical and procedural solutions that we've adopted. We'll also talk about some of the challenges that still remain, and maybe we can brainstorm some new solutions.
Java application developers have new options for building and deploying their applications, with Platform as a Service environments like Heroku and CloudFoundry offering Java runtimes and frameworks. These environments allow developers to focus completely on developing their application content, abstracting away most of the environmental issues.