This is a good one. Recent eWeek reports that IBM is using its recently acquired Rational Robot technology to test applications they’re developing. IBM’s new TMTP (Tivoli Monitoring for Transaction Performance) software generates fake transactions with which to run the tests…so that users can actually use the applications when they’re released. [emphasis mine]
They hope this new technique will draw developers and operations people closer. Kind of like getting sales and marketing, or accounting and customer service on the same page about what to do and how much to spend on it–admittedly never an easy job, but oh, how the customers love the results…
The great Clarence Darrow once said: “To know all is to understand all, and this leaves no room for judgement and condemnation.”
One of the primary functions of a blog is to let people know each other by writing about real issues in the real voice of the real people tackling those problems every day. If Clarence is right–do you see any reason to doubt him?–then creating an atmosphere of encouraging people to know and understand each other’s goals–and the obstacles they face in achieving those–has to be a step in the right direction.