Posted on March 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, the United Nations Population Fund, and PATH for a discussion of: Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name and affiliation. About the event“We cannot simply seek to do more of the same…using currently available tools and technologies,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in his recent Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health. In order to meet the challenges of improving maternal and child health, new tools and innovations must be developed that complement proven interventions and offer long-term solutions. The private sector’s unique capacity to develop and scale up technologies provides a significant opportunity for collaboration. The panel will discuss their experiences working across development sectors to create and disseminate innovative nutrition and health technologies for women and children and present recommendations for working with the private sector for better results.Hugh Chang, director of special initiatives at PATH, will present examples from PATH’s 30-year history of partnering with the private sector and address the effectiveness of these collaborations in meeting the needs of mothers and children. Laura McLaughlin, environmental engineer at Cascade Designs, Inc., will present a private-sector-perspective and discuss opportunities for collaboration with NGOs and governments to improve health in resource-poor-settings. Sandhya Rao, senior private sector advisor at USAID will discuss current U.S. government strategies for promoting innovation and technology to improve health and nutrition outcomes.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community.The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast on the Wilson Center’s website. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Innovations From Development to Delivery: Working With the Private Sector to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition moderated by Hugh Chang, Director for Special Initiatives, PATHLaura McLaughlin, Environmental Engineer, Cascade Designs, IncSandhya Rao, Senior Private Sector Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) featuring Kari Stoever, Senior Advisor, Global Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Tuesday, March 22, 20113:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.5th Floor Conference RoomWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
ALM has largely been about managing application development, but now it is shifting into the business planning space. The next generation of application life-cycle management tools will support both DevOps and the notion of managing an entire business project from idea to development to deployment. So if you’re looking to upgrade your ALM tooling to remain competitive, know that your next ALM tool should help you manage this whole business process, according to six next-generation ALM solution providers interviewed for this article.Also, in the near-term, the providers said that moving everybody onto a consolidated set of tools from one vendor probably won’t be a reality in most shops. A lot of organizations already have ALM tools that they like, the providers pointed out. Because of this, the challenge in next-generation ALM will be about how to leverage the data that’s there in all the ALM tools so that all the stakeholders in the entire process—from developers to QA to testing to management—can improve their collaboration and communication.IBM RationalIBM’s next-generation ALM solution is IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), which is made up of four tools: Requirements Composer, Design Manager, Team Concert, and Quality Manager. “They focus on that set of constituents in IT who want to define what the requirements are, and then manage that, meaning, how do you talk about that requirement and get it implemented by development?” said Randy Newell, director of marketing at IBM Rational.IBM refers to ALM as CLM, which it said is one element within a broader view of the software delivery life cycle. “When we look at the software delivery life cycle, we see a set of core capabilities today that are largely around software development,” said Newell. “If we’re really trying to help our clients take advantage of the opportunities around software development, then we need to look at it more holistically as a full life cycle.” To IBM, next-generation ALM isn’t just about managing the application’s life cycle, but rather it includes things such as business planning and understanding how requirements come in from a customer to begin with. “It’s about how decisions around those requirements get captured and how you make investment decisions associated with your portfolio,” said Newell. “And then it’s about how you capture the metadata associated with that information and move it into the actual project.”From there, IBM sees next-generation ALM as understanding how to leverage that information into the overall project life cycle, whether you’re doing software quality management or tying your testing back to requirements. “We’re extending ALM further down the software delivery life cycle to ensure that we’re incorporating testing, build and release management,” said Newell. “That means extending into operations and the production area, inclusive of a feedback loop that tells you how your application in production is performing.”Some questions to ask your team are, according to Newell: Is your application meeting the SLAs associated with it? Does it meet the requirements for the customers? And are you making sure you’re capturing that feedback so you can incorporate that into the next iteration of the application? “What we’re referring to is DevOps,” he said. “The DevOps life cycle for IBM is that full software delivery life cycle—from ideation or concept, all the way through to delivery of the application and the feedback loop. DevOps is that entire end-to-end life cycle. ALM, or, in our case, CLM, is one set of functionality or capability within that.”IBM said it links that to things like Unified Modeling Language, where some new capability is being brought out. “With this, you can actually model and tie those designs back to requirements and back to tests, using a Web-based interface,” said Dave Myers, product manager of IBM Rational Team Concert for System z. “We tie that into Team Concert where it’s all about agile planning or even waterfall-level planning, if you want to go back that far.
Google has announced Eddystone, an open-source Bluetooth LE beacon format for developers to integrate into cross-platform applications.Eddystone defines a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) message format for proximity beacon messages, supporting multiple frame types for various application use cases on Android, iOS or other mobile platforms. Google is launching two new APIs along with Eddystone—the Nearby API and the Proximity Beacon API—allowing developers to enable beacon-based communication between devices in close proximity, and to associate semantic locations with beacons.Google engineer Chandu Thota and product manager Matthew Kulick detailed Eddystone and additional developer features of the format in a blog post.“By design, a beacon is meant to be discoverable by any nearby Bluetooth Smart device via its identifier, which is a public signal,” they stated. “At the same time, privacy and security are really important, so we built in a feature called Ephemeral Identifiers (EIDs) which change frequently, and allow only authorized clients to decode them. EIDs will enable you to securely do things like find your luggage once you get off the plane or find your lost keys. We’ll publish the technical specs of this design soon.”Salesforce launches Salesforce ShieldSalesforce has unveiled Salesforce Shield, a set of cloud application development services that expands the security and compliance toolsets of developers creating apps on the Salesforce1 platform for regulated industries. Built natively into the Salesforce1 Platform, Salesforce Shield is made up of three core services: event monitoring, field audit trail and platform encryption. These services bring drag-and-drop tooling functionality to building auditing, encryption, archiving and monitoring capabilities natively into Salesforce1 apps.More details are available in the Salesforce blog post.Glimpse joins Microsoft’s Visual Studio teamGlimpse, the startup behind the open-source Web debugging and diagnostics tool for ASP.NET, is joining Microsoft on the Visual Studio team.Glimpse is used by ASP.NET developers to provide an intuitive visual timeline of request execution, a log of SQL queries, a URL route debugger, and more embedded directly into the Web page. As part of the Visual Studio team, Glimpse founders Nik Molnar and Anthony van der Hoorn will continue working on Glimpse as an open-source project, along with working to improve performance, diagnostics and debugging tools in Visual Studio.Additional details about Glimpse joining Microsoft are available here.