Carson Holmes is a management consultant, methodologist, software engineer, and educator. He is the community leader at Software Development Experts, the Vice President of Service Delivery at Fourth Medium Consulting Inc., and President of the Global Rational User Community. Mr. Holmes started programming over 30 years ago and for the last 16 years has helped numerous Fortune 500 IT enterprises across a variety of industries achieve their strategic goals. He is a specialist in IT governance and process improvement and leverages pragmatic methods, practices, and tools that benefit the enterprise IT value stream. Mr. Holmes is a natural leader skilled at building great teams and delivering solutions that maximize business value. As a management consultant, he is an agent for change and often works with senior level executives to fine tune their organization for efficiency and effectiveness. Mr. Holmes is a proponent of process enactment and workflow automation and leads a new virtual user group focused on Jazz and CLM. He regularly presents at user groups and software conferences, and holds a degree in computer science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
I'm excited to announce that we have a new platform for our user community. As part of this transition, we are also changing our name slightly. Instead of being known as the GRUG or the Global Rational User Group community, we are now "officially" the Rational User Community, or RUC. Which Shawn Doyle (who holds the conference attendance record) immediately liked because it was the original acronym for the Rational User Conference, now known as Innovate.
If you are a local user community leader, please try to leverage the new features of the platform. Create a blog post welcoming users to your group and describe when and where you meet and what to expect at your meetings (a typical agenda). Explore the new forums and try to provide input and leadership to the community.
If you are a user community member, please provide feedback to local leaders and the RUC Global Council. We really appreciate the support and participation you provide. If you don't have a local group in your area, perhaps you can step up and start a new local group. And don't forget to check out our Virtual Rational User Groups (VRUGs) that are meeting regularly. Our groups and meetings need users who want to share their success and failures with IBM Rational methods and tools.
Together this community will benefit from sharing our experiences and providing a forum to debate current topics. Here you can network with your peers and harness the bright Rational minds that comprise this exciting community.
All the best,
Carson HolmesPresident, Global RUC
Thank you Carson!
We are just as excited as you are. I
Great job Carson - looks fantastic and easy to use