At the IBM Rational developer conference, IBM announced a free cloud service to help students and professionals build software development skills via IBM's Jazz tool.
ORLANDO, Fla. -
IBM is working to help bring more students into the world of collaborative
software development with a new initiative known as JazzHub, a free
cloud-based software development service, that brings IBM's Jazz
development environment to universities.
At its Innovate 2011 conference
here, IBM announced
JazzHub along with new collaborative software tools as well as projects to help
software development teams build the critical skills necessary for today's
highly complex, intelligent product designs.
IBM officials, the proliferation of smart products and devices is driving new
levels of software design complexity. The demand for software development and
engineering skills is expected to grow significantly.
In its 2010 Career Guide to Industries Report
, the U.S.
Department of Labor predicts that computer systems design and related
professions will add about 656,400 jobs, and realize a 21 percent increase over
the next decade, placing it among the top growth professions.
initiating three new communities to help diverse development teams, whether in
a university environment or a traditional developer group, work more
efficiently. The new tools can facilitate innovation across dispersed teams as
they build software design and development skills to meet industry challenges.
The new software development communities support developers in building the
skills necessary for the entire collaborative software development process,
from initial planning to implementation and operations.
The new JazzHub
university teams to
develop directly on IBM's Jazz.net
at no fee and serve as an open ecosystem for students to
build new and innovative software applications. Registered university teams can
begin development in under a minute, while still having all of the Jazz.net
project dashboards to evaluate the status of the project, IBM said. The new
JazzHub, powered by IBM Rational Team Concert, a team-based development
solution for both traditional and agile planning, gives software and systems
engineering students an ecosystem with tools that make software development and
deployment a social experience, IBM said in a press release describing the
technology continues to advance, with more intelligence infused into systems,
processes and infrastructure, levels of complexity are also rising for software
and systems engineers. To help prepare their students for these challenges,
several academic institutions are participating in the JazzHub Beta Program,
including the following:
Carolina State University will use the JazzHub in future curriculum
projects. The institute previously used Jazz for research analyzing information
about artifacts and in an online course in Agile software development.
Tecnol??gico de Monterrey (Mexico) and the University of Macedonia (Greece) will participate in joint development work with the JazzHub to promote
collaboration between students across international borders.
University of Naples (Italy) is working with seven
other local universities on a project, entitled "Enforcing Team Cooperation," which is using
the disciplines of software engineering in a collaborative environment to
create new applications.
engineering courses are meant to prepare students for the practice of
designing, developing, understanding and maintaining software in the real world,
and the effectiveness of these courses has a tremendous impact on the software
industry," Jim Yuill, visiting assistant professor of IT at North Carolina
State University, said in a statement. "IBM's continued commitment to
provide collaborative tools, at no charge to students, greatly improves the
quality of their learning. We're planning on integrating the JazzHub into our
course work immediately."
Rational communities on the IBM developerWorks Website will provide developers and
students with a collaborative environment where they can engage in
conversations about current product use and future technologies. Visitors can
use the communities to find the latest technical information such as articles
and white papers, blog entries, discussion threads from around the community,
product release information, documentation and other information. These
communities will help all visitors engage with development teams and technical
experts from a single Web location.
IBM said the new Knowledge Paths
hosted by IBM developerWorks, will allow visitors to build technical skills by stepping
through professionally developed roadmaps on various technical topics. The
first two knowledge paths, focused on IBM Rational Jazz and Agile, are