Single Approach Doesnt Fit All
Meanwhile, requirements management is a key enabler of effective software and systems delivery. Projects vary in size, duration, complexity and formality such that a single approach to requirements management does not fit all. Tavassoli said Telelogic Doors is best suited for systems and complex IT projects and those involving regulatory compliance while IBM Rational RequisitePro is more suited for software and IT projects and those involving IT compliance. IBM will build on the respective strengths of Doors and RequisitePro to provide requirements management solutions that meet the needs of all types of projects. In addition, an integration between Telelogic Doors, Rational RequisitePro and Rational Requirements Composer using the Jazz platform will provide new requirements definition capabilities.With the acquisition IBM also is shaking up the area of software configuration management (SCM), which is the discipline that applies control over the lifecycle of digital assets. To ensure successful development, SCM should offer a proven, team-oriented workflow approach that scales to meet an organization's needs -- from small teams to large, distributed teams. IBM Rational ClearCase UCM and Telelogic Synergy will gradually share technology when it makes sense, and will leverage the Jazz platform, Tavassoli said. Meanwhile, Rational is addressing the concept of managing change in a software system. With or without a resource allocation plan, the assets available and the demands placed on them change constantly. IBM will simplify its change management product offerings, Tavassoli said. IBM Rational ClearQuest and Telelogic Change share a very large set of common capabilities, and both are planning to evolve to be hosted by the Jazz platform. However, there is a unique opportunity to define a common Rational Change Management platform shared by both product offerings that will be designed as an extension of the newly introduced "Rational Team Concert work items, " he said. Looking at a new offering, Tavassoli said he believes Telelogic Team Webtop provides an excellent example of how IBM's combined development teams generate incremental value now that they work hand in hand. IBM's new Telelogic Team Webtop solution will offer a zero-footprint Web client that delivers all the information a user needs from the complete portfolio in a simple, customizable interface , he said. Scheduled for release in 2009, this new Web-based application will improve collaboration and communication within development teams and with clients providing a single view of multiple software development tools. One area that Telelogic had no similar or equivalent solution to Rational was in the build management space. IBM Rational has its BuildForge build management solution. And "we have found tremendous pickup by the Telelogic users who are interested in using BuildForge with Synergy," Tavassoli said. "We identified this as an area where the Telelogic team did not have a solution -- for release management and build management." The increased strength of the new Rational portfolio made possible by the acquisition of Telelogic is an example of how IBM is enhancing its products and offerings for systems development across the enterprise and across the entire product lifecycle. Jeffrey Hammond, an analyst with Forrester, said:
In addition, Tavassoli said software modeling and model-driven development techniques help developers manage complexity and work at increasingly higher levels of abstraction. He said that already customers are reaping the benefits of IBM's Telelogic acquisition, with a new integration of Telelogic Rhapsody Test Conductor and Rational Test RealTime that allows simultaneous embedded system design validation and verification. With the added value of Telelogic Rhapsody and Telelogic Tau, IBM will accelerate its innovation in model-driven development and move toward an integrated family of tools using common Eclipse components and the IBM Jazz platform.
"From my perspective it was a good market consolidation play from a development tools perspective. I think that the messaging about strengthening IBM's position in the industrial segment with regards to systems development is a bit overblown. Rational was historically strong in the systems space and many of its best customers were the same type of customers Telelogic now serves. From a product perspective, this gives IBM a strong hold on the requirements management market, and fills in some pieces they lacked in EA tooling and embedded design tools."