IBM Rational's New Tools Enhance Integration, Collaboration for Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-06-06 Print this article Print

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Meanwhile, according to the IBM CEO Study, a survey of more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, two-thirds of global organizations manage software development teams working in multiple locations. Additionally, the study found there is a growing unpredictability in getting software through development and into its full application within an organization. More than 62 percent of development projects fail to meet the intended schedule and 30 percent of project costs are due to rework and poor execution of requirements.

The new IBM software helps organizations align their software investments with business process and operations across an entire organization, creating stronger linkage between planning and execution. It's now possible to tap into talent wherever it is located, quickly accessing resources and including appropriate decision makers in the entire business cycle,

Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank is using the new offerings to assign repeatable and automated tasks to the appropriate resources and deliver a higher level of accuracy and quality in AIX-based applications. It has reduced the cost of rework, resulting in a 93 percent decrease in deployment-related issues. It is now able to deploy even faster than ever before, taking just 10 minutes to do what used to take more than 10 days and reducing software build times by a factor of five.

"Looking to the future, we are excited to continue working with IBM, building on our success," said Rob Thompson Group Vice President of Enterprise Technology Infrastructure at SunTrust, in a statement. "Next steps are to adopt our DevOps framework on additional platforms, integrate our automated deployment and service request management processes, and increase our ability to create architecture designs based on current deployments and infrastructure."

IBM also announced that Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP) has rolled out new services based on Rational software. CDPHP, a not-for-profit health insurer has evolved over the last 25 years into an award-winning health benefits provider offering a variety of commercial and government-sponsored plans to the diverse communities it serves.  CDPHP and its affiliates serve more than 350,000 people in counties throughout New York State.

CDPHP had just implemented a new core claims processing system and data warehouse. They needed a consolidated view of enterprise quality and development efforts across the business. They initiated the project with IBM Rational Quality Manager for test planning and execution. They then realized the value that Rational Team Concert on the Jazz platform would bring through its one central repository with visibility into all the work planned and in progress. Rational Team Concert has streamlined numerous work processes, and the solution has been rolled out to over 800 employees.

"The Rational solution allows our team to develop a business workflow system that supports our organizational structure, not just a software development project," said Tony DeFarlo, Manager, Business Initiatives Analysis at Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, in a statement. "Standardizing on this system will translate to a substantial productivity gains and cost savings."

Moreover, the collaborative solutions announced represent new levels of  lifecycle integration, enabled by the adoption of open specifications from the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration community (OSLC) OSLC is an open community, that is seeking to standardize the way tools share information such as requirements, tests, work items, change requests and designs with one another.  IBM, along with other members of the OSLC community, is encouraging adoption of the specifications.  A newly proposed Eclipse project, called "Lyo", will create a software development kit for use by tool providers.  The toolkit will accelerate implementations of OSLC specifications and support the OSLC community goals for improving software lifecycle collaboration.

"A fundamental element of Eclipse's mission is to break down the barriers to software tool and lifecycle integration," said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, in a statement. "For this reason, I am very excited about the new Lyo project and the opportunities for industry integration it creates."  

In addition, organizations are taking an increasingly holistic approach to managing the lifecycle of purchased and in-house application projects.  IBM is announcing a new capability that helps SAP customers reduce costs, manage change, and improve quality of software applications across the enterprise.  IBM's Rational System Architect is helping organizations visualize, analyze and plan their SAP investments and align with business priorities to attain maximum business impact.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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