Revamping Rational

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-06-05 Print this article Print

Revamping Rational

To reach those three goals, the Baltic release required a 12-pack of products.

Products in the Baltic platform include IBM Rational BuildForge 7, technology IBM acquired in May when it bought BuildForge.
The software helps developers automate their software development process.

The Baltic release also includes IBM Rational ClearQuest 7, which verifies and tracks changes in the software development process, and IBM Rational ClearCase 7, which manages and controls software development assets. IBM Rational Portfolio Manager 7 is a dashboard for monitoring the software development process, and IBM Rational RequisitePro 7 enables developers to track, manage and document requirements, Nackman said.

In addition, integration between IBM Rational BuildForge 7 and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager 7 with Rational ClearQuest enables development teams to work together better throughout the delivery life cycle, from tracking requirements to building and releasing software to managing testing processes to deploying the final product, Nackman said.

"We have been doing work to integrate across the Rational and Tivoli product lines to foster tracking and auditing the evolution of assets in production," Nackman said. "The result is better and faster build and production cycle time."

Click here to read more about IBM Rationals .Net Tools support. Other products in the Baltic release include IBM Rational Functional Tester Plus, for managing tests, defects and project changes; IBM Rational PurifyPlus, a run-time analysis product; IBM Rational Robot, a test automation tool for quality assurance teams; IBM Rational Rose, a visual design and development environment for enterprise Java and .Net systems; IBM Rational Rose RealTime, a model-driven development solution; IBM Rational Team Unifying Platform, an integrated suite of infrastructure tools and processes for providing common access to development assets; and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, for automatic provisioning and deployment of a server, IBM officials said.

Next Page: Rationals road ahead.

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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