Software Should Address Rapid Delivery, Required Control

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-06-04 Print this article Print


Meanwhile, in a typical organization, it may take weeks or months to deliver a development change, due to infrastructure and configuration, testing and manual deployment, and lack of collaboration between development and operations teams, IBM said. Continuous software delivery in the cloud allows customers to continuously and automatically deliver changes across the enterprise software delivery lifecycle, spanning development, application testing and operations. With a €œDevOps€ approach in the cloud, customers can reduce time to market and automate changes in development, test and production. IBM is supporting cloud delivery, development and operations with new solutions, including:

  • IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise provides an agile cloud computing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) well-suited for development and test that is designed to provide rapid access to secure, enterprise-class virtual server environments.
  • The IBM SmartCloud Application Services pilot provides a pay-as-you-go service that coordinates activities across business and system requirements, design, development, build, test and delivery.
  • IBM SmartCloud for Government development and test platform as a service delivers industry-leading Rational tools for government agencies in a highly scalable, elastic computing environment for agencies that want the cost savings of a shared cloud environment combined with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security.
  • IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery managed beta via a hosted sandbox in the cloud, provides a hands-on experience of DevOps capabilities enabling accelerated code-to-deploy through automation, standardization repeatable processes and improved coordination and visibility among dev, test and Ops teams.
  • IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management software provides comprehensive monitoring and management capabilities that enable development and operations professionals to reduce costly troubleshooting and free resources to focus on developing new innovations and services for customers. With this tighter integration, application issues can be found and resolved faster, but also proactively prevented to avoid future service disruption.

€œThis is a beta that allows our customers to try out our direct integration from development through deployment,€ Chu said.

China Merchants Bank (CMB), headquartered in Shenzhen, China, has more than 800 branches, more than 50,000 employees and is cited as one of the world€™s top 100 banks. China Merchant€™s Bank environment spans IBM System z and IBM Power platforms. With geographically dispersed developers responsible for modernizing core banking and credit card processing applications, collaboration became essential. CMB used IBM Rational CLM software capabilities to create a multiplatform application lifecycle management (ALM) environment to help automate their development processes and break down skills silos for effective cross-teaming.

€œIBM Rational Developer and ALM tools were brought into our credit card migration and core banking system project,€ Zhanwen Chen, manager of configuration management at China Merchants Bank, said in a statement. €œReplacing older tools and coordinating the efforts of our 1,000-plus developers improved our quality and performance.€

IBM Rational CLM has also been extended to the IBM Mobile Foundation platform for centralized code sharing and distributed mobile application development. Currently, fragmentation of mobile devices, tools and platforms complicate delivery of mobile applications that typically have faster time-to-market and more frequent releases. The IBM Enterprise Mobile Development solution helps teams apply an end-to-end lifecycle management process to design, develop, test and deploy mobile applications while enabling seamless integration with enterprise back-end systems and cloud services through mobile-optimized middleware. The Enterprise Mobile Development solution brings together several offerings that optimize the recent Worklight acquisition as well as IBM enterprise development environments, including:

  • Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management
  • IBM Worklight Studio 5.0 and IBM Worklight Server 5.0
  • Rational Application Developer v8.5
  • Rational Developer for System z v8.5
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems v8.5
  • IBM Application Center 5.0
  • Android SDK and Emulator

€œThe IBM Enterprise Mobile Development solution is integrated with Worklight Studio and Worklight Server,€ Chu said. €œWe abstract away the need to rewrite an app multiple times.€

IBM€™s integration of its recently acquired Green Hat technology comes into play here. Today's applications and manufactured products put additional pressures on development teams to find innovative ways to attain agility and increase the rate that software updates are delivered for testing. IBM has integrated the recently acquired Green Hat technology with IBM Rational CLM to help address the challenges of testing highly integrated and complex systems and simplify the creation of virtual test environments. New IBM test automation solutions use virtualized test environments and can reduce costs associated with the setup, maintenance and teardown of infrastructure associated with traditional testing or cloud-based implementations. 

For the 11th consecutive year, IBM has been named the No. 1 shareholder in the worldwide application development software market, according to Gartner, with 25 percent of the market. Gartner reported that IBM continues to lead in key and growing segments, including the Distributed Software Change & Configuration Management, Requirements Elicitation and Management, Design and Java Platform AD Tools, and realized 25 percent growth in the Security Testing (DAST & SAST) market.

Moreover, according to Evans Data's "Users' Choice: 2012 Software Development Platforms," IBM's Rational continues its reign as the most highly rated overall platform offering. IBM obtained  this honor in six of the last seven years, according to Evans Data, whose ranking is based on a  survey of 1,200 developers globally.

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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