Rational Digs Up Gems
Development projects should find a home in IBM research tools.In the two months since closing its acquisition of Rational Software Corp., IBM has identified several gems from its Research division that promise to pay short- and long-term dividends for enterprise developers. Following the merger, Rational Chief Scientist Grady Booch was assigned to serve as liaison between Rational and IBM Research. So far, hes identified nearly 300 projects that the company thinks will fit Rational tools.
Some of the first IBM Research projects that IBM wants to productize are in the areas of profiling, test prioritization and configuration management. Longer-term projects include the areas of architectural patterns and workbenches, so developers wont have to continually create the same architectures.
Alfred Spector (pictured on left), vice president of services and software for IBM Research at the companys T.J. Watson Research Center, in Hawthorne, N.Y., said he has designated a pair of researchers to work with Booch to identify even more projects. One researcher is at the Watson center, and the other is at IBMs lab in Haifa, Israel, where the company works on program analysis and verification as well as other high-level programming technologies. "They work to determine research that is valuable to Rational, and there was a heck of a lot of it. Were pursuing how we can get those things into the product strategy of Rational," said Spector. "I have a matrix, a spreadsheet that we maintain that says for software group, for the application and integration middleware business, for the database business, for Lotus, Tivoli, and now for Rational." Spector described examples of the contributions of IBM Research to IBMs Software Group and to the industry at large, including SQL, XML Query and transformation standards, Web services standards, and initiatives such as Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language. Latest IBM News: