IBM Takes Its Collaborative Development Software to the Cloud, Mobile Spaces

At its Innovate 2012 conference in Orlando, Fla., IBM introduced a series of new software and services to help developers better collaborate while creating apps for the cloud and mobile environments.

ORLANDO, Fla. €” Taking a page from its Jazz playbook, IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced a range of new software solutions that will help customers create software applications faster and with higher quality across multiple development environments including cloud, mobile and complex systems.

IBM said the software world€™s push toward continuously evolving systems necessitates consistency and collaboration across the entire software lifecycle and supply chain. Often software development teams are struggling to meet business expectations due to a lack of hard facts€”shared data and a consistent context across organizational boundaries, exposed through clear metrics.

To address these challenges, IBM is introducing a new version of its integrated software Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution with extended design management capabilities, said Charles Chu, director of product management and strategy at IBM. CLM is built on IBM€™s open, collaborative development platform, Jazz, and brings together IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational Quality Manager in one easy-to-install and easy-to-use solution. The new CLM software ensures that software design is integrated with the rest of the software application development lifecycle. Development teams are then able to seamlessly collaborate on the design and development of software with key stakeholders from across the business. IBM announced the new CLM solution and much more at the IBM Innovate 2012 conference here on June 4.

According to preliminary findings of an IBM Institute for Business Value Global Study on software delivery, more than three-fourths of the participating organizations said they are underprepared for major technology trends that will impact their competitiveness. These trends include the proliferation of mobile devices, the ability to leverage cloud-based resources for flexibility and savings, and the growing percentage of smart products with embedded software. While 50 percent of the organizations in the study said they believe successful software delivery is crucial to their competitive advantage, only 25 percent currently leverage it.

€œToday€™s business dilemma is how to address both the need for rapid delivery and required control in the software development process,€ said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager, IBM Rational, in a statement. €œWe must balance the need for speed and agility with better governance to manage cost and quality, achieve regulatory compliance, ensure security, and have some level of financial predictability.€