IBM Development Coalescing Around Rational

IBM has announced new programs to support adoption of a unified application development platform, known as the IBM Software Development Platform, that will revolve around the company's Rational Software division.

LEXINGTON, Mass.—IBM announced Wednesday new programs to support adoption of a unified application development platform.

That platform, to be known as the IBM Software Development Platform, will revolve around the companys Rational Software division. IBM completed the acquisition of the application development tools vendor in February and has since been working to integrate Rationals application development capabilities with its existing application development tools, such as WebSphere Studio.

IBM plans to ramp up its developer outreach efforts with more technical briefings and conferences as well as a revamped developWorks Web site. More developer sessions have been added to the Lotusphere 2004 conference in Orlando, Fla., in January, and the developerWorks Live technical conference has been merged with the Rational user conference, which will take place in Grapevine, Texas, in July.

"Were putting together our resources across the entire company into a single development platform that fully embraces open standards," Buell Duncan, general manager of IBM Developer Relations, said at the IBM Developer Media Day event at Rationals office here. "We want to integrate our different offerings over time."

Rational will be the center of those efforts, Duncan said.

"We want to bring together disparate efforts across the company to respond to the needs of our developers," he said.

Though officials stopped short of saying existing IBM development tools in other divisions of the company, such as WebSphere, Tivoli and Lotus, will be shifted to Rational, Duncan said IBM plans to give developers a "single point of contact."

"This is very much what the market is asking for," he said.

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