IBM Rational Drives ‘Strategic’ Software Delivery

At this week's Rational Software Conference, IBM rolled out technologies designed to help companies drive more business value from their software and integration investments. Key Rational upgrades will apply business process principals to software delivery, provide visibility into business impact of software, and even leverage the cloud.

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At this week's Rational Software Conference, IBM rolled out technologies designed to help companies drive more business value from their software and integration investments.

Key Rational upgrades will apply business process principals to software delivery, provide visibility into business impact of software, and even leverage the cloud. The following is a summary of key Rational product launches and previews:

IBM Rational Insight
Software visibility geared to business value
IBM Rational Insight is what IBM execs call "a new investment and project management solution" designed to help business managers measure and manage team performance and project results across an entire organization.

Rational Insight is built on IBM Cognos software to bring business dashboards to software design. The idea: Put metrics and dashboards that measure and monitor cross-organizational issues that can delay or derail software and systems projects. These metrics can also help ensure the right people are collaborating on software projects (before they begin), and then enable actions that will continuously improve results.

IBM Rational Focal Point for Project Management
Turn insights into new strategies, better results
To help companies make the most of these metrics, IBM Rational Focal Point for Project Management debuted as a beta program. The Focal Point technology is designed to "reduce the delays and mistakes that hinder software projects from meeting the needs of the business," IBM executives said.

IBM's Jazz will serve as the underlying platform for Rational Focal Point for Project Management. As a result, the blend of technologies will allow users to improve business outcomes, better manage changing priorities, improve results-driven communications, workflow and collaboration across company boundaries.

IBM Rational Team Concert
Technologies for continuous improvement for design, execution
Upgrades to IBM Rational Team Concert will help an organization efficiently execute on their improved plans, regardless of the organizational and geographical boundaries of its team. Also notable is IBM's Measured Capability Improvement Framework (MCIF), which will allow organizations to take steps to continuously improve on results by learning from past experiences. MCIF provides organizations with an end-to-end framework that enables them to measure results and manage projects so they can incrementally improve their software delivery capability.

Rational in the Cloud
SaaS model to maximize resources; lower costs, enable collaboration
IBM also previewed its Rational Software Delivery Services for the Cloud, which will help teams design, test and deploy software assets into the cloud. Based on an SaaS (Software as a Service) model, it is designed to lower cost of ownership, provide instant scalability and enable faster deployments. Formal technology previews planned for late June.

This week's Rational rollouts also fill-in lots more detail to visions shared by IBM Ration executives. Last month, Scott Hebner, Marketing and Strategy Vice President for IBM's Rational Software made these comments in an interview with InfoWorld's Cristian Struek.

"We have evolved our Rational business unit to be much more about helping customers drive value out of all these investments they are making in software…. What we're doing is providing a whole set of new technologies to help customers deploy that business process for software," Hebner said.



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