IBM Rational offers Jazz-enabled project collaboration tools

The tools take advantage of Web 2.0 communication mediums

IBM's Rational Software unit Wednesday announced several new applications that provide collaboration, automation and reporting features that take advantage of Web 2.0 technology.

The new software, enabled by IBM's Jazz collaboration technology, automates work flow by posting real-time project updates and by providing development templates that can be compared with desired business requirements.

Scott Hebner, IBM's vice president for marketing and strategy, said while Rational Software has offered a similar set of technologies for customers developing software in-house, the new tools are intended to strategically manage software assets no matter how they were acquired.

"So the theme of this announcement is to apply these products to align your IT organization with your business priorities to help lower your cost and to help improve the efficiency of all these [software] products," he said.

IBM's Telelogic System Architect XT software is aimed at enabling change analysis, allowing business and IT managers to create a transformation plan from how an organization is performing projects to how it would like to perform them. System Architect XT's Web client includes new templates for capturing business and IT information and creating storyboard-like visuals. New Web-based dashboards also offer business managers insight about IT projects as they are updated.

"So this helps to align business and IT on a common plan on where to invest," Hebner said.

Rational Requirements Composer software is aimed at building consensus and improving collaboration between business and IT managers in locations around the world by communicating through automated notification tools, such as wikis or instant messaging on a global development basis.

"Let's say you're in charge of developing X, Y, Z modules, when you're done, you check them in and the business leader sees that," Hebner said.

Rational RequisitePro software more tightly integrates with IBM Rational Software Architect through Microsoft Word to create requirements definitions. It also incorporates a database infrastructure to facilitate requirements organization, integration, project tracking and analysis.

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