Just published the article Develop cloud applications with Rational tools on IBM DeveloperWorks. Thanks to my co-authors: Scott Peddle, Johnny (Tian Ming Pan), and Perry (Pan Xia Zou).
Cloud computing can promise centralization, standardization, and automation — implementing cloud actually brings application development, business, and system operations closer together so that in order to maximize efficiency, software developers need to better understand business process and system operations. To achieve these promises of cloud computing, a developer has to think in a broader fashion. In this article, the authors paint a broad picture of how to widen the developer's scope of process by using application life cycle management tools available from Rational. They provide scenarios and an overview of tools and artifacts the developer needs to reach his goal. Finally, they demonstrate how to use IBM® Rational® tools and SmartCloud Enterprise in an end-to-end development scenario.