Happy Birthday, Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager!
It's been a whirlwind 12 months. It seems like just yesterday that we saw the first 1.0 release of Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM) go live, and I was penning a developerWorks article on how a Linked Data approach to integration of data and process across the engineering lifecycle can help organizations define, design, and build complex products and systems faster, and smarter.
Fast forward a year, and we've seen a second major release of RELM (version 4.0.3 to align with product versions for other tools in the IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineering), along with several minor releases, and a move to a continuous delivery model with quarterly releases.
It's been an amazing - and at times intense - journey. Working with and among such a talented team from IBM research, development, marketing, product management, and design has made that journey much easier than it could have been. But the most important group of people that have played a part in making RELM what it is today is the customers.
RELM has evolved based on a model of close co-operation and interaction with the customer base. Clients have been involved throughout (from RELM's origins as an IBM research project to the present day) in prioritization of requirements, in design reviews, in early access programs and beta tests. The result is not just a set of capabilities, but something that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
RELM is a solution that not only addresses challenges in product and systems development that have not previously been addressed, but one that does so using ground-breaking architecture. It's something that is pushing the envelope of what is possible in support and automation of systems engineering processes and practices, and is enabling customers unprecedented access to capabilities that allow them to visualize, analyze, and organize their engineering data, regardless of where (or in what tool) that data is natively stored and managed.
To help share why I think RELM is such a game-changer, I authored a short demonstration, which has been expertly recorded by my colleague Andy Lapping and is now available on YouTube. If you have a quarter of an hour spare, then take a quick look and find out how RELM might be applied within your organization to help you develop and deliver products and systems more quickly, with improved productivity, increased efficiency, and lower risk.
About the Author
Senior Product Manager, Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager
IBM Rational Software