IBM Announces 2012 Rational Business Partner Award Winners
Business Partner Achievements Recognized at IBM Innovate 2012 Conference
ORLANDO, FL - June 4, 2012: IBM (IBM: NYSE) today announced the winners of the 2012 IBM Rational Business Partner Awards at the IBM Innovate 2012 Conference. These awards recognize IBM Business Partners that have helped customers drive greater value from their investments in software and improve software delivery. Winners were selected in four award categories spanning the IBM Rational software portfolio.
The IBM Rational Business Partner community continues to flourish, with more than 500 business partners worldwide that have re-sold and fulfilled IBM Rational software products last year. At the same time, more than 110 independent software vendors (ISVs) have delivered more than 170 integrations of their products with the IBM Rational portfolio of offerings through the Ready for IBM Rational program.
Selected from several hundred eligible business partners, the award winners have proven that they demonstrate deep technology and industry expertise with IBM Rational software and are delivering exceptional solutions that solve real business problems. The 2012 IBM Rational Business Partner Award winners by category are:
2012 Rational Award for Innovation in IT Development: Ascendant Technology
The Innovation in IT Development Award recognizes a Rational Business Partner for excellence in developing an effective IT solution which helps customers create sustainable differentiation, business innovation and agility. The solution must demonstrate exploitation of the IBM Rational Product and Application Lifecycle Management capabilities in Change Configuration Management, Product Portfolio Management, Architecture and Development, Quality Management, or Requirements Development and Management to solve traditional business challenges in innovative ways.
The Rational Automation Framework combined with Ascendant’s extension provides an enterprise solution for automated configuration management. Leveraging RAF with the Ascendant extension allows customers to build out middleware environment, perform day to day configuration management and deployments in a fraction of the time in a more consistent and repeatable format than if done by hand, freeing up engineers to focus on more strategic initiatives.
2012 Rational Award for Innovation in Complex and Embedded Systems: INCHRON
The Innovation in Complex and Embedded Systems Award recognizes a Rational Business Partner for excellence in developing an effective systems engineering solution that assists customers in developing and testing complex solutions helping businesses design, develop, and deliver smarter products. The solution must demonstrate exploitation of the IBM Rational Platform for Systems to solve traditional problems in innovative ways.
INCHRON solutions enable requirements management to enrich the text based requirements with formal, technical details on real-time behavior and test the design against them starting in early development phases. The OSLC integration to DOORS ensures traceability and flexibility. The Rhapsody profile extends the systems modeling to cover timing and performance aspects and avoids error prone double work when modeling, simulating and analyzing the functional as well as the dynamic real-time behavior.
2012 Rational Award for Innovation in Enterprise Modernization: Arcad Software
The Innovation in Enterprise Modernization Award honors excellence in developing an IBM enterprise modernization solution or integration that helps customers extend the value and performance of existing software assets, skills, and processes. The solution must demonstrate use of System z, Power or Application Migration portfolios to solve traditional business challenges in innovative ways.
The ARCAD-Rational Power Pack provides total integration of the ARCAD solutions for Application Lifecycle Management within the Rational Team Concert (RTC) for Power environment. The ARCAD-Rational Power pack features improve productivity of development, and production staff, reduce IT costs, and shorten development timescales. Application quality is increased, by detecting any errors as early as possible in the development lifecycle. The risk of lost business due to application downtime is minimized. Depending on the particular functions used, productivity increases typically average 30-50%.
2012 Innovate Best of Show: WorkSoft
The 2012 Innovate Best of Show award is specifically for sponsors of the IBM Innovate 2012 Conference. The award recognizes the best demonstration of a solution that illustrates the unique power of using IBM Rational software within the IBM Business Partner’s solution. The solution being demonstrated must be currently offered to customers. Final evaluation took place at the Innovate Solution Center in Orlando, Florida and the winner was announced on Monday, June 4, 2012, during the Opening General Session.
Worksoft Certify is an automated functional testing solution for SAP lifecycle management and cross-platform business process validation. Using an object-driven approach, Certify eliminates the need for generating scripts or writing testing code. Certify Data automatically identifies and extracts representative SAP data so that it can be directly embedded into Worksoft Certify during test case construction. The combined Worksoft and IBM Rational Quality Manager solution helps IBM customers manage the end-to-end tests of their business processes, lowering the costs and risks associated with deploying new SAP functionality or application updates.
"The Rational Business Partner ecosystem has grown tremendously this year, demonstrating the important role that partners play in the success of IBM," said Jack Desjardins, Vice President, Business Development, IBM Rational. "This year's Rational Award winners have demonstrated solutions which improve the software delivery capabilities of our customers, enabling them to remain ahead of the competition through innovation. We congratulate them on being selected as a recipient of this year's Rational Awards and for achieving this honor."
These IBM Rational Business Partner solutions result in quantifiable improvements in business performance through their use of IBM Rational software. Winners were determined based on criteria including the use of multiple IBM Rational software solutions in the deployment of customer applications, a member of PartnerWorld, SVP Authorized or the solution must be Ready for Rational and relevant information on successful sales and marketing campaigns.
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