The history of IBM Rational Team Concert: Do you follow the Jazz band?
Back in 2005, IBM began development of the “Jazz project.” The product of this project was IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) V1.0—eventually released on June 25, 2008. This project consisted of a team of developers from the IBM Eclipse team, IBM Research and the newly-acquired Rational Company, which was based in Lexi
The concept IBM had was very unique. A demonstration of the software was shown at the JavaOne and EclipseCon conferences; the feedback had been excellent. No other company had even come close to this unique way of developing software. The integration of planning, change and configuration management, along with defect tracking—all in a single tool—was extraordinary!
IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) came next in 2009. It borrowed code from RTC and was created to track requirements throughout the software development lifecycle. Simultaneously, IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM) was being created to satisfy the quality and testing phases of software development.
Public development: Drinking our own champagne?
Even today, RTC can be viewed through its creation at Jazz.net (account sign-up required at no charge). At IBM, we actually utilize RTC to continually add enhancements to the product itself. This is a great concept and truly helps one to understand the agile environment. Now we are able to leverage end-to-end software development by using Rational Team Concert for software change and configuration management, defect tracking and project planning. Furthermore, by coupling IBM
Integrations with other parts of the development lifecycle
An “open” approach to sharing and linking data enables more value to be extracted from your data and its relationships. It can facilitate more informed decisions. Therefore, Rational Team Concert is installed on top of the IBM Jazz Team Server. This server is based on an open community that builds practical specifications for integrating software known as Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC).
As is the case with all new products, time provides the opportunity for progress and advancement in RTC. In recent versions of the product, we now have one-click integrations. It takes more time to brush your teeth than to configure RTC with other integrations to OSLC-based products.
A “one-stop’” solution
Rational Team Concert V5.0 has become the flagship product for IBM when it comes to systems and software development. This version has an extremely intuitive user interface. It also covers the entire development lifecycle when coupled with the remainder of the IBM
There are several variations of solutions, and RTC is the root of the solution in most cases. The options are numerous, and the solution you choose depends on the industry you are working in as well as any existing tool set in which you may have already invested. However, this is not a "rip and replace" solution. We are able to couple easily with other vendors’ products and even suggest more efficient ways of utilizing those existing tools with our solution. This helps to decrease time-to-market and reduce your overall costs, all while helping you to stay ahead of your competitors.
In conclusion, I believe we have covered the history of where Rational Team Concert has come from and where we are today—at the cutting edge of systems engineering and software development. This tool has been created in a fast-paced, complex environment, just like all of the new projects we are creating today. Our systems and applications are becoming more complex, so now is the time for us to design, engineer, develop, deliver and compete using IBM Rational Team Concert.