Eclipse and Jazz
Innovate is just around the corner and the software community is eagerly waiting to see what's in store in the 2011 edition of the premier software conference. Not just because I'm a Rational guy, but also because I'm a software developer. As the planet gets smarter, the software and systems involved in even trivial day to day activities such as banking, automobile, traffic management, pollution control, etc. are becoming increasingly complex in both, size and logic. Add to that privacy concerns and scalability issues, and the software developers seem to have their hands full. In this scenario, it becomes increasingly important to have smart tools that make the whole development experience simpler, coherent, and that make intra-team processes easy. Rational tools have matured over the years and some new ones have grown out of incubation phases. All of them aspire to solve the many problems that plague software developers today. At Innovate, we get to see how, and that too, straight from the knowledge experts involved in the making of the product.
The 2010 Innovate was a great educational experience in terms of not just what's brewing at Rational, but also what the software industry and clients out there are looking for. It was also great to hear about how clients have successfully deployed/used Rational solutions to give their business a fillip and fill the gaps in good software tooling. Since the past couple of years, Rational products have taken a fresh direction with the launch of the Jazz platform and the flagship offering - Rational Team Concert. With this, Rational products such as Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer and RTC itself are coming together to constitute a comprehensive solution for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), called Collaboration application Lifecycle Management (CLM). The first release of this solution was out this year and its immensely interesting to know how this applies to different industry scenarios and watch live demos of the same. The conversations that were started around this in the Innovate 2010 are thus going to reach a critical mass at Innovate this year. With applications across multiple industrial sectors, this year's Innovate seems to be poised to give a lot of weight to the CLM solution. Even products such as Rational Rhapsody, Rational Application Developer are venturing into new uncharted waters, pioneering solutions for relatively newer industries such as the mobile software industry. Ofcourse, it is at conferences such as these that one clearly gets to see how software tools make an impact from the keyboard to the world. The IBM Smarter Planet strategy fits logically in that sense. All this makes me look positively forward to the conference.
The Rational India blog gives a neat roundup of motivating reasons if you're unsure about attending Innovate. Or if you're already convinced, you can register on the Innovate website.
The ALM or Application Lifecycle Management Track is a hot one to look forward to in the 2011 edition of the premier software conference - IBM Rational Innovate. The Innovate website says
IBM in the past couple of years has spent a considerable amount of time to try and reinvent ALM in ways so that products constituting an ALM solution can interact with each other more seamlessly, without being tied down by each other's limitations or expectations, and can integrate even if they are from different parties. With Open Services for Lifecycle Management (OSLC) and tools built on an open, extensible Jazz-based architecture, Rational has successfully managed to create a neat ALM solution which we call Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), because it focuses on collaborative development in a team. Rational products - IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Asset Manager, IBM Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Insight, Rational Build Forge now all use a jazz based architecture and OSLC services to communicate with the Jazz server. So, not only can all these tools be used seamlessly in a ALM (or CLM as we call it) workbench, but also integrate with other OSLC based tools.
There are several really good talks and demos at IBM Innovate 2011.
On Day 1, we have Shivank Arya talking about
IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management Solution in ACTION using an implementation example - "Money that Matters"
On Day 2, Pradeep Balachandran talks about
Lifecycle Project Management for IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management that talks about new administration features for creating and managing lifecycle projects
Also on Day2, you can catch me and Markus Keller from Zurich demoing the Agile development capabilities of Rational Team Concert at the solutions center.
There are many more cool sessions to catch up on. So hurry up and register for Innovate 2011.