A 100 year old company is gradually and very steadily navigating
rough economic waters to steer the planet towards a better tomorrow. IBM’s
cutting edge software is at the forefront of revolutionizing business services,
cloud offerings, data and information security, analytics, wireless
technologies, mobile devices, and almost every other area in more ways than
The single most dominant way in which IBM has made a difference since more than a decade is through its contribution and dedication to open source software. Open source software has been widely adopted in industries beyond just the software industry and has had a
greater impact than any proprietary software out there. Eclipse was among the first in a line of many that IBM has contributed to the world. Today, Eclipse is used not just for writing several million lines of code, but also for creating new software products from scratch, for building mobile applications, for controlling NASA exploration rovers, and many other applications which were unthinkable 10 years ago when Eclipse was conceived. The flexible and open Eclipse Public License allows everyone to use Eclipse on their terms in their products. It has completely changed the era of copyleft licenses such as GPL. Till today, IBM has dedicated teams that work hard on very critical components such as the platform, runtime, Java compiler, and SWT to keep Eclipse moving ahead with the times. Eclipse has never missed a release since last 10 years, because of the efforts of dedicated contributors around the world. The IBM Eclipse folks have also pioneered new technologies such as e4, Orion, etc. IBM definitely stands tall as one of the major contributing companies as Eclipse celebrates 10 years of awesomeness!
IBM has also achieved a major milestone by pioneering the open source collaboration platform, called Jazz. Jazz is a new technology platform for collaborative software delivery. Uniquely attuned to global and distributed teams, Jazz is designed to transform how people work together to build software, making software delivery more collaborative, productive, and transparent. You can think of Jazz as an extensible framework that dynamically integrates and synchronizes people, processes, and assets associated with software development projects. Jazz products are being built in a completely transparent manner on jazz.net, which is another first in the software industry. IBM’s new application lifecycle management solution, called CLM (Collaborative Lifecycle Management) is based on the Jazz platform, and is a revolutionary ALM offering.
Another major way IBM is changing the game even after 100 years is through its contribution to latest mobile technologies. Not many know that IBM was among the first contributors to PhoneGap, which is changing the way the world develops
With all these cool things, IBM has given a new meaning to
the phrase “Software everyware”. With its contributions and use of open source
software, IBM is leading the world to a more open, collaborative and agile
approach to software development.