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.
Eclipse and Jazz
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