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Just published the article Develop cloud applications with Rational tools on IBM DeveloperWorks. Thanks to my co-authors: Scott Peddle, Johnny (Tian Ming Pan), and Perry (Pan Xia Zou).
Cloud computing can promise centralization, standardization, and automation — implementing cloud actually brings application development, business, and system operations closer together so that in order to maximize efficiency, software developers need to better understand business process and system operations. To achieve these promises of cloud computing, a developer has to think in a broader fashion. In this article, the authors paint a broad picture of how to widen the developer's scope of process by using application life cycle management tools available from Rational. They provide scenarios and an overview of tools and artifacts the developer needs to reach his goal. Finally, they demonstrate how to use IBM® Rational® tools and SmartCloud Enterprise in an end-to-end development scenario.
In this post I will highlight some experience with Rational tools on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE). Rational development tools support cloud in several different ways: by being available as pre-built virtual machine images for use on the cloud; by providing a way to manage cloud resources, and by providing tools that can directly support cloud infrastructures. The use of Rational tools work on SCE are outlined in this presentation:
that I gave with Scott Peddle and Harm Sluiman at Innovate last year. The deck outlines business scenarios for use of Rational tools in cloud projects, describes the different Rational tools available in the SCE catalog, and describes the use of Rational Asset Manager in SCE. The Rational tools on SCE include Rational Asset Manager, Rational Application Developer, Rational Quality Manager, Testing as a Service, Rational Software Architect, Rational Build Forge, and Rational Team Concert. The ability to provision and manage J2EE servers on SCE directly from Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Architect is particularly useful. There is a deep dive on the use of Rational Asset Manager to support cloud-based asset development, especially development of virtual machine images.
Also, just a reminder that the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise promotion is still ongoing and allows new customers to test drive the cloud for free for a limited period. Details here: