We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

A few months back, we posed the question as to whether IBM Rational is finally waking up after a decade long-slumber. After several years of weak results, Q3 showed some promise. Rivals were now following Rational into a market (Application Lifecycle Management) that it invented. It looked like something was happening here.

But since then, Q4 returns showed a drop to old habits. Admittedly, maybe you could attribute that to anticipation of a new direction under new management, followed by a refresh to the team products that are the core of its product line. Software vendors often find their customers holding off purchases when a new version is coming.

No matter, we finally heard Rational's answer this week. And aside from a couple of compelling expansions of its issue and defect tracking system, we were frankly underwhelmed.

First the good news. Rational integrated test management into ClearQuest, the issue and defect tracking system. So, when a defect is spotted, it is added as an issue, workflows can be applied, tests automatically generated, and results entered in with a process that is fully closed loop.

Another cool feature is the linking of their newly acquired BuildForge tool, which automates the process of software builds (where you assemble all the code that has been changed into a new version, or "build") with ClearQuest. And in turn, ClearQuest has added a link to Tivoli Provisioning Manager to initiate deployment when software is ready to enter production.

The result is that issues, or the workflows associated with solving them, could automatically generate new software build cycles, and have continual tracking from build through test and deployment. That could be very important when it comes to compliance issues and sound IT governance.

While build integration here was looser - via APIs rather than deeper metadata integration - this marked a promising start toward assimilating their new acquisition.

We would have loved to see more integration further upstream with requirements and version control. Unfortunately, the new refresh didn't touch assets like Requisite Pro, the requirements tool, which continues to struggle with an underpowered engine that is over a decade old.

Rational is not yet fully supporting globally distributed development. The new version tweaks performance on web-based clients of a number of their tools. However, Requisite Pro still cannot support federated development environments where there may be multiple sources or iterations of the truth. And it groans under its reliance on Word, rather than extending support to more stable formats like PDF (admittedly, Rational is not alone there).


1  2  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)


Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More