IBM to implement OSCL lifecycle tools for its Rational products

Posted on 7 Sep 2009 by The Manufacturer

IBM announced that four of its Rational products are among the first to apply the new Change Management services developed by the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) initiative.

As a founding member of the OSLC, IBM is working with an open community of software vendors, integrators, and corporate software delivery teams to develop specifications that make it easier for development teams to use lifecycle tools in combination while more efficiently sharing information between systems.

The first OSLC specification on Change Management was published this summer. It defines a common set of services and formats for interacting with change management systems. Tools that use the new Change Management specification can more easily maintain tool integrations from different vendors and better manage the information contained within their change management systems.

IBM is the first industry vendor to deliver products that implement the OSLC Change Management services. The interfaces are supported by the latest versions of IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational ClearQuest software. A version for Rational (formerly Telelogic) Change is also due out in September. Additionally, IBM Rational Quality Manager and IBM Business Partner Tasktop Technologies use OSLC interfaces for integrations with Rational Team Concert, Rational ClearQuest, and Rational Change.

Said Martin Nally, chief technology officer, IBM Rational Software: “Software
delivery teams rely on a range of tools from different industry sources to get their job done. IBM did not hesitate to embrace the OSLC Change Management services in its Rational software development solutions because we recognise the tremendous potential of the industry coming together to agree on ways to integrate and share data between tools.”