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New IBM Rational Method Composer Simplifies Business and IT Collaboration

Major upgrade to RUP

Lexington, Mass., October 19, 2005 – IBM today announced new software and best practices that will tightly link business and IT activities, enabling teams across an organization to collaborate more effectively, reduce software project failures and save time and money.
 
The new offering, IBM Rational Method Composer, includes and extends the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP).  RUP is a software process platform that has guided some 500,000 developers around the world in a broad range of software and systems development projects.  IBM Rational Method Composer adds new best practices to RUP that leverage IBM’s expertise in portfolio management, collaborative distributed development, and services oriented architectures.  It replaces the IBM Rational Process Workbench with new process customization tools that will be based on open source.
 
Earlier this month, IBM and a group of software industry leaders unveiled plans to help software practitioners adopt and share best practices by contributing a subset of RUP’s process guidance, a process architecture, and Web-based tools to the Eclipse open source community. As software best practices become more widely adopted across the industry and organizations use this guidance for projects that span the enterprise, development teams will need a flexible process framework that can scale.  IBM Rational Method Composer offers this enterprise-level solution, helping IT organizations overcome the growing complexity of software and better manage a large volume of concurrent projects.
 
“IBM Rational Method Composer is a significant upgrade of RUP and a natural complement to the proposed contribution of tooling and process guidance to the Eclipse open source community,” said Roger Oberg, Vice President of Marketing, IBM Rational.  “By helping to create a broad ecosystem around best practices, and offering complementary solutions for enterprise-wide development projects, IBM enables organizations to leverage the collective expertise of the entire industry to create innovative, high-quality software.”
 
IBM Rational Method Composer extends beyond RUP’s historical focus on development by providing tight integration between business and IT teams, helping organizations more effectively link improved business processes to required software projects, and effectively manage those projects to maximize a return on their technology investment.  It provides project plan templates and new best practices for helping teams quickly identify project goals, determine the resources needed to complete a project and pinpoint critical project milestones.
 
Once this information is determined, project managers will be able to automatically send it to IBM Rational Portfolio Manager, a tool that manages project resources, schedules and tasks.  This replaces a time consuming and error prone manual process.  The information can then be shared throughout the entire lifecycle of a project, enabling all team members to make data-driven decisions that help to save time and money while gaining greater control over the outcome of the project.   
 
IBM Rational Method Composer’s new easy-to-use process tools and innovative technology reduce the time it takes to customize best practices from weeks and days to hours and minutes.  These tools include process guidance wizards that instruct teams how to tailor the process to achieve the goals of their individual project.  
 
In an effort to help teams get started on new projects and overcome complex development challenges, IBM Rational Method Composer also offers new tools that automate the capture of best practices that can be used on other projects across the company.  These reusable process components are powerful building blocks that help teams complete projects on time and within budget.
 
IBM Rational Method Composer includes an open, Eclipse-based platform that delivers RUP and IBM Rational SUMMIT Ascendant’s vast library of best practices for building higher quality software and systems.  IBM customers, Business Partners, and members of the Eclipse community can easily extend this open process platform by capturing, sharing and reusing software best practices that solve a range of complex development challenges.
 
RUP customers and Business Partners can move their software and systems projects and plug-ins from RUP to IBM Rational Method Composer with easy-to-use migration tools.  RUP customers are eligible for an equivalent number of IBM Rational Method Composer licenses at no charge.  Additional information is available at http://www.software.ibm.com/software/awdtools/rmc.
 
Pricing and availability
 
IBM Rational Method Composer is $395 per user, and will be available before the end of 2005.
 
Prices for countries other than the United States will vary due to shipping and delivery costs, custom clearance costs, translations, and other factors. Non-United States customers should consult their local sales office for the prices in their country of intended usage.
 
About Rational software from IBM
 
Rational software from IBM helps organizations become more responsive, resilient, and focused by improving their software development capability. Rational tools and best practices power the IBM Rational Software Development Platform, the premier platform for teams who build, extend, modernize, integrate, and deploy software in business applications, embedded systems, and software products. This cross-platform solution offers IBM customers and Business Partners an integrated application development environment that is based on open standards, including the universal Eclipse framework. Additional information is available at www.ibm.com/rational and www.therationaledge.com, the monthly e-zine for the Rational community.

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