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IBM Introduces Rational Insight, Project Management

The dashboard is intended to allow business managers pull key data on software development and modifications into progress charts.

IBM has upgraded its Rational development tools to include Rational Insight, a new project management dashboard for the toolset.

Insight is built on the data mining and presentation software acquired in IBM's purchase of Cognos. The dashboard is intended to allow business managers pull key data on software development and modifications into progress charts. The key indicators can be based on close-to-real-time data and compared with overall business goals associated with a project.

"IBM wants to tie the business strategy to the software investments that a company is making. Rational is the only vendor that can tie all these things together," said Dave Locke, director of Rational offerings management.

In addition, IBM is offering software project managers a new tool, Rational Focal Point for Project Management.

The project management system ties into many measures of progress in the development process, such as how many of the project's use cases have been finished, what code segments have been tested, what is the error rate found in test results, what code has been committed to the central repository, and who committed it.

In the past, a project manager would ask a team member how many use cases he had finished and have no way of checking the objectivity of his answer. Focal Point for Project Management examines the use cases that are the responsibility of each developer and derives its own figures. "This product gets information from software artifacts. It looks at the use cases themselves rather than relying on a finger in the wind," said Locke.

IBM announced the upgrades at its Rational Software Conference, which got under way June 1 in Orlando, Fla. It said it will soon be offering several tools in a cloud environment to minimize the cost of getting started with its toolset.


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