IBM ALM tools and cloud computing
There is little surprise in Rational’s first major release of tooling for the cloud. IBM held a series of technical preview announcements last June concerning the Software Group’s overall cloud computing strategy. The bulk of the offerings were made available in a limited release to select clients through the summer.
The releases, which fall under the umbrella brand IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing (SDS), cover planning, team collaboration, and testing. They largely map to Ovum’s recommendations regarding software development in the cloud, encompassing enterprise architecture planning, software asset management, workflow collaboration, and quality assurance. The Ovum Report ALM and SaaS: should developers get their heads in the cloud? found that communications-focused or highly variable compute-intensive tasks were best suited for cloud consumption because of the ability of cloud-based tools to address wide audiences.