Application development

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Application development software can help software development teams construct and deliver their projects faster and with higher quality.

IBM application development solutions for Java™, JEE, C++, Web, COBOL, RPG, PL/1, SOA, mobile and multi-platform development are built on Eclipse and integrate through Jazz to help you succeed by supporting modern software development paradigms, providing requirements-to-code traceability, and offering optimized support for IBM runtimes.

Deliver high-quality, resilient systems and applications with IBM Software application development solutions that help you focus on the business logic and software design, while addressing the numerous challenges facing developers:

Application development solutions

  • Rational Developer family

    Rational Developer family

    The IBM® Rational® Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for mobile, distributed, mainframe, and midrange platforms run on the developer’s desktop, providing rich capabilities for developing, unit testing, debugging, analyzing, modernizing, and optimizing applications.

  • Architecture and design

    Architecture and design

    IBM® Rational® architecture and design solutions to better align products, systems and IT with the business; deliver more quickly on changing business needs; and gain control over your evolving architecture.

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Application development products

  • Rational Software Architect

    Rational Software Architect

    A robust, scalable platform for solution architecture and software factories for corporate IT, SOA, and general development that supports Java™, JEE, C++, .NET, SCA, Web 2.0, and more.

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DevOps and the cloud: Achieving agility across the software delivery lifecycle
Join this webcast to learn how Collaborative DevOps solutions from IBM can help turn your delivery pipeline into an agile, automated workflow.

Agile development using visual requirement definition and management in Rational Requirements Composer
This webcast provides a framework for evaluating best use of various types of requirements definition and management in agile development. The session also showcases a real life case study of an insurance company, where the discussed practices are being piloted, the lessons learned and future plans of deployment using IBM Rational Requirements Composer.

Is today's accelerated development capability contributing to an increased level of quality?
This webcast explores the latest techniques available to developers as part of an agile team, integrating testing into development efforts seamlessly, leveraging automation and virtualization to build quality in and validate software right from the start.

Realizing the true value of agile process maturity
This webcast explores the latest techniques available to developers as part of an agile team, integrating testing into development efforts seamlessly, leveraging automation and virtualization to build quality in and validate software right from the start.

Agile for Dummies: An overview of agile delivery for dummies and geniuses alike
Join Matt Holitza, Agile Evangelist for IBM Rational, as he provides a brief overview of how agile came to be, what it really means to be agile, how to adopt and scale a disciplined agile approach and how to determine when tools should be employed and how to evaluate tools to best suite your needs.

Accelerate development of Mobile apps featuring Rational Application Development and WAS liberty profile
Need to design, develop, and deploy web and mobile applications quickly and efficiently? Rational Application Developer (RAD) delivers a fully featured web & mobile development environment with a powerful page editor, mobile browser simulator, and all the tools you need to make high-quality applications quickly and easily.

Rational Everywhere – Quality management and testing
Balancing quality vs. speed is today's new challenge and IBM Rational delivers the most comprehensive quality management and testing solution.


IBM's Approach to Agile ALM

Matt Holitza Richard KnasterIn seeking out an agile tool, there are many choices. Take a few minutes to learn about IBM's approach to Agile ALM. The solution includes coaching, best practices and tooling that support a team's core agile need while also providing integrated best-in-class source code management and build automation. These integrated capabilities allow agile developers to focus on delivery great code by automating the busy work that slows them down. Matt Holitza and Richard Knaster, speakers.

Save money and trade your IBM i green screen development tools for modern IDEs

William SmithJoin William Smith to hear about the new 9.0 versions of Rational Developer for i and Rational Developer for AIX and Linux. Learn what you need to know to get your modern tools NOW. Hear about the ADTS trade up program to save you money.

Announcing the IBM Mobile Development Lifecycle Solution

 Design, develop, test and deliver high quality, cross-platform mobile enterprise applications. In this podcast, we will introduce our new offering providing the only comprehensive mobile development lifecycle solution currently in the market, combining ALM and MAP tooling. Derek Baron and Paridhi Verma, speakers.

The Future of IBM Jazz

 First conceived in 2005, the founders of IBM Jazz asked the question "Can we do for teams what Eclipse did for individual developers?" Today, our mission for Jazz remains strong: to transform software and systems delivery by making it more collaborative, productive and transparent. In this podcast we chat with John Wiegand and Dan Griffin for the Jazz team. They will describe where we are with Jazz, and where we are going in the coming months and years

Opening the mainframe to mobile devices

 This podcast highlights a few of the challenges and the unique solution that IBM offers which combines end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features—all integrated together in one package. Leigh Williamson and Pam Induni, speakers.


Opening the mainframe to mobile devices

Watch the video The IBM Mobile Enterprise solution: combining end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features all integrated together in one package.

Analyst Dave West on the Forrester Wave for Agile Development Management Tools

Watch the video Agile has become incredibly popular in direct response to the need to deliver more innovative software faster. In this video, Forrester Research analyst Dave West explores the core benefits of an Agile approach, explains the Forrester Wave for Agile Development Management Tools, and discusses the key criteria used by Forrester to evaluate vendor offerings.

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