IBM and Rational Collaborate On Proposal For XMI-Based Data Interchange Specification To Streamline e-Business Development

Open Invitation For Software Tools and Server Vendors To Participate In And Adopt Specification Proposal

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SOMERS, N.Y. & LEXINGTON, Mass - 13 Jun 2000: -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Rational Software (Nasdaq: RATL) today announced that they will submit a proposal for a data interchange specification to the Object Management Group (OMG), a vendor-neutral standards body. In addition, the two companies are inviting other software tools and server vendors to participate in and adopt this proposal.

The specification recommends a standard way to use XML Metadata Interchange (XMI)-based information to optimize how application analysis tools such as performance, debugging and site analysis tools monitor e-business application quality, run-time and usage characteristics.

"IBM has a keen focus and market lead in implementing XML as a data interchange standard across our e-business software, including the IBM WebSphere(a) software platform," said Daniel Sabbah, vice president, Architecture and Tools Development, IBM Software. "This joint specification will make it easier for vendors to deliver application testing and monitoring tools that enable partners and customers to interoperate more efficiently."

XMI is an industry standard that combines the benefits of the web-based XML standard for defining, validating, and sharing document formats on the Web with the benefits of the object-oriented Unified Modeling Language (UML). It provides application developers with a common language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting distributed objects and business models. This standard way of interchanging data between application development tools allows teams of developers to work together, so they can use best-of-breed integrated development environments (IDEs) like IBM's VisualAge(a) for Java and combine them with application modeling tools like Rational Rose, as well as application development tools from other vendors, with the assurance that they work together.

IBM and Rational's specification extends the XMI definition previously submitted for tool-to-tool data interchange, and makes it viable for tool-to-application data interchange. One of the benefits of using XML to transmit data is that the data can be interchanged regardless of platform. This specification is complementary to all current IBM and Rational application development offerings.

"This new specification supports Rational's strategy to change software testing from an activity at the end of the deployment cycle to a continuous, real-time process that starts when the development life cycle does," said Eric Schurr, senior vice president of Marketing and Suite Products, Rational Software. "This will help customers build in quality from the beginning and determine how applications will run when they are deployed."

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