IBM Takes Ideas to Results with Rational User Conference

8/26/2003 - IBM announced that approximately 2,000 people representing 41 countries are slated to attend the Rational User Conference 2003 "From Ideas to Results," being held this week in Orlando, Florida.

The Rational User Conference 2003 offers technical insight and expertise to better equip the IBM Rational development community with information about how to help maximize the benefits of using Rational's tools, services and best practices. IBM Rational customers, engineers, industry experts and business partners will lead the 200 technical sessions in 10 tracks addressing all stages of the software development lifecycle.

IBM Rational's General Manager, Mike Devlin, will deliver the opening keynote, "From Ideas to Results: Delivering Development Success." IBM Fellow Grady Booch will deliver the day two keynote, "The Architecture of Unusual Things" and the day three keynote will feature Devon Harris, captain of the famous Jamaican bobsled team, whose talk is titled, "Against All Odds: Envisioning Incredible Results."

As part of his opening day keynote, Devlin will provide an update on the integration into IBM, a glimpse into future product direction, and will highlight examples of customer successes. Devlin will also discuss IBM's most recent proposed contribution to providing standards for the software development industry - its transition of the Reusable Asset Specification (RAS) proposal to the Object Management Group (OMG), an industry standards group.

RAS was developed by an industry consortium, the RAS Consortium, led by IBM Rational. It defines standards for the specification, cataloging, and reuse of software assets. The RAS defines standards for the specification, cataloging, and reuse of software assets. Reuse standards can benefit organizations by helping to improve the reusability and quality of software assets, lowering the cost of understanding and reusing those assets, and enabling an efficient private or public marketplace for reuse. Using RAS, companies can create reusable assets that can be shared across teams, across business and technology domains, and with customers, suppliers, and business partners. Transitioning RAS to OMG will ensure that future development of RAS and the Model Driven Architecture® specifications from OMG will be aligned.

In his keynote, Devlin will also highlight four key technology initiatives - Best Practices, Model-driven Development, Quality by Design, and Enterprise Change Management - that will drive the future of software development:

Best Practices - IBM Rational is an industry leader in providing highly effective processes for building software efficiently through the Rational Unified Process (RUP®). In addition, IBM has a vast body of methodologies available within its IBM Global Services and IBM Business Consulting Services business units - methodologies which cover many elements of the build-run-manage lifecycle beyond iterative software development.

Model-driven Development is a strategic initiative to help automate the integration, generation, modernization, visualization, and reuse of software artifacts throughout the software development lifecycle.

Quality by Design helps teams avoid, detect and repair errors earlier in the project lifecycle, helping to reduce cost and increase quality. Taking advantage of the broader portfolio, IBM Rational plans to use IBM Tivoli and IBM WebSphere® tools to speed application rebuilding and deployment.

Through IBM Rational's Enterprise Change Management initiative, IBM's tools will help teams ensure predictable results. Enterprise software configuration management, adapting quickly to changing requirements, flexible processes, and project measurement are all areas supported by IBM's product portfolio.

Additional information on the conference is available at

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