Today the IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Tasktop Edition appeared on the IBM price list. This OEM version of Tasktop Sync makes the technology broadly available to IBM clients using Rational Team Concert (RTC), who can now get all of the benefits of Tasktop Sync’s real-time and collaboration-centric ALM integration infrastructure. This helps IBM clients to successfully unify heterogeneous tooling environments with RTC capabilities.
Tasktop’s mission is to connect the world of software delivery by providing the cross-repository integration and infrastructure tools that weave together the numerous Agile, enterprise, and open source Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools present in today’s software delivery stack. To achieve this, Tasktop has been working very closely with the ALM community to help define the APIs and standards, such as Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) and W3C Linked Data, which form the boundaries of the software value chain within your organization. Integration has become the main bottleneck to connecting the software lifecycle, and Tasktop has emerged as the “Switzerland of ALM”, with Sync becoming the equivalent of an Enterprise Service Bus for artifacts of the software delivery process.
We are thrilled to have this relationship with IBM to reduce the friction of getting the benefits of Tasktop Sync to the growing number of IBM Rational clients leveraging a rapidly evolving portfolio of enterprise Agile and ALM capabilities. With the Tasktop Sync infrastructure in place, RTC clients will be able to collaborate directly with other parts of the lifecycle, ranging from developers using lightweight issue trackers like JIRA and Bugzilla, to software development and testing suppliers using HP ALM or Quality Center. And the organization will get that critical unified traceability across the heterogeneous toolchain provided by RTC. Tasktop Sync is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for connecting software silos within the firewall and across the enterprise software supply chain.
The Tasktop and IBM relationship started during my PhD thesis, when Erich Gamma, a member of my thesis committee, one of the RTC architects, and I started to see how primary a role tasks (aka “work items”) had in connecting ALM artifacts. With tremendous effort going into creating the new systems of record for Agile and large-scale software delivery, which eventually led to RTC and the other modern ALM capabilities, we realized that Tasktop’s big opportunity was in using our common Mylyn-based model for weaving the various ALM systems of record together. That’s what developers see when they open up Tasktop Dev or Mylyn, and what the Sync bus is connecting when deployed in your ALM stack. Today we are officially connecting those dots by expanding our OEM partners to include IBM.