IBM Rational targets engineering lifecycle management (Ovum)
With increasing amounts of software content, the management of the systems engineering process has also proved increasingly challenging. Software, mechanical, and electrical engineers rely on their own toolsets, with the data from each tool locked away in its own repository. Lacking inter-process standards above the level of Internet protocols, most engineering tool providers have fallen short of the goal of breaching the silos of information that pervade the product lifecycle. IBM Rational, which previously introduced an integration framework for linking tooling data via Internet protocols, has now taken the next step by employing a similar approach to indexing key data artifacts across the product lifecycle. The resulting product, Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM), is a promising first step for generating views of the product lifecycle, venturing beyond data integration to help stakeholders cut through the complexity of what is currently a highly siloed process.