IBM is donating some of its Rational project development technology to the open-source Eclipse Foundation to help improve software development.
Eclipse is developing a Java-based platform to allow software from different suppliers to be easily integrated and developed.
IBM says it is donating 3,000 lines of code, representing 15% of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) platform – a software process platform that allows organisations to tie business and development units together.
IBM says 500,000 developers around the world have already used RUP in one form or another. RUP is a collection of methods and best practices for promoting quality and efficiency throughout software development projects.
Analyst Gartner says nearly half of internally developed software projects run over budget, with 90% of them completed late and 30% cancelled altogether.
IBM is donating the code to kick-start an Eclipse project to address the problems highlighted in the analyst group’s statistics, and is being joined by the likes of Capgemini, Unisys, Bearing Point, Covansys, Jaczone, and Number Six Software in the project.
IBM is an original backer of the Eclipse Foundation.