IBM has announced 20 software development and distribution products that help companies collaborate with partners, suppliers, customers and their employees.
The new offerings use IBM's Jazz collaborative technology to help geographically distributed software teams work together in an open, real-time and transparent manner, to more effectively deliver and source software.
Technologies using Jazz can interoperate with software from other suppliers, allowing customers to significantly improve their ability to communicate data within their enterprise and with other enterprises.
"Currently, organisational, geographical and technical silos inhibit business agility and return on software investments. In a globally integrated enterprise, organisations need to transform how they collaborate to get the job done," said Daniel Sabbah, general manager at IBM Rational Software.
"IBM's Jazz platform breaks down location, infrastructure and organisational barriers, transforming the practice of global software delivery," he said.
By the end of 2008, IBM and its business partners expect to release 20 products using the collaborative capabilities of Jazz.
The new IBM software will help development teams of all sizes improve productivity and manage project requirements in real-time.
Available at the end of this month will be IBM Rational Team Concert, which incorporates social networking technologies, such as instant messaging and presence awareness, into the management of a software delivery project on a global scale.
IBM is also introducing IBM Rational Requirements Composer to help software delivery teams gain consensus on how a project should be designed using familiar business artifacts such as storyboards, sketches, scenarios and models.
Currently in beta, this new software will help teams visualise commitments, thereby reducing rework and review cycles on requirements, said IBM.
IBM has also announced the beta of IBM Rational Quality Manager, comprehensive test planning and process software which provides a single view into all aspects of a quality plan.