IBM may open source Jazz collaboration software

IBM's Rational Software unit may put some parts of the Jazz framework in open source, while licensing other parts of it.

IBM's Rational Software unit is considering putting parts of its Jazz collaboration framework into open source, according to an executive of the company.

"We might think about open-sourcing some of the very lowest layers (of the framework) so that the APIs (application programming interfaces) are available, and people could build on the kernel," said Scott Rich, a member of the management committee of the Jazz project, on the sidelines of a Rational Software conference in Bangalore, India on Thursday. One benefit of this strategy is to make the Jazz framework "more pervasive," he added.

IBM is at the same time considering packaging and licensing some of the functional parts currently available on Jazz so that companies can use it for their in-house collaborative development, Rich said. "The source code management capability, and other parts that really do things will likely stay commercial," he added.

Jazz is IBM's technology for collaborative software development among distributed development teams. IBM opened up earlier this year the Jazz framework, through the Jazz.net Web portal, to IBM Rational customers and software developers, who would participate in product development with IBM Rational. IBM called the process "open commercial development."

"The idea of Jazz.net is to try and build a community around the Jazz platform," said Steve Robinson, vice president of Rational Software in IBM Software Group. The community will provide inputs on requirements, report bugs, and add extensions, but the actual product development will still be done by IBM and will be owned by the company, he added.

The first product being developed on Jazz technology is Rational Team Concert, a collaborative development portal now in beta. Jazz is a framework with several components sitting on it, and Team Concert is a selection of those components to target development teams using the Agile programming methodology, Rich said.

The code of Team Concert will be available to Jazz.net participants to try out during the beta phase in pilot projects, but the product will remain proprietary software, and customers will be charged a license fee once they move to a production phase with the software, Rich said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?