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Accelerators the Name of Rational's Game

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- E-development accelerators, a company-wide initiative to bring a new industry standard to the software development process, was the major focus of the Rational Software Corp. User Conference, held here this week.

Many sessions at the Rational (www.rational.com) User Conference (RUC) focused either directly or indirectly on e-development accelerators, and company executives were eager to discuss the initiative's benefits to future development.

The entire Rational infrastructure was detailed, with special attention being paid to the e-development accelerators initiative. E-development accelerators will allow development teams to jump start the application process through industry standards, reusable and extensible templates, and enhanced tool automation. Using a standard, Universal Modeling Language (UML)-based approach, users can employ reusable assets from Rational and its customers and partners to accelerate application development and improve application quality.

According to Sam Guckenheimer, senior director of technology for automated testing products, e-development accelerators will allow for the application of best practices and will streamline the steps to improve time to market on software. Because the reusability aspect creates templates for software development, developers will be able to create a running system and test their software simultaneously.

While the theme of the day was e-development accelerators, Rational made several other announcements at RUC 2000. The company introduced Rational SiteLoad, a Web-based load testing product. In addition to SiteLoad, Rational announced the latest version of ClearCase, ClearCase 4.1. ClearCase is Rationa's software configuration management solution. The company also announced ClearCase integration with IBM VisualAge for Java. Rational Suite PerformanceStudio and Rational Rose 2000e for Unix were also unveiled at RUC. - Isaac Slepner

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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