IBM Rolls Out Tools for Safer Software

New IBM technologies help developers build safer software

ARMONK, N.Y. -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new software that takes the complexity out of complex systems development and improves developer productivity. The new offerings allow developers to more easily adhere to protocols, standards and code review to ensure the quality of products before they hit the market.

Complex systems development brings hardware and software components together to create systems such as modern cellular phones and treadmills. Airplanes, space craft, missile defense systems and automobile anti-lock braking systems are also examples of complex systems with more severe consequences if they fail to function properly.

IBM Rational software provides an integrated approach to architecting, building and delivering complex system of systems. IBM software helps customers manage requirements and provide better traceability in systems, develop full systems models, increase predictability and reliability of systems, and improve development team collaboration. With today’s announcement, developers of complex systems can better ensure the quality and reliability of complex systems software, while adhering to important industry standards.

Industries, from automotive to aerospace and defense, have long operated under a proprietary set of technologies. With increased competition and software and services driving innovation and differentiating the market, a concentrated push for adopting standards in these industries has been underway for nearly a decade. In some cases, standards are designed to simplify, save money, and capitalize on shrinking markets. In other scenarios, the standards are created to increase reliability, levels of precision and effectiveness, and higher degrees of error free code.

“Undoubtedly the stakes are raised,” said Dr. Danny Sabbah, general manager, IBM Rational software. “There is no acceptable margin of error for military defense systems, automobile safety, and space exploration – and increasingly these customers are turning to IBM to help them make certain that all systems are a go.”