IBM grants bring Jazz collaboration platform to campuses
By Robert Mullins
March 21, 2008 —
SANTA CLARA — IBM has awarded research grants to five more universities to enable them to use its Jazz platform for developing software in a collaborative environment.
The Jazz grants, announced March 17 at the EclipseCon 2008 conference, enable university students to learn how to build software as a team, even when members of the team are scattered around the world. This is increasingly how software and other products are made these days, explained John Kellerman, IBM Rational’s product manager for Jazz and Eclipse strategy, and one of the original developers of Eclipse.
IBM is the founding company of the Eclipse IDE for creating software.
“When I was in school, we just got assignments, you did them and you … couldn’t collaborate with anybody. Universities these days understand that software development is inherently a collaborative activity,” Kellerman said.
Schools in three countries received this second round of Jazz grants: Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University and North Carolina State University in the U.S.; the University of Calgary in Canada; and Saarland University in Germany.
The University of California, Irvine, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria—also in British Columbia—received Jazz grants in October 2007.
The Jazz Project was created by IBM’s Rational software division, which is releasing its first commercial product based on Jazz, Rational Team Concert, in mid-2008.
IBM is providing the university grants to help schools teach the next generation of software developers and to address a projected shortage of needed IT professionals, said Kellerman.
But, he admitted, IBM wants to get Jazz into universities so students develop brand loyalty to IBM as they graduate and go to work in the software industry.
“We want to introduce our commercial technology into the universities so people coming out of the universities are familiar with our technology and perhaps inclined to purchase products from Rational,” Kellerman acknowledged.
Related Search Term(s): Eclipse, IBM, Jazz, Rational