The people, places, history, and ideas behind Jazz


Products designed to put the team first.

IBM Rational and its partners offer products that leverage the Jazz platform and deliver on Jazz's integration objectives. Not every Jazz product exploits every feature of the Jazz Architecture. In fact, since the architecture itself is evolving, probably no product implements every aspect of linked lifecycle data or integration services.

In practice, this flexibility to mix versions and tolerance of different degrees of compliance is one of the greatest strengths of the Jazz Architecture. Contrast this to the rigidity and brittleness of traditional APIs that demand lockstep compliance. In the future, we may define different Jazz product compliance levels and certify products at these levels.

Over time, IBM expects to evolve many existing IBM products to exploit OSLC and integration services. IBM also expects it will create additional Jazz offerings to broaden and deepen the benefits of the Jazz Platform.

Current Jazz offerings

Some IBM Rational offerings are built from the ground up using the Jazz Platform and developed right here at These include:

  • Rational Team Concert

    A collaborative work environment for developers, architects and project managers with unified work item, source control and build management, process management and iteration planning.

  • Rational Quality Manager

    A web-based test management environment for quality professionals that provides a customizable solution for test planning, workflow control, tracking and reporting.

  • Rational DOORS Next Generation

    A requirements solution that helps teams to define requirements more effectively and use them efficiently across the project lifecycle to gain better business outcomes through light-weight requirements practices.

  • Rational Build Forge

    An adaptive process execution framework that automates, orchestrates, manages, and tracks all the processes between each handoff within the assembly line of software development, creating an automated software factory.

  • Rational Asset Manager

    A definitive library management system you can use to catalog, organize, use, reuse, manage and report on any type of asset for business, technology or software across your enterprise.

  • Rational Rhapsody and Rational Software Architect Design Management

    A design management capability that integrates design into the overall application and systems engineering lifecycles and enables teams to collaborate on designs across organizational boundaries, disciplines, and domains.

Other IBM offerings available today provide client or server integrations to Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational DOORS Next Generation, and Design Management, often through use of the Jazz Architecture. These include:

  • Rational Application Developer
  • Rational AppScan
  • Rational Change
  • Rational ClearCase
  • Rational ClearQuest
  • Rational DOORS
  • Rational Developer for System z
  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
  • Rational Focal Point
  • Rational Functional Tester
  • Rational Method Composer
  • Rational Performance Tester
  • Rational Policy Tester
  • Rational RequisitePro
  • Rational Rhapsody Developer
  • Rational Software Analyzer
  • Rational Software Architect
  • Rational Software Architect for WebSphere Software
  • Rational Synergy

Over the course of future releases, we intend for these products to further exploit the Jazz platform and become even more richly integrated. Learn more about the full set of Rational Products.

Rational partners are ready for Jazz

As part of IBM's "Ready for IBM Rational Software" partner program, IBM business partners offer extensions and complementary products that extend the value of the Rational portfolio. Visit the Business Partners section of to learn more about our Ensemble partners and program.