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The people, places, history, and ideas behind Jazz

Jazz, then and now

Early 20th century, our namesake is born – Jazz
Thank you Duke, Coltrane, Miles, and more...
1996
Ottawa map
We build great tools for developers
IBM acquires Object Technology International
Since the late 80s, OTI was dedicated to building tools that boosted the productivity of individuals and teams. The OTI team built the original Eclipse tool platform and formed the core of the team that later built Jazz.
2001
IBM seeds the Eclipse Project
with a code contribution
valued at $40 million.
"Suddenly, IBM is cool..." -- Slashdot
The Eclipse Project is launched by
IBM and 9 other founding companies.
We build a community and develop in the open.
Eclipse
2001
"We follow these principles..."
The Agile Manifesto inspires us. We develop in iterations
and ship milestones of working software. We later
codify these and other agile practices in the Eclipse Way.
2003
Lexington, Massachusetts
We get "rational" – Lexington, Massachusetts
Birthplace of American Liberty
Home to cool tools
IBM acquires Rational Software. A new beginning for
us as we go from developer IDEs to lifecycle tools –
task tracking, source control, and more.
2005
Evolution of the Jazz Wordmark
The Jazz Project is born
And now for something completely different
Eclipse enabled a huge advance in developer productivity
Could we do for teams what Eclipse
did for individual developers?
We create "The Jazz Project" to find out!
The Jazz project is launched like an internal startup by people from IBM's Eclipse team, IBM Research, and the
newly-acquired Rational.
2006
Reaction - Sweet!
Will our friends like it?
JavaOne Presentation
After a year of secrecy, we emerge from the lab to
demo Jazz at EclipseCon and JavaOne.
2007
Original Jazz.net site
Jazz.net goes live!
Transparency is in our blood
Just as we did with Eclipse, we develop Jazz in the open at jazz.net. It's standing room only at EclipseCon when we show off an early version of the Jazz platform.
One year before the release
of our first Jazz product,
we're already using Jazz
to build Jazz.
2008
Rational Team Concert
Our first customer, La Caixa,
orders 1000 seats of RTC before we even ship the release. Thanks Ferran!
A product for developers
Seamless integration
Simplicity through consistency
Collaboration in context
On June 25th, 2008, we release Rational Team Concert 1.0.
Integrated task tracking, source control, agile planning and
the Jazz platform make development teams highly productive.



2008
Planes, trains, and automobiles
IBM acquires Telelogic
We aim Jazz at complex, embedded systems development.
General Motors uses the Rational platform
on Jazz in developing the Chevy Volt,
the electric vehicle that contains
over 10 million lines of code.

It's not easy being green.
2009

The Jazz platform relies heavily on Linked Data concepts introduced by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Integration inspired by the web
We embrace the architecture of the internet and
launch the OSLC community to champion
standards for tool integration.
OSLC
2009

Rational Quality Manager  Rational Requirements Composer
Two more Jazz products arrive...
Integrated quality management and
requirements definition
We release two more ALM products built on the Jazz platform. Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer.
2010

IBM saves $300M with agile practices and Rational Team Concert.
Rational Team Concert goes viral at IBM
By 2011, over 70,000 IBM developers are using
Rational Team Concert.



2010
We are not alone
By 2010, Jazz partner consulting and training services are available on every continent, except Antarctica. A raft of partner extensions and integrations are available, too.
2010
Riding the wave
Forrester Wave report names Rational Team Concert
as the "Best current offering" for agile development.
Yay us!

2011
In the first 6 months, professors and students
from 46 universities in 18 countries create projects
at Academic JazzHub.
Jazz in the cloud
It's Academic JazzHub – a free, public hosting hub for the open development of academic research and classroom projects.
2011
Design Management
Architects join the party
The Design Management project is released, enabling collaboration on architecture and design.

2012
100K and counting...
Over 100,000 Jazz.net members are participating in the development of Jazz products.
Crowd
2012
We 3-step our way to integration standards

1
Industry consortiums CESAR and SPRINT join a growing number of supporters for OSLC specifications.
2
Along with Oracle, Tasktop, Red Hat, DERI, and SemanticWeb.com, we submit a Linked Data Basic Profile to the W3C.
3
Eclipse LyoEclipse Lyo, an open source project for an OSLC SDK, releases its first code.
Six Jazz founders win ACM award
for tool innovation
The original IBM technical team that developed Eclipse is awarded the ACM Software System Award for 2012.

Way to go – John, Dave, Philippe, Julian, Kevin, and Erich!
You make us proud.

2012
trophy
We get more agile with DevOps
We begin transforming our development processes and culture to enable continuous delivery.

2012
Riding a bigger wave

Forrester Wave™ Application Life-Cycle Management Q4 2012

Independent research firm ranks us highest among all vendors
in Current Offering for ALM Tools!

2013
2013
UrbanCode
We get stronger on DevOps

IBM acquires UrbanCode strengthening our DevOps solution with application release automation capabilities to increase delivery speed, quality and stability via frequent, automated releases.

2013
We put DevOps into practice

We leverage DevOps to begin shipping quarterly product releases. We share the ongoing story of our journey to continuous delivery.

DevOps lifecycle
Future
We're not done yet!