In the next major release of the Rational tools suite, due next year, IBM will link the Rational tools with its WebSphere application server, which is used to run Java applications, and with its Tivoli systems management product, said Mike Devlin, general manager of IBM's Rational division.
This closer integration will help companies track problems in deployed applications and make design and code changes more quickly, he said.   The follow-on version of next year's major release will increase the integration with the Tivoli set of systems-monitoring tools and inherit some collaboration capabilities from IBM's Lotus line, Devlin said.
The central point of integration for IBM's tools is Eclipse, an open-source tool effort the company started in late 2001. The Eclipse consortium, which now has close to 50 members, is set to become an independent organization with its own board by the end of the year, according to Eclipse. The Eclipse software is a system for combining several different development tools under a single user interface.
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