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IBM Rational Method Composer: Part 1: Key concepts Level: Introductory Peter Haumer , Solution Architect, IBM 15 Dec 2005 from The Rational Edge: This two-part article offers a thorough introduction to IBM Rational Method Composer, IBM's next-generation process management tool platform and conceptual framework for authoring, tailoring, and deploying development processes. Part One, presented here, offers a high-level understanding of the key capabilities of RMC, and it provides an overview of key concepts and typical RMC usage scenarios. For companies and organizations evolving into on demand businesses 1 to compete in a world increasingly enabled by multiple technologies and the disappearance of geopolitical boundaries -- "flatteners," as Thomas Friedman terms these enablers 2 -- the creation, integration, modernization, extension, and deployment of systems and software applications has become critical. Today, information technology not only supports the business but, in many organizations, actually defines the business. 3 We are witnessing the emergence of a new computing paradigm, which IBM calls "business-driven development" 4 ; BDD organizations fully integrate and align flexible development processes with business process development for different lines of businesses as well as IT operations to improve business performance. Running business-driven development projects requires very flexible development processes. Such processes not only have to provide concrete support and guidance for modern development practices, such as agile, iterative, architecture-centric, risk- and quality-driven software development, but also have to be flexible enough to support rapid tailoring and adoption of the process itself. These processes also need to evolve across projects, and the projects being executed must themselves be able to evolve as business needs change mid-way to completion. 5 IBM Rational's Unified Process (RUP) has a long history as the leading commercial process framework product in the market, providing much of that flexibility through its architecture and tool support for the tailoring, extension, and deployment of processes. 6 This paper introduces the RUP development team's next-generation process management tool platform and conceptual framework -- IBM Rational Method Composer (RMC) -- which provides a completely redesigned user experience and a myriad of new features for authoring, tailoring, and deploying development processes. This new platform consists of tools for authoring, configuring, and viewing method content and processes 7 . It replaces IBM Rational's current tools Rational Process Workbench, RUP Builder, and MyRUP. It also contains RUP-based method content and processes packaged in different variants. As of this writing, it is available as a
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commercial product offering and as the proposed framework called the "Eclipse Process Framework," as depicted in Figure 1: 1. The Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) 8 is a proposed open-source project at
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