IBM wants to help distributed teams, said Rational general manager Danny Sabbah.
The toolkit is meant to bridge a gap between software developers and the operations staff responsible for running apps after they've been developed. Application developers typically have thrown their finished wares "over the wall" between themselves and operations staff, with each side pointing at the other if something goes wrong, he said.
The Performance Optimization Toolkit, designed to work with the established Rational Performance Tester tool, also was released last week. It gives developers the data they need to re-create the circumstances surrounding an application slowdown and directs them to the code that's responsible, Sabbah said.
IBM will continue to look for ways to let distributed teams collaborate more effectively, including with offshore developers, Sabbah said,
The effort to bridge the gap between operations and development also is part of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005, expected later this year. In April, Microsoft created a special license for the beta version of the toolset so that applications could be run in production, a move previously barred by beta licensing since Microsoft doesn't officially support beta release software.