Reaping in the benefits of OSLC integration OSLC also known as Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration has been the latest buzzword in the software development landscape. However, chances are there that even if you have not heard of it, you might be operating any software that depends on it. To explain in simple terms, OSLC is both a community of software developers as well as an organization that works towards standardizing the manner in which that software lifecycle tools can share the data and set up specifications explaining the way the data is actually shared. Perhaps the most prominent use of OSLC integration till date has been the IBM Rational Jazz Platform and the allied set of products. These Jazz products use OSLC specifications for incorporating with each other to provide complete Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions. Owing to the fact that OSLC specifications are accessible under the Creative Commons Attribution License, it is not just Jazz based products that have been using OSLC to solve integration concerns. Generally, enterprises make use of a multiple tools from various vendors and open source providers to support and manage individual phases of application development lifecycle or SDLC. Benefits of OSLC integration Top notch companies specializing in ALM integration tools have come up with the latest OSLC integration solution. They offer the following benefits: Enables the users to browse from the requirement list, work items, test cases, set up results and detects from the OSLC consumer tool, for instance IBM RTC Artifacts contained are linked to various tools in the context of test case, requirement and changed item. The users are able to get a preview of the artifact with live data the generates from the source tool Consumers are able to create new artifacts As the artifacts are being worked upon by multiple shareholders, users of OSLC consumer tools can follow the status updates, comments and other activities Consumers can update artifacts and collaborate with other stakeholders Today any OSLC enabled end user tools, for instance IBM RTC and RRC have the capacity to connect various ALM tools including Microsoft TFS, HP Quality Center, Atlassian Jira and SharePoint with the help of OSLC linking. Any ALM artifact in IBM RTC can have a live link to any artifact in Microsoft TFS. Enterprises providing OSLC integration are today enabling OSLC specification for change management, quality management and even requirement management software .
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