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Automate and accelerate build and release processes
IBM Rational Build Forge is an adaptive process execution framework that automates, orchestrates, manages, and tracks all the processes between each handoff within the assembly line of software development, creating an automated software factory. Rational Build Forge integrates into your current environment and supports major development languages, scripts, tools, and platforms; allowing you to continue to use your existing investments while adding valuable capabilities around process automation, acceleration, notification, and scheduling.

Automate software delivery across the lifecycle

  • Unify automation across development, test, and operations to eliminate delays and handoffs among discipline silos
  • Easily control existing tools across disciplines through a standard automation system
  • Systematically reduce or remove dependence on obfuscated or just plain old scripts
  • Achieve consistent, measurable, and improvable processes across platforms, products, and platforms
  • Enable developer self-service and remove dependence on the build team
  • Deep maintenance and deployment knowledge for popular IBM® WebSphere® middleware targets
  • Easily parallelize automated activities with just a mouse click
  • Ensure that development, test, and production environments are consistent with each other as well as within themselves
  • Consistent view of process and results makes it easy to see status and troubleshoot problems if they occur
  • Ease the process of showing compliance through consistent, automatically generated reports
  • Improve quality by enabling more process ‘turns’ in the same amount of time
  • Agentry available for popular platforms with a source kit provided and supported for the rest

What’s new in BuildForge?

Rational Build Forge helps you get your job done more quickly. Version 7.1.2 on provides performance enhancements in purging, scheduling, server test, manifest refresh, and the writing of step logs. This version also provides a better installation experience, which checks database connectivity and enables you to include Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere, if licensed to do so.

The Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere feature provides faster transfer performance and other improvements. In addition, it now supports WebSphere Business Process Management target systems, WebSphere Virtual Enterprise target systems, WebSphere Application Server Feature Packs, and WebSphere Portal 6.1.5.

The Rational Build Forge documentation is now presented in an information center, providing better search capability and other benefits.