Small Business Partners with IBM to Offer Jazz Lifecycle Project Management

Original Article: MarketWatch

Holmes-Tucker International has partnered with IBM to offer naval aviation customers IBM Rational Jazz, the industry-standard lifecycle project management software.

“Jazz is one-stop shopping for managing an aircraft project from initial concept to retirement from the fleet,” said Holmes-Tucker President and CEO Dorothy Hammond.

Jazz integrates a suite of software, including two critical applications from IBM’s Rational Group: the Dynamic Object-Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) for requirements management and Rational Software Architecture (RSA) for enterprise architecture. Both are standard tools for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in all new aircraft programs.

“It’s a major step forward toward the NAVAIR vision of online, model-based systems engineering,” Hammond said.

Jazz incorporates additional capabilities normally available only as separate applications, such as project timeline tracking and multiple report formats including graphical and bulleted-text slides. Jazz also can import data from Microsoft Project, Excel and other vendors’ programs. All Jazz capabilities are bundled into one collaborative online platform accessible to all members of a project team no matter where they’re located.

Holmes-Tucker has already installed Jazz for NAVAIR’s P-8A Poseidon sub-hunter program and provides Jazz support and modifications for the UCLASS carrier-based unmanned aircraft program.

“It’s imperative for a small business like ours to offer the Navy more and better services if we’re going to survive the sequestration budget cuts,” said Hammond, whose employees support NAVAIR at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD and other Navy and Marine Corps bases around the country.

As an IBM business partner, Holmes-Tucker gains a significant advantage in the competitive military contracting world, according to Adam Hammett, the company’s Jazz applications manager.

“We have the full suite of Jazz software available for customer demonstrations, training and certification at our headquarters right across the street from NAVAIR at Pax River,” Hammett said. “And the IBM engineers we work with are on call for immediate customer assistance.”

For onsite installations, Holmes-Tucker configures the customer’s server, installs the software, makes sure all components talk to each other, adds certified users’ names and tailors the application to each client’s requirements, including a customized dashboard. The company’s Jazz package also includes administration, maintenance, training and on-call support.

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