Jazz itself, with roots in IBM Research, Rational and Lotus, is a set of tools and capabilities to help development team members better communicate and find relevant expertise in real time. As such it integrates “presence” and chat capabilities to enable a team member in one location with a question about one facet of their work to quickly locate an expert in the relevant area and locate that person online.

“The target audience is professionals in the software delivery business– project managers, QA people, actual developers, security analysts — anyone who may be working on a given software project,” he said. Increasingly, large software projects are global affairs — with many U.S. companies, for example, outsourcing chunks of their projects to teams in India, or other venues.