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Develop and manage Java Apps with IBM Bluemix and DevOps Services
Lauren Schaefer shows how easy it is to plan, track, and manage an agile Java development project with IBM DevOps Services.
Articles 08 Oct 2014
Create a natural language question answering system with IBM Watson and Bluemix services
IBM Watson represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing. Watson inspires many developers to dream up new and inventive ideas for applications that use cognitive elements to deliver a better and more personalized experience to the user. In this article, we will use Watson Question and Answer (Q&A) technology and the Q&A API exposed by Watson to build a simple demo application, Watson Films.
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Articles 29 Sep 2014
Intro to Bluemix and DevOps Services, Part 1: Deploy and update a simple app
In this three-part introductory series on Bluemix and DevOps Services, you discover how using these products can prevent you from wasting time. You learn how to quickly and easily deploy a simple app, deploy an app that makes use of a Bluemix service, and write code that uses a new Bluemix service. You'll even try out the web IDE (no setup required) and learn how to use agile planning tools. As a bonus to all of the knowledge you'll get by working through the examples in this series, you also get an application that checks the prices of items in online stores for you, so you don’t have to surf the web to see if your favorite items are on sale!
Articles 23 Sep 2014
Editor's picks: Valuable info from the author of DevOps for Dummies
Sanjeev Sharma has devoted most of his time to DevOps. We've aggregated the results of his efforts into this article so take some time to learn about DevOps from a DevOps specialist.
Articles 23 Sep 2014
Intro to Bluemix and DevOps Services, Part 3: Plan, track, and take advantage of new Bluemix services
In this three-part introductory series on Bluemix and DevOps Services, discover how using these products can prevent you from wasting time! Using the simple app created in Part 1 and the app that uses a Bluemix service deployed in Part 2, learn how to write code that uses the new Bluemix service. Try out the web IDE (no setup required) and learn how to use agile planning tools. End up with an application that checks the prices of items in online stores for you, so you don’t have to surf the web to see if your favorite items are on sale!
Articles 23 Sep 2014
Intro to Bluemix and DevOps Services, Part 2: Deploy an app that uses a Bluemix service
In this three-part introductory series on Bluemix and DevOps Services, you discover how using these products can prevent you from wasting time! Using the simple app created in Part 1, learn how to deploy an app that makes use of a Bluemix service in Part 2. Continue to Part 3, where you learn how to write code that uses the new Bluemix service.
Articles 23 Sep 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 6. Use DevOps to drive quality assurance and testing
Quality assurance and testing requires collaboration between many key stakeholders, because of this the DevOps principles of communication and collaboration are beneficial. This article explains how to use DevOps to drive quality assurance and testing and shows you service virtualization testing in practice.
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Articles 02 Sep 2014
The pillars of knowing your software is right
In model-driven development and formal specification of software systems, the quality feedback mechanism is reinforced by the more extensive validation of early lifecycle representations of the system. It is worth replacing a well-understood and trusted validation and verification model based on hand-crafted requirements, code, simulation, and test with a formal requirements engineering approach.
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Articles 21 Aug 2014
Rapidly create a Node.js app using a Bluemix boilerplate and DevOps Services
Lauren Schaefer demonstrates how to create an operational Node.js app in under 90 seconds using the Bluemix boilerplate. She also demonstrates how to use IBM DevOps Services to edit the app using the web IDE, automatically deploy the app by simply pushing changes to her Git repository, and set up a collaborative team environment for app development.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 04 Aug 2014
Implement continuous delivery using IBM UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to implement a continuous delivery solution on SoftLayer cloud servers, using IBM UrbanCode Deploy, from the aspects of design to the implementation details.
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Articles 30 Jul 2014
Flow measurements for software
DevOps is best understood as applying highly successful lean management practices to business processes that include software. However, lean techniques such as value stream mapping and flow management are generally applied to more business processes such as manufacturing and logistics that are more easily controlled. This article extends those lean techniques to processes that include software by treating DevOps as an artifact-centric business process. Taking this approach shows, in particular, how DevOps can be instrumented and measured to help achieve business goals.
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Articles 15 Jul 2014
Use Rational Quality Manager in a continuous delivery DevOps pipeline
Automated testing is an important piece of the DevOps continuous delivery pipeline. It's easy enough to write automation test scripts and have them be triggered after a build is installed. It is more difficult to maintain a group of tests to run, the machines to run them on, and a history of the test results. This set of tasks can be daunting if you are using plain ANT and properties files to maintain the inventory.
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Articles 15 Jul 2014
Develop apps in the cloud with DevOps Services
This article describes how to get started using DevOps Services (JazzHub) to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud. Using a sample application, learn how to develop on DevOps Services and deploy on IBM Bluemix.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Use Software Defined Networking to optimize your IaaS
Explore Software Defined Networking (SDN) network management via software abstraction layers as a method to enhance and optimize your Infrastructure as a Service in the areas of interoperability, user and provider expectation management, developer and administrator requirements, and effective risk mitigation.
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Articles 24 Jun 2014
DevOps for rapid software production
Producing IT software solutions fast enough to meet operational demands has become increasingly challenging for technology-rich businesses. The process is labor intensive and requires iterative procedures as well as 24x7 attentiveness to integrating, compiling, and testing code. At first glance, throwing additional resources at the problem seems the logical response, but a better solution is to develop software applications more rapidly using a framework that is resilient enough to withstand mass-production automations. DevOps offers such a framework, and coupled with rapid application development, businesses can perform fast-paced prototyping, testing, and delivery while maintaining high quality standards.
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Articles 24 Jun 2014
Managing a continuous delivery process by providing continuity of service
To provide continuity of service, configure a continuous delivery process using IBM UrbanCode Deploy. Using a real scenario, this article describes how to the upgrade components on the staging and production environments without interrupting service.
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Articles 24 Jun 2014
Explore the OpenStack REST APIs for PowerVC
IBM Power Virtualization Center Express Edition (PowerVC) is an IaaS cloud solution designed to make it easier to build and manage virtual resources in a Power Systems Software Defined Environment or a cloud infrastructure. It is primarily based on OpenStack and includes OpenStack industry-standard application programming interfaces. Learn about the APIs for each OpenStack component and the tasks they will help you complete.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 13 Jun 2014
Agile data analysis - Advanced workflows and R integration
To perform agile data analysis in a production environment, the processing of data must be integrated with tests that require a minimum of user interaction. The configuration of the analysis tools, therefore, must be done programmatically. You also need fast access to graphical reporting, which gives a visual representation of the resulting analysis, to help you determine whether further investigation is required. Learn how to use advanced workflow techniques in KNIME, an Eclipse-based graphical workbench for data analysis and reporting, and the R analysis package to create production-ready workflows and complex graphical representations of the processed data at any point in the workflow.
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Articles 10 Jun 2014
Make PaaS your vulnerability testing ground
Evaluate, integrate, and define various security testing concepts in differing scenarios. Explore a sample user PaaS testing environment structure as a basis for a security testing model.
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Articles 03 Jun 2014
Adopting DevOps for continuous innovation
DevOps is a set of principles and practices based on lean thinking. Lean principles, when applied to a software delivery organization, make software development more agile and efficient. This article is for readers (from practitioners to executives) who need a basic introduction to DevOps practices.
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Articles 02 Jun 2014
Leaner software development using DevOps
Inspired by lean software development principles, this article focuses on various ways to help you notice and remove waste in your process and your time, all while improving time to feedback.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 02 Jun 2014
Security considerations for DevOps adoption
As DevOps matures and finds broader adoption in enterprises, the scope of DevOps must be expanded to include all the teams and stakeholders that contribute to application delivery. DevOps introduces an approach of continuous delivery and continuous testing of small sets of capabilities being delivered by an application delivery organization. Security teams can take advantage of this delivery approach as a way to reduce security risks. By continuously securing these smaller releases of functionality, they can identify security vulnerabilities early in the lifecycle and mitigate the effects early.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 01 Jun 2014
Prepare to upgrade to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5
IBM Enterprise COBOL V5.1 was released in 2013. It provides significant performance improvement to COBOL applications. This article focuses on changes that you need to be aware of as you prepare for the upgrade. It includes an overview of improvements in the modernized COBOL compiler.
Articles 28 May 2014
Managing remote repositories on a dynamic cloud network using IBM UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to build a remote package repository for IBM UrbanCode Deploy to use in the context of a continuous delivery process. This will optimize and drastically reduce the delivery time of the packages. The solution is based on a real case study for the DevOpsInACloud project. Because the DevOpsInACloud environments are located on different networks, the download of a new version of the product on each agent might be time consuming. Learn how to create and configure a remote repository for each network and configure the UrbanCode Deploy processes to download the build artifacts from these repositories.
Articles 20 May 2014
From AccuRev to Rational Team Concert
Learn how to migrate source code stored in an AccuRev repository to IBM Rational Team Concert by using one of two approaches: Migrate the source code without history or migrate the source code with history. If you use AccuRev and need to migrate code to Rational Team Concert, these migration tips can help.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 20 May 2014
Ensure continuous delivery by deploying industry solutions to a cloud platform
Using a real customer scenario, explore the challenges and how they are resolved to ensure continuous deployment. Continuous delivery has become a common pattern for solutions delivered on a cloud platform. To make continuous delivery possible, all of the build, deployment, test, and release stages need to be automated to deliver frequent iterations so that developers and operations professionals can continuously pick up the pipeline of code changes and defect fixes. Increased automation of processes leads to increased efficiency in cloud delivery. Apply the installation and deployment techniques in this article to improve the solution installer and make it better suited for continuous deployment and delivery. This article demonstrates an approach to altering solution installation and configuration to support continuous deployment.
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Articles 13 May 2014
DevOps for mobile apps challenges and best practices
Mobile apps bring new complexity to DevOps, but the rewards are too great to ignore. Get 10 best practices for ramping up your mobile enterprise capability for continuous software delivery.
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Articles 13 May 2014
Manage continuous delivery in the dynamic cloud environment using IBM UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to configure dynamic environments in IBM UrbanCode Deploy. Using the scenario DevOpsInACloud, explore how to use UrbanCode Deploy to dynamically change environments based on workload.
Articles 29 Apr 2014
Change apps quickly with Rational Team Concert
Make changes to an application more quickly and make the application more scalable, using a collaborative development platform that makes it possible to apply an agile DevOps approach to continuous operations of an application. Consider four methods of modernizing an application: hosting it on a different platform, migrating it to a database management system, dividing it into smaller, service-related components, or using a combination of methods in a hybrid approach.
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Articles 15 Apr 2014
Develop apps in the cloud with DevOps Services
This article describes how to get started using DevOps Services (JazzHub) to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud. Using a sample application, learn how to develop on DevOps Services and deploy on IBM Codename: BlueMix.
Articles 11 Apr 2014
Improve the quality of your unit testing by integrating eclEmma and Rational Team Concert
This article describes how to set up eclEmma and IBM Rational Team Concert so that you can automatically check your code coverage when code is delivered to a stream. The delivery can then be prevented if the coverage is not sufficient. This process makes it possible for teams to ensure that their unit tests are being effective and that they have high levels of coverage. It also helps teams with existing code to incrementally improve the coverage and quality of the code.
Articles 08 Apr 2014
Generate DITA Java API reference documentation using DITADoclet and DITA API specialization
Combine DITADoclet and DITA API specialization to save time and still produce quality API documentation directly from the Java source code.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 17 Mar 2014
Using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance documents: Generate diagram-based documents from IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager
Part of a series covering tips, tricks, and best practices for using IBM Rational Publishing Engine to generate compliance-relevant reports, this article shows how to generate IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager design documents using a diagram-based reporting approach.
Articles 11 Mar 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 5. DevOps in the cloud
To realize the true value of cloud-based software development and cloud-based operations, apply DevOps practices to help mitigate the potential pitfalls and risks associated with cloud-based computing. Learn how to use DevOps best practices to ensure that your organization can both use cloud-based development tools and processes and implement scalable, cloud-based operations successfully.
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Articles 06 Mar 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 4. Drive agile Application Lifecycle Management with DevOps
DevOps provides a set of principles and practices that help development and operations teams to work together more effectively. Most organizations recognize that that there are other key stakeholders, such as information security, Quality Assurance (QA), testing, and many others who can also benefit from the DevOps approach. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) helps to define the entire software and systems lifecycle, which encompasses a wide range of tasks and stakeholders. These stakeholders play an essential role to create reliable and secure systems. Apply the DevOps approach to improve communication and collaboration to drive the entire application lifecycle. Learn how to use DevOps to understand the dependencies between each of the stakeholders in the application lifecycle.
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Articles 04 Mar 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us online for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
Meeting the continuous challenge
DevOps, along with agile, is changing the way we think about software development, delivery, and deployment, but when DevOps is discussed, one critical piece of the technology puzzle is frequently overlooked: testing and the data on which it relies. This article attempts to shine a light on testing and data management in the burgeoning world of DevOps and cloud computing.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 10 Dec 2013
DevOps best practices: Part 2. Ensure robust and effective information security with DevOps
DevOps principles, well known for helping developers and operations to work more effectively together, can be applied to information security, as well. Learn how DevOps can improve information security by applying industry-recognized best practices. Use the DevOps approach to keep systems secure, to prevent system glitches, and to ensure uninterrupted service.
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Articles 10 Dec 2013
DevOps best practices: Part 1. Develop reliable software with DevOps
Learn the best practices to use in order to create reliable software systems and avoid the high profile incidents that have recently impacted so many other companies.
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Articles 05 Nov 2013
Reduce risks to your organization posed by IT operations
Regardless of the cause -- human error, system failures, security breaches, or physical interruptions -- disruptions to operations from IT-related causes can not only damage a company's financial bottom line, it can affect an organization's reputation, which can alter the future economic health of the company. A new study from IBM explains what business continuity and IT security means for a company's reputation.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 04 Nov 2013
Introducing the new Version 9 IDEs
All of the IBM Rational integrated development environments (IDEs) have been enhanced to deliver new features, improved usability, and better integration. Stephen Henderson reviews a few of the major and most interesting features.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 23 Oct 2013
Agile data analysis
This article describes techniques and tooling that can empower testers and other consumers of measurement data to interpret results in an adaptable way that should make data analysis more interactive.
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Articles 22 Oct 2013
Adopting the IBM DevOps approach for continuous software delivery
IBM DevOps introduces an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery, enabling organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. This article outlines four paths to adopting or improving continuous software delivery in your organization. In addition, this article presents a practice-based framework (the DevOps maturity model) that can help you assess your current practices, set your goals, and measure your improvement along a continuum as you adopt the IBM DevOps approach.
Articles 11 Oct 2013
DevOps distilled: A new look at DevOps
In this series of articles, learn about DevOps and how it can: create a collaborative relationship between development and IT operations; enable high deployment rates; and increase the reliability, resilience, and security of your production environment.
Articles 01 Oct 2013
Rebuild your IT operations to be application-centric
The winds of disruptive change are blowing through IT. These changes reflect the adoption of cloud computing, the new consumer paradigm for acquiring and using products and services, the expanding base of knowledge related to an increasingly mobile user, and the ingestion and digestion of big data. To adapt to this change, the IT mindset must transform. This transformation culminates in the DevOps movement, which is aligned with agile software development and facilitated by open source tools and IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator.
Articles 01 Oct 2013
Defining the deployment deliverable in DevOps
Dan Zentgraf of Ascendent Technology, an IBM Business Partner, describes the challenges inherent in transforming from traditional development approaches to emerging DevOps practices and the changes required to do so.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 30 Sep 2013
DevOps for mobile development
Mobile computing is probably the hottest topic for development and operations teams right now. Employees in companies large and small have various mobile devices, many of them personal, that they are using for work. Companies all over the world want to use the mobile market by providing customers and users with apps that make mobile computing easier. So, it is important for companies to think through not just the development of a mobile capability but also how they will deploy it and how they can ensure the continuity of the capabilities as these change over time. This article covers how DevOps (development & operations) can help address the issues of deploying different versions of apps to different devices.
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Articles 27 Sep 2013
Integrate SonarQube into a DevOps environment
Learn how to integrate a static code analysis tool using the IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery Solution. This article also shows how to integrate SonarQube into a DevOps environment to obtain the feedback from the static analysis tool. Code quality is improved and your project is managed better.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 27 Aug 2013
Mobile testing with IBM Rational Test Workbench
In this article, you will learn how to perform mobile testing using IBM Rational Test Workbench version 8.5 and Android x86 4.0.3 virtual machine.
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Articles 27 Aug 2013
Use approvals to enforce test driven development, code reviews and integration testing in Rational Team Concert
Deepa Saini shows how the approval process can be leveraged in Rational Team Concert to enforce Test Driven Development (TDD), code review and integration testing as part of project process. TDD, reviews, and integration testing put in practice ensure quality software development. For users new to project process implementation, this article assists in getting started with this implementation in Rational Team Concert right away. For users who are familiar with processes and would like to implement these quality practices, this is the right pointer on how to get them set up in their project process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 20 Aug 2013
Manage test data more effectively with Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1
Test data is used to provide a preconfigured set of input values to the test scripts that run at test execution. IBM Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1 provides new features for test data so you can organize data better and use it more effectively.
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Articles 13 Aug 2013
Using Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
By extending the IBM Rational Test Lab Manager component of IBM Rational Quality Manager, you can manage test assets in a virtual environment such as a cloud. You can import up-to-date definitions of virtual images and machines for use in your test lab and deploy new virtual machines on demand. This article describes how the IBM Tivoli Lab in Rome is piloting an integration of Rational Quality Manager with IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2.1 to help test teams improve productivity, cycle times, and cost effectiveness.
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Articles 12 Aug 2013
Agile DevOps: Build a DevOps dashboard
What if you could get instant feedback on the health of your software system with every change applied -- not only to the software application, but also to the database, infrastructure, and configuration? In this final Agile DevOps installment, DevOps expert Paul Duvall helps you set up a DevOps dashboard by using the open source CanaryBoard tool. The dashboard reveals the state of the entire software system under development -- from check-in to production -- at a glance.
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Articles 08 Aug 2013
Automated testing with Selenium and Cucumber
Take the pain out of test automation with Selenium and Cucumber, by learning to write tests in simple feature files and drive them through your browser with the flip of a switch. This article is a hands-on introduction to setting up a test automation framework with Selenium and Cucumber, creating a test suite for single-page web applications, and running tests across multiple web and mobile browsers via Selenium Grid.
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Articles 06 Aug 2013
Link requirements collections in IBM Rational DOORS to test plans in IBM Rational Quality Manager
This article teaches IBM Rational DOORS and IBM Rational Quality Manager users how to link requirements collections in a Rational DOORS module view to a test plan and generate a test case in Rational Quality Manager using the reconcile feature in Rational Quality Manager.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 30 Jul 2013
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer 8.5.x: Rapidly build web apps with Rational Application Developer's JPA Manager Beans
See how quickly you can build a web application using IBM Rational Application Developer's JPA Manager Beans and Rich Page Editor to retrieve and update from your information systems and render it professionally in a JavaServer Faces facelet.
Articles 30 Jul 2013
IBM Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3 Tour
An overview of version v4.0.3 of IBM Rational Quality Manager.
Demos 24 Jul 2013
How to move an existing CICS application to a smartphone
Reginaldo Barosa describes how to modernize an existing IBM z/OS application by using service-oriented architecture (SOA) to move it to a smartphone. Without making changes in the existing IBM CICS application, he shows how to create and deploy CICS web services that a smartphone can invoke.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 23 Jul 2013
Using the IBM Worklight optimization framework to build a cross-platform mobile application for multiple devices
IBM Worklight’s optimization framework delivers a lowest-common-denominator solution for multiple device mobile application development. By sharing the majority of the application code across multiple environments, the optimization framework can dramatically improve application efficiency without compromising user experience or application functionality. It also reduces the cost for managing ongoing application maintenance and helps with the easy adoption of new devices. This article presents a general solution approach, accompanied by descriptions of the steps in the development process using the capabilities of the Worklight optimization framework, its results, and its affect on ROI in a sample cross-device mobile application business case.
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Articles 17 Jul 2013
IBM Security AppScan Source: Explore functions
This is a summary guide to learn the basics of using IBM Security AppScan Source Edition. Derek Chowaniec will show you how to configure applications for scanning, alter the scanning configuration for your security needs, use the integrated tools to build a report, triage the information based on your findings, and configure the system to scan and analyze precompiled code. Tom Mulvehill shows you how to hunt down vulnerabilities in Android applications.
Articles 11 Jul 2013
Enhance distributed development with IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux Version 9.0
IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux Version 9.0 allows you to use a single project to develop, build, test, debug, and performance tune your application across multiple systems at the same time. Mike Kucera describes the features that enable distributed development.
Articles 09 Jul 2013
Using Screen Definition II with Rational Team Concert
Many large companies that use the IBM z/OS software have an investment in IBM Screen Definition Facility II (SDF II). Liam Doherty shows how to store SDF II objects and create build definitions for them in IBM Rational Team Concert.
Articles 09 Jul 2013
Software Delivery and Lifecycle patterns for Private Cloud
This article introduces IBM Software Delivery and Lifecycle Patterns including the features and benefits for those considering private cloud deployments. You will learn about the integrated components and simplified license model. Finally readers will learn where to find out more about the IBM solutions for private cloud.
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Articles 02 Jul 2013
IBM Security AppScan Standard: Scan and analyze results
This is a summary guide to getting started scanning for web application vulnerabilities with IBM Security AppScan Standard Edition and analyzing the results. Watch a video demonstration to learn how to configure AppScan for a dynamic scan of a new application. Follow a case study that demonstrates using AppScan Standard to scan and test two web applications. Watch a five-step process to help you analyze the results of your scan. Then watch a real-life scenario in which AppScan Standard is used (with AppScan Source) to establish embedded security analysis. A bonus is also included: An AppScan Standard guide to testing mobile applications.
Articles 19 Jun 2013
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Part 4. Integrate the IBM Worklight adapter with SCA 1.1 services
This is Part 4 of a series that explains how to use IBM® Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software and IBM® Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices, including those that run Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Metro operating systems. This part demonstrates how to extend and transform existing server-side business logic assets to the mobile domain without re-engineering. Bhargav Perepa first shows how to use Rational Application Developer workbench to develop and test a JAX-WS application. Then he explains how to use Worklight Studio to develop and test a mobile application that uses the logic developed in the web service application.
Articles 18 Jun 2013
Configure Rational Team Concert to build ISPF Dialog Tag Language components
Many Rational customers use IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) Dialog Tag Language (DTL) on IBM z/OS systems to define and create their ISPF panels and messages. Invoking the ISPF DTL conversion utility requires different steps in the setup of the language definitions and translators in Rational Team Concert. Liam Doherty explains those steps.
Articles 18 Jun 2013
Simplify user management for Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is becoming a key productivity tool for many organizations. There are companies that are already using other IBM Rational software, such as IBM Rational DOORS, Rational Change or Rational Synergy, or Rational Focal Point, and use Rational Directory Server to provide directory services. Some will want to integrate their new CLM setup with their existing Rational Directory Server to provide services such as authentication and user management. This article explains how to do this, step by step.
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Articles 14 Jun 2013
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0.3 and Design Manager 4.0.3
IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0.3 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0.3 offer several improvements and new features. Capture and validate designs easier with new action language and table improvements, increase performance with 64-bit support, trace requirements with improved workflows with IBM Rational DOORS, using Rhapsody Design Manager. There is also increased support for developing applications that comply with the DO-178B/C standard for avionics and the IEC 62304 standard for medical devices, using reference documentation.
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Articles 14 Jun 2013
IBM Worklight server configuration for FIPS 140-2 validation and certification, Part 2: Deploying your mobile app on WebSphere Application Server
In this article, the second in a two-part series, learn how to set up, configure, and validate a distributed IBM WebSphere Application Server network; deploy and validate IBM MobileFirst solutions; configure end-to-end SSL communications; configure IBM Worklight Server for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 (Cryptographic Module Validation Program) compliance; and verify and validate the end-to-end working of the mobile application for its intended purpose: FIPS 140-2 compliance for server-side validation and certification.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 12 Jun 2013
The IBM Rational 2013 IT and EM Spring Launch story
Adopting a DevOps approach to application development and delivery helps organizations align development resources to satisfy your customers like never before - faster and with less risk. Mike Perrow describes IBM's vision for extending DevOps principles beyond the domain of IT, to include customers and business leaders in a cycle of software delivery and feedback.
Articles 03 Jun 2013
Features and benefits of IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Version 4.0.1: Part 1. The web client
This first of two videos demonstrates using the IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation web client, which is one of the two clients licensed with DOORS.
Demos 31 May 2013
Features and benefits of IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Version 4.0.1: Part 2. The rich client and importing requirements
This second video of two explores the Rational DOORS Next Generation rich client, one of the two clients licensed with Rational DOORS. The focus is on the requirements management features from the perspective of complex systems engineering, in particular the ability of the rich client to open multiple modules when managing a hierarchy of requirement document levels and their associated traceability.
Demos 31 May 2013
Using the web-based client with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Rational Requirements Composer: Part 1.
This is the first part of a two-part video demonstration of using the web-based client with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Rational Requirements Composer Version 4.01. Both are part of the IBM Rational requirements management solution. You'll see how to integrate other Rational tools, such as Rational Team Concert, and how to understand your project structure, create new views, filter your project for requirements, edit artifacts, create project snapshots use baselines, search, and import a formatted Microsoft Word document into an example project.
Demos 30 May 2013
Using the web-based client with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Rational Requirements Composer: Part 2.
This is the second part of a two-part video demonstration of using the web-based client with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Rational Requirements Composer Version 4.01. Narrator and IBM Rational technical specialist Jon Walton covers examining modules in detail, filters, the requirement attribute pane, creating module baselines, comments, the Find tool, module history, adding new artifacts, editing requirements, traceability links, and generating doc-style reports.This is the second part of a two-part video demonstration of using the web-based client with IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Rational Requirements Composer Version 4.01. Narrator and IBM Rational technical specialist Jon Walton covers examining modules in detail, filters, the requirement attribute pane, creating module baselines, comments, the Find tool, module history, adding new artifacts, editing requirements, traceability links, and generating doc-style reports.
Demos 30 May 2013
IBM Worklight server configuration for FIPS 140-2 validation and certification, Part 1: Configuring a server-side WebSphere Application Server infrastructure
In this article, learn the steps for verifying and validating the end-to-end working of your mobile application for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 (Cryptographic Module Validation Program) compliance. Steps include installing the prerequisite products (IBM Worklight Studio, Worklight Server deployed to an IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile, and a Base Profile), enabling server-side, end-to-end security; configuring the server-side infrastructure for FIPS 140-2 compliance; and finally instrumenting, collecting, analyzing, and validating FIPS 140-2 compliance from the logging, tracing, and instrumentation facilities of the WebSphere infrastructure.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 28 May 2013
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Part 3. Integrate the IBM Worklight adapter with RESTful services
This is Part 3 of a multipart series that explains how to use IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and IBM Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices, including those that run Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Metro operating systems. In this third article, Bhargav Perepa covers three key topics: Developing and testing a JPA-exposed RESTFul service application in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere, using that to create an application logic package as a library to use in mobile application development, and using Worklight Studio to develop and test a server-side mobile application component to use that library.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 21 May 2013
Successful compliance with IEC 61508 safety standards
The international standard, IEC 61508, provides guidelines for developing systems that comprise electrical, electronic, or programmable electronic components, or a combination of those components that perform safety functions. This article offers techniques for incorporating those guidelines into the embedded system and software development lifecycle. It also provides examples of use cases to apply software and system engineering methods and a strategy to help enhance the reliability and functionality of the safety-related and safety-critical systems.
Articles 21 May 2013
Introduction to Manual Explorer in IBM Security AppScan Enterprise 8.7
IBM Security AppScan Enterprise V8.7 includes the new Manual Explorer tool, which helps security analysts find more URLs and explore pages that are difficult to explore with automated explorer tools. The Security AppScan Enterprise team has improved the Manual Explorer to address some drawbacks of the earlier plug-in. Currently, Security AppScan Enterprise V8.7 supports both the Manual Explorer tool and the Manual Explore plug-in. In this article, learn about the new Manual Explorer tool by using step-by-step instructions to install and configure the tool.
Articles 21 May 2013
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster: Part 3. Upgrade CLM applications to new versions
This series explains how to effectively manage Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) applications that are deployed in a high-availability environment that uses cold standby for the applications and an IBM DB2 HADR implementation for databases. In Part 3, Murali Dhandapani and Nanda Sivanandam describe how to use the primary and standby database servers while upgrading IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer from one version to another. They also explain how to upgrade the CLM applications by using a cold standby setup and provide instructions for upgrading Version 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 when the CLM integration is hosted in a cluster environment.
Articles 14 May 2013
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster: Part 3. Upgrade CLM applications to new versions
This series explains how to effectively manage Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) applications that are deployed in a high-availability environment that uses cold standby for the applications and an IBM DB2 HADR implementation for databases. In Part 3, Murali Dhandapani and Nanda Sivanandam describe how to use the primary and standby database servers while upgrading IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer from one version to another. They also explain how to upgrade the CLM applications by using a cold standby setup and provide instructions for upgrading Version 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 when the CLM integration is hosted in a cluster environment.
Articles 14 May 2013
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Part 2. IBM Worklight adapter integration with web service business logic
This is Part 2 of a series that explains how to use IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and IBM Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices, including those that run Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Metro operating systems. This part demonstrates how to extend and transform existing server-side business logic assets to the mobile domain without re-engineering. Bhargav Perepa first shows how to use Rational Application Developer workbench to develop and test a JAX-WS application. Then he explains how to use Worklight Studio to develop and test a mobile application that uses the logic developed in the web service application.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 May 2013
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Part 1. IBM Worklight adapter integration with Java business logic
This is Part 1 of a series that explains how to use IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and IBM Worklight together to develop applications for mobile devices, including those that run Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Metro operating systems. In this first article, Bhargav Perepa covers developing and testing a Java application in Rational Application Developer, creating a custom Java application logic package as a library to use in mobile application development, how to use Worklight to develop a server-side mobile application component to use that library, and how to use Worklight Studio to test the mobile application.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 30 Apr 2013
Being agile in embedded product-line development with Rational Team Concert
Harry Koehnemann delves into the details of how one embedded product organization fared when they adopted Rational Team Concert and agile engineering practices. He describes the problems that hardware, software, and project management teams at 321 Gang faced, the practices and tool changes that helped them, and what challenges remain.
Also available in: Chinese   Japanese  
Articles 30 Apr 2013
Integrate IBM Rational Requirements Composer and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters
If you use HP Application Lifecycle Management software (HP ALM) for quality management, you can use the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM to integrate data with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. Developers, testers, and analysts can then work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. This demonstration shows how the Rational Adapter for HP ALM integrates data across HP ALM and Rational requirements management tools. The demo shows Rational Requirements Composer, but DOORS Next Generation works the same way.
Demos 24 Apr 2013
Integrate Rational Focal Point with Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications
Kathryn Fryer describes four different techniques that you can use to integrate IBM Rational Focal Point with IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Requirements Composer, and other applications that are part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). She also provides steps to configure the integration, with examples to illustrate them.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 23 Apr 2013
Custom reporting using work item relationship links
If you have adopted the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), there are two reporting applications that are based on IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software to help you produce reports: IBM Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence and IBM Rational Insight. This article details a flexible mechanism to use in creating report templates that rely on relationship links between work items
Also available in: Vietnamese  
Articles 23 Apr 2013
Bridge Mainframe and Mobile Application Development with the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and Worklight
Enterprises can extend the reach of IBM System z applications by combining the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development with the IBM Worklight technology. These solutions combine a collaborative development environment and a mobile application development platform.
Demos 22 Apr 2013
Debug entry control blocks created by custom communication packages on z/TPF
With greater frequency, IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility, Enterprise Edition (z/TPF) customers are implementing custom communication packages to communicate between systems or drive traffic into z/TPF, for example TN3270 support or proprietary protocols. The z/TPF debugger offers a range of solutions for debugging entry control blocks, or ECBs. Three features have been implemented to help debug ECBs created by custom communication packages.
Articles 17 Apr 2013
Developing mobile apps as medical devices: Understanding U.S. government regulations
As mobile health and wellness applications proliferate in the marketplace, U.S. federal government agencies -- most notably the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- are preparing to impose regulations on those that they deem to be medical devices. In this article, get a detailed overview of the FDA guidance published to date, and learn how it impacts mobile app development. (Nothing in this article should be perceived as legal advice.)
Articles 16 Apr 2013
Secure your mobile applications
With the explosive growth in the mobile ecosystem, mobile application security is a huge concern. New mobile application designs require new ways of testing to ensure data safety. In this article, explore different aspects of mobile application security. With hands-on examples, learn to use IBM Security AppScan Standard with mobile user agents and with emulators and actual devices for Android and iOS.
Also available in: Russian   Vietnamese  
Articles 16 Apr 2013
Using IBM Rational Team Concert with HP ALM
This video demonstrates how users of IBM Rational Team Concert can integrate their HP ALM work by using the IBM Rational Lifecycle Adapter for HP Application Lifecycle Management, or HP ALM.
Demos 05 Apr 2013
Improve Rational Focal Point queries by using the Lifecycle Query Engine
Lifecycle Query Engine supports indexing Linked Data from applications supported by the Tracked Resource Set (TRS) specification to provide a SPARQL endpoint for querying. Karthikeyan Dakshinamurthy provides details for configuring Rational Focal Point as one of the query engine sources to improve querying capability.
Articles 05 Apr 2013
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters
If you use HP Application Lifecycle Management software (HP ALM) for quality management, you can use the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM to integrate data with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. Developers, testers, and analysts can then work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. The adapters also integrate the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) with selected non-IBM software. The first release includes adapters for HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git software.
Demos 05 Apr 2013
Team-based prioritization of activities with Rational Focal Point
IBM Rational Focal Point prioritization capabilities help organizations make complex decisions about how to allocate their limited resources. John Goodson and Brad Sandler describe how to create a customized prioritization exercise to suit the unique needs of your organization's structure and decision-making style. Then they explain how to visually display the results of that exercise.
Articles 26 Mar 2013
Create server-side certificates for Collaborative Lifecycle Management
For a Rational tools administrator, installing and deploying new software and technologies can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when the documentation spans multiple IBM brands. Instruction on the use of certificates is typically omitted, because the documentation points you to IBM WebSphere, and it is based on the assumption that you have a working knowledge of certificates. In this tutorial, Neil Williams provides a brief overview and then detailed steps for setting up certificates for WebSphere and Tomcat servers for IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 26 Mar 2013
Automating software development with Rational Method Composer and Jazz: Part 3: Leverage existing practices
In the third demo of this three-part series that shows how to enact IBM Rational Method Composer process descriptions in IBM Rational Team Concert, we use a sample scenario: The JKE organization needs to develop an HR system to manage its resources. They decide that adopting a commercial off-the-shelf (or COTS) product is more viable than developing a system from scratch. However, the company has no previous experience with COTS development, so they decide to look into whether there are practices that can guide them through selecting, adapting, and deploying the COTS software.
Demos 21 Mar 2013
Automating software development with Rational Method Composer and Jazz: Part 1: Enact IBM Rational Method Composer process descriptions in IBM Rational Team Concert
This demo shows how to enact IBM Rational Method Composer process descriptions in IBM Rational Team Concert. This combination provides a powerful solution for process management, process enactment, and measured capability improvement. It uses the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), which includes Rational Method Composer process assets, a Rational Team Concert process template, and more.
Demos 21 Mar 2013
Automating software development with Rational Method Composer and Jazz: Part 2: Follow a security policy
In part two of this three-part series, the team learns from their organization that they need to follow a security policy and make sure that their final product is free of vulnerabilities and exposures to hacker attacks. IBM Rational Method Composer is installed in shell-share mode with IBM Rational Team Concert.
Demos 21 Mar 2013
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster: Part 1. A high availability approach
This article helps administrators of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) migrate their stand-alone setups to a highly available cluster environment. The authors explain the CLM configuration for the high-availability deployment that they used for this article. Then they provide steps and sample code for making backups of the CLM databases available quickly by using a standby server and the IBM DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) feature. That server takes over quickly when the databases are not available on the primary server for any reason.
Articles 19 Mar 2013

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