Behind the scenes with developerWorks authors

Learn about your peers in our new Roll Call Q&A series.


developerWorks Rational Staff (, Editor, IBM

This article is brought to you by the developerWorks Rational editorial staff.

03 April 2012

Have you ever wondered why an author wrote about a specific topic? Or how the author uses a product or technology? Or what resources the author with interests similar to yours uses to stay abreast of technical trends?

We did. So we started asking authors questions. One author each each week, but several questions. The result is our Roll Call Q&A series in the IBM® Rational® Community. We ask the author a few questions and post their responses so that you can learn more about them and learn from them.

The Rational Community is also where you can find news feeds of blogs, articles, white papers, and more, because it is an aggregation of multiple communities. When you join, you can use the group blog, wiki, message board, and file share feature to communicate with more than 4 million of your peers who are also active on developerWorks. If you aren't a member yet, take two minutes to join now, before you get too busy and forget.

Meet the authors

Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold's name might sound familiar to you, because he has written many articles for developerWorks. He's an IT Specialist for Rational software, and he lives in Twickenham, London, with his wife and five-year-old daughter. Besides spending time with his family, he has studied, practiced and taught Tai Chi for more than 14 years. Read Steve's Roll Call replies, and then read his latest feature article:

Make continuous deployment practical and cost-effective with Rational ALM tools

Summary: Continuous deployment means deploying software changes to a development, test, preproduction, or production environment. It is similar to adopting continuous compilation and then continuous integration to build every change. Learn about the three main challenges of this approach: design, automation, and governance. Then learn how using specific Rational tools for ALM, in combination with the cloud, make it practical and cost-effective, because it reduces the effort of testing and deployment, improves governance, and lowers risks of deploying to a production environment.

Murali Dhandapani

Murali Dhandapani is an IBM Certified IT Specialist in Systems Management who currently leads the infrastructure deployment for IBM® Rational Team Concert™, Rational® Quality Manager, and Rational® Insight at the IBM Software Lab in India. Before taking on his current role, he spent 10 years in various facets of IT and gained experience in Linux, UNIX, virtualization, high-availability solutions, and Rational source control management tools. Wondering how he does it all? Read Murali's Roll Call responses, and then read his latest developerWorks article:

Migrate Configuration Management Version Control to Rational Team Concert

Summary: This two-part article explains migration of IBM Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) to IBM Rational Team Concert. Part 1 provides the details about Rational Team Concert server configurations and installation of the CMVC Connector on the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client required for the migration. Part 2 shows how to customize Rational Team Concert in accordance with the CMVC defects and features field values that are required for import and then how to import CMVC source code into Rational Team Concert.

Ken Kumagai

Ken Kumagai is a software engineer for IBM Japan. He works on the Rational® ClearCase Multisite® project and has written numerous articles for developerWorks. He is fondly known to friends and colleagues as TheKen. Find out more about TheKen, and then read his latest article:

Create customized reports through multiple project areas in Rational Team Concert

Summary: This article explains, step by step, how to create customized reports compiled from multiple project areas in Rational Team Concert. It focuses on customizing those reports for two roles, manager and developer. The examples use BIRT scripting and computed columns, primarily, to show necessary information for your own views. Files of sample reports are also provided.

Ali Manji

Ali Manji is a Rational software developer who joined the Reporting Tools team in January of 2012. But his name might sound familiar to you, because he has written several articles to help clients build leading-edge Java applications with Rational® Software Architect and Rational® Application Developer. So don't let his recent transition fool you. He is a man of many talents, which is why he was easily motivated to get on board with his new team and write his latest developerWorks article. Read Ali's Roll Call responses, and then read the article:

Tips for deploying Rational Insight 1.0 in a large enterprise

Summary: In preparing to deploy IBM Rational Insight performance management software in your large enterprise, you need to take into consideration the performance demands of running data-intensive reports against a wide set of heterogeneous data sources. The key is to capitalize on the division and specialization of available computing resources by distributing components strategically on different machines. This article describes the flexible options available and walks you through installing Version in an enterprise-scalable, distributed topology that uses an IBM® DB2® database and IBM® WebSphere® Application Server.

Ulrike Vauth

Ulrike Vauth is a business architect with IBM Global Business Services. As an Open Group Distinguished Certified IT Architect, her experience with mid-sized to large application development spans the software development lifecycle, including requirements engineering, specification, design, code, test, and go-live. Read Ulrike's Roll Call responses, and then read her latest article:

Establish a mature requirements management process to cut costs

Summary: Significant studies have reported that the amount of unplanned cost in IT projects depends a lot on the maturity level of requirements management, and that this is a very important success factor in projects. Learn how to use IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert together to ensure a stable and mature process. IBM consultants used this approach in a major customer project, where they guided and established such a process.



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