How IBM Rational Publishing Engine works

Meets complex style and format requirements

Planning organizations must produce documentation from their systems and software engineering data that meets complex style and format requirements. These requirements might be imposed by clients, business partners, government or industry regulatory bodies; for example: engineering or contract documents, audits, compliance or stakeholder requirements. Rational Publishing Engine automates the generation of these types of high-fidelity documents from the data in your Rational and other products.

Creates elegant, easy-to-read, multi-source documents

With Rational Publishing Engine, you get a document generation application that can help you create elegant, easy-to-read, multi-source documents. You can run the document generation manually or in batch mode for unattended use. This software enables you to spend less time on manual document creation and tasks associated with keeping documents current so you can focus more on your primary business objectives.

Powerfully generates requirements traceability matrix

You can create multi-source traceability documents in formats that include Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML and XSL-FO. The document style is flexible. Requirements traceability matrix options include richly formatted text, tables of contents, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) and user-defined styles. The software also supports hyperlinks that provide navigation between items within documents or back to the source application.

Provides a data-agnostic tool for ease of use

Rational Publishing Engine is a data-agnostic tool. The data is separated from the formatting, and it operates with generic concepts for both data sources and output formats. You don’t need to install any third-party tools to open the documents, and you don’t need to modify your data to work with it. And you can extend the tool using XSL-FO to generate additional output formats not directly supported.

Uses templates to get started quicker

Predefined templates and guided tours help you quickly get started. You can design the content and format of your documents with a full suite of tools for creating and editing templates. Template tools are intuitive with features such as drag-and-drop and preview capabilities.

Accesses data from third-party applications via XML and REST

Rational Publishing Engine can report upon data from Rational ALM products. Software Product Compatibility Reports provides the full list of Rational product data sources. It can also access data from third-party applications via XML and REST interfaces. You can generate reports from within supported applications or generate them directly from Rational Publishing Engine.

Supports requirements traceability for documentation

Rational Publishing Engine provides requirements traceability to help you document the relationships between various entities (such as requirements or test cases) throughout the document lifecycle and determine how they impact each other. This allows you to trace the data, assess risk, perform impact and work breakdown analysis, and track and manage the process.

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