southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  efficient modeling multidimensional with architect infosphere data 1,997 Visits
IBM® InfoSphere® Data Architect (formerly Rational® Data Architect) is a collaborative enterprise data modeling and integration design tool to discover, model, relate, and standardize diverse and distributed data assets.
Check out this demo that shows how a data architect at a fictional company uses IBM® InfoSphere® Data Architect to efficiently create multidimensional data models of a new data mart, which can be used for business intelligence and analytical reports. The process focuses on data model transformation and validation (including built-in best practices), customizable diagrams, and DDL script generation.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet! - Check out the demo
The IBM Optim Query Tuner and Optim Query Workload Tuner for z/OS can help DBAs and developers maximize application performance with expert advisors and tools while increasing customer satisfaction, productivity, and quality of service.
More specifically Optim Query Tuner helps developers to write more efficient SQL queries, it reduces costs and risks by enabling developers to tune SQL during development, while problems are still relatively inexpensive to fix and before they cause a costly outages or performance issues . It Operates within a familiar Eclipse development environment and features seamless integration and natural launch points within Optim Development Studio. It also accelerates query tuning analysis by providing expert advice and recommendations. It really helps DBAs and developers maximize application performance.
Check out the demo that shows an online retailer, who wants to uphold their commitment to customer satisfaction. See how they achieved their goal for online ordering response to be no more than 30 seconds.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet!
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  analysis (soa) rational with architect architecture service-oriented system 1,731 Visits
Are you at a loss on how your business uses it's services? For example, not having a roadmap of critical applications and servers and how they relate to each other. If you have servers that are set to be decommissioned in the future and/or need to know how to recover from a disaster, from a down server, you need to know what applications are dependent on what servers for planning purposes. Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in helps you discover how your business uses its services.
Rational® System Architect and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) add-in shows you how your business plans and processes, IT applications and hardware interrelate. It Maps the landscape of your software programs and services and shows you how they depend on one another. This is all about smart software and saving money and improving the effectiveness and reliability of your business services.
Check out the 3 part demo series that demonstrates this for you!
It is all part of creating a smarter planet!
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In this 6-part demos series, watch and learn about a day in the life of an agile development team. From a requirement to the final test run, watch how the team solves problems using smart software. You'll see demos of Rational Team Concert, Rational DOORS, Rational Rhapsody, and Rational Quality Manager, all working together.
Part 2 shows defining the sprint goal and aligning the test cases
Part 3 shows creating a test plan
Part 4 shows developing an integrating a build
Part 5 shows executing test cases and submitting defects
Part 6 shows rerunning test cases
It's all part of creating software smarter....
Here is the link to the demo series
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  db2® on ubunut for implementation websphere® solution express-c stack workshop linux rational® application developer 2,426 Visits
Check out this series of demos that make up a workshop.It will take you through the steps to rapidly expand your skills in application development on IBM midldeware; take you through all the pieces from the IDE to Application Servers and Databases; help you install a low cost version of Linux and then help you install and Configure the Software. Once that's complete it will show you how to develop, test and deploy an application. You'll gain valuable skills on the following software products:
Websphere Application Server v7
DB2 Express-C v9.7
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software..
Here are the demos:
Learn how to download and install a Ubuntu image and then go through some basic shell commands to help you navigate through the UNIX® environment. This is part 1 of a 4 part demo series to show you how to implement a solution stack (Rational® Application Developer, WebSphere® Application Server, and DB2® Express-C) on Ubuntu Linux, as well as how to integrate them in a Java application.
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  for performance db2 a planet smarter smart optimization 2,117 Visits
Check out the optional DB2 Performance Optimization Feature. It gives you the insight and ability to optimize workload execution. This feature can save you money and lower your risks by helping you to do more work with your existing hardware, and increase DBA productivity. Saving resources is a smart thing.
Performance optimization is very complex with many interdependent factors requiring deep skills. These skills are often hard to come by and typically very expensive. Problem isolation can take days and require many people across different domains and expertise. Add to this, the pressure on business today and the constant state of flux – hardware upgrades, software upgrades, application enhancements, new application deployment.
IBM Optim Performance Manager helps optimize the performance and availability of mission critical databases and applications. This enables organizations to resolve performance bottlenecks before they affect the business. Optim Performance Manager delivers a proactive, comprehensive performance management approach that allows IT staff to identify, diagnose, solve and prevent performance workload management issues in DB2.
Check out the demo!
See how one fictional company uses DB2® Workload Management and Optim™ Performance Manager Extended Edition to allocate database system resources to help a high priority application achieve its business objectives in a data warehousing environment. These capabilities are conveniently packaged together in the DB2 Performance Optimization Feature.
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  requirements stakeholder communication collaboration enabling through 1,515 Visits
In past blogs, we have discussed the issues and challenges pertaining to requirements. Now let's discuss some of the IBM Rational solutions for addressing the challenges through Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) built on the collaborative Jazz platform.
Rational Requirements Composer is designed to provide a solution for the creation and composition of meaningful requirements based on user and stakeholder needs. Rational RequisitePro is designed to provide a platform for the management of Requirements assets, the establishment of priorities, the estimation of costs, difficulty, etc.
One issue is that many notations are needed to express requirements. How the information is related and maintenance of the relationships need to persist. RRC uses hyperlinks, collections, tags and attributes to create relationships among artifacts.
Not everything needs to be expressed in text – UI storyboards are a great way to flesh out high-level scenario options and get user validation. Also great for fleshing out low level requirements that have dimensions that are visible in the UI.
A simple scenario using storyboards would be:
1. Product managers record and organize stakeholder requests
2. Product managers collaborate with development on milestone scenarios and use cases
3. Architects and subject matter experts use process diagrams and text to outline scenarios
4. UI Storyboards help team to rapidly iterate on scenario options and flesh out design
Another benefit with RRC is Distributed teams can collaborate around the world. Teams can save valuable development time by using the web-based review and approval workflow, which is role based with reviewers, approvers, and optional reviewers.
- Project managers Understand the status of work to implement and validate requirements
- Business analysts define, validate, organize, and analyze requirements and use custom dashboards; share common views with the extended team
- Product owners contribute requirements and the market view and do reviews and approvals
- Developers and Testers ask for clarifications, help elaborate scenarios, and and give feedback
You need to bridge your information islands to help create smart software faster and at a lower cost.
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  cities for focal the planet smarter and a rational utilities point sector = energy 2,702 Visits
Don't we love to see real world scenarios where software products help reduce costs and improve productivity.
In the energy and utilities sector, rising energy costs and technology advances are leading to more informed and involved utility customers. They want to know how much energy they are using, where they can optimize usage, and in some cases, how to implement their own renewable energy sources. This is all done through smart technologies including software.
Utilities are a critical link to improving energy efficiency, integrating renewable sources of energy and addressing climate change. IBM can add a layer of intelligence to your utility, using the power of information
And here is the demo...
In this example, see how Rational® Focal Point can be used in the energy and utilities sector, showing some of the major portfolio management challenges facing the industry. See how Focal Point meets those challenges by utilizing many of the monitoring, prioritization, and decision making capabilities featured in the solution.
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  rational rad for 3 smarter software a development part being planet 2,024 Visits
This week I'll be talking about RAD and the runtime analysis feature, the debug tool and reverse transformations.
Within RAD, the runtime analysis feature allows you to view the actual execution of the code, which may be different from the intended behavior. With profiling, you can analyze performance, method execution sequences, thread behaviors and code coverage. With the Runtime Analysis feature, you can do:
In addition, RAD provides reverse transformations. It allows teams to work on both the design and the implementation and to reconcile any differences between the two. So for example,let’s say we have an architecture team and an implementation team that are divided, either by geography or because one team is subcontracting to the other, or even by corporate culture. The architecture team completes its version 1.0 of the system, and transforms the model to code.
The implementation team picks up the code and begins to work. The architecture team continues to work on the design, and after some time creates a v1.1 of the architecture. This architecture is forward transformed and integrated with the work done by the implementation team.
So far, so good?
When the architectural deviation is introduced, a dialogue would need to take place between the architecture and implementation teams so that both teams could better understand why the deviation was introduced. The forward transformation that occurs after the reconciliation probably would not delete code elements if those code elements were not the product of forward transformation in the first place. The deletion of the code elements would often be done manually.
and now for the demo..............
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  portlets application collaborative uml developer debugging rational 1,800 Visits
This week I'm going to continue the conversation with some additional features RAD has, that will help you develop software in a team environment more affectively. Here I will talk about the RAD database tools, developing portlets and the code review tool.
It is important to know that RAD includes database tools to assist developers in creating and maintaining applications that access and use relational databases. Support is provided for the most commonly used database products. The tools allow developers to access previously defined databases or to create database definitions. Wizards and frameworks are provided for XML-based data access, JavaBeans-based data access, and for using SQLJ to access the data. The tools provided in Rational Application Developer are intended to give a developer everything needed to build applications using relational databases, they are not meant as database administrator (DBA) or data architect tools.
RAD also provides tools for developing portlets. You can construct your portlet much as you would a Web page, by using a visual editor and dragging and dropping components from a palette. There is a Quick Edit view for inserting scripts into your page. There is a Data view that lets you bind data to the UI components. Additionally, there are portlet-specific components, such as Click-2-Action, which creates a data flow between two portlets, and People Awareness, which provides information on users logged into the portal. The tools allow you to create many types of portlets, and to use either the IBM portlet API or the JSR 168 portlet API. Portlets can be tested and debugged within the IDE (integrated development environment) using the included WebSphere Portal Test Environment.
Within RAD, the Code Review tool (used for Code Quality Assurance), is a rule-based static analysis tool, for automatic validation of Java code. It is used for correctness and compliance with coding standards and best practices.
J2SE and J2EE Best Practices
Deep analysis of J2EE code
- validation of data flow across compilation units of a J2EE application
Looks across project without running code – statically
Rules can be extended through rule templates
Quick Code Review – 34 rules
QuickFix (shown as lightbulb)
Complete Code Review – 200+ rules (all rules)
- When you change to the property of rules, change happens for all Reviews
- Rules are part of tool, not the project
And now for the demo.....
This demo shows a typical transfer scenario using the Team Debug feature. It provides an overview of the setup process, the debug artifacts included in a transfer, and how to search and retrieve debug sessions.
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
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As a software development team, what is your challenge? My experience is that development teams need to have a structured approach to application development. A software development team has to develop applications for multiple projects, often running on multiple platforms. The applications must, of course, be of the highest quality and use industry standards and best practices.
- Building scalable applications and services
- Reducing rework and defects
- Improving quality and performance
- Matching application complexity to team skills
- Coordination and planning
These are not easy things to manage. IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) is the product that addresses the structured application development challenge. RAD provides tools for developing J2EE, portal, Web services, and SOA applications.
It, is built on Eclipse, so it can be extended to meet your needs. It has many visual design and development tools for greater productivity, including UML visual modeling tools, that let you use UML notation to create code.
RAD provides a host of tools for developing and consuming Web services, building components for use in a service-oriented architecture and building web 2.0 applications. It also provides runtime environments on both WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal server for development and testing. It can also be used to develop applications running in other runtime environments, such as Tomcat, Geronimo, and others.
RAD comes with a host of visual tools for designing Web sites and Web pages. It provides extensive tooling and support for building JSF applications. It also provides tools to create and use Service Data Objects (SDOs) to access various data sources and to bind SDOs to UI components.
So if you want to be a RAD software development team, you may want to check out Rational Application Developer. It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software and that starts with smart software development tools.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  manager asset software managing rational having your trouble assets? 1,632 Visits
Are you having trouble managing your software assets? Well, your not alone. Many software development organizations do not have a central place to store their reusable, valuable assets. Therefore, they often store an asset as just another version of an artifact among the millions of other versioned artifacts in a software configuration management (SCM) system. Sometimes, the assets are stored on a Web server or on a wiki site. Even when companies provide a consistent place to store and search for these assets, the metadata that describes them is typically either inconsistent or nonexistent. Not having a consistent process to manage your assets makes it difficult to find, and reuse assets quickly. Rational Asset Manager ends the chaos and loss of productivity.
How does it work? Rational Asset Manager is a role-based repository for storing published assets, that have the potential for reuse. This repository can work with various hardware and operating system platforms and offers two types of interface: Web and Eclipse clients. These interfaces include tools that help you search, organize, and download assets. You can also communicate with other users, provide governance, and get statistics.
Rational Asset Manager also integrates with your development environment. Some of the tools it integrates with are Rational ClearQuest, Rational ClearCase, CVS, LDAP, Eclipse and more.
So if you need to organize your house of software assets, check out Rational Asset Manager.
Finding reusable assets with IBM Rational Asset Manager
Learn how Rational Asset Manager allows you to build a powerful central catalog and storage space for all of your reusable solutions to business problems.
southworth 100000HBX4 Tags:  doors to planet requirements rational opens door traceability ibm the a smarter 2,245 Visits
Now this is a tool to help create a smarter development environment!
IBM® Rational® DOORS® Web Access enables stakeholders across your organization immediate access to the latest project requirements and traceability relationships. Rational DOORS Web Access provides secure, zero-footprint access to the central DOORS repository to enable stakeholders such as business users, developers, QA, marketing, and suppliers to stay up-to-date with the latest project requirements -- across the project and around the world. Take a closer look at how DOORS Web Access provides clear visibility into requirements and traceability relationships using the DOORS desktop client.
Check out the demo!
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
We all know that we are in one of the worst economies since the early 80's. I'm not going to talk about how we got here, but how can we survive it. Just when we thought that job losses were slowing down, it was announced that jobless claims increased. If you have lost your job and even if you currently have one, there are two important things you need to continue to grow...Your skills and your social network.
Cheryl Palmer who is a certified executive career coach at Call To Career in Silver Spring, Md. says "Never take your career for granted. You should be constantly updating your skills and keeping your network viable. Too many people get too comfortable in their jobs and don't think about what may come next."
If you are in the technical field, you have hit the right spot.. developerWorks. Not only can you grow your skills using developerWorks resources, but you can grow your technical network using the developerWorks community. Check out "New to the Community".
Also, consider growing your skills by taking a tutorial , and watching a technical demo of products and technologies that may interest you.
All this may help you get certified on a product or technology that you can add to your resume.
And of course, I have to end with a demo: Check out "Developing the right products for the right markets, at the right time"
Developing the right products for the right market at the right time is no simple task. That is where IBM® Rational® Focal Point™ comes in -- a configurable, Web-based product and portfolio management solution that links strategy to execution. During this demo, you'll see how Focal Point helps promote successful products by helping product teams and stakeholders focus on what is most important to your customer and to your business.
Happy networking with techies on the developerWorks Community!
In a previous job at IBM, I was so fortunate to be able to visit many universities and I had the great opportunity to talk with a lot of faculty and students. The most popular question I had from students was "how can I best differentiate myself to get a job". I imagine with this current economy, every student is asking this question today.
First, my answer for techy students was differentiate yourself by learning development tools outside of the classroom For example, if you have not learned to use Eclipse you need to. It is a great open source IDE that will help you build better code faster, not to mention that it is an extremely popular tool. So when you are on an interview, mention all the development tools you have learned outside of the classroom. This shows your hunger for knowledge and the desire to go above and beyond.
Second, get certified on one or more development tools. The IBM Academic initiative provides students with a 50% discount on certifications on IBM products. This always looks good on your resume and again shows that you go above and beyond.
Third, be aware of the trends and movements in technology and software development. Drop some lines of how you are interested in Cloud Computing. Talk about how you want to create software that improves the planet and comment on how it will be software development teams, who will continue to transform and create a Smarter Planet through software. You will blow their socks off.
And ask these question at your interview: "What development tools do you use to enable global teams to communicate efficiently through the software development process? How do you automate project status and efficiently track progress of the project, to build better quality software faster"? You might want to mention that you heard IBM has some great development tools that help do these tasks!" They will be stunned!
Learn how to use the Amazon Web Services toolkit for Eclipse. This demo shows you how to create a simple Java Web application, hello world, and deploy it to the cloud. Eclipse installed and setup. You will also need to have an Amazon account.
Good luck on your search!