IBM ILOG JViews Enterprise provides a “one stop shop” of advanced graphical displays for enterprise software developers who need to build custom user interfaces.
Developers can use JViews Enterprise to add a variety of rich, interactive Java visualization displays—including diagrams, dashboards, maps, charts and schedules— to desktop and Ajax-enhanced Web user interfaces. This reduces development time and risk, while delivering a superior user experience.
Some of the specific display types IBM ILOG JViews Enterprise provides are:
- Diagrams, used to show objects and their interconnections. Typical uses include flowcharts, organization charts, network topologies, and process modelers. View diagram samples. - Dashboards, which are unified collections of individual display objects (for example, charts, gauges, and maps) that graphically convey current business metrics to the user. In addition to business dashboards, process control dashboards, which show the status of physical equipment, are also supported. View dashboard samples. - Maps show where assets are physically located. Assets are often tied to underlying system data, and may change position or shape to reflect current status. View a map sample. - Charts are a classic display, used to depict a series of data points. They can be used to show both historical data as well as real-time values. View sample charts. - Schedules are a specialized types of chart display used to show how business resources are allocated over time. View a schedule sample.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet with smart development tools
Do you need to learn Enterprise JavaBeans real quickly? This is a really cool Enterprise JavaBeans with Rational Application Developer for WebSphere course. This 9-part video demonstration will show you how to use Enterprise JavaBeans to create a simple blog web application. Starting from a fresh installation of Rational Application Developer, the course will take you step by step through how to create a local WebSphere instance and how to create and write an Enterprise JavaBean. Then you will learn how to create an Apache Derby database, and how to take advantage of the Java Persistence API for database storage. Finally, It will show you how to create a web project which uses the Enterprise JavaBean you created earlier. Then the video course will run the web application and you will see the JavaBean in action with the final blog web application.
Here are the nine parts. Sit back and enjoy viewing this educational video course!
IBM® Rational® Focal Point™ provides market - and business-driven product and portfolio management - helping executives and teams to make the right decisions to deliver business, customer and market value.
Here are some highlights of Rational Focal Point, but don't forget to check out the demo below: Demo
- Capture inputs from customers, analysts, market research, and internal stakeholders and prioritize on which ones will provide the most value to the business. - Utilize visualization, prioritization, and unique road mapping and planning capabilities to ensure that plans are innovative, valuable and achievable. - Centralize information key to decision-making, status reporting and portfolio reviews to escape the chaos of managing data in emails, documents, and spreadsheets; speeding the ability to respond to changing market and business conditions. - Overcome the influence of the loudest voice in the room and use objective information to support decision making. - Reduce risk and improve cost estimations of investments by modeling financial and market impacts and by performing scenario, statistical and financial analysis. - Integrate enterprise architecture plans and project execution into portfolio management to ensure enterprise and project-level decisions are aligned with financial and market needs. - Quickly realize the benefits of Product and Portfolio Management and reduce costs of implementations by utilizing pre-defined configurations based on best practices.
Check out the demo and learn how IBM Rational Focal Point helps organizations achieve their overall company goals. Project portfolio management can be described as methods for analyzing and collectively managing a group of current or proposed projects based on numerous key characteristics. This demo explains how Rational Focal Point provides visibility into each project's total expected cost, consumption of resources, expected timeline, benefits to be realized, and relationship or inter-dependencies with other projects in the portfolio.
Some 65% of software projects fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget, driving $300 billion (USD) in unanticipated costs.
That is shocking, isn't it? Today’s solution delivery challenge is building better software, faster, despite ever-changing business goals
IBM Rational Software Architecture (RSA) really helps you innovate, collaborate and accelerate delivery within your enterprise. In a tight economy or even a great economy, these are not luxuries. These are necessities that give you a competitive edge and help you meet your development objectives.
Where RSA differentiates itself is collaboration. RSA is built on Jazz and this collaborative platform ties into your software delivery project. Unlike other software, where your models often become pictures of what is ‘thought’ to be implemented. RSA is integrated into the software delivery lifecycle, so your models can evolve with implementations and as new design details are identified, they can be communicated to stakeholders in real time. Designs can also be used to jumpstart development with "out of the box" transformations such as JEE5 from UML, unlike other abstractions, which are merely pictures that become obsolete quickly. With RSA your delivered code will match the design specifications. This means, you will not have ‘rushes’ to produce documentation for compliance audits and maintenance and enhancement of your applications will take an average of half the time and half the cost.
Many questions that come up in project status meetings are: what is the impact a requirement change has on the code? On the project deadline? On the project budget? If a ‘minor’ change is requested, for example, instead of 1000 simultaneous log-ons it should be 10000 or a minor process change due to newly announced regulations, what impact does it have on the project? Can these changes be accommodated? What does it mean to the status of the project?
RSA Integrates all aspects of software delivery lifecycle giving you a window into all of the surrounding software development phases – really linking design to all those phases. With views into requirements, your business processes, your change management and version control process – you truly do have a comprehensive integrated platform that is aligned to business goals, with an infrastructure for impact analysis.
Here is a list of benefits:
Abstraction (DSL, Deployment): Makes solving problems quicker, and easier - Bridge the Business-IT Gap with business and architectural models and SOA - Leverage your heterogeneous environments targeting a mix of Java/JEE/WebSphere/C++/C#/Microsoft .NET and other technologies - Better team collaboration leveraging the power of abstraction and the power of the Jazz platform integrated with Rational Team Concert - Mitigate risks, reduce costs, and improve outcomes by leveraging the techniques of abstraction-based communication, traceability, impact analysis - Manage evolution of, and adherence to, design contracts as development is carried out by geographically and/or organizationally distributed teams
Automation: lets you focus creative solution not repetitive tasks … automate mundane, repetitive tasks - Eliminate the mechanical and mundane, and focus on the creative. - Achieve high returns on investment by automating development with abstractions, patterns, and transformations that are tailored to your specific domains and architectures. - DSL services and tools to help define a custom environment for just enough modeling (tailored, simplified, adaptable) for the business.
Simplification: reuse, don’t start from a blank slate
RSA also has collaborative development asset sharing with Rational Asset Manager, live debug sharing with Rational Team Concert and SOA architectural freedom with WebSphere Business Modeler and WebSphere Integration Developer. It is important that tools integrate and talk to each other.This is all part of working smarter through collaboration and accelerate delivery. In other words, creating software with smart integrated tools to develop software faster and at a lower cost.
Don't let your development project fall into the 65% of software projects that fail to meet their stated objectives on time and on budget.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software.
Check out how IBM WebSphere ILOG JRules allows you to create a Business Object Model from a native COBOL data structure, how to then create rules in JRules’ Rule Studio, and how those rules are used to generate a COBOL Copybook. These same rules can also be deployed to Java and SOA-based business systems, providing the ability to re-use rules across the enterprise and to facilitate their maintenance as they evolve over time.
In this demo, you will see how to:
Create a New Rule Project Disable BOM-to-XOM Checking Create a BOM from a COBOL Copybook Implement BOM Methods Write Business Rules Create a Ruleflow Generate the COBOL Code
It's all part of creating a smarter planet through software!
Starting in the United States and Canada, IBM clients will be able move forward with their test environments using the IBM cloud. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud offering provides visibility, flexibility, speed and cost efficiencies.
The cool thing is that the cloud environment is multi-vendor and includes support for Linux, and Java and J2EE, and allows clients to work with their own images as well as images from IBM. Another big plus for you developers, who use Rational development tools or are interested in using them, there is the complementary - Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing - this includes custom image development and services for collection of Rational products and capabilities.
In addition to all this coolness, IBM offers a private development and test cloud option for those of you who want the benefits of cloud but need enhanced security.
Get a brief overview on how IBM CloudBurst can get you started quickly on Cloud computing. IBM CloudBurst is a family of built-for-purpose, workload-specific Cloud computing packages that provide IT executives with the capabilities required for a dynamic infrastructure. It provides service management which enables simplified use of scalable computing resources to the end user and IT administrative community. IBM CloudBurst is a quick-start to cloud computing. Simply roll it into your data center to quickly see the benefits of Cloud computing.
I remember the days of software development when we had huge war room meetings to get status from each team lead. The project manager would manage these 2 or 3 hour meetings and hope to goodness that everyone would remember what requirements need to be updated, who is to fix which bug and well, the list goes on. The closer we got to the end of the development cycle, the longer and more frequent these meetings would be. What if all the managers, team leads and developers had a dashboard to evaluate progress and update status? What a concept!
There are many development tools that help teams communicate perfectly throughout the software development cycle. These tools will help enable teams to follow good software development habits and team communication will improve. Just understanding these tools and following the guidelines will get the team communicating like never before. I'll continue to mention different development tools that help you develop quality code quicker, throughout my blogs, but today I will focus on Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team concert.
Rational Team Concert collaborative development environment connects teams so they can work together to simplify, automate and govern software delivery in real time. Project mangers and others can gain greater visibility into individual and team work. They can reduce overhead balance resources and provide real-time insight. In addition, you can track project progress with dashboards that include real-time project statuses. Now this is every manager's dream to manage and view the status of a development project, without having huge war room meetings.
Another great product, Rational Requirements Composer helps teams define and use requirements effectively across the project lifecycle. The whole team creates and uses requirements. Better, faster requirements lead to less project rework, faster time to market, and better business outcomes. The earlier you know and manage your requirements, the more money you will save in rework. Get your customers and stakeholders involved early and manage your requirements so that everyone understands and communicates updates and priorities.
Now couple Rational Team Concert with Rational Requirements Composer and you have a match made in heaven. The beauty is that IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert are integrated. Check out the demo below and learn how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
Check out the demo! Align business with Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert
To continue my Rational Developer for POWER series, the Rational Developer for POWER Systems Software is a modern, Eclipse-based, multilingual, integrated development environment targeting POWER Linux, AIX, and IBM i systems. This video provides a step by step demonstration on how to create a new C/C++ project based on existing source files residing remotely on an AIX or POWER Linux server machine.
Integrating WebSphere Service Registry and Repository with Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database
WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) integrates with Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB).
The integration features for CCMDB in WSRR version 7 are intended to: - Provide demographic configurations information for enhanced service infrastructure visualization. (and to) - Enable SOA teams to involve the operations team for making governance decisions.
A Service Oriented Architecture typically spans across multiple phases like Service Development, Service Deployment and Service Management. Each phase needs a registry and repository optimized to that specific phase and the ability to share information and communicate with other registries and repositories. Across the SOA lifecycle, IBM’s registry and repository offerings provide federated governance capabilities.
The integration of WSRR with CCMDB enables federation of service related meta-data associated with Service Deployment and Service Management.
Tivoli CCMDB contains configuration information relevant to IT Service Management tasks, like: - Application and server topologies, - Relationships and references among logical and physical deployment units - Meta data relating to specific aspects of configuration and management - Automated Service Management processes - Discovery of the hosting infrastructure - (at the same time) WSRR manages service related information for deployment and runtime operations of services.
Meta-data associated to a Service object in deployment lifecycle can be linked with the Configuration object in the management lifecycle of a Service in SOA environments.
This demo shows how to set up the integration of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository with Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database through simple steps. It gives an overview of how this integration provides demographic information of services and involves operations professionals who make governance decisions in service oriented architectures.
This is my grandfather in my grandmother's house coat. Well, the story goes like this - My grandfather went to Cape Cod for the weekend to visit my grandmother and their 3 daughters, who were spending the week on Cape Cod, one summer long long ago. Apparently, my grandfather, somehow fell into the water and did not have a backup set of clothes. He said he had asked my grandmother to bring extra clothes for him, but she says she did not hear that request. So while his clothes were cleaned and dried, he had to sport one of my grandmother's house coats. From the picture, you can see that my grandfather was very happy to document the occasion.
I guess there are 2 morals to this story. First, make sure you communicate your requirements properly. Second, make sure that there are no pictures taken of you, that you don't want put on the internet, 50 years after the fact, by your crazy grandchild. Of course, my grandfather was a big ham and being in advertising and a commercial artist, I'm sure he would love the thought of getting so much exposure (so to speak).
So how does this relate to software development? Let's see how I can stretch this.... You need to understand your development requirements and you also need to communicate them properly to the team and make sure they don't get lost in the shuffle of hectic software development cycles or vacations to Cape Cod..
In this demo, you will see how the integration between IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert highlights the capabilities that ensure project deliverables stay aligned to current business goals and requirements. Specifically, see examples of how to create a link from a requirement in a vision document artifact in Rational Requirements Composer to the work item stored in Rational Team Concert. Then see how to use filters to query across all the products on the Jazz platform. These capabilities help reduce project risk, reduce rework, and increase productivity.
We have seen a growing interest in database management systems that differ from the traditional relational model. At the heart of this is the concept of NoSQL, a term used collectively to denote database software that does not use the Structured Query Language (SQL) to interact with the database. One of the more notable NoSQL projects out there is MongoDB, an open source document-oriented database that stores data in collections of JSON-like documents. What sets MongoDB apart from other NoSQL databases is its powerful document-based query language, which makes the transition from a relational database to MongoDB easy because the queries translate quite easily.
MongoDB is a scalable, high-performance, document-oriented schemaless database. In this short demo, long-time developerWorks contributor Andrew Glover introduces MongoDB, provides a quick tour of its use, and helps you understand where it's most applicable.
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.
Some key discussion points that development teams must be concerned with are: - Building scalable applications and services - Reducing rework and defects - Improving quality and performance - Matching application complexity to team skills - Reuse - Interoperability
- 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.
This demo highlights the enhanced Web 2.0, rich Internet application development features in Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software V7.5. Learn how to build a simple AJAX application that displays data from a database using Java™ Persistence API (JPA). See how easy it is to create a responsive Web user interface using Rational Application Developer features such as code generation, wizards and integrated test servers to develop applications faster than ever before.
It is all part of creating a smarter planet through software
IBM Cognos Adaptive Application Framework V8.4, Part 4: Extend the target model: Creating calculations and filters
A month ago I kicked off a blog on Cognos's Analytic Applications - Adaptive Application Framework Version 8.4 product. Here is part 4, that discusses Creating calculations and filters.
Let's review what we discussed just to level the playing field. Then we will get into the next demo:
IBM Cognos Analytic Applications deliver ready-made or packaged analytics using a common business model that assesses performance of specific functional domains, which include finance, customer, supply chain and workforce. The applications help our customers gain insight into their performance faster and far more cost-effectively than if they were to build it themselves. In addition, with a common business model for analysis, customers can extend the point of analysis through shared KPI’s that either deepen or extend their assessment of performance, either departmentally or cross-departmentally.
The Congos Adaptive Application Framework (AAF), meanwhile, is the application’s management model backbone, and allows organizations to adapt, or modify reporting and analysis through a configurable process completed via a single touch point. The approach uses a drag and drop GUI to automate and streamline the management and implementation of changes, as well as seamlessly synchronize the generation of core components of the application’s pre-built sourcings, warehouse, semantic and reporting layer.
The Adaptive Application Framework (AAF) lets you design a Warehouse model, define the ETL, and create a Framework Manager model for reporting purposes. Watch this demo to learn how to create two new calculations and a stand-alone filter in the Target Model.
Rational Build Forge enables high-performance builds and agile software development. Its adaptiveness helps development teams standardize repetitive tasks, manage compliance mandates, and share information. It automates and accelerates software assembly and delivery processes and streamlines build management.
This blog we will discuss Ant files and log filters. In IBM Rational Build Forge log filters specify success criteria for a step using regular expression matching.
This demo utilizes an Ant file. A common use case for log filters is the execution of commands regarding Ant files, because these commands do not always return useful exit codes. This demo shows the following tasks: creating a log filter, using a log filter in a project, and setting a project to continue on fail.
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.