I'm really excited that PureSystems launched this week IBM. It's the first offering in a brand new system category from IBM — a new class of systems known as "Expert Integrated Systems." The technology is designed to get IT organizations up and running in as little as four hours, cutting months off the time required to deploy new applications. IBM PureSystems combines the flexibility of a general-purpose system, the elasticity of the cloud, and the simplicity of an appliance.
We're also preparing for Innovate. developerWorks Rational Editor Robin Wood and I will both be going and look forward to meeting you there.
By Steve Abrams (firstname.lastname@example.org), Distinguished Engineer and Chief Cloud Architect, IBM and Timothy Hahn (email@example.com), Chief Architect for Enterprise Modernization Tools, IBM
IBM PureSystems is the first of what IBM calls "expert integrated systems," designed to get IT organizations up and running in as little as four hours. This intro explains how you can cut months off of your development, test, and production time.
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By Pramod Kumar Chandoria (firstname.lastname@example.org), Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
Automated tests offer advantages, but it is still important to run tests in correct environments, according to plan, to avoid environment-specific defects. Rational Quality Manager helps you ensure that tests run on the correct machine, with the correct test environment coverage.
Product: Rational Quality Manager
By Jothi Subramani (email@example.com), Advisory Software Engineer, IBM and Nagabhushan Seshagiri Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Software Engineer, IBM
Given the as-is architecture from Rational System Architect, you can model the to-be architecture and analyze the impact of proposed changes. Then you can use Rational Team Concert to track changes to models by using the OSLC feature in Rational System Architect.
Products: Rational System Architect, Rational Team Concert
By Arti Saagar (email@example.com), System Software Engineer, IBM
When you integrate IBM Rational DOORS and Rational Rose, you can trace requirements to software design. This article covers the entire process and explains ways to assess how requirements affect your design and how to detect design elements that are not justified by requirements.
Products: Rational DOORS, Rational Rose
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
It's a gorgeous day here in Massachusetts. I'm sitting on my back porch soaking up the warmth and hoping no one in Arizona notices that we switched weather with them! We have three great articles for you this week from IBMers around the world, a new featured author, and some great extras that we hope you find useful.
By Ulrike Vauth, Business Architect, IBM (Germany)
Curtailing unexpected costs in IT projects can depend on the maturity of requirements management. Ulrike Vauth explains how IBM consultants used Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert to help a customer establish a stable and mature process.
Products: Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team ConcertStep-by-step guide to creating Rational Focal Point reports
By Anurag Saraf, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Rational Tools Administrator, IBM (India)
Get an overview of how to create basic reports within IBM Rational Focal Point. Anurag Saraf gives you step-by-step instructions for using the customizable, built-in report generator.
Products: Rational Focal PointEngineers must think more like psychologists to succeed in software engineering
By Marília Coelho, IT Specialist, IBM (Brazil)
In software development, Einstein's advice to invest time in understanding the problem first can be a problem in itself, says the Marilia Coelho, even though software engineers understand the need. She suggests the psychological, human nature reasons for why this happens and offers solutions.
Product: Rational Requirements ComposerWe are pleased to feature Contributing Author Amy Silberbauer
Amy Silberbauer describes herself as an evangelist for ensuring that customers realize value from their software investments, rather than letting software go unused. She is passionate about IBM solutions for establishing modern development environments and understanding how to make informed decisions about application modernization. Amy is currently the Rational Industry Solutions architect lead and a member of the Unleash the Labs team, specializing in enterprise modernization, service-oriented architecture, and business process management solutions. She has been with IBM for 25 years, with 22 of those years in software development. When she is not evangelizing at work, she enjoys fishing in bass tournaments with her husband and working on home renovation projects. Visit Amy's developerWorks profile Read all of Amy's developerWorks content Learn about the Author achievement recognition program This week we are also highlighting the following items that you may find of interest.The ultimate agile development solution: Free for up to 10 developers - Rational Team ConcertTry Rational Requirements Composer on the cloudTry Rational Team Concert on IBM Smart Business CloudDownload Rational Functional TesterIBM SOA sandboxTrial: Rational Requirements ComposerIBM agility@scale e-kitMarch 28 webcast: Boosting Software Quality and Development Agility
Last week's gorgeous weather was nice but this week is better: school vacation is OVER and The Lad is back at school! The wrinkle? Potential sn*w coming tomorrow. There goes our nice sn*wless winter.
In the same way Massachusetts was buried in sn*w last winter and has had just a small amount this year, we're balancing last week's big publish with a small one today. Ken Kumagai (The Ken) shares how to combine and customize reports on multiple projects in Rational Team Concert while our highlighted items include the option to try Rational Team Concert on the cloud, an invitation to play in the Jazz sandbox, and a download of Rational Team Concert.
Have a good (and sn*wless) week!
By: Ken Kumagai (firstname.lastname@example.org), Software Engineer, IBM
Project managers and software developers both need frequent status updates, but they need to see different things. The author demonstrates using BIRT scripting and computed columns for customized Rational Team Concert reports of multiple project areas. The article includes files of sample reports.
Product: Rational Team ConcertThis week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.IBM Rational Team Concert 3.0 available on IBM Smart Business CloudPlay in the Jazz sandboxEvaluate: IBM Rational Team Concert V3.0
Create a multichannel portlet app with Rational Application Developer, Part 1
By Gaurav Bhattacharjee (email@example.com), Technical Lead, Rational Application Developer Portal Tools, IBM
This series shows how to use Rational Application Developer to create a multichannel composite portlet app that integrates data from IBM DB2, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM Connections into multiple wired portlets hosted on IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0. Part 1 explains the setup for this five-part demo.
Product: Rational Application DeveloperIntegrate Rational Focal Point with requirements, project, and test management tools
By Vipin Kumar Agrawal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Learn how Rational Focal Point 6.5.1 adds traceability reports and integrates with Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) apps: Rational Requirements Composer to track technical and business requirements; Rational Team Concert for collaborative project management; Rational Quality Manager for testing.
Product: Rational Focal Point, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality ManagerExtend Rational Functional Tester to test Adobe Flex or Flash applications
By Tim Hague (email@example.com), Quality Assurance Automation Engineer, IBM
Even with Rational Functional Tester's built-in support, constant browser security updates interfere with automating GUI Flex applications. Tim Hague explains how to extend it with Selenium and FlexMonkium open source components that are updated frequently enough to overcome this problem.
Product: Rational Functional TesterWe are pleased to feature Contributing Author Franki Schafrik
Franki Schafrik has 17 years of experience in using Rational System Architect. She has 20 years experience consulting on enterprise architecture (EA) for government and commercial clients around the world. Franki teaches DoDAF and EA methodologies internationally.Visit Franki's developerWorks profile Read all of Franki's developerWorks contentLearn about the Author achievement recognition programThis week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.Try Rational Method Composer with this full-featured trial for an evaluation period of 30 daysEvaluate Rational Application Developer onlineRational Application Developer for WebSphere Software trialFree trial download of Rational Functional TesterRational Application Developer Standard Edition trial
Design message and service definitions based energy industry CIM standards
By Darrell R. Schrag, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Consulting Specialist, IBM
There is little guidance for adapting an energy industry information model to message and service definitions for SOA messaging. This process uses Rational Software Architect extensions to guide definitions, based on the International Electrotechnical Commission's Common Information Model (IEC CIM).
Product: Rational Software ArchitectImprove portfolio management with new IBM Rational Focal Point integrations
By Karthikeyan Dakshinamurthy (email@example.com), Senior Software Engineer, IBM
IBM Rational Focal Point 6.5.1 and later integrate with Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) applications to give you many more capabilities for decision-making throughout software development and project lifecycles. This article covers what, why, and how to take advantage of CLM applications.
Product: Rational Focal PointSynchronize CMVC and Rational Team Concert data to get benefits of both
By Megha Mittal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Staff Software Engineer, IBM and Ankur Sharma (email@example.com), Staff Software Engineer, IBM
IBM Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) has been superseded by newer Rational software, including Rational Team Concert. The tutorial explains how to integrate the two repositories in mainframe systems. It includes sample code to make syncing periodically even easier.
Product: Rational Team ConcertThis week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page that you may find of interest.Try Rational Software ArchitectTry Rational Software Architect Design ManagerRational Software Architect sandbox exerciseIBM Rational Team Concert 3.0 available on IBM Smart Business CloudPlay in the Jazz sandboxEvaluate: IBM Rational Team Concert V3.0
Evaluate FileNet Content Engine with Rational Performance Tester load tests
By: Venumadhav Vanagondi (firstname.lastname@example.org), Software Performance Analyst, IBM, Sanjay Singh (email@example.com), Senior Software Architect, IBM, Sandeep Vedula (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Software Engineer, IBM
Evaluate IBM FileNet Content Engine performance by configuring Rational Performance Tester to load test the document editing functionality. This approach is based on what the authors learned from a customer benchmark project that involved large volumes of content.
Product: Rational Performance TesterWhat's new in the Rational Developer for Power 8.0.3 release
By: David Dykstal (email@example.com), Senior Software Engineer, IBM
IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software provides integrated analysis, development, and debugging tools for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. Although this is a service release, it contains some significant new functions, which the developer describes in this article.
Product: Rational Developer for Power Systems SoftwareDiagnose and debug with IBM Rational Synergy tools and techniques
By: Venkata Ramarao Kota (firstname.lastname@example.org), System Software Engineer, IBM
Debugging tools included in Rational Synergy change and configuration management software can be switched on and off. This article explains the tools and techniques that can help in analyzing critical issues. Using them to gather information helps support technicians resolve the issue faster.
Product: Rational SynergyThis week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.The ultimate agile development solution: Free for up to 10 developers - Rational Team ConcertEvaluate: Rational Performance TesterEvaluate: Rational Asset ManagerEvaluate: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems SoftwareDemo: Exploiting Rational Team Concert with Rational Rhapsody for complex systems and software development
Integrate a Rational ClearCase UCM stream with Rational Team Concert 3.0
By: Murali Dhandapani (email@example.com), IT Specialist, IBM
Learn how to synchronize an IBM Rational ClearCase client with a Rational Team Concert Eclipse client. This article explains how to use the ClearCase Importer to import files or folders from a ClearCase UCM stream to Rational Team Concert, as well as how to use the Change Flow Target feature.
Products: IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational Team ConcertCombine Rational ClearCase with Cadence Design Framework for more flexibility
By: Alok K. Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Ragini A. Ravishankar (email@example.com), Associate Software Engineer, IBM
Vishal Anand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
After integrating Rational ClearCase with Cadence Design Framework II, custom chip designers can perform ClearCase configuration actions while in the Cadence toolset. This article describes several other advantages and the important features of the ClearCase-Cadence integration.
Product: IBM Rational ClearCaseSave time with this reusable Rational Functional Tester automation framework
By Varun Ojha (email@example.com), Systems Software Engineer, IBM
With this design, you can develop a reusable automation test framework that is independent of the objects in the application under test. You can import it into any Rational Functional Tester environment. As a bonus, it also drastically reduces the development and execution time of test scripts.
Product: IBM Rational Functional TesterWe are pleased to feature Contributing Author Fariz Saracevic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fariz Saracevic is a member of Offering Strategy and Delivery team, and he is leading the IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). He is working closely with other IBM Rational leads to define and advancing CLM capabilities.
Read all of Fariz's developerWorks content
Visit Fariz's developerWorks profile
Learn about the Author achievement recognition programThis week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.Call for papers and registration for Innovate 2012 is now open.IBM Rational Functional TesterFree: Rational Team Concert for up to 10 developersTry Rational Team Concert in a sandbox
Toward a Basic Profile for Linked Data
A collection of best practices and a simple approach for a Linked Data architecture
By Martin Nally (email@example.com), Chief Technical Officer, IBM Rational Software, IBM and Steve Speicher (firstname.lastname@example.org), IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, OSLC Lead Architect, IBM
While using Linked Data as an application integration technology in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), IBM found several ways of applying the existing W3C standards, yet little guidance on how to combine them. Two top IBM experts offer best practices and propose a Basic Profile for Linked Data.Agile software development made practical with existing CCM software
By Leslie Ekas (email@example.com), Senior Development Manager, Rational ClearCase, IBM
Agile project management methods help teams respond to change and deliver higher-quality software. Rational Team Concert helps you jump-start agile planning. It works well with Rational change and configuration management tools, so you can make the transition, yet leverage investments and minimize costs.Synchronize requirements data between Rational DOORS and Rational System Architect
By Krupa Gunhalkar (firstname.lastname@example.org), System Software Engineer, IBM
It is critical to keep track of requirements associated with enterprise architecture artifacts. This article explains how to synchronize and map EA data within Rational DOORS requirements management software with Rational System Architect to track requirements associated with the EA artifacts.This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.Free for up to 10 developers - Rational Team ConcertDOORS Web Access online trialIBM SOA SandboxEvaluate: IBM Rational ClearQuestEvaluate: IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle ManagementTrial: Rational Programming Patterns for System zWebcast: IBM Rational DOORS strategy and roadmapWhite paper: Driving business success with software reuse
Read how to leverage Rational Synergy and Rational Change solutions for effective component-based development.White paper: Achieving true collaboration in global development
Global distributed development can be a difficult model to adopt — making it hard for employees to provide collaborative value to the organization. Read how IBM Rational Synergy can tightly integrate virtually all aspects of the systems and software development lifecycle.
A practical guide to developing enterprise architecture
By Franki Schafrik, Senior Enterprise Architect, IBM
With humor, Franki Schafrik guides you through identifying the questions that enterprise architecture must answer, developing an approach and models, and analyses to see where you can make improvements. She assumes that you use modeling software, such as Rational System Architect, for your architecture.
Product: IBM Rational System ArchitectDevelop TXSeries CICS apps with Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Part 2
By Balaji S. Kumar, Software Engineer, IBM, Hariharan N. Venkitachalam, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, Janaki Sundar, Staff Software Engineer, IBM, Nageswararao V. Gokavarapu, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
In Part 2 of this three-part tutorial, you use the IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software configurations from Part 1 to create a new AIX COBOL project and an AIX COBOL program file. Code for a sample CICS application and a sample Makefile file is included.
Product: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems SoftwareApply agile project management methods for more efficient hardware development
By Wenwei Tang, IBM
By using IBM Rational Team Concert to apply these agile development methods to hardware projects, you can respond better to rapidly changing requirements and manage more efficiently and effectively. You can also use this as a guide to make the transition from waterfall to agile methods.
Product: IBM Rational Team ConcertThis week we are also highlighting the following item on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.SOA SandboxEvaluate Rational System ArchitectWebcast: IBM Rational DOORS strategy and roadmap (November 8, 2011)
Why software quality assurance and IT security teams need to collaborate
By Jeff Laskowski, Senior IT Specialist, IBM
If software development and quality assurance teams worked more closely together, they would be exponentially more effective, says the author. He explains why the approach he advocates improves both security and efficiency and describes how it incorporates security testing better into development.
Products: IBM Rational AppScan, IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational Functional Tester, IBM Rational Quality Manager, IBM Rational Requirements Composer, IBM Rational Requisite Pro, IBM Rational Robot Develop TXSeries CICS apps with Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, Part 1
By Balaji S. Kumar, Software Engineer, IBM, Hariharan N. Venkitachalam, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, Janaki Sundar, Staff Software Engineer, IBM, and Nageswararao V. Gokavarapu, Staff Software Engineer, IBM
Part 1 of this three-part tutorial explains how to configure IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms and Rational Developer for Power Systems Software. Then the authors describe how to use them together to make CICS application development for IBM TXSeries easier.
Product: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software Improve the quality of unit testing by increasing code coverage
By Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM
Adequate code coverage in unit tests affects whether you catch and fix all defects early and can refactor that code. Now you can configure the Code Coverage Advisor in Rational Application Developer, integrate Rational Team Concert, and make checking code coverage a precondition for delivering code.
Products: IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM Rational Team Concert This week we are also highlighting the following item on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.Integrating Rational DOORS?
Learn about integrations between Rational DOORS, and Rational DOORS Web Access, with other products in this new blog.Meet IBM champion, Julian Holmes
Scott Laningham interviews the Co-Founder of UPMentors in this video. Hear about taking agile to the next level, and more!Smarter, safer railways, powered by software engineeringTry Rational DOORS Web Access onlineEnterprise Modernization Sandbox for Power SystemsEvaluate: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems SoftwareRational Developer for Power online workshop