IBM Rational community
We are pleased to announce the Managed Beta Program for the next version of IBM® Enterprise COBOL for z/OS®. This program is open for clients to submit their nominations. If you have any questions concerning this beta program, the nomination process, or completing the nomination form, please contact the manager for this program: firstname.lastname@example.org
The benefits of participating in this Beta include:
- Opportunity to influence the product and future product direction.
- Ability to test code and documentation, and ensure compatibility in their environment.
- Free education, code, and documentation during the Beta.
- Free support by development during the Beta for their questions and problems
- Competitive advantage by having access to the latest technology.
Nominations by Clients
Customers can access the on-line Nomination Form by using their IBM userid and password here :
Thank you in advance for your interest in the Enterprise COBOL Vnext Managed Beta Program.
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Join us at Innovate 2012 to learn what Rational has to offer for SAP
At Innovate you can discover what's next in technology and trends from today's industry leaders. But, there is no next without a winning now. IBM Rational Solutions for SAP will share the stage with customers, business partners and your peers to show you how you can make the most of your investments now by managing complexity, lowering risk, and driving down costs.
By attending, you will learn first-hand about the following concepts for optimizing your SAP deployments through IBM Rational ALM solutions:
There is lot more happening during Exhibit Hall hours!
Join us to understand what SAP has to say about Rational solutions and how SAP implementation can be delivered faster while saving on cost. We’re also announcing exciting new products for SAP during innovate. With this product announcement out, understand how you can unify your SAP and Non SAP delivery environments to achieve faster collaboration and hence implementation! Join us to unveil this along with several exciting technology surprises!!
Know that the approach toward automation regression testing of SAP is fundamentally different from the testing of any other customized applications. Did you know that you can achieve the ongoing operation efficiencies while testing frequent SAP change deployment projects? Do you plan to upgrade SAP from Solution Manager 7.1? Want to learn how IBM Rational Application Lifecycle Management tools help you implement this upgrade faster in meager resources and cost?
Tracks at Innovate 2012 will give you technical know how of these and many such questions!
Visit this website to register : http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/innovate/tracks/
Sessions planned at Innovate 2012 :
PA-1570 The Economics of Automated Testing for Packaged Enterprise Applications
PA-1993 Keynote Session Application Lifecycle Management for SAP Powered by IBM Rational
PA-1372 Change Impact Analysis Using SAP Business Process Change Analyzer and IBM Rational Tools
PA-1620 Testing Beyond Projects: Achieving Ongoing Operational Efficiencies using RQM and Certify
PA-1234 Integrated Application Lifecycle Management Using SAP and IBM Rational Tools
PA-1197 What's Next for IBM Rational and SAP
PA-2412 Moving to Solution Manager 7.1 and Collaborative Lifecycle Management
Computer architectures designed with high-performance microprocessors are reshaping the IT landscape. Today's software developers must deliver products and services faster with higher quality and performance to stay competitive, but in an environment with unprecedented potential, it's increasingly difficult for application developers to simultaneously handle business logic and performance issues in their code. That's where IBM Power Systems technology steps in, says Susan Yoskin, IBM Rational marketing solution manager. Power Systems are based on modern, high-performance POWER7 processors, she says. They offer outstanding performance, superior economics and breakthrough efficiency." Read more.
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OSLC (Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration) is the key technology in Rational's integrations of ALM products (and beyond!). Rational isn't the only one using OSLC, nor is it only Rational products that it connects (see more on the OSLC Software page). Given its "key" role, you'd expect to hear a lot about OSLC at Innovate 2012, and you'd be right.
I look forward to meeting many people who I've only worked with remotely at Innovate this year. I am also excited to meet many new people who are interested in OSLC for the first time anywhere!
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Software development and delivery thrives on the power of group-sourced ideas gained through communities. We want to help you find these communities easily and connect with peers online through the Rational communities and forums hub on developerWorks. It is a showcase of our most active communities related to application lifecycle management, Jazz development, enterprise modernization, agile development, and more.
As ideas and innovations change, so might the communities that support them. We'll make sure those communities are linked here for you as they emerge.
If you'll be at Innovate in Orlando, we have plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about Rational communities. Leaders of these sessions will cover specifics about getting involved in developerWorks, Jazz.net, and our independent user groups, respectively:
Engineers can be social: A look at collaboration without traditional boundaries (BOF-1770)
Get engaged: Getting the most out of Jazz.net portal (DR-2060)
Unleashing the power of the Rational User Community (DR-1977)
How to start up and lead a local IBM Rational User Community (BOF-2411)
"What if I can't make it to these sessions?"
The Exhibition Floor is going to be alive with activity from all of our community members and social media experts:
If I've missed a community gathering that's happening at Innovate, post it in the comments below. I'm sure everyone is getting excited to meet each other in person. Can't make it to Orlando? Then be sure to check these communities often online and make your virtual presence known through blogs and discussion forums. Members at the conference will make sure you're a part of the action, and that you don't miss a thing!
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Next Friday morning I'll be in Florida helping prepare for Innovate. With all of this planning and preparation there aren't going to be any glitches like the one Facebook encountered on their first day of trading, at least not on MY watch! Has anyone seen my sunscreen and most comfortable shoes? It's time to start the pre-packing checklists and prepare, prepare, prepare!
By Prachi Mittal (email@example.com), Software Engineer, Rational Tools Administrator, IBM, India
When you move projects that use Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert, you need to import ClearCase source code into Rational Team Concert source control. Prachi Mittal shows you how to use the Rational Team Concert connector, or synchronizer, to import code from ClearCase VOBs.
Products: Rational ClearCase, Rational Team Concert
By Ankur Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org), Staff Software Engineer, IBM, India and Siddharth Kumar Saraya (Siddharth.Kumar.Saraya@in.ibm.com), Staff Software Engineer, IBM, India
Using Risk and Risk Action work items in Rational Team Concert makes it easier to manage risks and eliminates the need for an external risk management tool. The software also records the risks and actions taken for future reference. This article explains how.
Product: Rational Team Concert
By Murali Dhandapani (email@example.com), IT Specialist, IBM, India and Preetam Kulkarni (firstname.lastname@example.org), IT Specialist, IBM, India
When you integrate IBM Rational Insight with Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) applications, you can use Rational Insight to produce reports from Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer at various stages of your projects.
Product: Rational Insight, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
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Hi, I'm Gabi Zodik and I'm a Manager of Software and Services at IBM Research in Haifa, Israel.
My passion is systems. Systems such as planes, cars, or air traffic control are becoming more and more complex. Although they now provide us with functionality, efficiency, and productivity never before imagined, they are also introducing new engineering challenges. This is especially true in the design and development of engineering systems where the integration of different disciplines — software, hardware – is required.
For example, 10 years ago cars had one or two processors, whereas today a single car may have more than 100 processors running anything from Bluetooth connectivity to proximity sensors. We are developing new methods and tools to help designers cope with the complexity of making all of these things work together, by automating and streamlining the design and development phases.
Streamlining design for systems and software
For more information about this track, contact email@example.com.
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The hot topic here at Rational is unquestionably Innovate. We are buzzing about the guests and keynote speakers we have lined up. I can't wait to hear what they view to be Next in IBM tech and industry trends. Join us and hear how your Next success is dependent on the systems and software innovations that you and your team make now. If you haven't registered yet, you're running out of time!
Still on the fence? Learn more about the Innovate 2012 keynotes and agenda.
By Murray Cantor
Murray Cantor, PhD, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, shows how to compute the ROI for software or systems in a way that accounts for both uncertainties in future costs and benefits. His formulas gauge whether the ROI measures value received from money spent or predicted ROI from future investments.
Product: Rational FocalPoint
By Kevin Li and Melanie Steckham
Version 12.1 of IBM XL C/C++ introduces language support to help you port code easily to IBM Power Systems and improved compilation time at commonly used optimization levels. This article describes these and other enhancements.
By Kevin Li and Melanie Steckham
Version 14.1 of IBM XL Fortran introduces language support to help you port code easily to IBM Power Systems and improved compilation time at commonly used optimization levels. This article describes these and other enhancements.
By Robin Wood and Rich Knaster
In this pre-conference podcast, Rich Knaster gives a rundown of the highlights that will appeal most to software and systems developers. He also lists 11 reasons that they will benefit from attending this year's conference.
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Murali Dhandapani
Murali Dhandapani is a technical lead for the ISL Operations Software Engineering Service team in the IBM India Software Lab. He has 10 years of experience in various facets of IT and has gained experience in Linux, UNIX, virtualization, high-availability solutions, and Rational source control management tools. He leads the Rational Jazz products infrastructure projects, as well as high-availability and disaster recovery deployment. He is also a co-author of the "PowerHA SystemMirror Cookbook" for Version 7.1.1 for IBM Redbooks.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
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In addition to yesterday's spotlight on Amy Silberbauer, we're calling on Steven Pogue and Andrew Freed.
Steve is a Senior Technical Staff member focused on IBM Software strategy, and Andrew is Senior Software Engineer who has educated more than 2000 users in Rational Team Concert source control and also works with APIs in Rational Team Concert and Rational Asset Manager. They put their combined experience into words to tell you how IBM used OSLC to migrate a large GForge installation to Rational software.
Andrew spends most of his non-work time hanging out with his two-year-old son. Any time left goes to various sports, including distance running, he says. He is an active member in the Smart Talk chapter of ToastMasters International. Steve likes to tinker with technology, such as Android programming, and spends his free time supporting his three kids' activities and working with nonprofits, such as Guatemala Village Partners, which works to improve opportunities for disadvantaged children.
What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
Andrew: When we were first assigned to do the migration, it seemed daunting. I knew that if we were able to pull it off, our story would make a great talk or article. I'm glad to share our experiences with others.
Steve: Migration is a key concern for a lot of our customers. Through this article, we were able to demonstrate that Rational products have a strong story in this area.
Have you seen this particular scenario in your own organization? At a customer site?
Andrew: Asset reuse is important to us at IBM. Although our old system accomplished many of our reuse goals, we wanted to expand our ability to produce and reuse shared assets by taking advantage of the full capabilities of our powerful IBM products.
Steve: Several of our larger customers are keen to understand how IBM drives a culture of reuse in our development. Showing them how we accomplish this, using tools such as Rational Asset Manager and Rational Team Concert, helps them to adopt similar methods to reach their own goals.
What communities, forums, or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
Andrew: The Rational developers have done a wonderful job writing articles and maintaining forums on jazz.net. It's the first place we go to ask questions and find answers on certain Rational topics.
Steve: Jazz.net is a key hub of information. In addition, we used our IBM Connections internal deployment (much like My developerWorks) to involve groups of practitioners for their knowledge.
How do you handle obstacles and roadblocks?
Andrew: We overcame many obstacles in building out our migration strategy and execution. Some obstacles were technical, others political. We started small, understanding one piece at a time. We refined our strategy with a small group of pilot projects. We helped people migrate by gathering the right resources for each team and by offering a helping hand. As a team, we celebrated every small success. Every week we shared the number of migrated projects and enjoyed watching the number go up.
Steve: Hard to beat what Andrew said specific to this effort. In general, breaking obstacles down to more manageable pieces; ensuring good, sound information regarding your goals and expected benefits; and working closely with users and stakeholders to get buy-in and to find alternative routes around roadblocks.
Is there an aspect of software development or delivery that you think should have more or improved standards?
Andrew: The deployment and maintenance of applications. I'm excited to see what DevOps can bring us in this area.
Steve: Developing a robust taxonomy for categorizing assets. Ideally, it would be good to apply some industry standard taxonomy for software assets.
After you read their article, think about the following questions:
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I have been asked this question a few times now so that I decided to post it and the answer for everyone to see.
The question is, “Can RDz generate an XML Schema from a COBOL copybook?”
The answer, in general, is resounding “yes, and much more”. There are some limitations however, the main of which is that your COBOL copybook needs to have a top level 01 item. This is required for the RDz components that generate the XML Schemas (and a lot of other things) to work.
The easiest way to generate an XML Schema from a COBOL copybook, if you have just a few copybooks to process, is to use the “Enable Enterprise Web service” action that appears when you invoke an action menu on your COBOL copybooks. This action appears in many views in RDz perspectives. For example, it appears on all local COBOL files in the Enterprise Service Perspective and on the Remote Systems view of the z/OS Projects perspective. Note that it does not appear in the z/OS Projects fiew.
You now may ask, what do Web services have to do with my need to generate XML Schemas from a COBOL copy book? The short answer is, everything. The longer answer is, XML Schemas will be generated as part of the Web service enablement process for your copybook. There are many more details in the RDz on-line information repositories but suffice it so say here that you can turn generation of some of the Web services artifacts on or off . You can generate the XML Schemas in conjunction with some other artifacts that you can discard if you are not interested in them. The rest of this post will show you how. (The process is based on the currently released version of RDz, which is Version 18.104.22.168, plus or minus a fixpack or two)
When you invoke the Enable Enterprise Web service action by right-mouse click (or whatever mouse button is associated with the context menus), you will see the Enterprise Service Tools Wizard launchpad. You can leave all the defaults on this page, except that you need to change the “Conversion type” entry (the last combo box in the wizard) to “Compiled”.
After you press Start, (and assuming that your copybook has a level 01 and is syntactically correct) you will see the Create New Service Interface wizard. The first page of the wizard will let you select the level 01 structure that you want to generate an XML Schema for. By default, if your copybook is in a local project and you started the wizard from the Navigator view (and not from the remote z/OS systems view), all the files will be generated into the root of the project. You can just press the Finish button at this point. The XML Schema files (file extension xsd) will be part of what’s generated.
If you start from the remote z/OS systems, you will need to go through the wizard to specify the location of where you want the XSDs to be generated to.
There are many more options in the wizard that can be tweaked for generating the XML schemas. There are also ways to script processing of more than just a couple of the copybooks so that you don’t have to go through the wizards 500 times if you have 500 copybooks to process. But that’s a topic (or topics) for another post. There is also much more information in the RDz Education Assistant on the web.
Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz). Gary joined IBM in 1987, and spent 10 years developing compilers and compiler tools. Lately, Gary has been actively involved in creating service-oriented architecture (SOA) tools for RDz. He holds 6 software patents and enjoys tinkering with all things related to software and hardware.