The bottom line. It seems that is what everyone is interested in. It makes sense though… would you want to spend 85% of your IT budget, or 50%? One company was able to cut their IT maintenance budget to 50%, allowing them to shift the extra funds to innovation. They also reduced the number of applications supported by 45%. With Rational Focal Point, you can visualize the human and financial costs over time, and make objective decisions about where to invest for maximum ROI.
Whether you’re the person buying the software, or the person using the software, you’ll be interested in these four recently published articles to help you with the financial and time ROI for Rational Focal Point.
Determine ROI for projects with the Investment Analysis component
The Investment Analysis component in Rational Focal Point uses input-bounded estimates for costs and benefits to compute a distribution for net present value (NPV) of the project over its lifetime. From the NPV, it calculates other key values, including return on investment (ROI). See what formulas it uses and learn how it works.Track project status through Rational Focal Point
Monitor projects tracked by other Rational applications by using the XPathValueFetcher business rule in Rational Focal Point to fetch key values, such as status and progress. You can configure the rule to run as a background batch process to periodically synchronize data from Rational Team Concert and Rational Requirement Composer.Take snapshots of Investment Analysis data in IBM Rational Focal Point
You can use the version attribute in IBM Rational Focal Point to take snapshots of data, including data from the Investment Analysis component. This article explains how and provides an example of how to work with snapshots.
Create templates so you can reuse Investment Analysis settings
Skip starting over for each analysis by using Rational Focal Point 6.5.2 to create templates for reusing settings.
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)
June 4, 12:45 - 1:30 PM. Room: Oceanic 1 - Dolphin
Let IBM know how you use developerWorks content and communities to learn more about software and systems development, agile, cloud computing, mobile development and the latest, PureSystems. Meet the folks behind these communities and let them know what's working, what you want to see, and what other sites you visit. You can also meet our team of editors to learn how you can be a published author through developerWorks. But don't wait until Innovate. Join the discussion about this session now on the Rational community blog.
Get engaged: Getting the most out of Jazz.net portal (DR-2060)
June 4, 1:45 - 2:45 PM. Room: Australia 2 - Dolphin
Jazz.net is the public development portal and community website for Rational Jazz-based products. Attendees learn how to get the most out of Jazz.net so they can get what they want out of their tools. Participants can track the development teams` plans and activities, submit defects and requests, download the latest milestones, get answers to questions, and learn about how to use the tools more effectively. Jazz.net is all about helping users engage with developers and the broader community.
Unleashing the power of the Rational User Community (DR-1977)
June 3, 2:45 - 3:45 PM. Room: Southern II - Dolphin
The Rational User Community (nee the Global Rational User Group) independently represents more than 25,000 IBM Rational solutions users, with more than 90 regional groups spread across five continents. These groups provide an average of three meetings every week, some of which are delivered as virtual events to the whole Rational User Community. Each meeting or presentation enables an open forum to promote the exchange of information and real-world know-how between customers and with IBM Rational. They bring together bright minds and bright ideas on a regular basis, promoting an open and honest discussion and the chance to learn and share how to succeed with IBM Rational methods and tools. At this session learn what the Rational User Community can do for participants and their organizations' investments in IBM Rational solutions to maximize return on investment and benefit of a software delivery organization.
How to start up and lead a local IBM Rational User Community (BOF-2411)
June 4, 12:45 - 1:30 PM. Room: Oceanic 3 - Dolphin
This session is designed for all current, new, and potential IBM Rational User Community (RUC) leaders, providing the opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas and experiences, and enhance the experience for regional RUC members.
"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:
- Agile Transformation community: An entire section of the room filled with experts who want to help you improve your organization's agile development strategy. If you belong to this community on developerWorks, make sure you stop by to meet other members!
- Global Rational User Community: Look for them at pedestal #36 in the Solutions Center. They'll be happy to answer any questions that you have about Rational User Groups in your region.
- Jazz.net and Rational Cafes: The Developers Zone is the place to be to learn how you can collaborate with IBM developers through these communities year-round to track development, milestone releases, and overall, improve your day-to-day use of Rational tools.
- developerWorks: Look for them at pedestal #35 in the Solutions Center to learn more about Rational communities, plus those that have formed around PureSystems, cloud computing, mobile development, and web development.
- connectED lounge: Past attendees will remember this space as the Social Media lounge. Stop by to ask questions about how to give you and your business a visible boost through social media. Get a cool prize for visiting. Also look for social concierges to help you navigate social media for Innovate.
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!
We're back, and calling on Tim von Niessen, Consulting IT Specialist with IBM Global Business Services and author of this week's feature article, Programmatically modify Rational datapools.
What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?
I have to believe that my success has been primarily due to hard work and diligence. I came into the IT business in 1977 fresh out of high school, taking a job as a junior computer operator back in the days of punched cards. I strive to keep up with modern technology, learning as much as I can through hands-on interaction. I believe that we are each responsible for our own success, and we should treat ourselves as our own business and plan for our own future.
What interests you outside of your job (hobbies, activities)?
I am interested in Android application development, not only due to the rapidly evolving world of mobile computing, but also due to the open nature of the freely available Eclipse Java development tools.
What communities, forums, or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
I find IBM developerWorks to be an invaluable source of knowledge in so many different fields of technology. Input from people worldwide, in different companies, provides an amazing forum for discussion of issues that plague us all. Having questions and answers from real people in real world situations provides a grounded view of the implementation of technology.
Which (future) standards are seen as important?
I believe that one of the next technologies that will require firmer standardization relates to changes to web based technology to support the touch screen input of mobile devices, adding another layer of complexity to the design of technology-neutral user access. DoJo and jQuery are early front runners, but there are many other similar web interface technologies now emerging.
It is important that technologies have standards, but not at the expense of innovation and openness.
When you're not working, what do you do?
Read bad science fiction and horror novels to escape the reality of day to day life.
And when the horror novels get to be too much, he retreats to playing with emerging technologies, having created several Media Center computers for the integration of music, films and television. Tim is now focused on the development of Android apps, as well as delving into new ways to create technology neutral web interfaces.
Often, test data is not given a very high profile on many testing engagements. Do you find this to be the case in your own testing engagement(s)? Are the topics discussed in the article useful to you in creating a stronger test data bed? Let Tim know by leaving a comment here, or on his article.
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: email@example.com
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 :https://www-304.ibm.com/software/support/trial/cst/forms/nomination.wss?id=3869
Thank you in advance for your interest in the Enterprise COBOL Vnext Managed Beta Program.
We're calling on Ulrike Vauth, a business architect with IBM Global Business Services. As an Open Group Distinguished Certified IT Architect, her experience with mid-sized to large application development spans the lifecycle, including requirements engineering, specification, design, code, test, and go-live.
We wanted to get to know a little more about how she acquires and shares knowledge:
What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
I work with this topic on a daily basis and get a lot of questions from other colleagues around requirements management; therefore, I decided to share my experience by writing this article for developerWorks.
What communities, forums or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
For specific questions I typically search in the known platforms like the Jazz forums, developerWorks, or the available community tools like Lotus Connections network inside IBM. If I don't find the right answer I use the forums (e.g. Jazz forum for Tool related topics) or look for help in my network of technical people inside IBM. The technical community is really good and helps each other very often.
Who is your hero?
I don't have a specific hero, but I respect people who really act and do not just talk, who are open, help each other and find the fun our job can provide.
What hobbies or activities interest you outside of your job?
The little time I have outside my business life I spend practicing and teaching Karate in my hometown in Germany. Practicing and living the Karate principles gives me a lot of physical and mental strength for my daily job. In both areas I try to follow the Karate ideals, like: You always should try to improve your skills, improve your character, be patient, respect others and be faithful.
We respect her passion for sharing her expertise with you. That's why she's the author of this week's feature article Establish a mature requirements management process to cut costs with Rational Requirements Composer and Team Concert.
If you have questions for Ulrike, leave a comment below.
Given that this integration is built using OSLC, it made perfect sense to approach the speaker about delivering something similar for the OSLC community
It is then wonderful news that we've (finally!) booked this presentation for 24 July at 12 noon EDT. You can read more on the OSLC blog
, and you can sign-up to attend through IBM SmartCloud Events
Don't miss the chance to learn more about the solution, and the technology behind it. Don't let your friends, colleagues, or clients miss out either!
We're calling on Bernd Eberhardt, the product manger for the IBM Rational SAP Alliance. He works for the IBM SAP International Competence Center in Walldorf, Germany. During his 13 years with IBM Rational software, he has worked in various positions in sales and consulting services, with a strong focus on quality management solutions. We asked him a few questions to find out how he maintains his focus:
1) Was your latest article, about integrating Rational and SAP products, inspired by something that you encountered at a customer site?
In the past 5-10 years, many customers have been asking the Rational software sales teams to cooperate more closely with SAP and to provide an integration of Rational ALM capabilities with SAP.
2) What communities, forums, or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
The IBM SAP Alliance team, Rational development organisation, Rational sales team, Rational services team, and the IBM Blue Harmony project.
3) How do you keep up with changes in the industry?
Mainly by communicating with customers, SIs, and SAP, plus speaking at and attending conferences, including Rational's Innovate, Sapphire, and SAP TechEd.
4) What hobbies or activities do you pursue outside of your job?
Skiing, hiking, cycling, and going to concerts
His most recent article, Integrate Rational ALM applications with SAP Solution Manager, describes the latest capabilities for using three Rational ALM applications to manage and test SAP and non-SAP projects.
Welcome to part 2 of a 4 part series on Android fragmentation. In a recent article in ‘Search Consumerization’, Margaret Jones covered this issue and how it has really become a major challenge for anyone developing apps or websites for the mobile platform. As Android continues to dominate worldwide, this has developers and QA teams alike pulling their hair out trying to contain the problem while attempting to develop for mobile devices with the highest level of quality, ensuring the highest possible success in the market for their app or service.
As it relates to IT organizations, Jones comments in her article saying that “because the Android OS is so fragmented, enterprise IT can't standardize on one Android OS version, which makes supporting devices a nightmare. Each operating system version and device has different features, so some Android OS versions come with more management features than others. Early versions of the OS don't have as many management hooks for IT, but those versions are still in use and are in the enterprise, so IT has to find ways to manage them. For many companies, that means finding a mobile device management tool that can control a wide variety of Android OS versions, plus the other mobile OSes that are accessing the corporate network, but performing that task is easier said than done.”
To read more follow our blog and catch our next installment as we continue this conversation in a 4 part series.
Also, register now for the upcoming AnDevCon in San Francisco, CA, Nov 12 – 15, 2013. Be sure to visit our booth #303 to experience our real device testing platform for anyone developing, testing, or supporting mobile apps and websites.
Modified on by Manish Aneja
IBM Rational Application Developer V9.5 Beta (Feb) had the portlet tooling capabilities integrated for the WebSphere Liberty Profile and with the Beta refresh, it offers the tooling to create JSF 2.2 portlet projects targeted for the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profiles. You can create and maintain resources for JSF 2.2 portlet applications by using JSR 286 as well as JSR 168 portlet API.
To create and publish the JSF portlet projects on WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Profile, you need to ensure the following pre-requisites features are properly configured in your IBM WAS Liberty profile. These features are hosted on WASdev along with IBM WAS Liberty profile.
- Portlet Container feature
- Portlet Serving features
- JSF Portlet Bridge feature (Beta)
The enhancements for JSF2.2 tooling in IBM Rational Application Developer v95 Beta (June) and JSF 2.2 Portlet bridge Beta adds the support for following features as per the JSF2.2 specification
- Generating the portlet configuration artifacts like portlet.xml and faces-config.xml,
- Updated code generation in facelet code as JSF 2.2 feature have different name spacing than JSF2.0
- The file upload component in palette view
- JSF 2.2 HTML 5 Support
- JSF 2.2 Stateless views
Once the portlet project is deployed on the Liberty profile, you can configure the WSRP (i.e. web services for remote portlets) producer on IBM WebSphere Liberty profile and consume these portlets on WebSphere Portal server through WSRP by placing them on a portal page.
You can read more about the configuration of environment and creation of JSF portlet project in the knowledge center.
For more information about JSF 2.2 portlet support , visit our Knowledge Center.
- To find out more about Rational Application Developer V9.5 Beta, visit our Early Program site.
- To join a discussion or ask questions about Rational Application Developer V9.5 Beta, visit our Beta Forum.
- To learn more about IBM Rational Application Developer, visit our product wiki.
We're calling on Ali Manji, a Rational software developer who joined the reporting tools team in January. His name should sound familiar to you because he has written several articles to help clients build leading-edge Java applications with Rational Software Architect and Rational Application Developer. Don't let his recent transition fool you. He is a man of many talents, which is why he was easily motivated to get on board with his new team and write this week's feature article, Tricks for deploying Rational Insight 1.0 in a large enterprise.
Q1) Which future standards do you and your colleagues see as important for the future?
Arthur Ryman, who is Rational’s Chief Architect for Reporting and Portfolio Strategy and Management, as well as the visionary who charts the future for our area, tells me that standards around RDF, SPARQL, and Linked Data will become critical for CLM solution providers. More generally, these standards will also be important for those who want to build solutions based on the growing NoSQL movement. I believe this further implies that standards for NoSQL will become necessary and critical.
Q2) What challenges are you expecting from your new assignment?
As is the case with many of our clients, my development team is globally dispersed. Collaboration through the use of social networking and development tools like Rational Team Concert becomes critical to project success and fostering a team culture with peers in other [areas of the world].
Q3) What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
We wanted to ensure that the architects tasked with deploying Rational Insight were aware of the options available for deploying in medium- to large-sized enterprises. Realizing an enterprise topology as described in the article is an important step towards the goals that users demand: scalability and performance.
Q4) If you could win a meetup with any celebrity or public figure in the world, who would it be, and what would you talk about?
Noam Chomsky. His contributions to computing are immense. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on the direction of modern computer languages and their applications in the era of social computing.
Q5) What do you like to do for fun?
I love to play badminton and read juvenile literature. Books that are my "must reads:" The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Conch Bearer, and Silvana de Mari’s The Last Dragon. I also like to play board games.
Ali has spoken at many technical conferences, including JavaOne and IBM Innovate. This month, you can catch up with him in person when he speaks about Tips and techniques for using Eclipse Dali tools to deploy JPA/JEE apps anywhere! at EclipseCon, March 26-29, 2012.
Ali appreciates suggestions for a future articles or blog posts you want to see about using or deploying Rational Insight in an enterprise environment. You can find more tips and thoughts from him on his self-titled blog, or you can follow him on twitter @torontoIBMer