And if you'll be attending Innovate, check out this session on August 11 where they will talk about the sketching tool in Rational Software Architect. In this blog post by Manoj Paul, he describes this tool as a great feature for those who use Rational Software Architect to create models and digrams, but still aren't comfortable with UML and its semantics. (demo included in blog post)
IBM Rational community
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If agile and lean software development are more your speed, make sure you check out this interview with Scott Ambler. At Innovate 2011 in Orlando, he sat down with Scott Laningham to share his thoughts on being agile and Lean. (h/t Scott Laningham)
Finally, if you're curious about how much Rational software values the importance of communities in software development, check out what Gina Poole, VP of Rational WW Marketing, had to say to CMSWire in IBMs Focus on Developer Communities Supports a Greater Cause.
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This week, our articles and updates focus on Rational Software Architect. There is new information to help you get the most out of converting UML and BPMN model elements.
Convert UML and BPMN model elements to different types automatically
There is also updated information about extending the topology editor in Rational Software Architect, and adding custom topology validators to the tool. Thanks to Andre Zwanziger and Sebastian Herden of IT Architecture Consulting Group, Magdeburg; and Chad Holliday and Tim McMackin of IBM Rational software for these updates.
Extending the topology editor with custom technology domains
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Automate vulnerability scanning of web applications with Rational AppScan
By: Bhargav Perepa (firstname.lastname@example.org), WebSphere Architect and Certified IT Specialist, IBM and Sujatha Perepa (email@example.com), Software Client Architect, IBM
A 2011 IBM report revealed that 37% of all security vulnerabilities reported were in web applications. In this article, you use Rational AppScan Standard Edition v184.108.40.206 to automate testing of a sample web service application. The authors, Bhargav Perepa and Sujatha Perepa, also explain regulatory compliance-reporting capabilities.
Using models to design business processes and services
By: Tanya Wolff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Software Quality Developer, IBM
In this overview of designing business processes and services, Tanya Wolff highlights the roles and tools involved, workflows that software architects can use, and the advantages of using modeling tools to assemble the elements. She also explains workarounds and summarizes SoaML modeling practices.
We are pleased feature Contributing Author Steve Hovater
Steve is a Senior Managing Consultant with the IBM Rational Lab Services in the US. Over the past 10 years, he has supported Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, BAE Systems, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, among other military and aerospace customers, on a variety of products, including Rational Apex (Ada), Rational Rose, and Rational Software Architect. Steve holds a master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama. During his 19 year with Rational software, he has been a developer, sales technical representative, trainer, and mentor. Steve specializes in the extension of Rational tools to meet customer requirements, whether it's writing Excel-to-RSA importers, extending Rational Software Architect, or writing custom Eclipse plug-ins. His latest areas of concentration include model reporting with BIRT, Rational Developer for System z extension, Rational Software Analyzer extension, and the Rational Publishing Engine. He resides in Candia, New Hampshire, with his wife Katrina and their indomitable beagle, Skyla.
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This week we are also highlighting the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
Try Rational Software Architect Design Manager
Online trial: Sandbox exercise
Try Rational Software Architect
Download Web application security e-Kit
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We're calling on Arti Saagar, a test engineer with IBM Rational software and an author for developerWorks Rational. We want to know what she thought of her publishing experience:
What else would you like to learn about DOORS integrations?
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In March, Gina Poole, our VP of WW Marketing, announced the 2012 IBM Champions for Rational software. At Innovate, we're honoring them in style:
Awards and presentations are great, but true to reasons for being named "champions", they love to show off what they know about Rational software and solutions. 13 of them will be at Innovate, while 5 more will be attending Innovate and user group events in their regions later this year. Learn more from their community bio page about where you can meet champions and how to connect with them throughout the year.
All of their exhibit booth numbers and session numbers are in that page. Use the agenda builder to add them to your schedule. You can also keep track of your schedule through the mobile app: Search "IBM Innovate 2012" in the App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), or AppWorld (Blackberry). Bonus!!
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We're calling on Fabio Castiglioni, an Executive IT Architect with IBM Sales and Distribution and an instructor of Component Modeling classes for IBM architects. His latest article, Enterprise architecture in the age of cloud services, was born from one of his latest client situations.
What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
I have a client who wants to move to a Cloud SaaS Service Provider role, so I put myself in the shoes of my client's end users to work through the situation.
How do you gather requirements for a project?
I trust objective inputs - such as an analysis of the domain (business, process and functional), the client's strategic direction, and the technical environment - more than subjective information, such as interviews with single stakeholders.
What communities, forums or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
I rely on my own network of technical leaders. For methodology-related advice I turn to Pete Cripps (the author of IBM Component Modeling methodology) and Philippe Spaas (the author of IBM Operational Modeling methodology, and of the SDS Modeling Standard)
What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?
More of a course of action, I received good advice from my first manager: To always look for activities that are challenging but that I will enjoy doing.
How do you handle obstacles and roadblocks?
I'm usually very outspoken, but I make any effort to listen and find the good in opposing ideas.
Fabio is inspired by foundations learned in The Process of Software Architecting by Peter Eeles & Peter Cripps. In his spare time, he enjoys History, especially the late Roman Empire-Early Middle Ages.
Many of the courses and past articles from Fabio are about nonfunctional requirements. How do you gather requirements for a project? Let Fabio know in the comments.