We created this community to help you learn about best practices and uses of our products; to let you visually experience Rational software in action; and share knowledge with others. Learn. Experience. Share. Pretty simple, right?
A colleague recently asked me what my general expectation is for communities. My hunch is this: When we don't know something, we throw our question to the Internet and see what comes back. But when we want specific knowledge, we seek out specific bodies to pose our questions to. Hence, communities.
It's no secret that for communities to be successful, you have to give a little to get what you want out of it. The more you give, the more you get.
For our Rational community, we're attempting the inverse of that. We want to make sure that you get something new each time you visit. That is why we gather information about Rational products and display it in real time on our community home page. You'll get the latest news from sources such as developerWorks, jazz.net, IBM communities and support. And we still have sources to add!
How can you give? Easy. If you see information that you like on the home page, follow the link to add comments or join in the discussion; or pass the information along to colleagues. Do you have a blog on developerWorks? Tag appropriate posts with "rational" to promote them to our home page. Share new thoughts through our message board or wiki.
We are excited to share as much as we can about Rational software through this community. If you have feedback for us, post it to our community message board.
Looking forward to hearing from you, Susan Peich developerWorks Rational communities
You can promote any entry about Rational software from a developerWorks blog to the Rational community. Simply tag the entry as "rational", and you're done. Your entry will feed to the main section of our home page right alongside publications from the developerWorks and jazz.net libraries.
This is the perfect way to promote your knowledge and share innovative uses of Rational tools with peers and IBMers.
Also, a note of thanks! The announcement about the Rational community during this morning's keynote was very exciting for us. To those of you who have already stopped Sera, Marcel, or I at Innovate with your feedback, thank you! Like all things social, this community will evolve to make it useful for you.
All social media, videos, and photos can be found through the conference page; But here are a few direct links:
To see the videos that were done from the Livestream stage at Innovate, follow Scott Laningham's blog. If Bran and Christian interviewed you off-stage, then check out the Innovate play list from the developerWorks YouTube channel.
Our IBMRational channel on YouTube is being updated throughout the day with coverage from the conference. Note: The upload order should correct itself over the course of the week. If you don't see current videos in the "Date added" column (on the right), scroll down to the 6th or 7th video in the list.
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Enterprise PL/I for z/OS is an integral part of the comprehensive application development environment delivered with IBM Rational Developer for IBM System z® software—providing a robust, integrated development environment (IDE) for PL/I and connecting web services; Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications; and traditional business processes.
The IBM Rational community aggregates the latest developerWorks
articles, blogs, videos, and discussions about Rational software from multiple
communities. Start here, and you’ll find it easier and faster to find the help
or information that you need.
The community offers several ways to share your expertise globally with other software developers (and maybe even become recognized as a thought leader
Write a blog post to
showcase your thoughts on tools and business processes.
Share bookmarks and feeds that might be useful to other community members.
Compose a living document in the wiki, where others can help you fine-tune it (great for explaining task-based procedures).
Find community members who share
the same interests that you do.
After you've shared your thoughts, you can easily broadcast a link to them on social networks, such as Twitter and LinkedIn. You might even get recognized as a software development thought leader. Globally, no less!
Join the Rational community today, and learn more about how you can contribute content and benefit from others’.
It's a short work week here in the US for Thanksgiving. In the spirit of all things software development and giving thanks, check out this article from Neil McAllister at InfoWorld, "What I'm thankful for as a developer"
Do you agree with his list? What improvements in software development are you still waiting for?
We'll be back next week with our regular update of newly published articles, downloads, and featured authors.
At Innovate 2012, you can share stories and best practices, and tell your peers how Rational software solutions have helped you innovate, transform, and produce better business outcomes.
Improve your chances of getting your paper accepted by following these 5 tips:
Show measurable results: There is a big difference between saying “This worked for us” and “We achieved a 35% Return on Investment”. Measurable results are a great way to prove the effectiveness of your strategies to your audience.
Use real-life examples: There is no substitute for experience. Audiences love to hear directly from people who have implemented winning strategies. If you’re an IBMer or an IBM Business Partner, team up with a client to bring your story to life. If you’re a client, dedicate some of your time to letting your audience know how things really worked, or didn’t!
Avoid sales pitches: Infomercials are not welcome. Audiences want to learn how to be successful; if that includes a mention of a specific product or service, then great. If that focuses solely on a given product or service, then audiences will tune out. If you came to advertise, you should participate in our solution center.
Explain the big picture - how your organization collaborated: Software delivery is a team sport. And while your presentation may focus on a specific aspect of software delivery, it likely has impacts on other areas of, or individuals within, your organization. Don’t forget about those impacts, tell us how you integrated and collaborated with other tools, areas or individuals. We want to understand the full impact of your strategies.
Speak to your industry: Sometimes your successful strategies will be dependent on circumstances unique to your organization. Consider generalizing your guidance so that it will apply to others in similar industries or more generic situations.
These are great guidelines not only for Innovate, but any conference you apply to speak at.
The submission deadline is January 9, 2012. Review the streams, tracks and suggested topics on the Innovate website.
Are you thinking about submitting a paper? Consider collaborating with fellow community members. Browse the members list for someone who shares your expertise, or ask for help on our message board.
Innovate team wants to get the most compelling stories and best practices, so
they've extended the call for papers deadline to January 16! The Innovate agenda will feature over 400 technical sessions in 24 tracks.Review this year's streams, tracks, and suggested speaker topics, and see how you might contribute your expertise!
Rational community roll call...that has a nice ring to it. Let's do it!
So, the first person we're calling on is Steve Arnold, an IT Specialist for Rational software and the author of this week's featured article. He lives in Twickenham, London with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. Besides time spent with his family, he has studied, practiced and taught Tai Chi for more than 14 years.
Our first questions was: "What are you up to?" Steve's enthusiasm for his work captured us instantly:
I've just finished delivering enablement to my European colleagues on Rational Design Manager, and the new features coming later this year, and I'm really looking forward to sharing some of the new capabilities with customers in the coming months. I'm also really excited by the sudden increase in interest around DevOps and continuous deployment -- and pleased that one of Rational's 'hidden gems' has a chance for bit of limelight.
With that kind of excitement, we crumpled our original draft of questions into a ragged paper ball and followed his lead:
2) What do you mean by "hidden gems"? I just mean that not many people know about our capabilities in this space, yet it can potentially have huge value, and help solve some big customer problems.
3) Did you learn anything from writing your article and, if so, what was it? It really helped me to formalise and mature my thoughts on the big benefits this kind of approach can bring to an organization.
4) What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most? Ivar Jacobson's "Object Oriented Software Engineering" as it set me along my current career path (nearly 20 years ago). I'm currently reading "Bounce" by Matthew Syed, which is pretty inspiring for helping to understand the power of practise.
5) Who is your hero? My father, who died a few years ago, for his hard work, love and practical approach that shaped my attitudes to life.
This week on developerWorks Rational, our authors are offering their advice about the "how" and "what" of applying enterprise architecture, plus tips for migrating Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) to Rational Team Concert.
Use enterprise architecture for investment decisions to guide IT deployment By: Karthikeyan Subramanian Use enterprise architecture in Rational System Architect to guide investment decisions. Then import data into Rational Software Architect to plan deployment based on business priorities. Make "what" decisions in Rational System Architect, and "how" in Rational Software Architect, says the author. Products: Rational System Architect, Rational Software Architect
Migrate CMVC to Rational Team Concert, Part 1 of 2 By: Murali Dhandapani This two-part article explains migration of Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) to IBM Rational Team Concert. Part 1 covers Rational Team Concert server configurations and installation of CMVC Connector on the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client that is required for the migration.
Migrate CMVC to Rational Team Concert, Part 2 of 2 By: Murali Dhandapani, Atul Kumar, and Sanjay Chanlya This two-part article explains migration of Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) to IBM Rational Team Concert. Part 2 shows how to customize Rational Team Concert to work with CMVC defects and features field values and how to import CMVC source code into Rational Team Concert.
Also check out the following trials, including specific exercises that you can try in either the Rational System Architect or Software Architect sandboxes.
Rational System Architect SOA sandbox guided trial https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/pick.do?source=dw-soa-tewtx&SPKG=TELE&SCMP=SANDBOX&lang=en_US
Rational System Architect online trial http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/systemarchitect/learn.html