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Do you know someone who deserves to be an IBM Champion?
The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make the best use of IBM software, solutions, and services, shares knowledge and expertise, and helps nurture and grow the community. The program recognizes participants' contributions over the past year in a variety of ways, including conference discounts, VIP access, and logo merchandise, exclusive communities and feedback opportunities, and recognition and promotion via IBM's social channels.
Contributions can come in a variety of forms, and popular contributions include blogging, speaking at conferences or events, moderating forums, leading user groups, and authoring books or magazines. Educators can also become IBM Champions; for example, academic faculty may become IBM Champions by including IBM products and technologies in course curricula and encouraging students to build skills and expertise in these areas.
Take the opportunity to nominate an influencer of IBM Rational or Tivoli now. Nominations for the 2015 IBM Champion program will be accepted through Midnight Eastern Time, January 9th 2015.
Nominations for IBM Champion are open to candidates worldwide, and candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by another individual. IBM employees are not eligible for nomination.
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If you’re a developer in a shop that uses Rational ClearCase and Unified Change Management (CC UCM), you understand why our source code management solution is needed to manage your build dependencies and complex components. As your environment grows with thousands of dependencies, performance in your environment is critical. This is one of the many reasons why customers engage the IBM Rational Accelerated Value Team.
In these complex customer environments, speedy execution can fall victim to many things, including the size and complexity of the global software development project teams, network infrastructure, enterprise storage, and not following best practices.
A semiconductor and telecommunications company employs thousands of software developers in more than 150 offices spread across dozens of countries and myriad time zones. Their CC UCM environment is one of the largest in the world and as a result, maintaining acceptable levels of performance was a challenge. It wasn’t until their AVP team members met with the Semiconductor Company’s chip design and engineering leads that they began to measure exactly how their erratic UCM performance was negatively impacting many of the Semiconductor Company’s users.
CC UCM processes like rebase, make baseline, and make stream are critical tasks that are done one or more times daily by every member of the software development team. The use of these ClearCase commands help streamline the delivery and tracks the dependencies of components and prior deliveries. Operations like rebase were taking some teams 20+ minutes to execute, and in a typical week, the developers in one of this client’s large project team rebased 994 times consuming 331 man hours. Adding to their frustrations, mkbl (make baseline) and mkstream (make stream) had similar performance challenges but had larger impact to the development team in terms of lost productivity.
With performance data in hand, the AVP team collaborated with key ClearCase development resources to pinpoint the root cause and develop a solution. A promising performance enhancement showed a 35% cycle improvement in the IBM lab’s test environment. With good initial results in hand an enterprise quality solution was delivered to the Semiconductor Company within a couple of months. When tested in the client’s environment with their high speed storage and network environment, the performance enhancement delivered a whopping 90% reduction in cycle time – from 20+ minutes down to 2 minutes!
In a typical week, a single Semiconductor Company development team executes the following activities:
Assuming this team’s activity is just 10% of the total UCM operations executed each week by the company’s global development team, the enhanced productivity is worth some $20M.
Annual AVP contract cost: $208,000
Tangible ROI: Incalculable!
Important note: AVP clients benefit from being the first recipients of software improvements driven by these extended IBM team collaborations, but those with wide applicability are then made GA (generally available). The performance enhancement that resulted from this effort is now available to all ClearCase UCM customers. While the Semiconductor Company’s particular development process resulted in the spectacular 90% productivity gains other customers average 35% – which is significant! In today’s brutally competitive marketplace a software enhancement that results in productivity increases is immensely valuable. What can AVP do to help increase your productivity?
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John Kelly (devthack) has been blogging on the IBM Rational community blog about Rational Integration Tester (RIT) for quite a while now. Here's a roll up of all his relevant posts on the topic to help you learn more about RIT and see examples to help you build your own test suites:
Rational Integration Tester - First steps: This is a step-by-step introduction to Rational® Integration Tester (RIT) for new users. It avoids, as far as possible, reference to use of a particular technology so the basic functionality of the product is seen more clearly. For more in-depth information on the product, see my reading list.
Rational Integration Tester - Running a "Hello World" Test: After reading this you should be able to create and run a simple "Hello World" test within Rational Integration Tester.
Rational® Integration Tester (RIT) supports testing of various domains and technologies and you'll find most blogs cover testing one or more of these technologies with RIT. This series of blog entries is ignoring all of that. By focusing on a very simple one-line test it hopes to help the reader understand some of the basic building blocks of the product set.
Rational integration Tester - Saving the results of a "Hello World" Test Suite: After reading this you should be able to save the results of a simple "Hello World" test in a Results Database and view those Test Results within Rational® Integration Tester. Note: It is assumed that you're read
Rational Integration Tester - Running a "Hello World" Test Suite from the Command Line: After reading this you should be able to run a simple "Hello World" test suite from the Command line using Rational® Integration Test
Rational Integration Tester - Running a "Hello World" Test Suite using an Ant task: After reading this you should be able to run a simple "Hello World" test suite using an Ant script using Rational® Integration Test
Rational Integration Tester example - Creating a test from WSDL: This video shows how to create a simple test of a web service from a WSDL definition using Rational Integration Tester (RIT). The "echo" web service used in the example is one of several that are built-in to IBM's Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS). RIT is part of IBM's Rational Test Workbench (RTW).
Rational Integration Tester - ready-to-run example projects now available for download: The developers in the Rational Integration Tester team have just made available some ready-to-run RIT/RTVS examples via the GitHub proj
Rational Integration Tester - Reading List: Over the last few weeks, while starting to blog about Rational Integration Tester (RIT), I've come across a few gems and so thought I'd make myself a reading list and share it with you here.
What sort of samples would you like to see from the Rational Integration Tester team? The development team for Rational Integration Tester (and associated products) have a new home on GitHub. This is where you'll be able to download sample RIT projects, and other assets.
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Make an App for that with Bluemix- Are the needs for new business apps outstripping your enterprise's ability to deliver? Is the business asking for: simple mobile apps based upon existing systems? Situational apps for their department? Simple B2B apps to streamline collaboration and information sharing with customers, suppliers, or partners?
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I suspect I could get DOORS Web Access (DWA) installed and running on Windows in 5 minutes. But I hear grumbling about it so I am sharing and timing a DWA 22.214.171.124 install in a rush. I’m usually in a rush.
[Start the stopwatch]
It is important to wait for it to start, as the first time you start it, it is uncompressing the .war files and putting them in different places - this can take minutes. If you interrupt it, you get partly deployed war files which will cause problems later.
When in the Tomcat window you see the message 'INFO: Server startup in xx ms', it should be done
[Stop the stopwatch]
24min 11sec. This included downloading and first draft of this blog. So 5 minutes is not in fact possible for me, I stand corrected. Downloading and starting are the slowest parts.
Avoid problems by having the DOORS client and DWA at the same version level and make sure that the client can start and that you don’t interrupt the tomcat start. If the database server is on the same machine, it is usually best to also upgrade it in order to avoid any DLL compatibility issues.
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There is a collection of videos for IBM UrbanCode Deploy, IBM UrbanCode Release, and IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational. There are videos that were first made available on the IBM Rational User Education YouTube channel.
Here is where you can find the landing page for each product in IBM Education Assistant:
The videos are still available on YouTube, as you can see in the example below. However, now you have the option to steam and download the video from IBM.com.
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There are three new videos from Rational Support that have been published to IBM Education Assistant and YouTube. Below is a list of helpful videos for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Rational Licensing.
These videos are available on the IBM Rational Deploy, IBM Rational User Education, and IBM Rational Support YouTube channels. Subscribe to them to stay up to date on the latest videos! Here is a look at one of the CLM videos:
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IBM DevOps Services: Easily create a Node.js application in Bluemix- In this demonstration IBM Certified solutions expert Jean-Louis Marechaux takes you through how to create a Node.js application in IBM
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WHAT COMPELS AN IBM PARTNER TO PUT SUCH A MAGNITUDE OF TRUST IN IBM RATIONAL AVP?
One of IBM’s largest competitors is also one of IBM's most important business partners for software and systems. This Consulting Firm’s goal is to standardize how they approach software delivery for their clients. They consider Rational to be a good technology fit in this area, so they have made the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution and other Rational products the critical foundation of their software delivery process. This is a clear endorsement of IBM Rational products and strategy by one of the world’s leading companies.
Since 2007, this Consulting Firm has also invested in a successfully evolving partnership with the experienced Rational Accelerated Value Program (AVP) team. AVP is Predictive, Preemptive and Proactive - bringing fast ROI for Rational Software clients across the globe. Consulting Firm relies on their AVP team for advice on their overall software deployment strategy, guidance on successful roll out of Rational tools, and the management of expedited resolution for cost-inducing software issues. The client considers the AVP team to be a high value extension of their own teams and have granted access to several of their internal systems and environments to make collaboration and troubleshooting easier- showing ultimate trust with IBM AVP.
The flexibility and personalization of the Accelerated Value Program has meant that the service continuously adapts to align with Consulting Firm's needs, so it is no surprise that the by the end of their current contract they will have been a AVP client for a full decade! AVP’s comprehensive knowledge of their customer’s business goals, ecosystem and topology helps ensure that the team is well positioned to dynamically respond to changing business conditions, partnering for continued success.
EXAMPLES OF HOW CONSULTING FIRM’S BUSINESS WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPACTED WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE OF THE EXPERIENCED RATIONAL ACCELERATED VALUE PROGRAM TEAM
2. Working with IBM Level 2 support and IBM Development, the AVP team arranged for the delivery of more than 20 hotfixes for Consulting Firm's CLM deployments in 2013. Without these hotfixes Consulting Firm would have had to upgrade all 1000+ of their CLM deployments to each quarterly release. Avoiding 5 additional upgrades saved Consulting Firm $3.08 million (1000 deployments X 8 hours per upgrade X 5 upgrades X $77/hr FTE cost).
OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE AVP TEAM HAS COLLABORATED ON SEVERAL WINS WITH CONSULTING FIRM’S STAKEHOLDERS. READ JUST SOME OF THE IMPRESSIVE AVP ACHIEVEMENTS BELOW:
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE CONSULTING FIRM’S AVP PARTNERSHIP IN THE FUTURE?
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Getting to know the Rational Client Support process- This is an introduction to the IBM Rational Client Support process. Topics include contacting support and addressing PMR severity.
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To our entire global audience of both clients and IBMers alike: we wish you the best today, and are extremely thankful you have chosen to follow us here on Notes from Rational Support. Even more so, we are thankful that you've found our efforts to be beneficial to your end goals. Cheers to you all!
As is the custom this time of year, those of us in the United States, and the expats living abroad are likely deep in the throes of celebrating a day of thanks by feasting upon a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Of course that means the Rational Support North American crew is largely out of the office today and tomorrow (Nov 27th and 28th). But have no fear, we do have crews still available to assist with your critical issues if needed!
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Four great articles give you 5 minutes of smart in bite-sized chunks. As we move into the holiday weekend for our U.S. based employees and clients, these articles will give you a quickly consumable bite of information, but don't be deceived, these will serve to whet your appetite for even deeper information once you dig in. So grab a cuppa, and take 20 minutes to absorb this great info and lay out a plan for follow up in the coming slow-down.
5 minutes of smart: Tracing project requirements- By using an automated tool to facilitate tracing project requirements (in this case, Rational DOORS Next Generation), you can take charge and make managing project requirements a smooth, continuous process.
5 minutes of smart: How to link requirements to development artifacts- An important initial task to successfully manage requirements in a development project includes linking requirements and artifacts. Choosing the correct link type is key. Learn about links types in a typical RM tool such as Rational DOORS Next Generation. You can also experiment with the DOORSng tool in a 60-day free trial.
5 minutes of smart: Tracking dependencies between requirements and artifacts- When you use an automated tool to facilitate tracking dependencies between requirements and artifacts (in this case, Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software), you can obtain a project-wide omniscient view of all dependency links, and that's a good thing.
5 minutes of smart: Detect and analyze runtime problems with probes- By using an automated tool to facilitate development code testing (in this case, Rational Application Developer for WebSphere), which uses the Eclipse-based Probekit framework of Java code fragments that can be inserted into a program to provide information as the program runs, you make it easier to obtain vital runtime data on your code component.
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Enhanced mobile support
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These customizable communications can contain important news, new or updated support content, such as publications, hints and tips, technical notes, product flashes (alerts) and downloads and drivers.
The tool allows you to customize and categorize the products you want to monitor and any of the available delivery methods to suit your support needs.
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Good Day Everyone from Rational Client Success for Rational Rhapsody
Thank you All for making time to attend the following OpenMic sessions held in the month of October 2014. We have now uploaded the presentations and video recordings of each session for your reference. You can access the same using information below:
Open Mic on IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.1 & 8.1.1 new features on October 15, 2014
IBM Rational Rhapsody Batch Mode for Configuration Management Integrations on October 22, 2014
Know Rational Rhapsody's latest reporting feature Rational Publishing Engine on October 29, 2014
We at Rational Client Success enjoyed delivering these interactive sessions and look forward to many more in future.
Thank You And Best Regards- IBM Rational Rhapsody Client Success
ClearQuest White Paper: Automation of sending a query result report through an email to specified users in Rational ClearQuest
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ClearQuest White Paper: Automation of sending a query result report through an email to specified users in Rational ClearQuest
This solution uses CQPerl as the scripting language and IBM Rational ClearQuest APIs.
Note : Further, this script can be scheduled using the Microsoft Windows Scheduler to be executed on a specified Day/Time.