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Why do I blog about Rational License server, RPT, RFT, CLM, anyway? Why do I even recommend it? Who will gain anything out of it?
If you ask me I will have loads to say as I love blog posts, especially those that can take you through the entire process of troubleshooting, installing a software, or building an application from A to Z. After reading many technical blog posts from different authors and writing many myself, I’ve decided that it’s time to share a workflow that I hope will help those who are creating amazing things to blog more easily and often.
Writing blog posts isn’t easy. Most technical posts require lots of thinking, putting together reporting, scripts, testing, scratching your head when they don’t work right, trying again and again till you succeed. There’s the time it takes to upload images, to get them aligned properly into posts, to get everything just right.
But writing regularly about Rational Licensing concepts has become a very valuable part of my learning process, which helps me connect to my clients and help them grow without any technical hiccups..
Lets understand what one can do to enhance technical blogging: How to write a technical blog
Upon reading couple of books/articles on blogs, this is what I think will best fits in:
Research Deeper into the Topic, I like to include this step after the brainstorm, so I don’t pollute the creative process with external ideas.
Now that you have some of your own original ideas out on paper, it’s time to find out what knowledge has been already uncovered. I suggest that you
a) timebox this step and
b) use resources beyond simple Google searches.
Think before you act : Understand that what kind of blog are you going to write [ A Plan for Your Blog ]
Let Your Personality Show
Blogs began as an intensely personal medium, often having a diary-like quality to them. While blogs have since evolved, many still convey plenty of personality. "Let your personality show," "Remember to be yourself."
Unless you feel strongly about your subject, you will have a tough time succeeding as a blogger. "You have to enjoy what you are blogging about -- it's as simple as that, "If you don't, it will feel forced and your readers will notice."
Explain Technical Matters
No matter what your profession, you likely have to explain complicated topics to people who don't understand. Maybe you're a scientist trying to explain DNA to your grandmother, a literature professor explaining metafiction to drinking buddy, or an IT professional explaining reporting tool to your significant other. Regardless of what you're explaining, you can make it easier on yourself (and the person trying to learn).
Blogging requires time -- lots of time. "The number one thing is to blog as often as possible and to make every post as interesting and useful as possible.
Reference Other Bloggers
Be sure to link to influential bloggers and their posts within your own blog; if you're lucky, they will link back. But don't focus solely on the top one or two bloggers, or else you will look like you just want attention (and links). Other bloggers with clout who aren't the stars of the scene may be more likely to link back to you.
Promoting Your Blog
Understanding Traffic Statistics and analysis
Building a Community Around Your Blog
Scaling Your Blogging Activities
Beyond Blogging: Your Strategy for Social Media
Determine your motivation for writing a technology blog. This will play an important role in determining which topics you write about and how much depth and background or supporting information you provide.
If you're blogging as a hobby and want to share information you know as well as technical information you're learning regularly yourself, you can choose diverse topics that interest you at a specific time.
Can you write about something if you’re not an expert on it? YES you can!!
Try to just write about your findings and research, document your work so far, link to your references, and write down your questions. People may help answer your questions, or you may answer them yourself in further posts. You’ll learn a lot just by writing a careful, thoughtful blog post about what you’re doing.
Write Smartly, but don’t try to sound smart!!
Writing a technical blog helps make you less isolated. It gives the community a chance to get to know you in ways they wouldn’t otherwise. Even if people don’t subscribe and read every post, if you blog regularly and tweet a bit about it, people will find you and get a sense of who you are.
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There are new videos available covering licensing topics for Rational products. One of the videos covers how to change the port for the Rational License Key Server. Another covers how to install Rational License Key Server on UNIX and Linux in console mode. The other covers upgrading the Administration and Reporting Tool for Rational License Key Server to a new fix pack. All of these videos are available on the IBM Rational User Education YouTube channel. Thank you to support engineers Shijesh Velayudhan, Nikhil Bhat, and Sombir Yadav for creating the videos.
Here is a look at one of the videos on YouTube:
Invitation: IBM Rational ClearCase OPEN MIC : "ClearCase 8.0.1 - New features and Planning for Upgrade" 24th September 2014 - 14:30 IST
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Greetings from IBM Rational ClearCase Client Support!
We are glad to invite you to the OpenMic* session on "ClearCase 8.0.1 - New features and Planning for Upgrade".
Keeping in mind that version 7.1.2.x is about to reach its ‘End of Support - 30th Sept 2014’, this session will help you plan your IBM Rational ClearCase upgrade to the latest supported version.
Please join us virtually on Wednesday, September 24th 2014 at 14:30 IST
*OpenMic is a conference call along with webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Topic: "ClearCase 8.0.1 - New features and Planning for Upgrade"
When: 24th September 2014 at 14:30 IST (India Standard Time)
Following are the key areas which we will cover:
The speakers are all a part of the IBM Rational Clearcase Support Team with significant experience in the Software Configuration Management domain.
Web Conference Details for all:
Meeting ID: 6685-7571
( USA Toll Free 888-426-6840 Toll 215-861-6239
Tie Line/ITN 650-6840 / 2650-6840
In countries with an AT&T Direct number listed below, participants should dial the AT&T Direct number first and, when prompted, dial the toll free number listed
- Preferred -
Country Local Number AT&T Direct / Toll Free
Thank You And Best Regards
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There are some new videos available for the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products. Two of the topics are the integration of the Data Collection Component into Rational Insight and in the installation of the V5.0 Jazz Reporting Service. There is another video that focuses on exporting and importing system definitions with enterprise edition of Rational Team Concert (RTC), a method you can use to provide system information to Rational Support. Thank you to support engineers Ben Silverman and Olivier Gauneau for creating the videos.
Here is a look at one of the videos:
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IBM Online Service Request:
If you cannot solve a technical problem using the resources available from the product support Web page, you can quickly open a problem management record (PMR) to engage IBM Support.
IBM provides the Online Service Request (SR) tool to electronically submit and manage your PMRs through the Web. With EcuRep, you can attach files to the PMRs, which gives you more control over their content.
With SR, you can create new PMRs and update existing ones through the Web. If you have an active support contract for IBM Passport Advantage, you can do the following:
Obtain fixes, device drivers, software updates and more:
Obtain software and hardware/firmware downloads 24x7 for support in one location with a common interface, eliminating the need to call a Support Center representative or look across multiple support sites.
Read about fixes, install instructions and change history:
Readmes, release notes, install instructions and change history files are provided with the recommendations and downloads. You get the complete package when you are ready to download.
Access special downloads:
Same interface for special downloads or customized content. Registered clients can access custom fixes, or beta program fixes, that are not ready for wide availability; there is no longer a need for you to call into support and ask for these fixes to be shipped on media.
Interim fixes for IBM products:
Immediacy - Fixes made available for clients experiencing a particular problem, without waiting for a fix pack or release.
Understand SR and Rational best @ Client connect:
The Client Connect Program is a new Client Connect Program, which will be initiated by Rational Client Resource Center team to assist clients who are new to Rational Support self-assist tools.
Overview & Objectives:
Deliver a personalized one hour online session with demo on IBM Self-Assist web tools.
Deliver Client Connect (CC) Information Pack (PDF format - attached below)
Provide useful links to online resources through e-mail.
Help Primary Site Contact (PSC) or Primary Site Technical Contact (PSTC) of clients new to Rational Support to give a good start.