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Just discovered this event coming soon to Waltham, MA, thanks to @ReleaseTEAMInc:
Unlocking DOORS, Waltham, MA, March 24, 2011
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Just a quick note to let you know that Release 8 of the IBM RFE Community was just deployed, with updates for over 150 features/defects since the last release.
A couple of the highlights of this release:
RFE Community, Release 8 - New Features
RFE Community FAQs
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UPDATED 3/9: We've added another open mic to the schedule: ClearCase Synchronizer on April 19. Please visit our Rational Support Technical Exchange Open Mics and Webcasts document for more information. (I also corrected a typo in the first sentence of this blog post.)
Good news! We have a great series of Rational Team Concert/Jazz Open Mics planned for this spring.
To help you take full advantage of your software, the Rational Support Technical Exchange hosts Open Mic conference calls and webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on specific technical topics. Events will be recorded for those not able to attend live events.
Please visit our Rational Support Technical Exchange Open Mics and Webcasts document for more information, including dial-in and web conference info. Visit this page often for notices of upcoming events.
And as always, we'd love to hear from YOU. Have a suggestion for a future open mic? Got a Rational product and topic you would like to cover? Just leave a comment.
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... to do the same.
Problem: Ineffectual meetings. Meetings that take longer than they should. Too many meetings. Meetings that consistently sound like this five minute video... "The Conference Call" by David Grady.
But what about those meetings you HAVE to attend just in case something comes up, or to stay informed about developments and progress on projects or programs? Easy. That is what wikis, discussion forums, blogs, and RSS feeds are for; staying informed when it matters!
Collaboration does not mean scheduling a one hour meeting. Collaboration can be done at any time of the day, regardless of your colleagues' availability. Using internal wikis, blogs, and discussion forums, you can not only collaborate more effectively and have written record of your progress, but you can do so across time zones and geographic boundaries. Using RSS feeds, you can keep an eye on any updates from a single location across communities and functional groups.
(Ooooooh, here comes the work plug! In the interest of transparency, yes, I work for IBM, and yes IBM owns Lotus. That said, I honestly -do- think the tooling I am about to discuss is effective and worthwhile, and I don't say that about much!)
Using Lotus Connections, you can build communities to support collaboration and reduce the number of "essential" meetings you attend. Because Lotus Connections has wiki, blogging, discussion, bookmarks, file storage, and many other capabilities, the online collaboration can take place at your discretion. Priority management can now be more effectively accomplished as you no longer need to balance those silly meetings with getting actual work done. And because Connections is built with RSS features, you can set up your feeds in the tool of your choice to stay up to date with all the items YOU care about and participate on your own terms.
While I use Lotus Connections for a wealth of reasons in IBM, I find the most beneficial part of it all is the RSS capabilities. The RSS feeds I watch for the various communities I participate in allow me to quickly glance at updates and determine if the information is something I need to focus on now, if it can wait, or if I need to pay attention to it at all. Information triage, as it were, in milliseconds. This has truly been the single most effective tool to combat information overload I have used to date.
So, now that you've divested your self from those ineffectual meetings... are driving the meetings you do attend with a new vigor and granular focus based on specific agenda items posted to your wiki (and updated later with details of the discussions)... and are globally collaborating with colleagues across time zones, what more can you do to reduce meetings and influence people? The answer: Work on your meeting etiquette.
Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way... and I'll say right up front, I have broken every single one of these at one time or another, so don't think I am throwing stones in a glass house here:
But don't take my word for it all... check out "The 22 minute meeting" a six minute iGNiTe video presentation by Nicole Steinbok. Here's the link to the instructional poster too. Nicole makes some stellar points via some very amusing fashions.
I truly hope this has given you some good tips, tricks, or tools to use to make your day to day job more effective and efficient. If for nothing else, I hope it gave you pause to think about what you can do as an individual to help make sure your meetings are run as crisp and concisely as possible, with few distractions, clear goals, and shorter run times. After all, if you can make a small difference, imagine what we can accomplish if we ALL make those small differences....
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Wanted to make you aware that the next phase of the 5 star rating/tagging pilot is now live, with a new Highest Rated section now available in the Overview Top Ten portlet of the IBM Support Portal.
Currently 5 star ratings are being piloted in Rational ClearCase and DOORS products. We will be adding more products to the pilot in the coming months.
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Get on the KCS train! We've run the numbers, reviewed the data, and found the top support documents from last month. These are the docs which were most commonly reused over the course of our TSEs assisting with calls.
With our KCS (Knowledge centered support) ideals in mind, our reuse data tells us these docs should be of great benefit to you all.... We hope highlighting this content here will help you as well, and maybe even save you some time in resolving issues or finding the right answers...
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Advanced Rational Performance Tester Reports: 5 Way to Get Deeper Insight into Performance Test Results
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This new developerWorks article gives five tips for using some of these advanced features, all of which have helped tremendously in real-world performance testing projects with large companies.
Advanced Rational Performance Tester Reports: 5 Ways to Get Deeper Insight into performance test results
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For more information, please visit www.ibm100.com (htt
It's really quite impressive, and well worth spending a few minutes on a Think Friday afternoon.
Makes me proud to be an IBMer.
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A good message always bears repeating ...
Visit the IBM Rational License Key Center for lots of useful material on understanding and using your Rational license keys:
Are you new to Rational?
Activation Kit Video New
The new Downloading Activation Kits video steps you through downloading your activation kit for RTC, RQM, RAD, RSA and other Rational products (9:27)
Basic Training Videos
Getting Started with Licensing and PA Guide The new Getting Started Guide (.pdf) covers the most basic of licensing questions to advanced topics for power users. Our goal is to help you efficiently deploy your Rational tools.
Rational Downloads Visit IBM Passport Advantage Online for product downloads and for ordering media.
Rational License Servers The license server manages your floating license keys. Visit this technote to learn about compatibility and where you can get the server.
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Rational User Groups are independent, user-run organizations that provide an open forum to promote information exchange between customers and Rational staff. They bring together bright minds and bright ideas.
Mar 2, 2011 - RUGA (Rational User Group Austria)
Mar 23, 2011 - San Diego RUP Users Group - SDRUG
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IBM Rational Developer for Power Hub blog have posted links to some great learning resources:
We have created three playlists on the IBMRational YouTube channel to show what you can do with Rational Developer for Power, and how you can do it. As we create more videos they'll be added to these playlists, so all you need to do is bookmark the playlist and you'll have access to all the demos available:
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Jazz.net have a great new video tour of Rational Requirements Composer Beta 2a and Lifecycle Linking.
We examine in this video some of the latest capabilities provide in Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) Beta 2a, including comment navigation, editing rich text, use cases, user-interface sketches and business process diagrams. From the dashboard, we also have viewlets that show the lifecycle status of the implementation of requirements, in Rational Team Concert (RTC) and validation using Rational Quality Manager (RQM) test cases. These requirements are also viewed as lifecycle links, in both the implementation and test plans.You can find more over at the IBMJazz YouTube channel. Enjoy!
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The replay of the TED talk "Final Jeopardy! and the Future of Watson" is available here:
Host Stephen Baker, author of "Man v. Machine," discusses Watson's performance on Jeopardy!, and the possible real-world applications of this technology with a panel of experts. The panel includes: IBM Watson Principal Investigator Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow and CTO of IBM's SOA Center for Excellence Kerrie Holley and Columbia University Professor of Clinical Medicine Dr. Herbert Chase.
I highly recommend taking the 33 minutes and watching this panel discussion. Some amazing bits of information about Watson's early beginnings, challenges, and what the future may hold. Exciting stuff!
And how about some other links about IBM's Watson while we're at it... lots of great info here:
As you digest all the information from the links above, I'll leave you with this: Jim Powers, a Worldwide Technical Enablement Lead for IBM Software Group, Sales, gave us some fun and interesting insights after Wednesday night's final Jeopardy! game.
"I had the privilege of attending the Littleton lab event last night to watch Watson kick some (very smart) human butt with 300+ of my colleagues and their families. I was both impressed and proud (as was the rest of the audience), as we watched a machine about the size of several refrigerators make television history.
Some great food for thought there, Jim...
This week has truly been ground breaking for our understanding of what natural language processing can accomplish. I can't wait to see where this technology takes us in the future, both from the machine perspective personified by Watson, but also from the social-learning and social business perspective as Jim outlined. Exciting times!
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The oh-so-wonderful Bob Leah announced a new minimalist dW blog theme available for dW early adopters, and as I can never resist a new bit of blogging shininess, we have jumped into the pool.
Bob has made it very easy to apply and customize the new template, even for someone like ME, who just knows enough HTML/CSS to be dangerous.
I love the new look ... what do you think?
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Lots of fun last night at the Watson Viewing Party in the IBM MassLab in Littleton, Massachusetts. The cafeteria (and the overflow All-Hands Room) were standing-room-only, filled with IBMers - past and present - and their families.
All I can say is ... "wow!"
And maybe: "What is up with Watson's betting strategy?"
I've posted a couple of pictures here, and more on the IBM Rational Support Facebook page.
If you missed all the fun, visit http
And here's a fun fact I learned about Watson last night.... In its early days, Watson once speculated that the diet of butterflies was "kosher".
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This issue is being investigated by IBM Rational as a high priority and a fix for the Java we ship for our products will be made available. Updates will be made to this alert as new information becomes available.
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There are three new demonstration modules for IBM Rational BuildForge on the IBM Education Assistant for Rational website:
The IBM Education Assistant is a collection of multimedia educational modules designed to help you gain a better understanding of IBM software products and use them more effectively to meet your business requirements. Take a tour of IBM Education Assistant
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Use the IBM Rational ClearQuest Full-Text Search Administrator tool in ClearQuest version 7.1.1 and later to set up, configure, and administer the full-text search feature. From the Download Description:
This tool replaces existing full-text search tools such as cqtssetup.pl and cqtsdbcrawler.pl, which are included in ClearQuest 7.1.x. The tool hides the complexity and low-level details of setting up, configuring, and administering full-text search. Use the Rational ClearQuest Full-Text Search Administrator tool to run a set of command-line options from the server where the full-text search feature is installed.
Sounds great, right? Well go on, you can get it here: http
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This week, we asked Rational Support IBMers what tip or trick they'd like to share... below you'll find some great advice about global collaboration, using Lotus Notes and associate applications more effectively, and information on making Support Portal more effective for YOU!
First up is Wendy Page, an RCS Software Advisory Team manager, with some recommendations for collaborating with global teams. Wendy notes:
"When working with remote colleagues, especially in foreign labs, I take a couple of minutes to ask them about something in their locale before beginning a work conversation.
For instance, when I next talk to my CDL development team, I will ask them about their New Year's Holiday, whether they traveled to see family, what traditions they cele
Paula Cox, a Rational Client Programs manager, has some great tips for using tables in Lotus Notes:
In Lotus Notes (perhaps we can have a thread on JUST Notes tips)...two things have made everything easier.
Debra Johnson, another Rational Client Programs manager, has even more advice surrounding Lotus Notes:
One of the things in Lotus Notes Teamrooms, email, databases etc., that Paula Cox (thanks Paula- she is our Lotus Notes guru) taught our team was to use the 'shift' plus the 'minus' key to minimize the open documents. This helps if you need to find a category or event from the list. To use this function, click in the results, then press the 'shift' and 'minus' keys; it will collapse everything in that window to the highest level.
Lastly, our eSupport guru Pat O'Connor gives us some simple but highly effective tips on using the Support Portal:
For the IBM Support Portal:
So, there you have some great tips and tricks from the people who work with these tools, sites, and distributed teams every day... do YOU have any tips to share? Anything that you find makes your life a little easier or efficient? Work related or otherwise, we're all ears and eager to learn new ways to improve!
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Rational VoiCE India 2011 will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2011 at the Leela Place Hotel.
To register and see a complete agenda, go here> Rational World Wide VoiCE Events-VoiCE Bangalore, India
To whet your appetite, here's a quick list of the tracks...
Want more info? Check out the more detailed session abstracts for these VoiCE tracks to be presented in Bangalore on February 22nd, 2011 (Additional information is available on the Private VoiCE community for those who have registered for this event). See instructions on this page for joining the VoiCE Community.
If you would like more information about these VoiCE events, please contact the VoiCE team at email@example.com
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This is a free preview of the first two modules of IBM's training course: RS810 Essentials of IBM Rational Team Concert V2.0. You can find the full course in IBM's course catalog as part of the Rational Team Concert training path.
Preview the Essentials of Rational Team Concert - Web-based Training Modules
This one-day course provides an introduction to IBM Rational Team Concert 2.0 using the Eclipse client. Team members learn to join a project, set up their local and repository workspaces, use work items and Jazz source control to manage changes, and understand some of the project reporting and monitoring capabilities of Rational Team Concert.
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Did you know that you have the ability to review and add comments to the under-development Help documentation for the Collaborative Lifecycle Management pre-release Online Help (In progress)?
This infocenter is under-development and includes the in-progress Help documentation for Rational Quality Manager, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Requirements Composer. You can review and add comments to each topic.You can provide feedback on help content easily using the commenting pane at the bottom of each help page.
Your effort helps improve overall documentation quality. This system is closely monitored by the writers responsible for the content, so don't be surprised if you see a follow-up reply from other members of the Rational documentation team or other people on something you've posted.
Learn about commenting and provide feedback. The released version will be available on ibm.com.
Build a Java Data Objects application by using Rational Software Architect 8.0 and the Google App Engine SDK
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Build a Java Data Objects application by using Rational Software Architect 8.0 and the Google App Engine SDK
Many thanks to author Ali Manji!
Today, January 31, 2011, Software Product Compatibility Reports are on the IBM Support Portal and available to all clients. The Software Product Compatibility Reports is an innovative new tool designed to allow you to easily generate custom reports about compatible IBM software combinations. Using this tool, you may create reports about a product's compatibility with operating systems, prerequisite software or virtualization environments. Lastly, you may use these reports to tailor-make graphical reports about a set of products' end of service dates.
As always, we are interested in your feedback on this tool. Each of the Reports includes a Feedback Survey to allow you to report problems or question with the use of the tool or the data presented. Please let us know what you think!
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All the cool kids are at Lotusphere this week. Here are some Lotusphere social resources for you:
Social Media Aggregator: www.
Follow Lotusphere blogs, tweets, pics, videos, and live streaming at ibm.co/ls11social
Blogs: Share your blogs by registering your blog feed, and use #LS11 in the body of your blog post.
Tweets: Share your tweets using hashtag #LS11.
Photos: Share your photos to the Official Lotusphere Flickr Group of LS11 at http
Videos: Share your videos by tagging your YouTube videos with Lotusphere11, or tweet your video with hashtag #ls11.
Geo-location trips: www.gowalla.com
Gowalla: Check-in for Lotusphere trips by registering for Gowalla at www.gowalla.com and download the Gowalla app on your phone.
Check in and complete trips to earn custom Lotusphere pins. Exchange two pins for Gowalla give-aways (while supplied last) at the social cafes from 1pm – 4pm.
Lotusphere Community: http
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A series of white papers providing an overview of different installation scenarios for ClearCase and ClearQuest: These four scenarios involve the use of IBM Installation Manager technology, used with these Rational products starting in the 7.1 release.
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How to write a Rational Synergy Plugin