Notes from Rational Support
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!
All the cool kids are at Lotusphere this week. Here are some Lotusphere social resources for you:
Social Media Aggregator: www.ibm.com/social/lotusphere
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://www.flickr.com/groups/ls11
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://lsonline.info
AcdntlPoet 2700019V2G Tags:  installation clearcase clearquest whitepapers ccm-cop manager rational ccm 8,764 Views
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.
How to write a Rational Synergy Plugin
Passion.... Joe Robinson recently wrote an interesting article on the topic over at the Huffington Post. In that article he posits that "Stocking up on positive events is important because we're usually in a losing battle against the negative avalanche barreling down on us from all sides." In the support world, we often see this exemplified, as we only get calls when there's an issue; no one calls us to tell us when products are working perfectly. I think Joe is on to something with his article, so rather than dwell on the problems sitting in our queues, let's talk a bit about our passions and what really gets us excited.
What ARE our passions in RCS? I'm glad you asked...
For Conny Postma, one of our Accelerated Value Specialists, passion is about her family: "I'm the proud mother of a teenage boy. My husband has been a stay-at-home father for most of the time." But that's not the whole of Conny's passion either as she goes on to note: "That gave me the opportunity my to pursue my other passion: working in Support! I really like to dive into technical issues, while at the same time talking and dealing with real human beings, also called clients and colleagues. But, also I'm very passionate about Astronomy: If time and weather allows I'm staring into the night sky and admiring the wonders of the stars and planets that surround us. That is such a peaceful and relaxing experience... "
Taking a different approach to the question, Kelly Smith, whom you all know as co-author of NFRS and overall knowledge activist, tells us her passions revolve around effective and open knowledge-sharing! She notes: "Email is where knowledge goes to die, says Bill French, and this blog post explains it much better than I ever could. In short, if you are providing an answer, that answer is best captured someplace it can easily be found and reused by others... and usually, that's not in your head or in your inbox. Worse, if it's in MY head, chances are that *I* won't even be able to find it when I need it again. Working smarter means not answering the same question over and over again... but providing the answer once where others can find it."
For myself, I find my passion in various places depending on what my life needs at any given moment. Sometimes I like to dive into a project that involves building or modifying something with my hands, like my latest kick to modify a vintage 1930's phone to a digital system functional for my day to day work. Other times, I have a driving need to create in a more artistic manner, which is where my love for photography comes into play. Even other times, I simply find passion and enjoyment from helping other people solve issues plaguing them; no surprise why I work in support on that one... but more than all, I find passion in writing; communicating thoughts and ideas to the world, be it in blog form, technical documentation, or just day to day correspondences. Of course if I just have to get away and clear my head, I hop on my motorcycle and ride off into the sunset... wheels on the ground, of course.
You've heard a few of ours, now we'd love to hear what -your- passions are. What drives your life beyond work? What passion keeps you coming back to work?
image credit: flickr user SanforaQ8
Did you know?
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. There are over 23,000 members in 97 Rational user groups worldwide.
In the area? Register for these upcoming user group meetings:
Jan 27, 2011 - Toronto Rational User Group
Feb 8, 2011 - North Florida Rational User Group
Feb 10, 2011 - UK Rational User Group
Feb 17, 2011 - Twin Cities Rational User Group (TC-RUG)
Feb 22, 2011 - Belgium Rational User Group
PUBLISHED: ClearCase Remote Client and Change Management Server Data Collection for Problem Analysis
Happy to announce the availability of a new whitepaper:
ClearCase Remote Client and Change Management Server Data Collection for Problem Analysis
kellypuffs 06000168YK Tags:  rad rational-application-deve... ccrc integration integrations 9,428 Views
This video shows you how to integrate the IBM Rational ClearCase Remote Client Extension with IBM Rational Application Developer. It will walk you through the steps necessary to install and configure the integration of ClearCase Remote Client Extension 7.1.1 and Rational Application Developer.
There's no doubt that "social" is the new web. Over the past two years we saw businesses adopt social networking at an unprecedented pace. But what will this year bring in the social spaces? More particular, what role will social business play in software support in 2011? We posed that very question to Rational Client Support and found a myriad of ideas and opinions.
From one of our Rational System Architect and Modeling TSEs, Pritesh Patel, we get the high level view of social business: "The information highway has become a social gathering place where more and more people using it are being seduced by digital media. You no longer have to invite someone for a cuppa tea to have a chinwag and gossip. In support, we have a huge bucket full of data (gossip) that we share. We can now reach out to our clients and provide them with necessary information, which can then reverberate across our various social-business channels. All major organizations are using these tools to create a buzz and that's what we're doing also. We promote support and build a different kind of rapport with our clients."
Sumant Renukarya, a Rational Synergy and Change TSE follows on Pritesh's view with: "We already see a major shift in the way the information is spread, thanks to social networking. At support, the following points play a major role with social networking: social business provides quick access to the required information like specific product related installers, fixpacks, readmes, etc. Promoting events and hence better attendance. And it adds a personal touch with clients, developers, and support personnel."
One of RCS' Knowledge Managers, Phil Wall, points out that: "Social Media in 2011 needs to be more interactive. We have been serving up information, videos and education through our Notes From Rational Support, Twitter, and Facebook channels almost like how a Newspaper reports the news to subscribers. What will make our social business channels more interesting to our community in between relevant information sharing?"
And that, dear readers, is a great question. What will make our presence more interesting? I'll leave you with these two additional questions in hopes of finding out:
What do you think 2011 will hold for software support in social business? What would you like to see from us in these spaces?
image obtained from: flickr user Rosaura Ochoa, illustration by Gerardo Obieta
Personal eminence has been on my mind a bit lately, which has led me to take a few actions of my own including my individual addition of an About.Me profile (Kelly has one too ), to signpost our own eminence in the digital spaces. You're going to read that phrase (digital personal eminence) a LOT below, so let me quickly define that out for you: eminence is a position of distinction or superiority. Personal digital eminence, then, is about the power of your electronic presence as a brand; your individual distinction on the web. I'm working to improve mine, and Rational Client Support's of course, but that is easier said than done.
We all know the big brands online. I am guessing you can easily name 5 right off the top of your head without even trying. Individual -people- are a bit more difficult to identify, though I am sure you could still easily name 5 within a short amount of time. These are brands and individuals who likely have rock-star status across the globe; the ones which are known beyond social or cultural boundaries. But that is only the tip of eminence, as both brands and people need to be knowledgeable in their areas in order to really solidify their standings.
In a general context like this, it is very difficult to gain that level of eminence without being a large-scale celebrity. But what if we look at particular contexts within spaces that are important to us? The spaces in which we play on a daily basis... Personal eminence in these contexts can be seen all around you. In the support world this is displayed by those whom are always readily answering questions or sought after for advice. Personal -digital- eminence is just as easily seen if you are involved in forums, user communities, or subscribe to blogs or RSS feeds: it is found in the people you follow, the people who are visible, the people who are always learning and more importantly -sharing- in the digital realms.
Building this personal digital eminence for yourself, however, isn't overly difficult, and is ultimately important for you as well as for your company whether it is IBM or a small unknown start-up. Individually, personal eminence is a direct influence on career success. Now imagine a company which boasts a large number of individuals who all have some level of personal digital eminence... you're likely imagining a very successful company that has a solid, trust-worthy brand backing it up; a company who's name elicits that sense of reliability, much like IBM, I'm guessing.
A quick connection of the roll up from personal to corporate eminence should tell you exactly how important this can be to individuals and businesses alike. It is for this reason that I encourage everyone to join the conversations in your spaces, as yourselves; to step forward and take control of your own personal digital eminence.
Of course, participation alone isn't enough. Not only do you need to be active in your communities and networks, but you need to be authentic as well. Don't be afraid to stand out as a subject matter expert, but don't try and pretend you're one if you aren't. Take criticisms in stride and admit mistakes when they happen (oh, and they will happen). Be open and honest with your opinions, and listen to others as well. Genuine communication is not only a key to building eminence, but also a good life skill as well! Of course, it is this kind of authenticity paired with activity which will skyrocket your personal digital eminence to new heights, improving your company's brand eminence as well as your own career.
I'll ask you now to heed this as a call to action for both IBMers and the public alike: Get out there and distinguish yourself in -your- space. Be passionate, become the subject matter experts, give back to the communities and forums you frequent, and become your own individual brand. Only you can control your personal digital eminence, but it can benefit so many more!
Image credit: (cc) flickr user RambergMediaImages
Here's the commercial soundbite:
Very cool IBM commercial but perhaps you want to know more. Here's a longer (22-min), but very interesting video: David Ferrucci of IBM discusses the DeepQA Project; the technology and architecture behind IBM's newest technological innovation, the question answering and natural language processing system, Watson.
It IS exciting! And wicked cool!
And p.s. can I get of those nifty clear dry-erase boards in my office?
UPDATE: Seen on Twitter: Check out this preview: NOVA PBS Special on @IBMWatson: "Smartest Machine on Earth." Premiering Feb 9 @ 10pm EST http://to.pbs.org/hjNGwC
The Rational Team Concert planning component has been redesigned and enhanced for the 3.x release. The Web UI has been greatly enhanced to make planning easier, address customer requests and integrate into the enhanced web navigation framework that RTC 3.x provides. This article on Jazz.net shows what's new in Rational Team Concert 3.x planning, and how to use the new agile and traditional planning capabilities.
Planning with Rational Team Concert 3.0
IBM has been driving the "Smarter Planet" concept for quite a while now, both formally as a campaign and even longer as a general ethic of business.
To drive home a personal perspective of this global focus, this week we asked: What are you doing to make the planet smarter? Here are some of the responses we received from colleagues around the world:
Umberto Ghio is focused on a very personal way of making the planet smarter: I am trying to get smarter myself. As I am part of the planet, by improving myself I am contributing to the overall "smarter planet" ideal. How? I try to do things in a different way, make some efforts to imagine a better solution for each problem I am facing, even if it is an old known problem with a old known solution. Learning; learning something new is the best way to keep your brain young, and opens doors you never even imagined. I do as much as I can not to be obvious; do you get the same question 20 times? I try providing a different (but correct) answer to each one. I try to be as polite and kind as possible; it's too easy to be rude or too focused on yourself. Fun; I try to have as much fun as possible, and I try to involve as much people as possible. Spread the fun, you will never be wrong. A smarter planet? That is one in which everybody is happy
The efforts to make the planet smarter can also be demonstrated in different ways and shapes based on roles and responsibilities people take in their day to day life. As Hamid Kalantari notes, this includes both personal and business roles and responsibilities, and in our support organization this is done by:
Nanesh Bhamkar postulates that a "thought" can definitely change lives. To help make the planet smarter he is currently growing his personal network so that the thoughts can be implemented, noting that in a developing nation like India, new technology is reaching only 5% of the crowd, while the majority of people are still waiting for it to make their lives smarter. He believes this is possible with a good network and support.
We can also compartmentalize smarter planet ideas into professional and personal as Sumant Renukarya has shown us:
At work: I focus, daily, on how to improve my own skills with assisting clients, I try to figure out what else I can improve, and of course I continue my own education.
Off work, there are a lot of small ways in which I am contributing to make a smarter planet. I teach Yoga; healthier people are a smarter planet I reach out to children and instill with them the importance of education. I use water efficiently, and in turn, save water. And here's an easy one: I switch off the power when it is not in use!
Lastly, we all know the following big industries:
They are supported by IBM Rational Client Support!!!
Howard goes on to say: I am really proud that I am part of Rational Client Support and can provide support to those companies making the planet smarter. Whenever I interact with clients and keep their business running smoothly, I know that I am making an indirect but important contribution to a smarter planet.
So.... what are YOU doing to help make the planet smarter? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments section!
kellypuffs 06000168YK Tags:  cqweb performance clearquest-web performance-test guidelines tuning clearquest 7,606 Views
IBM Rational ClearQuest architecture changed substantially in Version 7.1. This great developerWorks article updates performance testing and tuning guidelines and also introduces a systematic approach for designing test scenarios, creating test scripts, and tuning performance at various layers.
Be sure to check out the many great resources and links also referenced, and be sure to let us know what you think of the article by rating it. Thanks and enjoy!
Link: Updated Guidelines for performance testing and tuning with ClearQuest Web 7.1