How about one last Live on developerWorks Rational entry to close out 2012? What, you didn't think we'd leave you without some solid technical content before the year ended, did you? The following items went live on developerWorks Rational the past two weeks:
Adapt and scale agile requirements practices in a DevOps environment By: Cherifa Mansoura, PhD, Solution Architect, IBM Cherifa Mansoura explains how disciplined agile delivery and agile requirements practices can scale in a DevOps environment for future maintenance and operations on existing products, and a business analyst can help ensure fruitful collaboration between Development and Operations teams. Product: Rational Requirements Composer
Develop a CICS Java-based Axis2 web service By: Amy M. Silberbauer, Executive IT Specialist, IBM A meet-in-the-middle approach to complex service definitions in WSDL, for a complete, multiplatform service. Product: Rational Application Developer, Rational Developer for System z
Automate investment analysis to predict product success or failure By: Swathi Jain, User Assistance Team Lead, IBM and Veena K. Omprakash, Information Developer, IBM Use Investment Analysis in Rational Focal Point to analyze likely outcomes for software and car manufacturing projects. Part 1 explains how to use the Investment Analysis feature in Rational Focal Point to build a simple financial model for a software project. Part 2 describes a more advanced model for similar car manufacturing projects. It reuses variables for another project and compares financial results. Product: Rational Focal Point
Simplify build and deployment automation for complex projects By: Li Luo, IBM Certified IT Specialist, IBM, José De Jesús, Senior Certified Architect, IBM, and Derrick Wong, Senior Consultant, IBM Streamline steps, checkpoints, and exceptions by using a Java-based script that processes an external control file. Product: Rational Build Forge
We are also highlighted the following items on our pages that you may find of interest.
Featured download - IBM Rational Requirements Composer IBM Rational Requirements Composer provides the essential business support for teams of all sizes and complexity to define and capture business needs and manage all types of requirements across the project lifecycle. It fosters better business and development collaboration in a web-based requirements community involving a wide set of stakeholders including customers, analysts, developers, testers, etc. Rational Requirements Composer is an important part of IBM's Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution seamlessly integrated with Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager. Through role-based access, project teams can shorten planning cycles and reduce rework cost by aligning development and test effort with requirements and business objectives.
Our friends at IBM Rational Education have been creating and maintaining Youtube playlists for a few years now, basing their playlists generally on product lines making it easy for you as a client to find the relevant videos for you! Consider this post a highlight of just one of the many amazing resources we provide to help you, our clients learn, solve, troubleshoot, and innovatively implement solutions to succeed in your business.
You can find their playlists directly on Youtube here, or choose the appropriate individual products below:
If you've scrolled this far, you deserve a bit of a present... here's a video from back in 2010 which covers why requirements management really matters... which still holds true today, if not more than ever:
If you're unlucky enough to be stuck working this week, we hope at least that you will be able to take the quiet time and accomplish some of those forgotten items. To help you do that, here's a listing of some Quick Tip videos and How-To tips from IBM Electronic Support's community aimed at helping you get the most from the IBM Support Portal and Fix Central:
Tip of the Week: How to Link your IBM Customer Number to your IBM ID- What benefits do I receive by linking my IBM Customer Number (ICN) and my IBM ID? Ability to download software fixes you are entitled to. A customized view of your IBM products and services. Viewing content that made available to IBM clients only. Faster creation of service requests. With full access, the ability to see all current service requests across your company under your linked ICN. For additional help with linking your IBM Customer Number (ICN) and IBM ID in the IBM Service Request tool, visit this checklist with screen captures of the process: http://ibm.com/software/support/servicerequest/quick_start.html
What were the top 50 technotes reused in 2012? Well, I'm glad you asked! Following are the teachnotes most used by our technical support engineers to help resolve the PMRs and issues you called in. In many cases, based on our implementation of Knowledge Centered Support (KCS) principles, these technotes were created to solve an issue from a PMR, and then reused again and again to solve the same issue for others.
'Tis a quiet day today as many of us make those final preparations for Christmas day tomorrow. As we move into this holiday week, we here on NFRS will be taking a bit of a break as well. We've queued up a few posts to keep you all set with content, but today, tomorrow and January 1st will be light on the technical content in deference to some good old fashioned merry making.
For today, we wish you all the best, and hope that if you are travelling you make it safely to and from your destination. If you aren't travelling and aren't bogged down with last minute work or chores, perhaps you'll enjoy an old classic:
From the list below, it would appear that this past year you all were big on some of our thought leadership items. Following are the top ten (well technically eleven, but 6 fall under a single topic, so I figured I owed you at least one more) posts which garnered the largest number of views over the course of 2012:
This list was built by you, and for you! Thank you all for your continued loyalty and support of this blog. As you all know we strive to get you the best support content and help you solve or avoid problems before you need us. It is you, our audience, who keep us working hard to find that content you need and who make this blog a possibility to continue. We are very happy that by virtue of your numbers, we can see that you are indeed finding value in the content we provide, and that alone makes this all worthwhile.
We are indeed winding down into the next holiday week and the new year, but we still know you need to get the fixes and updates you need! To give you something to do in the hopefully slow week you're having, here's the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since November 30th... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed over the summer and early fall months:
There are new videos added to the IBM Education Assistant site for Rational. These videos provide education on Rational DOORS, Rational Insight, and Rational Synergy topics ranging from installation to configuration.
Your feedback helps us improve. You can find the feedback form on the category pages for your product and version. The feedback form is quick and easy. Leave comments and let us know if these demonstrations help you achieve your goals.
What is IBM Education Assistant? 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.
The year may be starting to wind down this week and next, but we are still committed to bringing you the latest and greatest content you need! So, here you go! The following items went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Do you want to present at Innovate 2013? We know you do! Our Innovate 2013 call for papers is now open. Submit your session proposal by January 14.
Success criteria for public sector enterprise architecture By: Jan K. Gravesen, Executive Industry Architect, IBM Jan Gravesen, an IBM Executive Industry Architect, analyzes several successful public sector enterprise architecture programs around the world to determine what characteristics they have in common. Products: Rational System Architect, Rational Asset Manager, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Requisite Pro
Debug faster with Rational Developer for Power Systems Software By: Morris Kwan, Software Developer, IBM, Xuan Chen, Software Developer, IBM, Jinzi Huang, Software Developer, IBM Source code debugging of applications written in different languages and running on different platforms Product: Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
IBM® Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software variations in an Eclipse workbench handle remote file management, searching, editing, refactoring, application analysis, code coverage, performance, porting, and migration advisors, builds, and debugging on IBM i, AIX®, or Linux systems. The rich desktop is optimized for multiplatform development. In combination with IBM Power Systems compilers and IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Developer for Power Systems Software provides a comprehensive application development environment that includes compilers, other development tools, and collaborative application lifecycle management.
This is your invitation to submit proposals today!
The Innovate conference has a long history of providing software development professionals with the tools, insights and knowledge they need to deliver software with speed and efficiency. Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit, which will be held June 2 – 6, expands that mission through two exciting streams of robust, tailored content for professionals engaged in all aspects of software, product and systems delivery.
The Technical Exchange @Innovate stream offers strategies, tips and techniques to improve productivity for professionals engaged in software, systems and product development. Sessions in this stream deliver tangible, immediate and effective strategies enabling Rational practitioners to accelerate software delivery.
Team Directions @Innovate will explore key trends and directions that impact software and systems delivery teams. Topics include the current state of software development, team dynamics, and broad-reaching strategies that focus on the relationship between various roles and organizations that must come together to deliver software. Insights into how “big picture” trends such as Cloud, Mobile, Big Data and Social Business affect development teams will be right at home in this stream.
Define the Agenda! All of you, our clients, Business Partners, and IBM experts alike are invited to submit a proposal today. We’ve outlined a rich set of areas of interests that your proposal might address. Beyond that, it’s up to you! We are on the lookout for your case studies, best practices, and hints and tips that offer practical guidance and highlight tangible results. Call for Papers ends January 14, 2013, so submit your proposal soon!
Client and Business Partner speakers receive free conference passes, valued at $1995. (One customer primary speaker per company, per session, pending approval.)
Speakers are recognized as thought leaders by their industry peers.
Speakers have opportunities to network with over 4,000 industry experts.
Use this Call for Papers as a reason to reach out to your industry colleagues or submit your own proposal today. We want to hear your strategy and success stories! Remember, the Call for Papers ends January 14, 2013, so don't wait too long!
Wow, do we have a metric ton of content for you! So let's get right to it... the following items went live on developerWorks Rational recently:
Get Ready to Sprint with Rational Team Concert By: Millard Ellingsworth, Software Developer, IBM Corporation Agile teams need user stories that are specified clearly and completely enough that they can actually be started and finished. Millard Ellingsworth describes an increasingly popular practice called "backlog grooming" and explains Rational Team Concert customizations that help make sure your team is what he calls Ready to Sprint. Product: Rational Team Concert
Create a Mozilla Firefox add-on to access OSLC servers By: Ken Kumagai, Software Engineer, IBM Creating your own client application to access Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) servers provides two benefits: removal of extra widgets and removal of extra steps. Ken Kumagai describes the challenges in creating a client application to access OSLC servers and explains how to resolve them by creating and implementing a Mozilla Firefox add-on. A sample of the add-on is included to download. Product: Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer
New ways to tackle complexity in systems development and delivery By: Mike Perrow, Editor, Brand Marketing and Strategy, IBM Automobiles, medical devices, phones, and aircraft are increasingly instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. Engineers and manufacturers must now unify embedded software development expertise with agile systems engineering capabilities that cover specification and design. Learn what IBM Rational software introduced this fall to help develop today's complex automobiles, medical devices, phones, and aircraft. Products: Rational Rhapsody, Rational DOORS
New Rational software helps accelerate continuous delivery By: Mike Perrow, Editor, Brand Marketing and Strategy, IBM Get the details on the Fall 2012 lineup of new or enhanced capabilities that help IT teams improve quality and agility. Products: Rational Focal Point, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Software Architect
21 principles of enterprise architecture for the financial sector By: Thiago Souza Mendes Guimarães, IT Architect, IBM Thiago Guimarães proposes essential principles for a financial sector IT department to follow. They indicate the value of IT decisions to the company and help IT take on a more strategic role in a high-pressure environment where security and business decisions are critical. Product: Rational Software Architect
We also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
Featured download: IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software IBM® Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere® Software helps developers quickly design, develop, test, analyze, and deploy high-quality Java, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), Web 2.0, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and portal applications. Rational Application Developer includes features to quickly build skills on emerging Java EE and Web technologies, automate code verification, build, and test and enables agile software development for today's fast-paced software delivery.
Featured download: IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software IBM® Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software provides a collection of tools in an Eclipse workbench. It includes remote file management, searching, editing, refactoring, application analysis, code coverage, performance, porting and migration advisors, build and debug tools for development on IBM i, IBM AIX®, or Linux systems. Using it in combination with IBM Power Systems compilers and IBM Rational Team Concert gives you a comprehensive application development for full application lifecycle management. You can evaluate this software either as a download or in a sandbox.
Featured download: Rational DOORS Web Access The Web browser client for IBM® Rational® DOORS®, enables product and systems stakeholders such as business managers, analysts, developers, quality assurance engineers, customers, and suppliers, to gain greater visibility of up-to-date requirements and to collaborate in capture, review, and management of requirements. No download or install required, simply access the trial online through a Web browser. See how easy it is to review, discuss, edit, and add requirements and to view traceability reports that enable requirements fulfillment to be easily tracked.
Last week we told you about the great new features added into the latest release of the IBM Support Portal. Today, we have a special video outlining the specifics around one of those feature close to my heart: the social media aggregator...