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It's been a while since we've highlighted some of the other blogs here on dW (and elsewhere around the internet) that talk about topics relevant to Rational Support clients. So, here are a few of the latest posts from those great sources of information and help from the thought leaders themselves...
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The ALM Community is planning the following ALM Office Hour events for March and April:
Is it better to deploy IBM Rational Team Concert incrementally or all at once? Event Date/Time: March 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) Are you gearing to adopt or you have already successfully adopted IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)? Join us to discuss some successful RTC adoption patterns based on customer experiences. You will learn about tips and tricks on what has worked well for others when introducing a new set of development tools to your teams. This discussion will be led by Rolf Nelson, Senior Product Manager for IBM Rational Team Concert.
Agile Architecture Event Date/Time: April 5th, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST) Agile development is a time boxed iterative approach that encourages rapid and flexible response to change through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams and customers. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary architecture and design and incremental delivery of software to achieve the earliest possible benefit based upon value, risk, priority and necessity. A well functioning, agile team works with just enough process to get the job done but to achieve real productivity improvements and continuously deliver on their objectives, they need sufficient technological infrastructure, or what some have termed "Architectural Runway."
Make sure you email, tweet, and/or blog about these excellent upcoming ALM events!
In an effort to keep our systems up to date and as functional for you as possible, we will be undergoing scheduled maintenance starting tomorrow February 23rd at 9pm EST and completing at 5am EST on Sunday the 24th.
During this eight hour time frame: Support Portal Customers will be unable to retrieve support documents, and search engines (both internal and external to IBM) will show links to previously indexed content, but when a link is clicked, they will get an “our apologies” page during the stated outage time frame.
If you receive any "our apologies" notices during this time frame, I'd recommend using the Google Cache version from the search results of google.com if available. Otherwise, you can still open a PMR using the Service Requests & PMRs link via the Support Portal tabs for direct assistance from a technical support engineer.
Are you curious about How DOORS Supported the Curiosity Rover? Back by popular demand from Orange County RUG's 'Rocket Science with Rational' event!
Today! February 21, 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Register Now to learn how IBM Rational software development tools are used in cutting edge rocket science applications, including the Mars Curiosity rover launch and operations! Learn how NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) used IBM Rational DOORS to create, verify and report on some 16,000 requirements for the launch and ongoing operations of the Mars Curiosity rover.
In this session, JPL guest speaker Tracy Van Houten shares insights into DOORS use for the management of these complex requirements, which involved multiple levels and hundreds of engineers to achieve success. Space is limited, so register now for this exclusive event!
Author a simple report in Rational Publishing Engine v1.2- This video describes how author a simple report in RPE v1.2. It shows how to build a simple template in Document Studio, and how to run it in a document specification to check the output of the queries. The data source used is DOORS, but the steps are applicable to any data source.
Improve insight into application regressions and quality
Reduce the cost of identifying and repairing defects by up to 90% compared to existing testing processes
Expedite test and delivery cycles
Automate quality assessment and feedback at the time the code changes
When? Broadcast Date: March 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
Who? Speakers: David Myers, Product Manager, Continuous Delivery for Mainframe and Mobile Software, IBM Software Group and Francois Dumont, Product Manager, Rational® on System z, IBM Software Group Developed for: Quality professionals; application programmers and development managers; operations managers; system programmers Technical level: Basic
What? Businesses are challenged to deliver applications and services to the market faster and cheaper, while dealing with an already daunting and ever-increasing amount of system complexity. What might appear to a customer to be a simple mobile or web application relies on a complex network of interdependent systems running in the background – with much of that critical data coming from the company’s mainframe. In addition, many software and system delivery teams are trying to adopt lean or Agile practices, but are finding that integration testing can pose a significant bottleneck to the process as a whole.
How can you rapidly and continuously test multi-platform composite application environments when individual components are rapid changing or critical dependent services, such as CICS® transactions, IMS® data, or third-party services, are expensive to run or not available to be tested until late in the delivery cycle?
Join us for this complimentary webcast and learn how continuous integration and service virtualization technology help companies drive increased quality, at a faster pace. You’ll see how it does so while managing system complexity by simulating the performance and behavior of dependent subsystems, such as IBM® System z®. Attendees will hear real-world examples from service virtualization and mainframe experts about the way continuous integration combined with service virtualization can increase quality, reduce cost, and decrease project risk. You’ll learn how using isolated test environments with virtual services can enable entire project teams to work in parallel on different parts of an application without the cost and complexity of recreating the entire system.
Register here: http://ibm.co/Wv1T7p and then join us after the webcast for a live question-and-answer session. The webcast will also be available for replay after the event.
Here in the states most of us are off celebrating the Presidents' Day holiday. But have no fear, we've not forgotten that you still need technical content to help you, even on holiday hours! To that end here is a list of videos from our friends at IBM Electronic Support designed to help you find the content you need, when you need it!
Products video for Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v1.0- The Products tour shows the Browse Products screen and describes typical usage of that screen in the context of a scenario. Other functionality in IBM? Rational? Engineering Lifecycle Manager is discussed where Products features flow into other areas of the tool, such as snapshots and branching.
Queries for Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v1.0- The Queries tour shows how queries can be used alone to gather artifacts for a specific purpose or can be used to populate a view. Users can read hover text to find out more about gathered artifacts and act on query results, for example, to run an analysis.
We love our clients! Yes you, we love YOU! So let's take a moment to recognize your contributions as well... here's the top ten technotes which you helped write and that you and our support engineers reused to solve your PMRs in January:
These technotes are the kind of high value content which is a direct result from our relationship and conversations with you, our clients! We love that kind of collaboration which not only helps you solve an issue once, but helps all of our clients solve the same issues more effectively and efficiently.
In the immortal words of the band, Madness ... "It MUST be Love"!
The past few weeks have seen some new downloads released to keep your Rational products at the latest and greatest versions. Here's the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since January 15th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed over the early winter and late fall months:
Once again, the numbers are in... here are the top twenty Rational Team Concert technotes created and/or reused by our technical support engineers to help solve your PMRs. Shared here in the hopes that highlighting these technotes will help others resolve or even avoid these same problems, each of these helped to close a PMR in January 2013:
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository to improve consistency, completeness, and availability of IT information; but their IT environment was large and complex which hindered agility. Without a central repository, it was difficult to gather information for assessments and compliance audits quickly.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) provides a number of insurance-related products and services. Originally founded to support farmers in Ohio, today Nationwide is the seventh-largest auto insurer and the seventh-largest homeowner insurance provider in the United States. The company has approximately 36,000 employees.
Nationwide wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository that would improve the consistency, completeness and availability of IT information used in impact analyses.
The company worked with IBM Advanced Business Partner Armstrong Process Group, Inc. (APG) to create an enterprise architecture repository using IBM Rational System Architect software.
Nationwide has reduced the amount of time required for impact assessment from three months to less than one month. Cost estimating, which in the past required an entire month, now takes just one day.
Nationwide implemented a solution using Rational System Architect?to provide a scalable foundation for the company?s expanding enterprise architecture initiative. The solution simplified information access and enhanced performance. Now Nationwide has the necessary information?right at their fingertips,?provinding for?quick answers to stakeholders such as developers, executives, and auditors. The improvements also resulted in a 20 to 30 percent reduction in project cost. For Nationwide, Rational software is not only a solid return on their investment, but productivity insurance as well! ?