What is it, you ask? Clarity comes in the form of the Software Product Compatibility Reports tool: an innovative 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. You may also use this tool to tailor-make graphical reports about a set of product's end of service dates.
Available on the IBMRationalSupport YouTube channel, a series of tutorials on Rational ClearQuest Designer! You can find all eleven videos, nearly an hour's worth of schema designing goodness, in this playlist:
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Using IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation's Rich Client Interface- In this video, narrator and Rational DOORS NG technical specialist Jon Walton walks you through using IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation's Rich Client Interface. The Rich Client interface varies from the web client interface in many significant ways. Jon shows you tips and tricks to using the interface, including many of the improvements that have been made since DOORS v9.x.
If you've not checked out Jazz.net recently, here's some of the great content you may have missed over the course of this month. There's a wide breadth of content types below, ranging from betas to videos, workarounds and known issues to workshops. There's something for everyone on jazz.net; we hope this will help you find what you need:
Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.1 Reporting Workshop- This workshop is intended as an update to the CLM 2011 Reporting Workshop which provided insight into some of the details of the reporting components introduced with the CLM 2011 release. In this update, we will cover what's new with reporting in CLM 4.0, provide some additional exercises as well as include some links to tutorials and videos that have been created since the CLM 2011 release. - [Read More]
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters- If you use HP Application Lifecycle Management software (HP ALM) for quality management, you can use the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM to integrate data with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. Developers, testers, and analysts can then work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. The adapters also integrate the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) with selected non-IBM software. The first release includes adapters for HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git software. [Read More]
Be smart with virtualization- If you're currently using virtualization methods with IBM Rational software, is everything working as smoothly as you expected? Three IBM experts explain the Rational perspective on virtualization and the key requirements for virtualized environments to get optimal performance from Rational applications. They also share details of two case studies and troubleshooting tips. [Read More]
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At Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit, there will be more content and activities than ever before; specifically focused on execs, managers, and engineers (systems, software, electrical, QA, etc.) in product and systems development organizations.
Here are eight great reasons from our friends at the Innovate blog showing you why you should attend Innovate 2013:
Dedicated Product & Systems Development Keynote- Last year's standing room only product & systems development keynote is back by popular demand. Executives and thought leaders will share the exciting new developments that IBM is releasing and planning!
Over 100 product & systems development sessions- with our three dedicated tracks (product development, systems engineering and real-time & embedded), plus extensive systems and product development focused technical and industry sessions and workshops, you’ll have lots of sessions to choose from! Featuring lots of great case studies from your peers across industries and plenty of opportunity to learn from IBM and industry experts. Use the session preview tool to search for your favourite topics and build a session list. You can read more the session preview tool in an earlier blog post.
Product & Systems Development Zone- No more searching the Solution Center to find relevant experts and demonstrations. With our new 'Product & Systems Development Zone' clients will easily find the content they are looking for. It will be the place to be for systems engineers and embedded software developers to mingle with technical experts and discuss the latest technology we have to offer.
Agile is EVERYWHERE- and not just for IT. Hear from product & systems developments clients and analysts on the adoption patterns, pitfalls and success of agile product development.
Community Night- We'll be joined by local members of key engineering organizations. You’ll be able to see what they have to offer, and find out how they can help you with your long-term career goals and the benefits they can have for your companies.
Who doesn’t love Robots! Back by popular demand, the FIRST Robotics teams and their robots will be on-site to show their skills as the next generation of engineers.
Hands-on technical workshops & Open Labs- Get hands-on with our solutions for product & systems development either guided by experts in workshops or at your own pace in Open Labs.
But we here in Rational support have even better news for you! Because we are part of the Blue Galaxy initiative, we've got a special $300 discount to Innovate 2013 for our social followers. Use promo code BLGLXY13 to cash in on the savings when you register: http://ow.ly/iO21Z
Here's more of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since March 28th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need and stay up to date with your Rational products.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed:
I have been asked by a couple of customers using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) to see if there is a way to make 'Links' as a required attribute with regards to RTC Work Items. A sample scenario they've noted, where having 'Links' as required attribute being useful, is something like this:
A user creates a Work Item, say a defect, in RTC and the work flow demands that any newly created defect be linked to a requirement artifact. In such case, having 'Links' as required attribute will help the users, so that they do not skip on adding the link to another artifact.
Stopwatch demo showing model-driven development with IBM Rational Rhapsody in Ada- Ada is a rich high-level language designed for embedded real-time, high integrity and large scale systems development. Progressively, in the Ada 95 and Ada 2005 revisions, it has incorporated more and more Object Oriented (OO) features further increasing its power and richness. During a similar timeframe there has been continued expansion in the use of the industry-standard OMG Unified Modeling Language (UML) for documenting OO designs in C++ and Java. There is arguably no better time for combining the two to help resolve longetivity challenges associated with maintaining Ada software designs. In this video we focus on the core principles and benefits of Model-Driven Development using IBM Rational Rhapsody; including automatically keeping the design and code synchronized at all times and showing its integration with compilers, including AdaCore's GNAT Pro compiler chain. The video uses a Stopwatch example model to highlight the added benefits of higher-level abstractions in UML2 to enable developers to focus on the essential parts of the design and make use of graphical programming techniques to speed up development and capture traceability to requirements. We also showcase Rhapsody in Ada features such as the newer Advanced roundtrip and model-level debugging.
Mainframe and Mobile - Are your back-end apps ready? Register now for the April 18 Webcast: http://bit.ly/XUExuB
Mobile is about anytime, anywhere access to information. It improves productivity and is driving business innovation in the enterprise. Mobility enables quicker access to customer data, improved customer satisfaction and support, customer access to business and important functionality, and the capability to respond to customer demands.
Mobile is not only one of the most exciting trends affecting IT today, but an inevitable one. Indeed, most companies already have some type of mobile strategy. However, in order to take it to the next level and offer five-star apps, businesses will have to integrate mobile applications with business-critical back-end data sources.
Join us for this complimentary webcast as our subject matter experts discuss a unique IBM solution that combines end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features all integrated into one package. The experts will spotlight a new mobile app that uses the selling of office supplies as an example. They will also show you how to bring a green-screen application into the mobile era using Rational Developer for System z and Worklight.
Fragmentation of devices and platforms
Speed and frequent iteration of the mobile lifecycle and continuous delivery
Connectivity to back-end systems and enterprise clouds
Security to protect corporate data and managing BYOD
Mobile Context taking advantage of unique capabilities such as geo-location
Delivering high-quality apps and rapidly incorporating customer feedback
Leigh Williamson, Distinguished Engineer, Rational Software CTO Team, Mobile Software Development Strategy
Michael Lavacca, Client Technical Professional, Rational Software on System z
Rational Team Concert has a simple set of defined roles to enable key solutions for your organization. With Rational Team Concert you simply acquire licenses to support the roles and solutions that you are interested in. This provides you with an unprecedented level of flexibility and cost efficiency to choose and use only what you are interested in to support your needs. Rational Team Concert allows you to implement individual components of RTC now and others later simply through licensing - and without your typical deployment and integration headaches and risks.
When you purchase a role-based license for IBM Rational Team Concert you will have read, write, and comment access to some or all of the capabilities of the Change and Configuration Management application. In addition, there are three types of Developer client access licenses.
Client access licenses
Types of client access licenses
Types of Developer client access licenses
Client access licenses: When you install Rational Team Concert, you deploy the Change and Configuration Management application, in addition to the Jazz Team Server. You then use activation kits to install product client access licenses on the Jazz Team Server and assign these licenses to users so that they can access the capabilities provided by the Change and Configuration Management application.
With a role-based licensing scheme, when you purchase a client access license for a particular role you will have read, write, and comment access to some or all of the capabilities of the Change and Configuration Management application.
You install the client access license activation kits in the License Key Management section in the Administration page of the Jazz Team Server. You assign the licenses to users in the Client Access License Management section of Jazz User Administration. See Installing and managing license keys for instructions.
Types of client access licenses:
Role-based client access licenses: The roles in this table correspond to the client access licenses you can purchase for Rational Team Concert in this release. A role-based license will give you access (read; read and write; or read, write, and comment) to some or all of the capabilities in the Change and
Configuration Management application.
Legend: RW = read/write R = read only (and "comment" if user has RW access to Jazz Foundation)
Functional user licenses: When you install Rational Team Concert, you receive, in addition to the client access licenses above, the following functional client access licenses. These licenses are not for actual users. Instead, they are used as account IDs to set up connections to other capabilities. None of these licenses adds to the server user limit.
Developer Client Access Licenses: This matrix shows how support and the level of cross-server SCM capability afforded by a currently installed Developer client access license are affected by subsequently installed CALs.
Note: Only the Developer-10-C Client Access License is free For both the Developer-10-C and Developer for Work groups Client Access Licenses, the following restrictions apply. Only 1 activation kit can be installed per server Only 1 activation kit can be installed across any set of servers sharing the same floating license server
Trial licenses: When installing the server, there are two Installation Manager packages available for installation: Jazz Team Server and CCM Application installs the server components Rational Team Concert Required Base License Keys, including Trials installs the functional user licenses and the trial versions of the role-based licenses, For any deployment topology, you must install the Rational Team Concert Required Base License Keys, including Trials package on any machine with a Jazz Team Server that has one or more registered instances of the Change and Configuration Management application.
Once a Jazz Team Server is installed, you may install additional license keys in the License Key Management section in the Administration page of the Jazz Team Server
FAQs: To help resolve some common Jazz errors in your day to day activities without relying on anyone else, you may follow the technical documentation written by experts from Rational Licensing team below:
It's an RTC love-fest today! Hot off the reporting presses here in Rational Support, here are the top fifteen technotes used in March to help solve the Rational Team Concert PMRs you reported. As always, these are taken directly from our PMR reports and tabulated to help you solve the same issues which you may be encountering:
Now that Big Blue has worn a Green Hat and the products from Green Hat are now rolled into IBM's Rational division, let's take a deeper dive into the world of licensing concepts for a new origin product called Rational Test Workbench (RTW).
RTW is a desktop solution that combines Rational’s automation capability for functional, performance and integration testing which is a great collaborative platform.
Before we roll out the red carpet for RTW licensing let us know the inclusions of the software family:
IBM Rational Integration Tester is a scripting-free environment for developing tests for SOA messaging and business process integration projects. Tests can be built by recording existing system behaviors or from requirements, by entering the data to send and the data that is expected in return. You can also create virtual services to remove test dependencies and enable earlier testing. Virtual services can be deployed by Rational Test Virtualization Server to provide on-demand virtualized test environments that can support all phases of the test development lifecycle.
IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack contains technology-specific components used by Rational Integration Tester for recording SOA message conversations, HTTP(S) and JDBC traffic, and for monitoring middleware systems under test with minimal reconfiguration of client applications.
IBM Rational Test Control Panelis a server-based web application providing a central repository for virtualized services. The Rational Test Control Panel allows you to use virtual services published with Rational Integration Tester to create, share, and deploy virtualized test environments in Rational Test Virtualization Server.
IBM Rational Performance Tester is a scripting-free environment for automating load and scalability testing of web, ERP, and server-based software applications. Rational Performance Tester provides rich and customizable reporting to help you identify the presence and cause of system bottlenecks. Rational Performance Tester integrates with the Rational Performance Test Server or Rational Virtualization Test Server to create large scale, multi-user workloads so that you can validate scalability and SLAs for your critical business applications before you deploy to production.
IBM Rational Functional Testeris an object-driven automated functional testing solution for Windows, Java, Web 2.0 and other application environments. Storyboard testing combines natural language test narrative with visual editing through application screen shots to accelerate the creation of functional tests. A variety of wizards further simplify the creation of data-driven tests that are resilient to changes in the application UI.
All the flavors are fruitful aren't they? I'm sure, they are!
Ok. Now that we know the inclusions, let’s unfold the red carpet for the RTW license keys.
RTW has 2 types of license available:-
1. Authorized License
2. Floating License
As already mentioned, RTW license is a family name for a bundle of 4 licenses. The license inclusions are:
· IBM Rational Integration Tester
· IBM Rational Performance Tester
· IBM Rational Functional Tester
· IBM Rational Performance Tester PVU component
Wow! The above mentioned does not include IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel licenses as it is a part of software bundle, if you have noticed.
You got it right! IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel do not require a license. Both IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel work as an add-on for Rational Integration Tester.
IBM Rational Performance Tester PVU license component works only in conjunction with Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS) / Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS) based RPT Agents.
This enables RPT not to attempt, check for protocol licenses for Siebel, SAP, Citrix, and SOA.
What are the inclusions on RTW licenses on the license key center? You may want to check this tech note Rational Integration Tester to understand the Rational Integration Tester and Rational Test Workbench license inclusions.
RPT includes the ability to run 5 Virtual Testers (without accessing a VU Test pack) in order to validate a performance test. Is this still valid with RTW? Yes.
Is there a possibility you can purchase just RPTS? No. You always need at least one copy of RTW to create the performance tests, and then RPTS is needed to generate the load.
Is the PVU licensing model applied to any of the Green Hat Products? Yes. IBM Rational Performance Test Server and IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server both include the PVU licensing capabilities.
Can RPT be used with the PVU licensing model? Yes. However, there are some features to be enabled with the IBM Rational Performance Tester PVU license activation kit applied. You may want to check out the tech note for the steps RPT PVU licensing support.
You may get an error “Server does not serve license keys for IBM Rational Integration Tester” on IBM Installation Manager when configuring floating license for Rational Integration Tester. There is a tech note for that too! Refer it – RIT error
Would I get an evaluation version to evaluate RTW? Currently Rational Integration Tester does not have trials on ibm.com. To get an evaluation copy, please contact IBM Planet wide as per the link http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/