Whoo HOO! Announcing the availability today of the latest release of IBM Rational Focal Point - version 6.5!
IBM Rational Focal Point is a comprehensive portfolio planning
solution for market-driven teams. With Rational Focal Point, teams can
make collaborative, objective decisions to deliver market, customer, and
business value. By understanding what matters most, your organization
can respond to dynamic market conditions and deliver valued products and
IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 includes the following new features:
- Chart options in statistics view: You can display charts in attribute statistics and can choose to view the statistics charts in the home page.
- Embedded Rational Publishing Engine for report generation:
You can generate Rational Publishing Engine reports in Rational Focal
Point without configuring a separate server. You must have a Rational
Publishing Engine license to use this feature.
- Workspace templates:
Rational Focal Point now includes three pre-configured workspace
templates: IT Portfolio Management workspace, Product Management
workspace, and Product Portfolio Management workspace. You can use these
workspaces as a starting point to manage products, IT portfolios, and
product portfolios and customize it according to your requirements.
- Investment analysis of time grid attributes:
In the new investment analysis mode, you can create models of estimated
financial value and risk. You can configure a time grid attribute to
contain cost and benefit estimates that are specified as random
variables that are composed of high, likely, and low estimates. A Random
Variable Calculator performs calculations that are based on random
variables to produce high, likely, and low estimates. Those random
variables also serve as documentation for the source of the estimates.
- Time grid:
You can now aggregate time grids into one new time grid. You can
display an overview in the attribute list and on the home page. You can
display time grid data in a Gantt chart. Also, the business rules for
time grids are enhanced.
- Dynamic tables: You can display
elements in a dynamic table where you can edit most attributes, display
complex attributes, perform nested sorting, and reorder columns.
- Rational Focal Point Collaborative Lifecycle Management integration:
Rational Focal Point provides integration with Collaborative Lifecycle
Management through its support of the OSLC change management
- Views in view definitions: You can use a
view to create view rules when you define a view or a filter. You can
create a view to create view rules for link, linklist, and incoming link
- Thresholds: You can define thresholds that
can be used to compare threshold values with sums in statistics view and
display the threshold values in charts.
Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 also includes defect fixes to previous versions of the product.
IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 is translated in the following
languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese,
Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic,
Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Czech.
IBM Rational Focal Point v6.5 (download doc)More references: Knowledge Collection for Rational Focal Point Expressions and Business Rules
YouTube: Project Portfolio Management using IBM Rational Focal Point