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My name is Randy Simmons and I am a Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) Support Engineer specializing in the Requirements and Quality Management Tool. I was tasked to create a Video Series to give internal IBMer’s and external customers a basic understanding and troubleshooting options to use when Java related problems occur using the CLM suite of Tools.
This “Non-Programmer's Guide to Troubleshooting Java in CLM” video series covers the topics below. It will make you more aware of the Java Tools available for download at IBM DeveloperWorks. It give you some background about how Java and JVMs work, what data Rational Support is looking for, and the understanding of how you would go about troubleshooting Java or Performance related issues.
Click through the titles to watch the four videos, or click play on the embedded playlist at the end:
1. Introduction to Java for CLM: This video is a recording from an education session "Non-Programmer's Guide to Troubleshooting Java in CLM". This video provides an introduction to Java for IBM Rational Collaboration Lifecycle Management V5.0 users.
2. Garbage Collection in Java for CLM: This video provides an overview of Java Garbage Collection for IBM Rational Collaboration Lifecycle Management V5.0 users.
3. IBM Diagnostic and Monitoring tools for Java with CLM: This video provides an overview of some Java diagnostic and monitoring tools for IBM Rational Collaboration Lifecycle Management V5.0 users.
4. Interpreting Unresponsiveness with Java for CLM: This video provides some examples of what to do when experiencing Java unresponsiveness with IBM Rational Collaboration Lifecycle Management V5.0.
Note: The above list is organized in the link to the embedded playlist below: http
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The Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) upgrade scripts - Jazz Team Server (JTS), Change and Configuration Management (CCM), Quality Management (QM), Requirements Management (RM) provides an additional command line para
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The upgrade scripts also provides other parameters(such as -noPrompt -noStepPrompt –overwrite -noVerify)
As a result, the automation of the upgrade scripts can be achieved by prevent all the user interactions.
An example command to perform JTS upgrade by suppressing all the user interactions:
However, vvc_upgrade.bat, dm_upgrade.bat, and relm_upgrade.bat don't support the noEditor option.Therefore, running these three upgrade batch files still require manual user interaction.
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There are some new videos published to the IBM
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There are three new videos from Rational Support that have been published to IBM Education Assistant and YouTube. Below is a list of helpful videos for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Rational Licensing.
These videos are available on the IBM Rational Deploy, IBM Rational User Education, and IBM Rational Support YouTube channels. Subscribe to them to stay up to date on the latest videos! Here is a look at one of the CLM videos:
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WHAT COMPELS AN IBM PARTNER TO PUT SUCH A MAGNITUDE OF TRUST IN IBM RATIONAL AVP?
One of IBM’s largest competitors is also one of IBM's most important business partners for software and systems. This Consulting Firm’s goal is to standardize how they approach software delivery for their clients. They consider Rational to be a good technology fit in this area, so they have made the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution and other Rational products the critical foundation of their software delivery process. This is a clear endorsement of IBM Rational products and strategy by one of the world’s leading companies.
Since 2007, this Consulting Firm has also invested in a successfully evolving partnership with the experienced Rational Accelerated Value Program (AVP) team. AVP is Predictive, Preemptive and Proactive - bringing fast ROI for Rational Software clients across the globe. Consulting Firm relies on their AVP team for advice on their overall software deployment strategy, guidance on successful roll out of Rational tools, and the management of expedited resolution for cost-inducing software issues. The client considers the AVP team to be a high value extension of their own teams and have granted access to several of their internal systems and environments to make collaboration and troubleshooting easier- showing ultimate trust with IBM AVP.
The flexibility and personalization of the Accelerated Value Program has meant that the service continuously adapts to align with Consulting Firm's needs, so it is no surprise that the by the end of their current contract they will have been a AVP client for a full decade! AVP’s comprehensive knowledge of their customer’s business goals, ecosystem and topology helps ensure that the team is well positioned to dynamically respond to changing business conditions, partnering for continued success.
EXAMPLES OF HOW CONSULTING FIRM’S BUSINESS WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPACTED WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE OF THE EXPERIENCED RATIONAL ACCELERATED VALUE PROGRAM TEAM
2. Working with IBM Level 2 support and IBM Development, the AVP team arranged for the delivery of more than 20 hotfixes for Consulting Firm's CLM deployments in 2013. Without these hotfixes Consulting Firm would have had to upgrade all 1000+ of their CLM deployments to each quarterly release. Avoiding 5 additional upgrades saved Consulting Firm $3.08 million (1000 deployments X 8 hours per upgrade X 5 upgrades X $77/hr FTE cost).
OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE AVP TEAM HAS COLLABORATED ON SEVERAL WINS WITH CONSULTING FIRM’S STAKEHOLDERS. READ JUST SOME OF THE IMPRESSIVE AVP ACHIEVEMENTS BELOW:
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE CONSULTING FIRM’S AVP PARTNERSHIP IN THE FUTURE?
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CLM License Server idle standby deployment with CLM Licenses on 2 servers (Primary and Backup).
An AVP customer’s Rational Software migration program is seriously threatened until Rational Accelerated Value steps in to turn it around!
An AVP customer’s Rational Software migration program is seriously threatened until Rational Accelerated Value steps in to turn it around!
The Challenge: IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) is mission critical for this mobile device company, but repeated Jazz Team Server (JTS) crashes jeopardized product reputation to the point that frustrated users were ready to throw out the tool. IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is this company’s central CLM offering, serving thousands of R&D users, from Asia to the US. This client typically deploys the latest CLM release 1-2 months after GA. The fully virtualized environment, which also includes Insight, is hosted and operated in Europe, by a team of four. Two IBM Accelerated Value Leaders and one IBM Accelerated Value Specialists cover the client’s CLM usage in Europe, and work closely with the local team.
Following the phone maker's recent migration of a large RequisitePro baseline to the RRC server, the JTS server had experienced a very high CPU load, caused by RRC views which had been migrated from ReqPro. To temporarily rectify this problem, the client had to continually restart JTS several times a week. On further investigation, the root cause was found to be an RRC product defect, whereby the RRC views were generating a Jena query service in the JTS server which was not terminating in a timely fashion.
As a consequence of the perceived RRC system instability, the telecom company’s R&D design units ceased further migrations, and laid down a short deadline challenge to IBM to find a resolution.
CLM Development wanted to have the CLM tools ready and did not want to risk modifying or adding any new features as this may have caused a delay in the release date of the CLM new version.
The client’s AVP team leveraged its relationships with key IBM specialist teams and engaged CLM L3/IBM Development to participate in regular status update calls about the issue. AVP was able to put the client's case forward to gain agreement from IBM Development that a testfix should be prioritized and made available within the client's deadline. Without AVP intervention, this fix would not have been available within the time frames critical for this client’s product delivery commitments.
By helping to expedite the testfix, the IBM Rational AVP team was able to assist the client’s CLM administrators with providing the solution to the end users, reopening the channels for the client's planned migrations.
Remaining a market leader in the global mobile device race is a brutal quest and the top position goes to the company executing flawlessly. With a $MB market at stake the value of an on time delivery is almost priceless. This client’s Tangible ROI from AVP: Incalculable
Want to know more? Ask us how we did that at:
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There are some new videos available for the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products. Two of the topics are the integration of the Data Collection Component into Rational Insight and in the installation of the V5.0 Jazz Reporting Service. There is another video that focuses on exporting and importing system definitions with enterprise edition of Rational Team Concert (RTC), a method you can use to provide system information to Rational Support. Thank you to support engineers Ben Silverman and Olivier Gauneau for creating the videos.
Here is a look at one of the videos:
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While using IBM WAS as an application server, there might be a need to understand certain artifacts here.
This helps in understanding the internal behavior and identifying the components in IBM WAS.
When you use the Administrative console to configure IBM WebSphere, certain XML files are updated internally. Here are the details:
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There are videos available for IBM Rational Insight that show you the various tasks behind configuring ETL data collection for the Rational Collaborative Lifecylcle Management (CLM) solution. There are three videos available on IBM
Thank you to Jeff for his work on this video!
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Consider this scenario: An Analyst removed and deleted certain artifacts within a IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) module. These artifacts were linked to IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) work items.
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While I am writing this note, there have been just a few instances where Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) users have faced the issue below. This note is to gather the set of data required for investigations involved in specific situations, as this. I intend to write more notes on this line, which I expect would help users to send to support.
One of the user ID throws errors when trying to access URL for both the CCM & QM applications, but works just fine for JTS. This user ID has been assigned licenses - RQM Quality Profession Floating & RTC Developer Floating. However, it is not checked in both the CCM & QM servers but is checked on the JTS for the license.
Have you pulled together your platform upgrade plans for 2014? Do you know if your IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) environment will be supported on the platforms you plan on upgrading?
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We're always working to bring you deeper value to the products you use. From our support perspective, this doesn't just mean troubleshooting tips or solutions to errors. It also means larger implementation content and best practices! Helping you avoid issues by highlighting best practices before trouble is seen is just another of those ways we help make sure you are as successful with these products as you need to be! That's exactly why we bring you this periodic series of roll-ups from our developerWorks Rational community and libraries... that in mind, here's the past few weeks' articles that went live on developerWorks Rational:
What's new in Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters
What's new in Rational Software Architect and Design Manager
Top 10 modeling hints: #4 Design patterns reuse proven solutions
IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition extends the IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) with integrations to select third-party tools. These adapters also provide integrations for Rational ClearQuest. The Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition enables you to continue using your existing lifecycle tools and benefit from the many capabilities found in the Rational solution for CLM products.
Monica Luke lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area. With more than 20 years experience in software engineering, she joined IBM Rational software 10 years ago in the test organization. During her 17 years as a test automation engineer and architect, she has repeatedly tackled the tough problems of building test automation solutions through frameworks that last and build triggered test solutions for complete lights-out testing. Testing and test automation remain a passion, and that has led Monica to move into the product management organization, where she has the opportunity to tackle these tough problems in the testing tools. Monica currently spends a lot of her time thinking about the challenges of Continuous Testing. Using an outside-in scenario design approach, Monica is happily influencing the next wave of Rational testing tools.
Visit Monica's developerWorks profile: http
Read all of Monica's developerWorks content: http
New DevOps events
The agile architect
Go agile to deliver SAP enhancements
Mobile development and continuous software delivery
IBM Rational DOORS getting started
Simplify integration testing with Rational Integration Tester
Extend IBM Rational Test Lab Manager for test asset management
Top 10 modeling hints: #5 Only 4 (+1) diagrams are required
Create custom reports with BIRT and Rational Team Concert
Create high quality code with IDEs
Top 10 modeling hints: #6 Model-based hand offs preserve fidelity
Another featured download:
IBM Rational DOORS
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There is a new video for the CLM products Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer. The video demonstrations how you can gather and send diagnostic logs to support using IBM Support Assistent Lite. The video is available on IBM
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.
Find more great education modules here.
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IBM Rational Team Concert: Accelerated Overview- This video provides an overview of the Rational Team Concert, which provides agile teams with a highly collaborative development environment. More info
IBM Rational Team Concert Planning: Accelerated Overview- This video provides an overview of the Rational Team Concert planning. More info
IBM Rational Team Concert Build Management: Accelerated Overview- This video provides an overview of the Rational Team Concert build management. More info
IBM Jazz Source Control: Accelerated Overview- This video provides an overview of Jazz source control, which manages the source code, documents, and other artifacts that a team creates. More info
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Our Jazz.net authors have been quite productive recently writing and publishing a slew of blog posts on the topics of DevOps and Continuous Delivery. Check out a selection of posts below from the subject matter experts themselves as they discuss deep technical topics that can help you improve your own release cycles, performance, and efficiency in deployments!
DevOps Culture - Retrospectives and continuous improvement- In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project we have declared three imperatives for improvement in order to increase our agility with a goal of continuous delivery: culture, process, and tools. Of these three things, culture is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to change because it’s less tangible than processes and tools and because culture is often deeply ingrained in an organization and a team. Consequently, cultural changes can take a long time to implement. This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll discuss some of the important cultural issues and changes that we’ve tackled in the CLM project.
DevOps for Dummies now available!-You have probably heard about DevOps but you want to cut through the hype and understand more about this approach. That is the genesis of DevOps for Dummies, authored by IBM’s Sanjeev Sharma. It is written to appeal to both practitioners and managers and to show you how you can apply a new DevOps approach to more rapidly deliver innovative applications and services that solve real business problems.
Rapid build deployment using IBM UrbanCode Deploy- Previously I have focused on build performance in posts like Speeding up the pipeline by slowing down builds and Rethinking personal builds, but there is a lot more to a continuous delivery pipeline than build times. Once a build produces artifacts, you need to do something with them. Often the next step is to install the product onto a machine for either testing or production use. The installation is typically a process such as copying a zip to a machine and unzipping it or running an install program, but can sometimes be more complicated when special configuration is required. Below I describe how we have started using IBM UrbanCode Deploy to allow builds to easily and automatically install, configure and invoke server applications onto machines in the cloud before an application installer has even been created.
Working towards continuous deployment in Jazz.net- I have worked for IBM for about 20 years, moving back and forth between development, customer support and IT operations roles. Working in these different roles helped give me perspective for my current role as the manager for Jazz Continuous Deployments/DevOps. In this role I am responsible for ensuring that our multiple staging and self-hosting environments are stable and always using the latest driver or sprint of the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products. We are not yet at the point where we can automatically deploy a new driver daily to production, but we are working towards that goal.
Unify your test automation for continuous delivery- This is the second article about testing in our Continuous Delivery series to share practices we have adopted in our own development team within Rational Team Concert (RTC). The presented techniques are used to control software evolution and to improve the quality of our code base. Since there is a variety of IBM and open source tools we are using, we focus here on the practices and techniques rather than on particular tools.
CLM Continuous Deployment Pipeline: Reporting on the state of affairs-The following is the third posting in my Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) Continuous Deployment series of blogs on Jazz.net. The earlier two blogs can be found at Improving throughput in the deployment pipeline and Behind the scenes of the CLM Continuous Deployment pipeline. In Behind the scenes of the CLM Continuous Deployment pipeline, I had mentioned a mechanism we have developed on the Jazz Collaborative ALM project to gather progress and status data of phases that make up our deployment and test execution pipeline. In this post, I will show you how we use the gathered data for reporting on the overall state of the pipeline and narrow down on the root causes upon its failure. Additionally, the data allows us to create trend reports that help us assess the overall quality of our builds, tests and product code over a period of time.
From ‘use what we sell’ to ‘practice what we preach’- This is part three in our blog series describing the transformation of our internal ALM development organization toward a Continuous Delivery model. In this series, we describe the motivations behind adoption of a Continuous Delivery model and the many challenges we faced as we embarked on this transformation from both the planning and execution perspectives.
Role of the run team in our Continuous Delivery process- I am one of the developers in the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project contributing to the Tracking and Planning (TAP) functionality of Rational Team Concert (RTC). I have been part of the TAP team from last four years and involved in delivering RTC in longer and shorter release cycles. You would have read posts written by my colleagues on how we changed our processes and organized our teams for adapting to the Continuous Delivery lifecycle. This blog is the continuation to these posts, in which I’ll be talking about the "Run Team" and its necessity and role in delivering quality values to our product. We have been running the Run Team from the last four releases (since 4.0.1) and I was part of the team for three releases and led the team during two releases.
Rational Team Concert source control makes continuous delivery easier- Rational Team Concert (RTC) has started releasing quarterly. Since large features rarely fit into such short cycles, we’re making heavy use of RTC’s branching and merging functionality. That could result in merge hell, but it doesn’t. This post will give you an idea of how the RTC team uses our own source control management system, and show how its design helps large teams maintain many branches without nightmarish merging.
How does Rational ‘do Continuous Delivery?’- This is part two in our blog series describing the transformation of our internal ALM development organization toward a Continuous Delivery model. In this series, we describe the motivations behind adoption of a Continuous Delivery model and the many challenges we faced as we embarked on this transformation from both the planning and execution perspectives.
Organizing our teams for Continuous Delivery- You may have been reading the blog posts of my colleagues around continuous delivery including the motivation behind it, our focus areas as we transformed from annual to quarterly releases, and some process improvements that we implemented. Continuing this theme, in this blog I’ll write about one of the most dramatic changes that we underwent as a development team to support continuous delivery - the restructuring of the team itself into a new avatar that we like to believe is more agile and more user focused than it was earlier.
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Darrel Rader, a technical skills and development leader in IBM Rational has built this amazingly short (only 6 slides!) but robust presentation on slideshare.net to help explain what learning circles are:
Now that you know what a learning circle is, did you know we've got five of them currently rolled out (with more to come)? Check out the great learning circles below, choose one, and dive in! These learning circles focus on aspects of the product and application lifecycle:
Because you may not have time to browse all the resources and mingle with other learners in one sitting, learning circles help you create your own personal roadmaps, your pathways through the resources.
You can check off items as you complete them, break away whenever you need to, and easily return anytime. No guesswork; no wasted time trying to recreate where you were.
You can keep your progress confidential, of course. But you also have the option of easily sharing your progress with a mentor, your manager, or your team so you can all progress together.
Don't forget to keep and eye on our developerWorks Learning Circles page to see when new circles are added!
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Use IBM Support Assistant Lite to gather and send CLM V4.0 logs- This video demonstrations how to use IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISA Lite) to collect IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) V4.0 logs and send them to IBM support for troubleshooting.