The fine folks on Jazz.net have recently published a new workshop and labs to guide you through Process Enactment Workshop for the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management 2012!
This self-guided workshop will walk you through process enactment in Rational Team Concert including the interaction between RTC and Rational Method composer, as well as describing the process to your team members.
The workshop also contains labs around the following topics to help you learn by doing:
- Lab 1: Set Up the Process Enactment Environment
Lab 2: Understand the Process Development Lifecycle
Lab 3: Configuring Work Items
Lab 4: Work Item Customization
So why not take this opportunity to build your personal knowledge base and become even more familiar with process enactment for CLM by clicking over to Jazz.net and starting this new workshop and associated labs. You'll be glad you did!
If you haven't seen the Jazz.net Library recently, here's some of the great stuff you've missed this year alone! Want to go even one better, though, and get this great content delivered to you immediately when it is published? Just use the RSS feed in your favourite reader and never miss an update again!
When we think of the phrase "Social Support" one of the common images is likely of "@comcastcares" and their breakthrough efforts at turning client perception from heavily negative to the positive through their twitter account and addressing client complaints. Other more broad views may simply be of companies engaging with clients in spaces like Facebook or Twitter... but that view, dear friends, misses a huge area of social support which has existed long before these new social media channels: Forums.
Without losing site of the work we do in the newer social channels, we also want to ensure you don't forget about some of the most effective community based channels out there surrounding Rational products and topics. Finding answers from previous questions, or even direct community based help with your own specific question can be a great way to leverage the collective wisdom, but even better is when you can join in the conversations and share your own expertise to help others.
IBM hosted RFE Community on developerWorks: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/ Jazz.net Forums
boast an all new Forum with a Q&A model, voting on answers, flexible tagging, badges, and user reputation: https://jazz.net/forum
Rational tagged questions: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/rational
Global Rational User Community's
While the above are great resources for truly social support with clients and IBMers alike all participating, we also recognize that this isn't a complete list of all the forums out there. Is your favourite one missing? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list! Or, do you have some other favourite method for finding answers or sharing answers which we haven't touched on? We'd love to hear about those as well!
Lastly, one more call to action on this think Friday: take some time to think about not only how you get answers to questions currently, but how you'd like to find answers in the future... direct interaction? Self help? Community driven conversation? Something else? As you think about this I promise we, in Rational Support, will be doing the same thing and working to further enhance our own support delivery as well.
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The team over on Jazz.net is very pleased to announce the new IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery (SCCD) project! IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery is an agile, scalable and flexible solution for end-to-end lifecycle management and automation, creating an environment that takes collaboration between Development and Operation teams to the next level.
Check out the video below for a great overview of this emerging solution:
IBM Smart Cloud Continuous Delivery Overview- In this video, Bill Higgins of IBM Smart Cloud and DevOps, provides an overview of the IBM Smart Cloud Continuous Delivery offering on jazz.net.
Interested in MORE? I know you are! Check out the Jazz.net blog post on this topic for even deeper insight!
You know, even machines need a break now and again. This weekend our jazz.net servers will get much deserved holiday for 36 hours.
If you're a Jazz.net member we trust you've already received communications regarding this planned outage. If you've not, you may want to take a moment to read over the following information so you are prepared for this weekend's pending scheduled outage.
When: From Saturday September 8th, 2012 12:01am until Sunday September 9th 11:59am (a duration of 36 hours)
What: All services hosted on jazz.net domain will be unavailable
What actions are required by users of jazz.net?
There are no mandatory actions required for consumers of jazz.net or CLM services. However, we recommend the following:
- Prepare and schedule your activities around the scheduled unavailability of services
- Synchronize all your work spaces with the server
- Plan to shut down all the build engines by the time when the maintenance is scheduled to start.
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The Jazz Plan Jam is an online session for clients, Business Partnerss and IBMers to propose and vote on ideas to improve Jazz based products. Voting starts May 30 and runs through June 6. You can find more details about this jam in Carolyn Pampino's blog post on Jazz.net here!
You, yes you, influence what’s NEXT for CLM!
Our developers worked hard at improving the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products at Jazz.net. We're "jazzed" about the new capabilities being explored, and hope you are equally excited in what you see. But we're already starting to ask, "What's next?"... And that's where you come in. This year we are taking a new approach to our planning cycle by inviting you to an online Jam session.
Yesterday, we kicked off the first ever Jazz Plan Jam. During this Jam session, you can propose and vote for ideas to improve the Jazz based products. The amount of time you spend is up to you -- check in periodically, vote for new ideas, and offer comments to existing ones. You can even subscribe to follow ideas that interest you most. It's not too late... The Jam runs until June 6th!
To learn more and to participate in the Jam, please visit jazz.net/jam. The Jazz Plan Jam is brought to you in part by our friends at developerWorks and the Agile Transformation community. The community is a great place to learn about agile software development. Get the latest news and discussions; or connect with experts and enthusiasts by joining the community.
We are looking forward to the results of voting on the new ideas coming forward!
Did you hear the news last week?
The Jazz.net and Rational Integrations Gearbox teams have joined forces to bring you a brilliant new way to discover if an integration exists for the products you use.
Introducing the Integrations Directory: https://jazz.net/extend/integrations/
Head on over there now to begin exploring the world of integrations options for the products you already own, or to find integrations with products you may want to learn more about and implement in the future. Not ready to explore yet or want more information? No worries, head on over to the Jazz.net team blog announcement for some screen shots and quick walk through of how the directory works.
Over on the Jazz.net team blog, you'll find the bullet points below, presented to help you know what to expect:
- Content refreshes on a regular basis, and we’re constantly adding more, so over the course of the next few days you should see the list of integrations grow.
- Right now, the listed integrations are focused on Jazz based products integrating with other Rational products and 3rd Party products. We’re in the process of phasing in all integrations across the Rational brand, as well as Rational integrations with other IBM Software Group brands.
- The integrations listed cover solutions built by Rational Development, and Services, as well as our Business Partners.
- Over the course of this roll-out, the other pages on Jazz.net that list integrations will begin to point or redirect to this new page.
- Don’t see an integration you’re looking for? Feel free to request it directly from the directory results view, or, submit the request directly here.
But don't take our word for it... head over to the the Integrations Directory now and see how cool it is for yourself!
While developerWorks Rational is the key place for so many great articles, demos, and other content, did you know there's other spaces out there also providing some amazing content from a usage/support/post-sales level? Yes? No? Well, let me round up some of the recent bits you may or may not have seen recently and help you dig in even deeper...
From our Jazz.net library feed:
Automated Build Output Management Using the Plain Java Client Libraries: Rational Team Concert (RTC) and the Jazz Build Engine (JBE) provide continuous integration through build and build result publishing. The build results are part of the Jazz object model and are tightly integrated into the development workflow... Dynamically changing an attribute to ReadOnly in Rational Team Concert: When an attribute is set to ReadOnly, it is read only across all the states of the work item. If you have a requirement that the attribute has to be read only in specific states, there is no out of the box feature to get it... Integrating your test tools with IBM Rational Quality Manager using the command-line adapter: Many teams have their own custom testing tools that meet the specific needs of their group. At the same time they would like to use the numerous features provided by IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM) to increase the productivity of the testing team... Timelines and Iterations in Rational Quality Manager: In prior releases of Quality Manager, a test schedule consisted of a list of milestones that were specific to a given test plan. If two individual test plans wanted to share a common schedule the set of milestones...
From the C/C++ Cafe:
April 2012 for XL C/C++ for AIX, V11.1 PTFs Released: The April 2012 Compiler PTFs for XL C/C++ for AIX, V11.1 are now available at the following links and on Fix Central: April 2012 PTF for XL C for AIX, V11.1 April 2012 PTF for XL C/C++... Inline asm: manually encoding instructions: The basic premise of inline asm is to be able to write assembly code within your C or C++ program (using asm operands to connect the asm code to the parent program), delegate the translation of that assembly to the compiler and/or the system assembler, and...
From Kevin Grigorenko's Websphere SWAT blog:
MAT OQL: Selecting information from static class instances: I couldn't find a better way to select attributes of a static class instance. Using classof() doesn't help because there could be zero instances of a class. The following example checks if the JVM is a z/OS control region. The trailing space character within... How the JVM MBean dumpThreads method works: WAS exposes a JVM MBean for each process that has methods to create thread dumps, heap dumps, and system dumps. For example... Upcoming Presentation on May 1st: Deep Dive into IBM Java Health Center: I'll be presenting a WebSphere Technical Exchange on May 1st @ 11AM Eastern . The topic will be a deep dive on IBM Java Health Center, primarily around its low-overhead, production-ready profiling capabilities to understand CPU issues on IBM JVMs...
From the EGL blog:
EGL Web Developer Tools 0.8 is now available: For those of you who are following the EGL open source project on Eclipse (you may have read about it in an earlier EGL Cafe blog The open era for EGL begins today ), we're excited to announce the availability of our second incubator release, EGL Web Developer... Headless Hint: Start Automated Build With Empty Workspace: If you are creating an automated build process for an EGL application, you will want the build to start with an empty workspace and load the application source files from the latest committed changes in the Source Control Manager repository. This example...
From the Rational Business Partner blog:
IBM Rational Enablement Fridays Call Series - updated schedule: The IBM Rational Enablement Fridays Call Series is a great way to spend an hour enabling yourself on an individual topic of interest. The "virtual live" format allows you to interact with Rational SMEs during an interactive question-and-answer dialogue....
And lastly, here's a great tip from our friends over at Information Management Support:
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Many of you (our CLM and Insight clients) have requested this information and we are now pleased to announce the CLM jazz.net Information Center contains great detailed information about the Reporting Data Dictionaries data model, thanks to great collaborative efforts between our clients, support, development, and information developers! So, today we can announce that we've published the first iteration of these documentation improvements at:
Here's a quick excerpt to really whet your appetite....
Reporting data dictionaries
"Report authors can access the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) data warehouse via a Framework Manager (FM) model or access live data from the applications using reportable REST APIs. The application-based data dictionaries in this section show how elements in the FM model and in the REST API map to artifacts in CLM.
CLM includes a data warehouse, to which each of the CLM applications contribute data. The data dictionary topics in this section detail the relationship between application-specific data (physical data related to artifacts and other elements in CLM applications) and the related queries that need to be incorporated into a report so that the desired application data appears in the report ouput. When authoring reports, you can reference these mappings to determine which queries to use."
And while you're at it, don't miss Seth Packham's blog post covering "More CLM 2012 beta videos: Clustering, installation, scriptable setup, express setup, process editing and more" on the Jazz.net blog!
Need a slower start to your Monday morning routine? How about grabbing a cup of coffee and settle in for 17 minutes (8.5 minutes each) and watch these two new videos from the fine folk at Jazz.net:
Design Management 4.0 M7 Model Validation Part 2- This video will help you to see how to define validation constraints on models. This is part 2 of 2: