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There are some new videos published to the IBM
Rational Performance Tester
Rational Team Concert
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If you’re a developer in a shop that uses Rational ClearCase and Unified Change Management (CC UCM), you understand why our source code management solution is needed to manage your build dependencies and complex components. As your environment grows with thousands of dependencies, performance in your environment is critical. This is one of the many reasons why customers engage the IBM Rational Accelerated Value Team.
In these complex customer environments, speedy execution can fall victim to many things, including the size and complexity of the global software development project teams, network infrastructure, enterprise storage, and not following best practices.
A semiconductor and telecommunications company employs thousands of software developers in more than 150 offices spread across dozens of countries and myriad time zones. Their CC UCM environment is one of the largest in the world and as a result, maintaining acceptable levels of performance was a challenge. It wasn’t until their AVP team members met with the Semiconductor Company’s chip design and engineering leads that they began to measure exactly how their erratic UCM performance was negatively impacting many of the Semiconductor Company’s users.
CC UCM processes like rebase, make baseline, and make stream are critical tasks that are done one or more times daily by every member of the software development team. The use of these ClearCase commands help streamline the delivery and tracks the dependencies of components and prior deliveries. Operations like rebase were taking some teams 20+ minutes to execute, and in a typical week, the developers in one of this client’s large project team rebased 994 times consuming 331 man hours. Adding to their frustrations, mkbl (make baseline) and mkstream (make stream) had similar performance challenges but had larger impact to the development team in terms of lost productivity.
With performance data in hand, the AVP team collaborated with key ClearCase development resources to pinpoint the root cause and develop a solution. A promising performance enhancement showed a 35% cycle improvement in the IBM lab’s test environment. With good initial results in hand an enterprise quality solution was delivered to the Semiconductor Company within a couple of months. When tested in the client’s environment with their high speed storage and network environment, the performance enhancement delivered a whopping 90% reduction in cycle time – from 20+ minutes down to 2 minutes!
In a typical week, a single Semiconductor Company development team executes the following activities:
Assuming this team’s activity is just 10% of the total UCM operations executed each week by the company’s global development team, the enhanced productivity is worth some $20M.
Annual AVP contract cost: $208,000
Tangible ROI: Incalculable!
Important note: AVP clients benefit from being the first recipients of software improvements driven by these extended IBM team collaborations, but those with wide applicability are then made GA (generally available). The performance enhancement that resulted from this effort is now available to all ClearCase UCM customers. While the Semiconductor Company’s particular development process resulted in the spectacular 90% productivity gains other customers average 35% – which is significant! In today’s brutally competitive marketplace a software enhancement that results in productivity increases is immensely valuable. What can AVP do to help increase your productivity?
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There is a collection of videos for IBM UrbanCode Deploy, IBM UrbanCode Release, and IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational. There are videos that were first made available on the IBM Rational User Education YouTube channel.
Here is where you can find the landing page for each product in IBM Education Assistant:
The videos are still available on YouTube, as you can see in the example below. However, now you have the option to steam and download the video from IBM.com.
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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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In this season of The Newsroom a USB drive retrieved from a toilet tank (really?!) is used by an investigative journalist to download thousands of stolen confidential documents to a single air gapped computer. The illicit information blooms across the screen and the leaked documents reveal espionage.
Accelerated Value Program
The Defense Company’s initial vision was to have set of ‘golden’ images for their Rational tools that could be electronically distributed to users in any environment. Because Rational Team Concert (RTC) is the keystone to team collaboration, it made sense to make that the top priority and an open-area replica environment was created to facilitate integration testing and troubleshooting.
The Rational AVP and DevOps Impact
What next for Defense Company?
Rational AVP is a critical partner for Defense Company in helping to gain maximum value from its Rational software which helps the client to reduce costs, and accelerate productivity!
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Rational AVP Assisted Focus Areas and Achievements
Rational Build Forge / RAF – Credit Union Automatic Deployment Services
How is Credit Union using Rational Automation Framework?
Example of how Rational AVP contributed to a client goal/challenge
What does this mean for the client?
Team of 10 doing 100 WAS deployments/year = $616K Savings
Credit Union’s Annual Rational AVP Contract $178,000
Credit Union’s ROI = 3.46X for this single, critical process automation!
What does RAF provide to Credit Union?
Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program:
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Having an issue with your software? Do you want to provide feedback? How about staying up to date on the latest content for your product? You have a variety of support services and tools from which you can choose!
As a new member of Rational Client Support or an existing one looking for a refresher, it is helpful to know where to go when you have a particular question, problem or goal. We have pulled together a series of videos that help you with that.
The videos, which you can find collected here, provide information on Rational Client Support services and IBM Support services in general. The videos provide an overview of the service or information on getting started. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Here is one of these videos from the Rational Client Support YouTube channel that demonstrates how to log into the IBM Rational License Key Center:
There might be some additional videos added to the list over time. So, keep this page bookmarked and keep it in mind when you are curious about our support and services.
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October 29 marks a new look for questions and answers about IBM Bluemix and the Rational SaaS services, on the dW Answer forum. The underlying software steps up from OSQA (open-source question & answer) to AnswerHub, a full-featured commercial version of the same platform.
Both OSQA and AnswerHub are developed by DZone, so the change is more upgrade than migration. The dW Answer team worked hard to make the new platform look and feel familiar to existing users, with extensive input from Rational Support and other stakeholders. Katie Meyer's developerWorks blog gives you the scoop on what changes and what stays the same. Bottom line: you should continue to feel at home here.
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