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A new IBM Rational license key administration and reporting tool is currently under development and will be showcased at both VoiCE and Innovate this year!
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Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. These are the top content reused during April to help solve your Rational Focal Point, Rational Change, Rational Team Concert, or Rational Quality Manager issues. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
Rational Team Concert:
Rational Quality Manager:
Rational Focal Point:
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I'm pleased to announce a virtual opportunity to 'Jam' (collaborate and share feedback) on two topics: DevOps and your information experience with IBM Rational Products. This Information Experience Jam started this week, continues until May 24th, and does not require a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA).
Here's your call to ACTION!
Please register for the Information Experience Jam (if you have not already) and join in the discussions at the following link:
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If you have any questions, please contact the VoiCE team at voic
This Jam is an extension to the Orlando VoiCE taking place on June 2nd. Whether or not you are attending the face-to-face event, I welcome you to participate in this virtual event spanning a select set of topics spanning the Rational portfolio.
We look forward to jamming with you!
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As we're knee-deep in preparations for Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit, we're still committed to getting you the best information we can to help you be successful with our products an in your daily work. To that end, here's the articles, featured downloads and upcoming webcasts that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Plan and design for product variants for long-term success
Server-side mobile application development with IBM MobileFirst, Part 2
Manually merge Rational Functional Tester scripts into an existing automation suite
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Webcast Tomorrow May 17: Requirements reuse in DOORS: http
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The Innovate SmartSite Is Live!
Stay Ahead: The Game
Innovate on SlideShare
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Prevent Defects and Delays: Analyze Your DOORS v9.x Requirements, Part 1- with Michelle Specht, WorldWide GTM Manager, Systems Communities, IBM Rational Software.
Prevent Defects and Delays: Analyze Your DOORS v9.x Requirements, Part 2- with Michelle Specht, WorldWide GTM Manager, Systems Communities, IBM Rational Software.
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Hot off the presses once again, here are the top twenty technotes used by our Support Engineers to help assist you with your reported PMRs in April 2013:
Stay tuned for more product specific lists for RTC, RQM, Focal Point, and Change!
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Here is a great tip and trick to find help directly on your local system!
Various Ways of Deploying and Using IBM Rational Product Help Software- This video contains information about how to use IBM Rational Help systems. The Help can be deployed and used locally, through an internal company intranet, or streamed over the web.
There are new videos available on IBM Education Assistant for Rational. First, there is a new video about license activation kits for Rational SDP products. Secondly, there is a video for Rational DOORS that covers database logging on Windows. The DOORS video is also available on the 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.
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We keep plugging away and building great new articles and content to share and help you gain the most benefit from your Rational products... here's what went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Agile embedded product-line development with Rational Team Concert
Server-side mobile app development with IBM MobileFirst
Rational software demos to suit your learning style
How to produce a simple report in Rational Publishing Engine 1.2
Introduction to IBM Rational Publishing Engine for beginners
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Get them while they're hot! The latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since April 19th; 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:
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Join Jumpstart at Innovate 2013 in Orlando, FL June 2-6- Innovate 2013, The IBM Technical Summit is just around the corner. Rosa Naranjo be there this year delivering two talks in the Requirements Management and Rational Deployment for Administrators track. Most of her Jazz Jumpstart colleagues will also be there delivering timely topics and workshops ranging from Customizing RTC to Jazz HA/DR Best Practices to Maximizing Jazz Performance. Read on for a handy table you can use to find our sessions.
JazzPractices at Innovate 2013- Jim Ruehlin will be attending the IBM Rational Innovate conference this year and leading the Process Enactment Workshop. If you’re going to Innovate, consider attending WKSHP-1116, the Process Enactment Workshop. He’ll be delivering it with his co-creators Ralph Schoon andJorge Diaz Garcia on Tuesday afternoon.
If you aren't following either of these blogs above (or in the list below) but are interested in Jazz and CLM products, solutions, and best practices... now's the time to plug these in to your favourite RSS reader and stay up to date with them!
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You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made at
The ability to move single atoms - the smallest particles of any element in the universe - is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at
Today, it takes roughly one million atoms to store a single bit of data on a computer or electronic device. A bit is the basic unit of information in computing that can have only one of two values, one or zero. Eight bits form a byte. Recently, IBM Research announced it can now store that same bit of information in just 12 atoms.
From 1,000,000 to 12 - that’s a dramatic breakthrough that not only has the potential to make our computers and devices smaller and more powerful, but also holds enormous implications for the way entire industries operate.
The world's smallest movie set:
Learn more at: http
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CLM 2012 Deployment Guide: http
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It's been a bit since we last shared the wonderful content coming out of developerWorks. But have no fear, we're back with a sizable list of amazing articles to help you! So, without further delay, the following items went live on developerWorks Rational recently:
Integrate Rational Focal Point with Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications
Reporting on related Collaborative Lifecycle Management work items
Blog post - Try before you buy: 3 ways to try Rational software
Tips for using the Load Generation Agent in performance testing
Using engine room and kernel IO data in performance test analysis
Debug entry control blocks created by custom communication packages on z/TPF
Improve server response time for populating list box values
Configure the Lifecycle Query Engine to improve queries
Develop applications in the cloud using Rational IDE software
Be smart with virtualization, Part 1
Access your private infrastructure securely from a public cloud environment
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If you haven't yet, you need to check out this link: http
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.
The Software Product Compatibility Reports tool is available for you today at: http
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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:
In this video below from the playlist is a
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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.
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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 Test Workbench Mobile Tester (version 8.5. Beta 2)- The mobile test capabilities of IBM Rational Test Workbench automate the creation, execution, and analysis of functional tests for mobile and web-based applications. [Read More]
Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management Traceability Templates with Rational Publishing Engine- This article and the accompanying Rational Publishing Engine templates describe at a high level the required template elements and the configuration of those elements for traversing Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) traceability links in a report document produced by Rational Publishing Engine. [Read More]
Workarounds: Jazz Team Server problems in the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.2- This article lists the known problems, workarounds, and limitations related to the Jazz Team Server functionality in the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.2 release. [Read More]
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]
Using IBM Rational Team Concert with HP ALM- This video demonstrates how users of IBM Rational Team Concert can integrate their HP ALM work by using the IBM Rational Lifecycle Adapter for HP Application Lifecycle Management, or HP ALM. [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]
Rational Requirements Management 4.0.1 sizing and tuning guide- This document covers the results of the scalability and performance tests conducted in a RRC-only deployment. Scalability results may vary when introducing other CLM applications. [Read More]
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Do you love the videos from IBM Education Assistant, but are only interested in certain products?
Then you'll be happy to hear that as of May 1st all IBM Education Assistant information will be posted on product-specific and brand-specific Twitter feeds and Facebook pages.
Check the lsits below and follow the ones you're interested in!
Twitter accounts list: htt
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Here are eight great reasons from our friends at the Innovate blog showing you why you should attend Innovate 2013:
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 regi
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High-Level Usability of IBM Rational Requirements Management Application, Part 1- In this video, IBM Rational Client Technical Specialist Jon Walton walks you through the high-level usability of the IBM Rational Requirements Management application, including the Requirements Composer and DOORS Next Generation products.
High-Level Use of IBM Rational Requirements Management (RM) Application, Part 2- In this video, IBM Rational Client Technical Specialist Jon Walton walks you through the high-level usability of the IBM Rational Requirements Management application, including the Requirements Composer and DOORS Next Generation products.
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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:
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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:
This capability has not yet been implemented and as such it is not yet possible to make the 'Links' attribute as required in RTC. There has, however, been a Request For Enhancement (RFE) raised against this, visible at the jazz.net work item link:
Need (or want) even better insights into the RTC tool and development structure? Start at the dashboard here and learn about the development plans, roadmaps, and ongoing work to improve RTC and Jazz!
Author: Sumant Renukarya
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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
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.
Broadcast date: April 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / 4:00 p.m. BST
Developed for: Application programmers and managers; system programmers; operations managers
Join us after the webcast for a live question-and-answer session. The webcast will also be available for replay after the event.
Register now: http
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Preconditions and follow-up actions in Rational Quality Manager- Watch how team members work with preconditions and follow-up actions in Rational Quality Manager web UI.
Jazz LICENSING : Exploring Rational Team Concert
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:
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.
Role-based client access licenses:
Configuration Management application.
Functional user licenses:
Developer Client Access Licenses:
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
Author: Saurabh Tyagi
Author: Saurabh Tyagi
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:
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Rational Test Workbench Licensing Overview
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 Panel is 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 Tester is 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.