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The folks over at Jazz.net have been busy this month! Check out all the great content brought to you in August through the Jazz.net technical library! And don't forget that you can get a t-shirt if you submit an article!
Use approvals to enforce test driven development, code reviews and integration testing in Rational Team Concert
Execute JUnit test scenarios with Rational Quality Manager
Supported Rational Connector for SAP Solution Manager Topologies
Workarounds: Web client and server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.3 and Rational DOORS Next Generation 4.0.3
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.2 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.2
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.1 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.1
Agile DevOps: Build a DevOps dashboard
Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.4 Online Help (in progress)
In the Jazz.net library you can:
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Finding content and information about your IBM Rational products- Here is a video from IBM Innovate 2013 that is an overview of finding content and information across different offerings of IBM.com and Jazz.net.
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If there is a need to know the cipher used by CLM applications or RTC and the level of encryption used for web-clients, this blog should be of some help.
Cipher refers to the algorithm used for performing encryption and decryption of the data.
Generally, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for data encryption, decryption and transmission using certificates or smart cards. However, this also depends on the kind of Application server being used. Based on the kind of application server in use, the respective product documentation should have the details on the cipher used.
Websphere Application Server, Apache Tomcat
a. For Internet Explorer, login to RTC and then right click on the web-page --> Properties;
b. For Firefox web-browser, if one hovers and clicks on the padlock symbol prior to URI in the address bar, say before https: //ho
So, if the RTC/CLM installation is based on Websphere Application Server (v7.0), the site supports a minimum cipher strength of 168 bit encryption. This, can be confirmed by looking into the properties for ccm application web-page and the application server documentation.
By default, using the Apache Tomcat application server the site supports a minimum cipher strenght of 128 bit encr
The cipher indicates that the data is encrypted between the Internet browser and the Server. It doesn’t encrypt the data on the database itself.
This is what is behind the HTTPS protocol and is managed by the Application server. RTC is only an application installed on top of Jazz, which is installed on WebSphere.
Here is the link for the WebSphere v 7.0 documentation - About "TLS 1.0, 3DES with 168 bit encryption (High)". This explains SSL Version 3 and TLS Version 1.0 cipher specifications: http
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UrbanCode offers capabilities for application release automation (ARA), complementing IBM's DevOps solutions, enabling clients to more rapidly deliver mobile, cloud, big data analytics and traditional applications. More info can be found at: http
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These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Team Concert issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
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We have some new education content for Rational ClearQuest and Rational Quality Manager!
For RQN, there are four new tutorials available on IBM
Check out the links to the content below. Thank you to Judy and Brianna for this great content!
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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As many of us are in the last weeks of summer break, getting ready to head back to school or get the kids ready, we're still pushing headlong forwards to make sure you get the best information you need to get your job done and get it done right the first time. Our awesome developerWorks authors are always focused on producing the right information you need... so here you go, the following articles and trials went live last week on developerWorks Rational:
Use Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
Manage test data more effectively with Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1
Create an automation framework for an HTML-based application
UML Model Metric Analysis rules-based generation of class diagrams
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer
Reconcile, a new feature in Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
Great! That's a world class service from a world class company!
IBM offers two license acquisition and Software Subscription and Support offerings- Passport Advantage, and Passport Advantage Express. Passport Advantage is designed for larger enterprises. Passport Advantage Express is designed to meet the needs of medium sized businesses. You can learn more about each here.
So, let's say you are ready to upgrade your Rational software, and you have Subscription and Support in place. You login with your IBM ID to Passport Advantage Online and there you see the software you need, ready to be downloaded. Sure there could be a few teething problems while upgrading, and then quite possibly some issues to attend to after the go live date. Having IBM Subscription and Support means you can log these incidents (PMRs) through phone and online technical support using IBM's Service Request system.
Sounds pretty standard as far as support goes? Yes, this is standard support and is an excellent IBM service. But did you know that by having Subscription and Support in place, you can get an even more advanced support and risk avoidance service from IBM? You sure can! Reactive support is critical when you need expert help to address an issue that is affecting your bottom line - you need a resolution as quick as is possible! But if you want those issues handled as priority by IBM to get your environment back to maximum capacity rapidly, and would like an assigned IBM trusted advisor managing and escalating such issues on your behalf, you need to explore IBM's Soft
Reactive support is one small element of this popular program, as the ultimate objective is to prevent issues in the first place. If you think your environment is fine tuned and you are using all of the functionality of your Rational software to the max, these guys will check it out and most likely find even more efficient ways for you to work with your software! These highly skilled experts are awesome! And if you haven't looked at how you are using you Rational software, or how it is implemented in your ever evolving environment, you could be amazed at how much you could bring down your operational running costs. AVP is much more than support, it gives you a relationship with IBM, someone to fight your corner. The AVP team will also help you to plan for upgrades so you don't encounter frustrating issues, and will help your employees to adopt the most current release of software. Your trusted advisor will even work side-by-side with you to help grow your skills too.
Why not check out what the Accelerated Value Program could do for you by visiting the Accelerated Value Program web page here, or if you prefer, contact the Accelerated Value Program team at soft
Author: Carol Wingfield, Software Accelerated Value Program Business Development & Offerings Specialist
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Once again, here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since July 23rd! We present these links below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
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Profiling C/C++, Java and COBOL with Performance Advisor- This video demonstrates how to use Rational Developer for AIX and Linux 9.0 to profile multiple languages, such as C/C++, Java™ and COBOL with Performance Advisor.
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Sanjeev Sharma blogged on his personal site a few weeks back about the presentation he did for the
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Follow-up Tests with Reports/Queries in Rational Quality Manager- Rational Quality Manager includes reporting and querying capabilities to help you stay informed about the status of your project. Use these wherever you are in the test effort to gather in-depth information on things like test case and test script states, testing coverage, test execution progress, and overall project health.
And as a bonus, This video demos how to customize the menu in Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3: IBM Rational Quality Manager v4.0.3: Customizing Menus
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Here's a great three part series in the developerWorks Technical Library on Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight:
Part 1: IBM Worklight adapter integration with Java business logic
This part demonstrates how to extend and transform existing server-side business logic assets to the mobile domain without re-e
Developing and testing a JPA-exposed RESTFul service application in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere, using that to create an application logic package as a library to use in mobile application development, and using Worklight Studio to develop and test a server-side mobile application component to use that library.
About the Author:
Bhargav Perepa is a WebSphere architect and IT specialist in the IBM Federal Software Group in Washington DC area. Previously, he was a developer in the Austin WebSphere Development Lab and had Smalltalk and C++ development experience at IBM Chicago. Bhargav holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a master's in business administration (MBA) from the University of Texas, Austin.
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The IBM Rational Licensing Support Team members are conducting Open Mic sessions that cover different aspects of Rational licensing and are helpful to those looking for more information on the topic. Here is an summary of the Open Mic events coming up.
Feel free to to nominate yourselves, or any members from your team who are interested in taking part in these sessions by entering the details in the Open Mic registration page.
For more information on these and other sessions, see the Rati
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License Usage Order
IBM Rational products requests licenses in a specific order. In an organization we may have combination of authorized user, floating, suite, point-product licenses in the environment, it is essential that we understand the license usage order.
Now let’s try to understand the license usage order. An IBM Rational product that users IBM Rational Common Licensing will request the license in the following order.
For version 7.0 of IBM Rational products, the license key usage order has changed. In releases before 7.0, when a Suite product was being installed, the Rational License Key Administrator (LKAD) application would first try to find a license key corresponding to the Suite. If the Suite key was not available, LKAD would then look for a key corresponding to the product that was running.
The table below describes the license usage order for each IBM Rational Product that uses IBM Rational Common Licensing.
Now let’s check how to change the license usage order. Any changes made in the license usage order can be reversed to previous setting by clicking the "Restore to Defaults" in the license usage mapping window.
To change the license usage order:
The license usage order that you set on your computer is tied to your user ID. If different users log in to your computer with their own user IDs, the license usage order that you may have changed resets to the default order. The new users can set the license usage order for their user IDs. Their settings do not affect your settings.
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Need to package and deploy with RTC? This article on Jazz.net explains how to use the IBM i packaging and deployment capabilities of Rational Team Concert 4.0.
Here's the quick contents overview to show you the breadth and scope of the article:
For more information:
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It may be a slow time of the year for a lot of us in-between all the holidays, vacations, and general time-off relaxing during these summer months, we're still focused on getting you the right content when you need it, to help drive your business forward to success. To that end, the following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
How to move an existing CICS application to a smartphone
Deploy Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence 2.0.3 to a federated WebSphere environment
Rational Developer for System z
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Overview of Mobile Test Automation for Android Apps in Rational Test Workbench- IBM Rational Test Workbench: mobile application testing solution for Android OS Applications.
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DevOps helps establish easier, quicker handoffs from planning and development to deployment and other siloed areas. In this complimentary series of webcasts, we’ll discuss this collaborative approach for continuous software delivery, and how IBM integrated development and operations tools and processes can help optimize the entire lifecycle of your applications. Join us to learn about the DevOps architecture and how the IBM suite of development and operations products reduce the hops and stops on the continuous track of software delivery with end-to-end collaborative software innovation.
With the DevOps approach, organizations can:
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts as seen below. All sessions are one hour in length, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
August 7: IBM DevOps Solution: Accelerating the delivery of multiplatform applications
Mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies are driving the demand for new, faster and more frequent approaches to software delivery across all platforms, middleware and devices. The goal is to push out significantly more features in each release and get more releases out the door with confidence, while maintaining compliance and quality. Amid these demands and goals are some common problems – or gaps– with software delivery that need to be mitigated.
In this session, IBM executives will discuss how IBM DevOps solution addresses culture, process and tools integration across the software delivery lifecycle - spanning distributed and mainframe environments. They will provide updates on the latest IBM System z tools and middleware offerings, and introduce the recent IBM acquisition of UrbanCode.
August 14: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Do you know what you have, what it is worth to your business and what that return is costing you? Are you able to respond to business needs and customer demand in a timely manner while also managing the cost to deliver that value? In this webcast, you’ll learn about actionable strategies and techniques to get more out of your existing investments. Our experts will discuss how you can transform your application portfolio to reduce maintenance and development lifecycle costs and improve the decisions you make about technology investments.
September 4: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Application development cannot be sustained in disjointed silos. New mobile, social, big data and analytics projects demand a development process that is fast, integrated, creative and affordable. Your teams need to work closely with one another, regardless of the deployment platform used to run the components of those applications. The needs of your business change quickly, too, making it necessary to re-prioritize work quickly and shift resources to different projects efficiently. With advanced, productive and unified development environments and middleware from Rational and CICS, you can apply talent across boundaries and keep the focus on innovation and high-quality code development and test.
September 11: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
As teams move more quickly to meet customer demands, they need ways to ensure quality while keeping deliveries on time and costs under control. These challenges can be met by automating manual, repetitive tasks, including build, regression testing, integration testing, problem determination and functional validation. Further benefits can be realized by virtualizing services that are external to applications under test. Join us and learn how to get started with automated testing and debugging, as you learn valuable service virtualization techniques.
September 18: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous release and deployment to compress delivery cycles
Manual processes and efforts to deliver software changes across an enterprise are notoriously risky, costly, and error-prone. Today’s applications are complex, and multi-tiered, where deployment often consists of orchestrated changes to multiple subsystems and can involve multiple teams of specialists, with a shrinking release window. New deployment models and tools have come into play that help streamline collaboration between teams, standardize and automate repeatable tasks, thereby increasing deployment quality and repeatability while reducing risk and cost. This new generation of release, deployment and provisioning tools helps you improve your processes today, while positioning you for an easy jump to next-generation systems management in the future, saving days or even weeks of effort for every deployment. Attend this session to discover strategies for application release automation and some new tools that can help.
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts.