Products video for Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v1.0- The Products tour shows the Browse Products screen and describes typical usage of that screen in the context of a scenario. Other functionality in IBM? Rational? Engineering Lifecycle Manager is discussed where Products features flow into other areas of the tool, such as snapshots and branching.
Queries for Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v1.0- The Queries tour shows how queries can be used alone to gather artifacts for a specific purpose or can be used to populate a view. Users can read hover text to find out more about gathered artifacts and act on query results, for example, to run an analysis.
We love our clients! Yes you, we love YOU! So let's take a moment to recognize your contributions as well... here's the top ten technotes which you helped write and that you and our support engineers reused to solve your PMRs in January:
These technotes are the kind of high value content which is a direct result from our relationship and conversations with you, our clients! We love that kind of collaboration which not only helps you solve an issue once, but helps all of our clients solve the same issues more effectively and efficiently.
In the immortal words of the band, Madness ... "It MUST be Love"!
The past few weeks have seen some new downloads released to keep your Rational products at the latest and greatest versions. Here's the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since January 15th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed over the early winter and late fall months:
Once again, the numbers are in... here are the top twenty Rational Team Concert technotes created and/or reused by our technical support engineers to help solve your PMRs. Shared here in the hopes that highlighting these technotes will help others resolve or even avoid these same problems, each of these helped to close a PMR in January 2013:
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository to improve consistency, completeness, and availability of IT information; but their IT environment was large and complex which hindered agility. Without a central repository, it was difficult to gather information for assessments and compliance audits quickly.
Overview Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) provides a number of insurance-related products and services. Originally founded to support farmers in Ohio, today Nationwide is the seventh-largest auto insurer and the seventh-largest homeowner insurance provider in the United States. The company has approximately 36,000 employees.
Business need: Nationwide wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository that would improve the consistency, completeness and availability of IT information used in impact analyses.
Solution: The company worked with IBM Advanced Business Partner Armstrong Process Group, Inc. (APG) to create an enterprise architecture repository using IBM Rational System Architect software.
Benefits: Nationwide has reduced the amount of time required for impact assessment from three months to less than one month. Cost estimating, which in the past required an entire month, now takes just one day.
Nationwide implemented a solution using Rational System Architect?to provide a scalable foundation for the company?s expanding enterprise architecture initiative. The solution simplified information access and enhanced performance. Now Nationwide has the necessary information?right at their fingertips,?provinding for?quick answers to stakeholders such as developers, executives, and auditors. The improvements also resulted in a 20 to 30 percent reduction in project cost. For Nationwide, Rational software is not only a solid return on their investment, but productivity insurance as well! ?
Our fabulous developerWorks content authors have been at it again! Check out all the great items that have gone live on developerWorks Rational in the last three weeks:
Integrate enterprise and software architectures By: Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM and Jas Atwal, Technical Consultant, IBM Save time and find traceability gaps by linking enterprise architecture elements in IBM Rational System Architect with model elements in IBM Rational Software Architect extension for Design Management. Products: Rational Software Architect, Rational System Architect
Top 12 Rational software articles in 2012 By: Robin Wood, Content Acquisition Editor for developerWorks Rational, IBM A time-saving round-up of the 12 most popular Rational articles published by developerWorks in 2012.
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Monica Luke: 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. Using an outside-in scenario design approach, Monica is happily influencing the next wave of Rational testing tools.
Paul has more than 25 years experience in developing systems, software, and hardware in the embedded and real-time systems industry. He is an OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional Model User, and a senior systems market manager for IBM Rational software and has worked with Rational software in various roles since 1995. Paul is a prolific author on developerWorks and has earned the Contributing Author badge.
We also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
IBM Rational Software Architect IBM® Rational® Software Architect is an advanced and comprehensive application design, modeling and development tool for end-to-end software delivery. The latest version is updated with the latest in design and modeling technologies, comprehensive support for emerging technologies around BPMN2, SOA and Java™ Enterprise Edition 5, and delivers the best of breed tooling that integrates with IBM's application lifecycle management solutions. Evaluations available for Linux, Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Mac OS.
Introduction to Rational Publishing Engine v1.2 for Beginners-This video describes the basics principles of using IBM Rational Publishing Engine v1.2, and shows a demonstration of RPE for the end-user. The demonstration shows opening a document specification, pointing to a data source, and publishing a report. The data source used is DOORS, but the steps are applicable to any data source.
Two years ago we announced that Software Product Compatibility Reports were launched and available to all clients. Today we are proud to say we've updated the look and feel of the reports to better match our support portal experience.
Along with the updated look and feel, we have a slightly updated URL as well:
If you've not previously used the compatibility reports, today is as good a day as any to create reports about a product's compatibility with operating systems, prerequisite software or virtualization environments. Easily generate custom reports about compatible IBM software combinations and use these to tailor-make graphical reports about a set of products' end of service dates.
As always, we are interested in your feedback on this tool. Each of the Reports includes a Feedback Survey to allow you to report problems or question with the use of the tool or the data presented. Please let us know what you think!
This Webcast will provide information about how to take advantage of performance improvements in the ClearCase and ClearQuest 8.0 release. It will include recent performance analysis of storage solutions and a discussion on virtualization strategies.
Topics of discussion will include:
ClearCase and ClearQuest 8.0 deliver performance improvements due to improved web architecture.
ClearCase UCM has improvements across many operations.
ClearQuest web performance and scalability have both increased up to 30%.
ClearCase deployments with VOB DBs hosted over iSCSI can increase performance 2-4 times faster.
Using virtualization can provide flexibility and consolidation of hardware resources, however, bad deployments can result is very poor performance.
Learn about how Rational has been testing different virtualized configurations to maximize ClearCase performance and avoid pitfalls of virtualization.
If you missed it, Community Manager Appreciation Day was this past Monday, the fourth Monday in January. As the Wikipedia link notes: Community Manager Appreciation Day is "... a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of community managers around the world using social media and other tools to improve customer experiences."
While community management is a growing and discrete role in many organizations, I don't want to highlight that here. Instead, I want to take this opportunity (albeit a few days late) to thank YOU, our clients, business partners, IBMers, and extended readership for what you do within the communities in which you participate.
You may recall a "Think Friday" blog post from last year in which I expounded on how each of you are indeed community managers. Specifically I noted: "As active members in social networks, we create our own ad hoc communities every time we post content, be it a status updated about what we had for lunch or a longer missive on a facet of today's society. In each case, we own the responsibility of managing these ad hoc communities just like a 'formal' community manager would. Likewise, when we comment on other's posts, we are engaging as a member of their community and have the responsibility to act accordingly."
So, you see, Community Manager Appreciation Day isn't just about those of us working in the specifically defined roles; it is also about YOU and our appreciation for how you manage your own ad hoc communities to build value for yourself and your network. While curating your own network is often its own reward, sometimes it is also important to acknowledge how critical managing your own communities really is to not only the value you see, but the value we all see from those efforts. Your own community management activities helps us all grow, and because social business IS a community, none of us can really grow without the rest of you!
So, cheers to you all for being awesome community managers! I look forward with great anticipation to seeing what the next year brings for all of us in these spaces!
Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit isthe event where software practitioners and product developers can learn to improve the practices, predictability and economics of software delivery. Attendees will find detailed Rational education and insights into key technical trends. Need some reasons to attend? How about:
Over 450 breakouts with practical guidance you can apply to your work
Innovative demonstrations from IBM and Business Partners at the high-energy Expo Hall
Networking with over 4,000 of your peers, top strategic and technical talent
Self-paced, technical open labs and a wide variety of certification tests
Dynamic speakers and entertainment
But wait, there's more! New at Innovate 2013 this year: Team Directions! This new stream explores key trends and directions that impact product development and software delivery teams, such as Agile, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data & Social Business. This Team Directions stream is in addition to our existing traditional Technical Exchange stream which offers the strategies, tips and techniques to improve productivity for professionals engaged in software, systems, and product development that you've come to expect from IBM Rational and Innovate.
The Innovate early bird rate is now in effect! Clients and partners who register before March 15th will receive $300off the regular rate of admission.
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!
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters- If you use HP ALM for quality management, you can use the Rational adapter for HP ALM to integrate with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. In this integrated environment, Developers, Testers, and Analysts can work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. Using the integrated environment, you can link test plans to associated requirements collections, and you can reconcile requirements collections with HP ALM test folders to ensure test coverage of requirements. You can link failed test runs to work items, or link change sets to defects that are tracked in HP ALM.
Noting how frustrating it can be to encounter an error message and not know what to do to fix it, the new Error Message Information Center can help you find troubleshooting information and collaborate with others to actually improve the error error messages!
By providing your feedback and comments against error messages with additional explanations or clarity, you can help yourself and your colleagues find the right information that will help you when you need it. In the new error message information center, you can post your feedback that the Rational Development and User Assistance teams can then use to ensure the messages are clear, complete, and helpful.
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.
What? Get an overview of Rational Team Concert and the Jazz Platform. This webcast will provide a comprehensive overview of Rational Team Concert and cover the basics of projects, teams, roles, user profiles, work items, queries, plans, source control, builds, reports, and dashboards. If you're new to RTC you won't want to miss this session.
And don't miss the two follow-on sessions for more in depth discussions. Add these to your calendar tody!
Code Rally, IBM's new racing game that exercises your brain instead of your thumbs, has been launched and is available for download. Check it out, download the game, start playing, start building your own vehicles and race against your colleagues and friends!
Cool, but what IS it? Code Rally is a fun, social, but definitely not typical racing game. Instead, being based on concepts from artificial intelligence, Code Rally challenges your abilities to think ahead and manipulate controls on your vehicle to win the game against your fellow racers. Race on one of our cloud-hosted tracks, on your own system, or bring the game into your academic institution and host it on your own server, racing against your class. Whatever way you choose to get in the game, we know you will enjoy the experience.
Installing IBM Rational CLM 2012, Preparation- This video is a high-level introduction to IBM Rational CLM product installation, covering IBM Rational CLM 2012 hardware requirements, network topology considerations, Jazz Team Servers, and planning URIs. Factors affecting performance are also covered. Following these steps can greatly increase the performance of your IBM Rational CLM software.
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!
It is a new year, but we are carrying over some old traditions. Case in point, here's the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since December 19th; presented below to help you find the fixes you need.... and don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have missed over the early winter and late fall months:
Following are the top Rational Team Concert technotes most used in December 2012 by our technical support engineers to help resolve the PMRs and issues you called in with. In many cases, based on our implementation of Knowledge Centered Support (KCS) principles, these technotes were created to solve an issue from a PMR, and then reused again to solve the same issue for others.
The new year is starting to really ramp up as we all return from our holidays and start digging into strategies and goals for 2013... Of course one of those goals is to remain committed to bringing you the latest and greatest content you need! So, here you go! The following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
Three steps to rapid development of high-quality medical devices By: Keith Collyer, PhD, Senior Solution Manager, Electronics and Medical Devices Industry Solutions, IBM, Martin R. Bakal, Worldwide Offering Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM, and Paridhi Verma, Go-to-Market Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM Medical device developers face challenges that are different from those in developing products in most other industries. Chief among these is the imperative of compliance with safety regulations and industry standards. Three IBM experts describe ways to enhance key processes and improve and integrate to accelerate development, yet still produce high-quality devices that comply with regulations. Products: Rational DOORS, Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Rhapsody
Improve safety-related software development with a model-based testing workflow By: Paul Urban, Senior Systems Market Manager, IBM Corporation and Udo Brockmeyer, PhD, CEO, BTC Embedded Systems AG Developing safety-critical software, where failure can result in injury or loss of life, such as in airplanes, automobiles, trains, or medical devices, requires extra care and effort. The delivery of safe code that is compliant with strict development standards and guidelines such as DO-178C, DO-178B, ISO 26262, IEC 61508, or IEC 62304, can result in increased time and cost of the project. This article describes how to extend the advantages of using the Rhapsody Reference workflow included with the IBM Rational Rhapsody Kit for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 for development of safety-critical applications. You will learn about the Rhapsody Reference workflow, and how to use model-based testing with the Rational Rhapsody TestConductor Add On to verify the model and the generated code. This reduces the time to deliver high-quality software yet still complies with safety standards. Product: Rational Rhapsody
Error handling in embedded SQL for C/C++ on IBM z/OS systems By: Francesco Cassullo, Software Developer, IBM and Igor Todorovski, Software Developer, IBM This is a guide to detecting SQL errors in C/C++ applications with embedded SQL on the IBM z/OS platform. It includes sample code for performing simple error-checking and a more advanced technique for more in-depth error analysis. All material is based on and tested with IBM z/OS DB2 Versions 8 to 10 and z/OS XL C/C++ compilers V1R11 to V1R13. Product: C/C++ Compilers
Featured download: IBM Rational Rhapsody IBM Rational Rhapsody family provides multiple editions to help systems engineers and embedded software developers analyze, design, develop, test, and deliver embedded, real-time systems and software.
This week we are also highlighting the following items on our pages that you may find of interest:
If you haven't checked out the C/C++ cafe in a while, here's a taste of what you've been missing out on:
Initializing static objects across C++ files and libraries- The holiday season is always a good time to reflect on the past. Here I am thinking about a problem that brought me the "ah-hah" moment last month. Problem While compiling the following C++ program, you might assume that the objects...
December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux V12.1 Released- The December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux, V12.1 is now available at the following links and on Fix Central: December 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Linux, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out our C/C++ compiler latest update page here...
November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 Released- The November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 is now available at the following links and on Fix Central: November 2012 Update for XL C/C++ for Blue Gene/Q, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out our C/C++ compiler latest...
November 2012 XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 PTFs Released- The November 2012 Compiler PTFs for XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 are now available at the following links and on Fix Central: November 2012 PTF for XL C for AIX, V12.1 November 2012 PTF for XL C/C++ for AIX, V12.1 Can't find the updates for your compiler? Check out...
Last week, the Rational blog: The Invisible Thread posted that the 2013 IBM Champion nominations for Rational software are now open!
The IBM Champion program, hosted by developerWorks, recognizes exceptional contributors to the technical community -- clients and partners who work alongside IBM to build solutions for a smarter planet. For Rational, IBM Champions are clients or partners who lead and mentor their peers and motivate them toward our software solutions and services. Champions can be found running user groups, managing websites, speaking at conferences, answering questions in online forums, and writing blogs, submitting wiki articles, sharing how-to videos, and writing technical books.
Nominate someone that you know Each of you is a member of a technical community, user group, or related network. Do you know a person who really stands out in their efforts to show others how to get the most out of Rational software? Do they use social media, technical forums and communities to do this effectively? Then you can nominate them to be an IBM Champion for Rational.
Benefits for being selected as an IBM Champion In addition to merchandise customized with the IBM Champion logo, IBM Champions will receive:
Visibility, recognition and networking opportunities at IBM events and conferences.
Special access to product development teams, and invitations and discounts to events and conferences.
Online recognition via their IBM Connections profile on developerWorks, with a special designation of "IBM Champion" and a listing of notable achievements.
IBM Champions retain their title for one year, after which they can apply for renewal.
Nomination process and eligibility Self nominations and nominations by proxy will be accepted online through February 8, 2013. A panel of IBMers will evaluate each nominee's contributions over the past 12 months, considering community impact, expertise, and overall community contributions, both in terms of quality and level of participation across a wide variety of activities. Nominees will be notified by IBM if they are selected. Although IBM employees are not eligible for the program, IBMers are indeed encouraged to nominate deserving partners and clients as well.