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In the end of May, IBM significantly updated the IBM Fix Central support site with improvements to make this worldwide, consolidated download site for all IBM product fixes even more efficient and useful for our clients. Some changes are refinements our clients have requested, others are new features to improve the efficiency and speed with which you access your fix downloads.
Read on for a quick rundown of new capabilities to look for in IBM eSupport's IBM Fix Central Release 10.2 blog article
To experience these recent updates, visit the IBM Fix Central support site or the IBM Support Portal's Downloads page.
For more information about all of IBM's Electronic Support sites and tools, please visit: http
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Imagine my surprise when I came in to work Wednesday morning and saw the visit count on the prior day's post (Twenty seven new downloads now available!) showed over 800 visits! From my use of an exclamation point in that previous sentence, I'm sure you can discern that 800+ visits on a single post in 24 hours isn't typical for this blog, and is particularly high for what we'd consider normal levels of traffic.
This pleasant surprise got me to thinking: what specifically about that post resonated so greatly that warranted such a high visit rate?
We've posted technical content like this before with somewhat tepid results, and conversely we've posted op/ed type pieces with similarly high results, leading me to think that one type of content over the other isn't entirely the driver here. Perhaps it is the time it was posted, or perhaps the day it was posted? We HAVE seen posts made earlier in the day tend to see higher visit counts than posts made later in the day... and Tuesdays/Thursdays do tend to bubble up as higher traffic days as well.... but I still can't get away from the idea that I'm still missing something relating to the specifics of the content we are publishing out...
So I'm coming to you, our audience, to ask you to answer two very pointed questions:
Helping us with these two questions will, of course, result in providing you with more focused content particular to what you find valuable and helpful!
And, in case you may feel a bit unintentionally duped by my title of this particular post, hoping to find even more downloads similar in fashion to the post referenced above, have no fear; here's a few more which hit our streams over the past two days:
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Have no fear, once again we are here to help keep you up to date with the latest and greatest information! We've posted the last of all the replays available, so now you can go back and review the great ones you had attended or listen for the first time to the ones you may have missed! And, with the release last week of CLM 2011, the latest replay should be even more timely for you:
Have any ideas for what you'd like to see in upcoming Open Mic sessions? Let us know! To suggest a future event, you can leave feedback directly in the comments here...
Over the past week, and particularly this past weekend, a few new downloads made their way through our tweet stream and Facebook wall. Seeing as these were posted during typically 'off' hours for most of us, we thought it would be of some benefit to highlight those recent releases here, to raise visibility in the case that you may have missed and need one or more of these downloads:
Want to make sure you never miss notifications like the ones listed above again? Then check out "MyNotifications" and setup a free subscription to receive only the products and document types which YOU are interested in, and in the manner you desire (RSS, web page, or direct daily/weekly emails)!
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Global Rational User Group:
Addressing Application Development Complexity with EGL, an Open, Extensible Programming Language
Webcast date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Webcast time: 11:00 AM ET
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Application development today, particularly for the web and mobile, is complicated by an ever-changing world of languages, frameworks, and technologies. Further compounding the problem is the need to support the myriad of runtime platforms, devices, and middleware layers that are typically in the mix. EGL, a programming language that was recently open sourced on Eclipse.org as part of the EDT (EGL Development Tools) project, addresses these complexities by providing a common, extensible language and programming model across the various aspects of the application. Inherent in EGL is a cross-platform compiler that allows a single language to be used to deploy code to the diverse platforms that exist today in most enterprises. EGL also allows the retargeting of code to different platforms and frameworks as these technologies evolve or as new technologies appear.
Come learn about EGL, how it is architected, and how it can be extended through the use of stereotypes and annotations. Also learn how you can use EGL today to simplify development of modern applications for the web, mobile, and enterprise systems.
Will Smythe is the Product Line Manager for EGL and EGL-related tools and solutions from IBM, including IBM Rational Business Developer and Rational Migration Extension
Tim Wilson is the Chief Architect of EGL and is the Project Lead for the Eclipse EGL Development Tools (EDT) project
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Please join us tomorrow as Carolyn Pampino, Solution Architect for Geographically Distributed Application Lifecycle Management, leads a discussion around CLM with 3.0 Jazz Products.
We've enjoyed holding this series of Open Mic calls with you, and hope you have found them useful. Many thanks to Stephanie Bagot for her most excellent work in coordinating the calls and speakers, and running the show.
Want more? What topics/products would you like to see covered in a future open mic call or series? Leave a comment and let us know ... we'd love to hear from you!
Hope to see you there!
To help you take full advantage of your software, the Rational Support Technical Exchange hosts Open Mic conference calls and webcasts where technical experts share their knowledge and answer your questions on specific technical topics. Visit this page often for notices of upcoming events. Events will be recorded for those not able to attend live events.
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We're just over halfway into 2011 now, and thought it'd be fun to look back and see what content on Notes from Rational Support proves to be the most popular. So here you go, the top seven posts that you told us were hot bits of information by virtue of your click-throughs:
Did we miss one of your favourite posts you think should have been highlighted more? Have an idea for content you'd like to see? Let us know in the comments and we'll work even harder to provide exactly what you want to see here, and of course less of what you don't
Photo credit: Some rights reserved by flickr user striatic
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It's a good day to be an IBMer! Today, IBM marks its centennial. Whoo hoo! Lots of good stuff marking the day over at http
Some external links as well:
IBM's First 100 Years: A Heavily Illustrated Timeline (The Atlantic)
For a pioneer of technology, 100 years of "Think" (Wall Street Journal)
100 Years Of IBM: 25 Historic Milestones (Information Week)
And if you've not yet seen this 100x100 ... this is a great video marking the first 100 years:
p.s. it's also a good day to be a Boston Bruins fan.
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Did you notice the hubub yesterday? No? Missed the excitement, eh? Well have no fear, we're here to help!
Collaborative Lifecycle Management 2011 (CLM 2011 for short) went live yesterday, amid some fanfare over on Jazz.net. To help you navigate and find some of the new and relevant CLM information, following are some outstanding resources for all your CLM 2011 needs!
And because we know you all love your pointers to the downloads:
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TheOnDemandDemoGuy provides a short introduction on using IBM®Rational® Team Concert for complex systems and software development. It takes you through a scenario that uses several IBM Rational products to show how process controls can be enacted through rule based process guidance. The demo starts in the Rational DOORS requirements database where integration is used with Rational Team Concert to create an implementation request for some work to be performed in an IBM Rational Rhapsody model. It then steps through a work flow using the features of Rational Team Concert to manage both the changes to the model and a formal review process enacted on the project.
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If you're an administrator for a Rational Synergy/Change installation that uses Informix and you haven't seen this technote: "Increase IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11.5 STACKSIZE parameter to prevent Informix crashes", then we STRONGLY suggest that you give it a read and implement the setting change it suggests.
Under certain circumstances, the default STACKSIZE for the Informix server is too small and can possibly lead to a stack overflow condition, which can bring the server offline. While the server can usually be brought back online without incident, in some cases it cannot and the server needs to be re-created from backups.
The tech note above suggests increasing STACKSIZE and restarting the Informix server to pro-actively prevent the stack overflow issue. If you're an admin for Rational Synergy or Rational Change, and use Informix as your back-end database, we highly encourage you to implement the changes addressed in this technote.
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Rational Support was very busy at Innovate 2011 this week! Lots of great conversations and sessions - Take a look back at this week's blog posts from Notes from Rational Support and our friends at IBM Electronic Support for all the details!
Of course Innovate wasn't JUST for the attendees! If you weren't able to make it out to Orlando this year, you can still reap some fabulous benefits from the conference through our blog posts, but especially through the IBM Rational Livestream feeds for the conference! Take some time and check out all the great keynote presentations we recorded and hosted just for you! I think you'll find some fabulously useful information there!
Notes from Rational Support blog articles:
Of course, our friends over at the IBM Electronic Support Community have also been busy at Innovate and posting their blog articles too:
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We've been heavily promoting this community at IBM Innovate 2011, and now you get to hear about it too! Here's some quick highlights of the various aspects of this new community:
Like any community, both IBMers and clients get out of it what they put in. In the Rational community, we provide the added benefit of pulling all Rational technical content in real time and presenting it in consumable chunks through the community landing page.
And here is even MORE detail about the information sources for those who are interested! This community delivers real time aggregations of content from the following information sources:
Of course, this is not an all inclusive list of all information sources. Jump on over, log in, join the community, and check out all it has to offer! We think you'll find the Rational Community is a fantastic new place to find information and collaborate with colleagues from around the world to share best practices, solutions, and insights!
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We are thrilled to announce that we've just hit a major milestone .... we've recently logged 1 million visits to Notes from Rational Support! Yes, ONE MILLION VISITS!
Started in early 2009 as a part of an experiment in social business and proactive support, it appears that Notes from Rational Support has proven to be a valuable resource. Our traffic metrics continue to show steady growth in visits, views, unique visitors, and new visitors, and that makes us VERY happy.
So, in honor of this milestone, we'd like to thank the folks who made it possible (and fret not, this will be shorter than an Academy Award acceptance speech):
And let's keep going! Our next goal is to move from the 7th most visited blog on developerWorks to the top 5 ... maybe this year?
From all of us here at Notes from Rational Support, THANK YOU!
Kelly Smith (@kellypuffs)
Jason O'Donnell (@acdntlpoet)
Matthew Quimby (@mq
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The On-Demand Demo Guy has been busy!
This demonstration provides an overview of Rational Rhapsody Design Manager's capabilities to help teams collaborate, share, review and manage their Rational Rhapsody system engineering or embedded software design information within the overall product lifecycle. It shows how design information can be centrally located and accessed using a web client by the extended team or by a Rational Rhapsody client for system engineers and developers using Rational Rhapsody. A central location enables searching across design and lifecycle information to help locate information faster and assists in keeping the entire team informed of the current status of the design. The demonstration includes an overview on how with Rational Rhapsody Design Manager you can conduct design reviews that allow stakeholders to provide comments and visual mark-ups linked to the designs. Also demonstrated is how you can trace from designs to other lifecycle artifacts using Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) based linking and visualize relationships between designs and lifecycle artifacts through a dependency relationship diagram.
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rationalwebguy Patrick O'Connor:
The Support Café is buzzing with activity Tuesday morning (Europe 3, Dolphin Hotel).
The Rational Client Support Airship outside of the Support Cafe (Europe 3, Dolphin Hotel).
Support Cafe sign and the Support Airship on the RIGHT as you come off the escalator - NOT the left as our map and blogs said (last minute move)!
And finally, the man himself, Patrick O'Connor. He'll be there all week!
Photo credits: All rights reserved by IBM_
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1. Client Connections Lounge - Europe 2 - Dolphin Hotel - Lobby Level
Monday, June 6 - Wednesday, June 8 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Join us in the Client Connections Lounge! Open to all Rational client and Business Partner references, as well as our Global Rational User Community, this lounge is a welcome retreat during your busy days ahead. Stop by and network with other clients and User Group members. Take a break, and enjoy a snack book a meeting, check your email, or just put your feet up and rest.
2. Birds of a Feather "Rational User Group" - Australia 3
Tuesday, June 7 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Birds of a Feather Sessions are back! Hear from key members of our GRUG Council as we talk about what the community is all about! Join us for an evening of networking as we announce the results from our latest GRUG Council elections.
3. GRUG Pedestal - Exhibit Floor
Monday, June 6 - Wednesday June 8 - Exhibit Floor Hours
The GRUG community will also have a pedestal in the IBM booth on the exhibit floor. Be sure to stop by and say hello to fellow GRUG leaders and members or bring by coworkers to sign up for the community.
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Innovate 2011 album on the IBM Rational Support Facebook page. We'll be posting photos all week, so check back often!
L-R: Wendy Toh, VP, WW Rational Client Support; Mary Barry, Support Leader; Chris Flynn, Director, Americas Support Delivery
Photo credit: © 2011 Visually Attractive, Inc. (used with permission)
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let this blog post be your guide. If you're the type who prefers the Cliff Notes basics, here you go:
1 - Innovate conversations - the social media aggregator: http
2 - Innovate on Twitter - your virtual concierge: http
3 - Ask the experts: http
4 - Coolest Software Ever contest: http
5 - QR codes will be everywhere. Make sure you have a barcode scanner app on your phone.
6 - Livestream: http
7 - Social media lounge
8 - Check in on Facebook and Foursquare
9 - Daily blog posts on the Invisible Thread: http
10 - Social media education - stop by the lounge and ask us your questions
And don't forget! The official hashtag for Innovate is #ibminnovate
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June 5-9, 2011 Orlando, FL |
Our very own Patrick O'Connor (aka @rationalwebguy) and Bob Haataia will be at Innovate 2011 next week, focusing on helping you take full advantage of the IBM Electronic Support portfolio of robust tools and resources.
Save time and simplify your support experience. Be sure to check out their schedule and locations at Innovate next week. They want to hear from YOU!