IBM does not do this often, but today we are contacting all customers of Rational Application Developer via direct email and advising them of a newly published iFix. This iFix, PM53336, has been released Monday 5-Dec-2011. The complete details of this iFix are located in this Flash on IBM Support's website. We are also providing this information via our blog here, and other social channels, to ensure the information reaches all appropriate clients in need of this critical fix.
IBM is advising all clients to download and apply this iFix as soon as practical. It is a single-defect iFix that is isolated to correct a defect in a single component of RAD that communicates errors to the support service. If unfixed, this condition can cause serious performance problems for the users of RAD, or potential network problems for your company's infrastructure. Applying this critical fix as soon as possible is highly recommended to ensure continued stability.
Rational Developer for System z v9.0 was recently released. This release prevented users from be able to take advantage of our local help due to a known issue where the plugin "org.eclipse.jetty.webapp" is missing.
Symptoms: Users receive the following error message when they click on Test Connection "Connection Status: Failed
This month, however, we're going up a level (different from leveling up to you gamers), and are going to look at how AVP compares to standard Passport Advantage (also referred to as Software Subscription and Support) offerings.
Previously known as IBM Software Premium Support, IBM Software Accelerated Value Program is a customized solution that helps you to efficiently accelerate from software purchase to software ROI, and we all know how important ROI is these days... Accelerated Value complements Subscription and Support and provides value to you through proactive services, knowledge sharing, and problem management. This program has been designed with an approach to allow flexibility in the level of service needed to align with your business goals.
But what does this all really mean? What ARE the differences between Passport Advantage and AVP support? Glad you asked Here's an easy to read table that covers the comparison between PA and AVP:
Passport Advantage (PA)
Accelerated Value (AVP)
Type of support
Reactive, problem related support, Self-help
Proactive assistance to help plan, deploy, optimize, grow, upgrade and adopt IBM software. Coordinates reactive support.
Accelerated Value Leader, Accelerated Value Specialist.
Call Center access
Standard IBM process
Priority call handling and focused progression.
Client manages open issues
Accelerated Value Leader manages open issues and escalations, including enhancement requests.
Support for severity 1 issues
Accelerated Value Leader helps facilitate support for critical situations.
Reports and reviews
Detailed periodic problem management reporting and reviews, including recommendations for preventive actions.
Self-help web monitoring
Accelerated Value Leader proactively identifies defects that might affect your systems and productivity.
Scheduled and emergency onsite assistance is available.
Technical advice and documentation
Web resources and fee-based classes/events
Customized and focused knowledge sharing events, driven by on demand need of clients.
Did you know there's a way for you to get priority service request handling, as well as weekly reports and notifications and deeper connections to the skilled support engineers you need to help solve those tricky PMRs? Well now you know, and knowing is half the battle! (Ok, I MAY have just given away that I grew up on the GI Joe morning cartoons, I'm sure you won't hold it against me.) Now that you know about this program, what's the other half of the battle? Easy: knowing what it provides and how to get this for yourself!
The IBM Software Accelerated Value Program has introduced the Express Level Support option as a comprehensive level of support focused on rapid, high-quality issue resolution for critical IBM Rational (as well as Lotus, IBM Security System, Tivoli) software implementations. This program was specifically developed for small to mid-sized businesses who need a higher level of support but do not need all the features of the larger scale Accelerated Value Program. You can purchase the Express Level option in addition to Standard Software Subscription & Support to provide you with access to an advanced level of assisted support services for specific deployments or business areas throughout North America and Europe.
This program provides you with broad access to standard support, while allowing you to choose the business areas that require more enhanced support services. Of course, it includes product continuation and online support, but also adds a comprehensive set of additional support features that help you toward rapid and complete issue resolution.
Convinced yet? How about some bullet points to really drive home the value you'll see from this program?
You get a skilled team of product experts (that's us!) - As an Express Level customer, you will collaborate with specialized support analysts (some of whom have been highlighted on this very blog) who have in-depth knowledge of IBM Rational (plus Lotus, IBM Security System, or Tivoli) software in key functional areas. IBM software support analysts provide thorough and targeted knowledge during the resolution of all issues, which improves your understanding of possible challenges and can help prevent future issues.
You're treated to Priority Service Request Handling - Under the Express Level Support option opening PMRs via Service Request (SR) will ensure the same support analyst maintains ownership of the service request until resolution. This continuity means issues can be resolved more efficiently or escalated when needed.
You'll see exceptional resolution time - With the Express Level program we've established smaller Support Engineer-to-client ratios which means faster resolution times for your technical issues.
You will gain access to regular problem management reports (PMRs) - Detailed PMRs include metrics so you can gain a better understanding of the status of your support requests and how they impact your business. By reviewing these reports internally with your team, you will deepen your understanding of your support activity and priorities.
You'll also receive weekly authorized program analysis reports (APARs) - APARs, client reported defects regarding your software, are delivered to you in a timely way, along with hyperlinks to information on when and how they were resolved. These are available by product and on a subscription basis, so you can track defect resolutions of interest to your organization.
And best of all, you get all this at a fraction of the cost of the full Accelerated Value Program offerings, so as a small to mid-sized business you can reap the advantages of higher level support at an affordable price.