Notes from Rational Support
5000+ hits on Notes from Rational Support yesterday.
2500+ so far this morning.
I know it's spam or crawlers or other such nonsense, but if you don't mind, I'm just going to sit here and revel in it for a little while.
And if any of you are REAL people, you could leave a comment and say hi. And get a prize. :-)
I have 4, count 'em, FOUR Rational Support moo cards left from last year's conference, which I will give away on a first come, first served basis to the first 4 commenters on this blog.
But not to spambots.
AcdntlPoet 2700019V2G Tags:  blogging nfrs top-content rational milestones rational-client-support 6 Comments 18,030 Views
Has it really been three years since Kelly started this blog? Indeed it has! May 14th, 2009 was an auspicious day, as we dipped our toes into the corporate blogging world to see how it'd go. Little did Kelly know that we'd soon soar to become the 5th most visited blog on developerWorks, or ever break that 2 million visitors milestone! By the by, we DID break that 2m milestone yesterday evening! What wonderful serendipity for both to occur on the same day!
Sure, we may be a bit long in the tooth to be celebrating a birthday, but if you've hung around here for any amount of time you know we're kids at heart and surely you won't begrudge us a little celebration... right?
Ok, you're right... I can't post here without providing SOME sort of deeper value. So, as a bit of a small retrospective we thought it would be neat to go through and highlight some of our past posts. As we discussed which to highlight, we thought about giving visibility to the "Most Viewed" posts on this blog, but figured if they are the most viewed already, they probably don't need the help So we figured we'd go back through the archives of 715+ posts and pull out some of those 'sleepers'; the ones with some solid content but which may have gone far under the radar based on our analysis of activity metrics. That in mind, let's get to highlighting!
How to work with Rational Client Support: Part 2- In this second article, dW Contributing Author Kelly Smith outlines the technical support that you get when you license Rational software includes and doesn't, plus what to do before you call tech support. And don't forget to check our Part One, How to work with Rational Client Support: Behind the curtain!
New White Paper released: Deploy IBM Rational License Server 8.1.1 effectively in your enterprise- Here's a GREAT resource for nearly anyone running Rational software! Download the free whitepaper (no registration needed!), read it, and then share it with your colleagues and coworkers to help them be as successful with their own license server implementations as you will surely be!
Improve your Rational Support experience with our automated ISALite tool!- For select products, we've enabled an automated data gathering tool called IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISALite for short). This tool will gather appropriate troubleshooting information for a particular product.
Did you hear the news?- The dW Rational community is open to the public! http://ibm.co/rationalcommunity 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.
Downloading Products from Passport Advantage- This most excellent video from our friends over at IBM Electronic Support demonstrates how to download software products from Passport Advantage Online, which you can get to from the IBM Support Portal.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Rational Licensing- A good message always bears repeating ... Visit the IBM Rational License Key Center for lots of useful material on understanding and using your Rational license keys...
IBM Rational product support for Mozilla Firefox- This news flash is for all customers who use the Mozilla Firefox browser with our Rational products. Please take note of the direction particulars as they relate to your usage of the browser and level of product support IBM Rational is able to provide...
Introducing our newest blog author: Matt Quimby- You may have seen his name on a few recent posts around these parts: Matt Quimby has joined our team and dug into some of our social business efforts as you'll see below.
Trust and Personal Responsibility in All Relationships- That's a powerful statement. It's also one of IBM's Core Values, one that resonates particularly with me in regards to our social business initiatives… like this blog. Let me explain....
Five Imperatives for ALM, and Business agility: a technical perspective- Here's two videos and two articles for your benefit today; two videos on the Imperatives for ALM covering real-time planning and in-context collaboration, as well as two articles to help you along with business agility from a technical perspective and a tutorial on how to use the Practice Library application. Enjoy!
Lastly, in honor of this milestone, we'd like to thank the folks who made it possible for us to continue:
Now let's keep going! Our goal is to continue growing and continue providing you deep value in fun, exciting, and innovative ways. As the quote says: "We have only just begun"!
"If it helps you, your coworkers, our clients or our partners to do their jobs and solve problems; if it helps to improve knowledge or skills; if it contributes directly or indirectly to the improvement of IBM's products, processes and policies; if it builds a sense of community; or if it helps to promote IBM's Values, then it is adding value."
Above is an excerpt from IBM's Social Computing Guidelines, which pretty much rock. Even Mashable says so.
And really, knowledge-sharing is what it's all about, isn't it? I know that's what we are trying to achieve with this blog: Notes from Rational Support.
How are we doing? Are you finding this blog valuable? Interesting? Are we helping you to do your job better and solve problems faster?
We'd love the gift of feedback. Let us know how we're doing and what we can be doing better by posting a comment to this entry.
If you're not feeling particularly eloquent, how about just clicking the star next to this entry if you like what we're doing and want to see more.
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AcdntlPoet 2700019V2G Tags:  rational rational-client-support top-content blogging top-10 9,754 Views
What end of year post would be complete without a top ten list? As we wrap up the year running metrics and reports to show our results, we've taken a look back at the past year and found some fun bits of data to help us in the coming year.
So, here you go! These are the top ten most viewed blog posts published on Notes from Rational Support in 2014!
While these were the most viewed, and presumably most helpful, were they also your favourites of the year? Or, did you find other posts more helpful or more enjoyable? Let us know in the comments!
Saurabh.Tyagi 270005CY2K Tags:  how-to thought-leadership rational-client-support blogging rational 8,824 Views
Why do I blog about Rational License server, RPT, RFT, CLM, anyway? Why do I even recommend it? Who will gain anything out of it?
If you ask me I will have loads to say as I love blog posts, especially those that can take you through the entire process of troubleshooting, installing a software, or building an application from A to Z. After reading many technical blog posts from different authors and writing many myself, I’ve decided that it’s time to share a workflow that I hope will help those who are creating amazing things to blog more easily and often.
Writing blog posts isn’t easy. Most technical posts require lots of thinking, putting together reporting, scripts, testing, scratching your head when they don’t work right, trying again and again till you succeed. There’s the time it takes to upload images, to get them aligned properly into posts, to get everything just right.
But writing regularly about Rational Licensing concepts has become a very valuable part of my learning process, which helps me connect to my clients and help them grow without any technical hiccups..
Lets understand what one can do to enhance technical blogging: How to write a technical blog
Upon reading couple of books/articles on blogs, this is what I think will best fits in:
Research Deeper into the Topic, I like to include this step after the brainstorm, so I don’t pollute the creative process with external ideas.
Now that you have some of your own original ideas out on paper, it’s time to find out what knowledge has been already uncovered. I suggest that you
a) timebox this step and
b) use resources beyond simple Google searches.
Think before you act : Understand that what kind of blog are you going to write [ A Plan for Your Blog ]
Let Your Personality Show
Blogs began as an intensely personal medium, often having a diary-like quality to them. While blogs have since evolved, many still convey plenty of personality. "Let your personality show," "Remember to be yourself."
Unless you feel strongly about your subject, you will have a tough time succeeding as a blogger. "You have to enjoy what you are blogging about -- it's as simple as that, "If you don't, it will feel forced and your readers will notice."
Explain Technical Matters
No matter what your profession, you likely have to explain complicated topics to people who don't understand. Maybe you're a scientist trying to explain DNA to your grandmother, a literature professor explaining metafiction to drinking buddy, or an IT professional explaining reporting tool to your significant other. Regardless of what you're explaining, you can make it easier on yourself (and the person trying to learn).
Blogging requires time -- lots of time. "The number one thing is to blog as often as possible and to make every post as interesting and useful as possible.
Reference Other Bloggers
Be sure to link to influential bloggers and their posts within your own blog; if you're lucky, they will link back. But don't focus solely on the top one or two bloggers, or else you will look like you just want attention (and links). Other bloggers with clout who aren't the stars of the scene may be more likely to link back to you.
Promoting Your Blog
Understanding Traffic Statistics and analysis
Building a Community Around Your Blog
Scaling Your Blogging Activities
Beyond Blogging: Your Strategy for Social Media
Determine your motivation for writing a technology blog. This will play an important role in determining which topics you write about and how much depth and background or supporting information you provide.
If you're blogging as a hobby and want to share information you know as well as technical information you're learning regularly yourself, you can choose diverse topics that interest you at a specific time.
Can you write about something if you’re not an expert on it? YES you can!!
Try to just write about your findings and research, document your work so far, link to your references, and write down your questions. People may help answer your questions, or you may answer them yourself in further posts. You’ll learn a lot just by writing a careful, thoughtful blog post about what you’re doing.
Write Smartly, but don’t try to sound smart!!
Writing a technical blog helps make you less isolated. It gives the community a chance to get to know you in ways they wouldn’t otherwise. Even if people don’t subscribe and read every post, if you blog regularly and tweet a bit about it, people will find you and get a sense of who you are.
AcdntlPoet 2700019V2G Tags:  rational blogging rational-client-support slideshare collaboration smes 6,921 Views
As a brief respite from the deeply technical content we typically share, here is a Think Friday presention from last year on the topic of Blogging 101 for Subject Matter Experts (This post originally ran on waywardcelt.com October 1st, 2013):
You’ve heard the call to "get engaged". I’ve even blogged about the need to become more digitally social in order to build your career. Well, here’s another step to take to further build your own digital eminence: Start blogging as a way to share your expertise and knowledge. To help you do that, here’s a presentation I posted to slideshare.net with a HUGE thanks to both Duffy Fron and Kelly Smith for the collaboration on this deck:
rthurber 100000N9MD Tags:  rational voice ibmrcs keynotes blogging innovate blogs leadership ibminnovate rational-client-success rational-client-support devops isdz avp innovate2013 13,544 Views
Did you miss any of the blogging action from Innovate? Well, we have you covered!
We have everything covered that our leadership team and social experts posted - from VoiCE, to DevOps, to Keynotes, to ISDZ.
Don't forget to check out the pictures we captured on the IBM RCS Flickr pool!
AcdntlPoet 2700019V2G Tags:  twitter social-media social-business blogging facebook social-crm youtube 9,235 Views
Social CRM is becoming a bigger deal as businesses grow in the social spaces. Where we once referred to this all as "social media" or "new media", we've begun to shift the jargon in how we talk about the spaces. Moving from words indicating "what", we are now using words to indicate "how" we work in the spaces. You've likely seen me use the phrase "Social Business" in the past few months. I made this shift in verbiage based on the fact that "Social Media" really just described the tools we used, not how we used them. We are a business after all, and our primary focus is to help our clients, to help YOU, be successful with the products and services IBM provides.
We are constantly striving to improve how we engage and help, which not only means implementing our strategies, but to get out and learn as much as we can about how best to work in these spaces. And wouldn't you know it, in my effort to learn more, I was pointed to a fabulous paper provided by IBM Global Business Services (http://ibm.com/iibv) surrounding the concept of Social CRM. More specifically, this paper discusses what customers want from brands when they engage in the social spaces.
From social media to Social CRM: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/gbs/thoughtleadership/ibv-social-crm-whitepaper.html
There is some really great and recent information in this paper outlining the gap between what customers want and what companies/brands -think customers want. (As an aside, one of my difficulties has been finding studies like this which match the present climate. Most social media/social business studies I have found were released as far back as 2008 or 2009, some of the more recent ones in early 2010 based on 2009 data. This particular paper has the most up to date information I've found thus far!)
While the paper provides some very eye-opening data and likely will help change how many businesses focus on their social efforts, I was happily surprised to see that our efforts in IBM Rational Support, as well as the larger IBM Rational brand efforts appear to fall in line with the gap table of customers' rankings. Now, I may be biased here (an amazing realization, I know), but I think our four social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and here on NFRS) are indeed aligned directly with customer/client demands from a support organization. But that's just my view, we'd love to hear your view.
So go on and take some time to read the Social CRM paper. I think you'll find some very valuable insights there which you can take back to your own areas and use the data to build your own successes in social business. Of course, once you've read read the paper we here in Rational Support would really appreciate your insights as to how you really think we're doing here and how we may be able to improve the spaces to help you be even more successful!
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The oh-so-wonderful Bob Leah announced a new minimalist dW blog theme available for dW early adopters, and as I can never resist a new bit of blogging shininess, we have jumped into the pool.
Bob has made it very easy to apply and customize the new template, even for someone like ME, who just knows enough HTML/CSS to be dangerous.
I love the new look ... what do you think?