The ALM Community will soon be redirecting to the newly launched DevOps Community!
DevOps is reshaping the future of ALM as noted in a recently published Forrester report, Continuous Delivery is Reshaping the Future of ALM, saying "DevOps is now noisily elbowing its way into the mainstream- the revolution is just beginning, but it’s real and the time to act is now."
IBM DevOps is an essential enterprise capability for continuous delivery that enables organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. DevOps enables organizations to adopt and continuously improve in lean and agile practices through shared learning, while extending the boundaries of agile to encompass the full business/client value stream. Effective ALM is a key practice that helps organizations implement a DevOps approach because it allows them to efficiently deliver applications and services with robust performance, transactional integrity, security and control.
We ask that you continue to participate and contribute your ALM expertise to the DevOps Community moving forward. Join our new DevOps Community to post questions to the Forum or get community insights from our Blog. We look forward to exchanging ideas with you.
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Technical hiccups? Error messages? 'How to' questions?
We are very excited to announce the launch of the Rational Common Licensing Support Community, we at IBM Rational are constantly striving to reduce the time it takes for you to gain value from our products and solutions for the technical problems you may have.
We'll do our level best to help you. This is the place to engage and report your technical problems, make suggestions, get involved in testing, learn more about the site, keep up on changes, learn about new features and functions being released and what's new, and ask questions about getting around the online community.
This community is a central hub for →
Finding information and references to help plan, set up, and maintain your Rational licenses
Discussing ideas with, and ask questions to the Rational Licensing team
Getting updates, news, and event information
Explore it now on IBM developer Works => https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=3073bdfa-c8f7-4af3-ae91-43f3fa0f0fa6&lnk=uctug_ratl_dw_2013-06-18_license_community
Each ICON displayed below will help you understand, what this community is all about and how we have assembled the information keeping in mind the ease of access. As we understand that juggling your business commitments can be hectic, so we have assembled information we think will ease the stress a little. Check out different blocks like, Troubleshooting, Questions, News & events, Contact information, Plans, etc., and find important release information and access to resources ( testing ) offered by our experts. Need to change your business load or direction, or talk to someone about your migrations and upgrades? We've got that covered too. It is all part of our commitment to supporting you in enhancing performance.
How to Participate:
Register and log in to IBM developer Works
Join the Rational Common Licensing Support Community
Find answers by searching the forums
Plan or optimize your license deployment by reading materials and references
Check out updates and news about Rational licensing
Share your comments and experiences with others!
We hope that sharing this sort of information with in the community will be helpful to your teams as you work on your projects. Also, we hope that you’ll comment and participate in sharing your own tips and tricks from your experiences, both for the benefit of other community members and to help us build tools that better suits your needs.
I’ll keep this information short to allow you to explore the new community and share your views on the same.
Both Vijay Sankar and Andy Gurd have tirelessly spent the past month taking you back to school on requirements. If you missed it, or just want a refresher, take a look at their work with the entire Requirements Management 101 series here:
The ALM Community is planning the following ALM Office Hour events for March and April:
Is it better to deploy IBM Rational Team Concert incrementally or all at once?
Event Date/Time: March 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Are you gearing to adopt or you have already successfully adopted IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)? Join us to discuss some successful RTC adoption patterns based on customer experiences. You will learn about tips and tricks on what has worked well for others when introducing a new set of development tools to your teams. This discussion will be led by Rolf Nelson, Senior Product Manager for IBM Rational Team Concert.
Event Date/Time: April 5th, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST)
Agile development is a time boxed iterative approach that encourages rapid and flexible response to change through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams and customers. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary architecture and design and incremental delivery of software to achieve the earliest possible benefit based upon value, risk, priority and necessity. A well functioning, agile team works with just enough process to get the job done but to achieve real productivity improvements and continuously deliver on their objectives, they need sufficient technological infrastructure, or what some have termed "Architectural Runway."
Make sure you email, tweet, and/or blog about these excellent upcoming ALM events!
Author: Fariz Saracevic (@FarizSaracevic) Lifecycle Scenario Architect
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!
If you're interested in the latest IBM SDK for Java 8.0, head over to the community and grab the files, then get involved!
This new version of Java aims to provide Java SE 8.0 compatibility, while exploiting the unique capabilities of IBM platforms to achieve performance and usability improvements.
What's new in the IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8.0? Check out this list:
Compatibility with the new Java SE 8.0 (JSR 337)
Leverages new IBM hardware
Improved performance for workload optimized runtimes
Enhanced support for Cloud & Multi-tenancy environments
And improved efficiency of manipulating native data records/types directly from Java code
If you'd like to take part in the IBM Java 8 beta just use this url to access the files: https://www.ibm.com/services/forms/preLogin.do?source=swg-beta-ibmjte
But don't forget to join the community for answers to questions or to help answer others!
No, this isn't an opinion missive or thought leadership article on how to ask for feedback. No, today is all about transparency and clarity. I'd like to take this Think Friday opportunity to beg, grovel, and blatantly outright ask for your input.
We've been running the Rational Support social spaces for well into three years now, gaining on four in some spaces. All our efforts are of course focused on providing you, our clients, with higher value and better ways of finding solutions. Over this time we've sent out a few surveys to get a sense of direction and sentiment from you directly. But today, we'd like to change our tactic and specifically ask you directly for feedback in our comments to let us know how we're doing.
If you're anything like us you know how valuable direct feedback is, which is one of the reasons we are making this call to you. We like to work in an open, transparent, and authentic fashion, so it shouldn't come as any surprise to know that, in part, this request is also coming to help with our strategy work for the next year, along with year end review cycles.
So, if you've found our efforts here and in our other social presences valuable, we'd love to hear it in the comments section below, or through any medium with which you are most comfortable. But, we'd also love to hear it if you haven't found value too! Of course if the latter is true we'd also like to hear how we can better serve and improve things for you. Your feedback here will be critical to the directions we take in the coming year as well as the level of focus, effort, and resources we devote to these spaces as well. And don't forget that feedback on specific content you find in support portal is also loved and HGIHLY valuable! Take a moment and watch the video below to see what we do with document feedback and how it helps us improve our overall support...
And here's a preemptive thank you to any and all who comment and provide feedback. Know that if you do, you will be our best friends EVER.
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Are you an EGL user?
If so, you hopefully already know of the EGL community (also known as the EGL Cafe) where you and find and connect with other EGL users. They even tackle this very question in their blog post titled: EGL case studies: Who's using EGL?
The community also has a list of Business Partners that provide offerings and services related to EGL, along with a list of EGL Success Stories showing how companies from around the world are using EGL and getting great results. People are also sharing their EGL success stories on their own company web sites and places like ModernizeIT.eu and the EGL group on LinkedIn.
Don't forget the EGL forum; a great place to ask questions and help out other EGL users. use the Watch Forum feature to keep up with the great discussion on the forum's latest threads!
So to answer the question of "Who's using EGL?" check out the EGL case studies: Who's using EGL? blog post in the EGL community. There is a plethora of GREAT information and links to help you out!
Did you hear? Fariz Saracevic, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, announced on his blog Tuesday that the ALM Community is launching an Office Hours program. these office hours are intended to help connect you, our clients, with the right Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help answer questions, provide feedback, or even learn about deeper ALM related topics.
Check out his blog here for more details, or just use the information below to join the ALM community and begin working directly with your peers and the ALM SMEs!
To get notified about ALM Community Office Hours, become an ALM community member, and/or pass this information to your peers:.
If you have IBM developerWorks ID, click "Join this Group" button from ALM community home page.
If you do not have IBM developerWorks ID, register with IBM developerWorks/join ALM community with easy three steps:
1. Go to the IBM developerWorks registration page
2. Complete registration form and , click on the "Register" button
3. Go to the ALM community home page and click "Join this Group" button.
First and foremost, all credit for this forehead-smacking moment goes to my fearless cohort, Kelly Smith. She had posted internally on this topic and pointed out that this may make a great "Think Friday" post here on Notes from Rational Support.
If you've been reading our posts for a bit, you'll likely have noticed our typical image crediting at the bottom when we use images not owned by IBM. Both Kelly and I use the Creative Commons attribution pool / search feature on Flickr.com to find fun and interesting images to accompany our blog posts here, and as the Creative Commons license specifies, we add the attribution credit to all images we use from this pool.... but neither of us had ever done this:
As Kelly noted in her internal blog posting on this behaviour: it is...a Forehead-smacking moment. It's gracious, it's social, it's the right thing to do. It is tone-perfect, and the use of the first person makes it personable and warm. Like Kelly, I'm now smacking MY forehead for having missed such a great and simple opportunity to be a better internet citizen. Kelly and I have both agreed and added this as one of our blogging best-practices, and have begun practicing what we preach as you can see here on the image I used for last Friday's "Working Outside the Inbox" post:
As in my prior blog post on my personal site in which I discuss the "Social stewardship of sharing", to us this loop-back thank you is a great way to become a better internet citizen and a better social steward. Rather than simply take-take-take, we are able to borrow and then use our social currency to show direct appreciation to those whom have graciously shared their images for use via the Creative Commons licensing. Acknowledgement and a thank you takes so little time, but really means so much... in today's world of copyright and intellectual property thievery, I feel it is important to stand up as a good internet citizen, to credit and show appreciation for those people who allow us use of their content to share and share alike.
What are YOUR thoughts on this practice? Do you do similar things when sharing? Have you had others thank or credit you in the past in similar fashions? Is this something you'll likely to start doing now or is it a bit too "hippie2.0"?
We've highlighted the IBM Rational Community on developerWorks here before, in part because we see the value in bringing together like-minded people to collaborate on ideas, solutions, and knowledge sharing. After all, what kind of support blog would we be if we didn't show you the best places to solve technical or business problems?
Today, we are happy to highlight a new community aimed at helping you transform your software and product delivery, The Agile Transformation community here on developerWorks is where you can learn from (and collaborate with) over 500 agile experts and enthusiasts who have transformed their own teams and organizations to adopt agile software development methods.
But you don't have to take our word for it... Here's a quick 2 minute tour of the community, presented by Scott Ambler which should help show the value you can get from this new community. Scott guides you through the The Agile Transformation community, a dedicated group of professionals well-versed in adopting agile development methods and scaling them to an organization. Get executive views from experts as well as "tales from the trenches" told by developers who apply these methods every day. http://ibm.co/getagile:
As a member of this community you can hare your experiences and thoughts in the Agile Transformation community blog, tap the collective expertise of the community by asking a question on the message boards, or participate in an upcoming Community webcast to learn more about how you can transform your own organization to me more agile...
To join, visit the Agile Transformation community and click Join this group.
It's Presidents Day here in the U.S. and Family day in Canada, which both mean site holidays for a good number of us. But have no fear, we'll be back tomorrow with our normal daily posts bringing both technical content and other interesting content to help you become the go-to person for solutions and a thought leader in your own organization!
Don't think we're leaving you stranded though... If you're unlucky enough to be stuck at work today, here's what went live on developerWorks Rational last week, which will hopefully help you fill those slow holiday hours before quitting time
The 10 most-loved articles about Rational software from 2011
By: developerWorks Rational Staff
In honor of St. Valentines Day, we've pulled together a compilation of the 10 most popular articles published in 2011 in the developerWorks Rational section, based on what weekly newsletter readers clicked most often.
Create a multichannel portlet application with Rational Application Developer, Part 2
By: Gaurav Bhattacharjee
Learn how to use Rational Application Developer 8.0.4 to create a multichannel portlet with different displays on desktop web browsers and smart phones. Later, the portlet will combine data from IBM DB2, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM Connections social business software.
Product: Rational Application Developer
Create a multichannel portlet application with Rational Application Developer, Part 3
By: Gaurav Bhattacharjee
Part 3 demonstrates using Rational Application Developer 8.0.4 to display data from Microsoft SharePoint in a multichannel portlet. When you view it from a browser, the portlet displays the desktop version. Similarly, from a smart phone, you see the mobile version.
Product: Rational Application Developer
This week we are also highlighting the Rational Community on our home page:
Rational community: We invite you join to learn, experience and share: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=e4210f90-a515-41c9-a487-8fc7d79d7f61
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Well why aren't you an IBM Rational community member yet?
To see the latest forum discussions from developerWorks and Jazz.net, click the Share tab of our community home page. Also in this space, you'll find the latest event announcements and Twitter conversations about #ibmrational.
Follow the feeds, visit the bookmarks, and check out the wikis!
The Feeds section of the community provides some of the best feed links for Rational Software. Of great note is the From the Rational bloggers link which is an aggregate feed based on the 'rational' tag to pull in related blog posts from across developerworks into a single feed. But don't stop there, the bookmarks section provides handy links to other spots in the developerWorks network of communities to find that information you're looking for! And don't miss the wiki pages to help you get started, and contribute to the conversations!
Is that not enough to convince you? Need more? How about some specific examples of the amazing content you can find on the community? Well, just take a look at some of the wonderful highlights of what came through this community home page this month:
- 3 new posts from Jean-Louis Marechaux that focus on agile development, architecture, and design (Pragmatic Architecture)
- Critical fix news for Rational Application Developer, plus subsequent posts about the latest downloads, technote usage, and My Notifications updates for support portal (Notes From Rational Support)
- Tom Baranski tells of a better way to generate COBOL programs to VSE; Plus, learn more about Open EGL (EGL Blog)
- New articles from developerWorks Rational and some tips for getting your speaker application accepted for Innovate (Rational community)
- Get the most out of the Jazz.net library (Jazz.net blog)
So there ya go, now that you're convinced, get going and join in the fun! Here's two fabulous wiki pages to help you get set up:
Now that you've joined the group and learned how to contribute, the ball's in your court! We'd love to see you become an active member. So stop by and say "hi", introduce yourselves to the community managers and members, and tell them Rational Support sent you, they promise not to hold it against you
And lastly, a very special note from our friend Susan Peich, one of the IBM Rational community managers, regarding our social survey:
"Help Rational Support help you
Our support team wants your feedback about how they can make their social sites more useful to you. Help them out and take this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G8SFMY6
It took me a mere 3 minutes to answer the questions. It's the easiest thing you can do to help out a friend this month. Truly. - Susan "
The dW Rational community is open to the public! http://ibm.co/rationalcommunity
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:
- Delivers Rational software content in real time. (i.e. Learn, Experience, Share, Get Support sections)
- Collaborative features to engage with clients (i.e. Links to the Wiki, Blog, Message Board links on the left -OR- a closeup of the discussion forum feed widget "Share"; or both)
- Tags help us identify content for clients (i.e. tag cloud and footer)
- Built on developerWorks Lotus connections groups
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:
- the developerWorks technical library (Rational zone)
- developerWorks community blogs (tagged with "rational")
- jazz.net library, blog, and forums
- Rational forums
- IBM Rational Support knowledgebase
- And our 3 IBM Rational YouTube channels: IBMRational, IBMJazz, and IBMRationalSupport
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!