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Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. Hot off the presses is the top content reused during October to help solve your Rational Focal Point, Rational Change, or Rational Quality Manager issues. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
We've got a lot of great stuff to share, so let's dig right in to it! The following items went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Adopt pragmatic architecture for agile application lifecycle management By Jean-Louis Maréchaux Agile teams benefit from applying design management to producing and maintaining software-intensive systems. This article describes a pragmatic approach to efficient collaboration on designs in an application lifecycle management (ALM) environment. It uses realistic examples and focuses on concrete architecture and design activities, using the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). Product: Rational Software Architect
Run automated Selenium JUnit regression tests By Matthew J. Bradshaw Linking an automation tool to create regression test suites with a Collaborative Lifecycle Management application helps ensure end-to-end traceability of requirements. This guide shows how to connect IBM Rational Quality Manager to Selenium, an open source tool for testing web applications. You can then run tests automatically after a build. Product: Rational Quality Manager
Add Project Security in Rational Change: Introduction By Ritesh Nigam When you enable the Project Security feature introduced in Rational Change 5.3, users are assigned dynamic privileges within a set of CRs, rather than the alternative of static privileges that apply to all change requests (CRs) and tasks within a database. This makes user management for Rational Change 5.3 easy. Product: Rational Change
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Darrell Schrag
Darrell Schrag lives in the Chicago area and has lived and breathed software development for the past 24 years. He spent the first eight years of his career developing software in the DoD (U.S. Department of Defense) and financial sectors until he moved to the other side to sell and consult for Rational software. He has spent his time since helping organizations improve all disciplines of their software development lifecycles. He still keeps his coding skills up to date by building extensions to IBM Eclipse-based products. Recently, Darrell has been involved in mobile development, helping IBM customers integrate the mobile platform into their development landscapes. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/swdevfromthecubicle/?lang=en
Last week we also highlighted the following items on our home page and product pages that you may find of interest.
IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management combines Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer into one image, available on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, or as a download. This integrated solution image can help your software development team improve their productivity with integrated application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities. Read more about Collaborative Lifecycle Management http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/announce/lifecycle/. The products in this image offer improved time to delivery with real-time planning, improved quality with lifecycle traceability, and improved predictability with development intelligence. Try CLM on the cloud http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/clm/cloud.html Or as a download http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/clm/index.html
The numbers are in for the top content covering Rational Change, Focal Point, and Quality Manager! This list is based on data showing the top content reused by our Support Engineers to help solve PMRs over the month of July. As an admin or user of Change, Focal Point, or Quality Manager, we're sure you'll find some great information to either help solve issues you're currently struggling with, or even avoid them altogether!
Summertime is the perfect time to relax and sip some iced tea by the pool side, but that doesn't mean we in IBM Rational stop creating great articles to help you get the job done! No way! We're still working hard for you, even IF your loyal blog editor here hasn't highlighted them in a while. For that I beg your forgiveness and present to you the following items that have recently gone live over the past three weeks on developerWorks Rational:
During the week of August 13th, 2012:
How agile practices aid development of complex systems By Martin R. Bakal, Worldwide Offering Manager, Electronics Industry, IBM, Jennifer Althouse, Systems Sales Leader, IBM and Paridhi Verma, Go-to-Market Manager, Electronics Industry & Mobile, IBM This article explores how agile development, continuous integration (CI), and test-driven development (TDD) techniques can be employed in embedded software development. When applied as part of an architecture-based approach, these combined practices provide both high quality and project flexibility. Product: IBM Rational Quality Manager
Replicate and sync IBM ClearCase MultiSite repositories By Tata Consultancy Services' Rational Center of Excellence, Team of experts, Tata Consultancy Services Tips for developers from the Rational Center of Excellence team at Tata Consultancy. Product: IBM Rational ClearCase
Featured download: Rational Method Composer IBM Rational Method Composer, a flexible process management platform with the industry’s most comprehensive tooling and richest process library to help companies implement effective processes for successful software and IT projects.
During the week of August 6th, 2012
Document and automate processes with Rational Method Composer and Jazz: Part 4. Create new process assets By Ricardo Balduino, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA This series about the importance of documenting methods focuses on integrating Rational Method Composer with Rational Team Concert. In Part 4, Ricardo Balduino describes how a team adapts existing Rational Method Composer practices and creates a new process template in Rational Team Concert to run the project. Products: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Method Composer
How Rational tools streamlined testing in the IBM Tivoli Rome Lab By Alessandro De Micco and Ilaria Gorga, Software Engineers, IBM, Italy Engineers from the IBM Tivoli software lab in Rome describe the significant differences in their daily work since they moved from using a Lotus Notes database and text documents to IBM Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager. Architects, project managers, developers, and testers all benefited, and they explain how. Products: IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational Quality Manager
Configure DOORS and Rational Team Concert for globally distributed workers By Aggie Tang, Sharon Chen, and Yu Qin Dong, Globalization Shared Services Center, IBM, China This article explains how to set up servers and computers when your team includes individuals in different locations around the world. Readers can follow these steps and examples to configure their own working environments. (Requires intermediate-level knowledge of both Rational Team Concert and Rational DOORS.) Products: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational DOORS
Manage builds easier with Jazz Team Build in Rational Team Concert By Veena H. Balakrishnaiah, Build and Release Engineer, IBM, India Veena H. Balakrishnaiah gives an overview of how to configure the source control and Jazz Team Build components of Rational Team Concert to define and manage software builds. Jazz Team Builds support automation, monitoring, and awareness of a team's regular builds. Product: IBM Rational Team Concert
Document and automate processes with Rational Method Composer and Jazz, Part 3 By Ricardo Balduino, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA In the third article in this series, Ricardo Balduino explains how customizing a process works. He describes how a team extends the process description included in Rational Method Composer to accommodate new process needs and how they automate that process in Rational Team Concert. Products: IBM Rational Method Composer and IBM Rational Team Concert
Change the ClearCase ALBD password easily with this updated utility By Mike Nellis, Senior Software Engineer, IBM, USA If you use Rational ClearCase with Microsoft Windows, ClearCase requires a Windows user account to start the Atria Location Broker Daemon (ALBD). You must change the password periodically for security. Mike Nellis explains how to use a utility included with this article to change the ALBD password quickly and easily. Product: IBM Rational ClearCase
What's new in IBM Rational Quality Manager 4.0 IBM Rational Quality Manager 4.0 improves the browser interface and introduces new ways to record test scripts, upgrade, and customize, plus new reports and capabilities for distributed testing, automatic selection of test machines, and quite a bit more. Pramod Chandoria gives you the details on the most noteworthy new features.
Data import, export, and update in Rational Focal Point Importing, exporting, and updating a large volume of complex data is an essential but resource-intensive operation in IBM Rational Focal Point. Karthikeyan Dakshinamurthy and Sreejith Nishanth give an overview of various methods, guidelines to follow, and how to save time during these operations.
We are also highlighting the following items on the developerWorks Rational home page and product pages that you may find of interest:
The numbers are in once again! Here is the top content for Rational Change, Focal Point, and Quality Manager based on reuse by our Support Engineers to help solve PMRs over the month of June. As an admin or user of Change, Focal Point, or Quality Manager, I'm sure you'll find some great information in there to help solve some issues you've run into or determine upgrade paths as well!
Quality management and test data management for SAP- This demo looks at new Optim System Analyzer - Rational Quality Manager (RQM) product integration that delivers better quality for less efforts. It starts by looking at the key questions asked when faced with SAP changes.
May's numbers have been in for a bit, but were slightly preempted by Innovate content. For that I apologize, and deliver, humbly, the top content for Rational Change, Focal Point, and Quality Manager based on reuse by our Support Engineers to help solve PMRs. Check em out, I'm sure you'll find some great tidbits in there to help solve some issues you've run into as well!
With Innovate2012 being our focus for the past two weeks, we've held on to some of the great content coming out of developerWorks Rational to make sure we highlighted it when you'd all be back and ready for it! So here you go; the following are the wonderful articles which went live on developerWorks Rational over the past two weeks between June 5th and 15th:
Accelerate test cycles with Rational Quality Manager and a cloud test lab By Pietro Marella, Advisory Engineer, IBM, Italy Extend Rational Quality Manager with the Test Lab Manager component, so you can accelerate test cycles by managing assets in virtually. Tivoli SmartCloud Provisioning helps integrate capabilities, so you can import current definitions of virtual images and deploy new virtual machines on demand. Product: Rational Quality Manager
How to implement a conditional loop in Rational Performance Tester By Vishalendu Pandey, Senior Performance Engineer, IBM, India In this article for automation engineers with beginner to intermediate experience in Rational Performance Tester, Vishalendu Pandey guides you through creating a conditional loop that runs a specified number of times. He even includes a sample automation script. Product: Rational Performance Tester
Implement ongoing analysis and management of business-critical IT applications By Amy M. Silberbauer, Executive IT Specialist, IBM, USA Integrating software application analysis with managing changes to source code is a critical part of multiplatform development. Amy Silberbauer describes how to do this in managing the scope and risk of changes, so your plans will be more accurate and you can make better decisions. Products: Rational Asset Analyzer, Rational Team Concert
IBM announces Rational spring launch of products and services By Mike Perrow, Writer and editor, Rational brand strategy team, IBM New Rational software integrations and collaborative capabilities help clients optimize their software and systems delivery across the application and product lifecycle. The offerings include distinct sets of capabilities for IT teams and for product and systems service teams. Mike Perrow gives you the details. Products: Rational DOORS, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Rhapsody, Rational Team Concert
How early Integration testing enables agile development By Monica Luke, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, IBM, USA It's hard to deliver on the agile principle of "done, done, done" for complex, heterogeneous systems. Monica Luke explains how service virtualization can improve team collaboration and align the independent test organization's focus on the same milestone as the development team. Products: IBM Green Hat, Rational Performance Tester,
Integrate Rational ALM applications with SAP Solution Manager By Bernd Eberhardt, Product Manager at the IBM SAP International Competence Center, Germany Businesses with SAP environments benefit from a quality-based approach to ensuring that SAP implementations meet changing business needs. Bernd Eberhardt explains how integrating SAP's Solution Manager with Rational's extensible ALM apps helps scale existing processes and reduce costs. Products: Rational ClearQuest, Rational Functional Tester, Rational RequisitePro,
What's new in Rational Software Architect 8.5 and Design Manager 4 beta By Steve Arnold, Senior Technical Consultant, IBM, UK Rational Software Architect 8.5 adds support for Spring, Hibernate, Struts2 and Java 7 and makes adoption easier with a Visio import option. It includes the Design Manager 4 beta, which simplifies team working and improves reuse. Steve Arnold describes these and other highlights. Product: Rational Software Architect
What's new in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0 By Jared Pulham, Senior Product Manager, IBM, UK Unlock the power of traceability from definition to delivery with Version 4.0 of IBM Rational Requirements Composer. In this article, Jared Pulham delves into the details of what this new version offers. Product: Rational Requirements Composer
We are also pleased to feature Contributing Author Bhargav Perepa
Bhargav Perepa lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his IBMer wife, Suj Perepa, and their daughter. As an IBM engineer in a trusted advisor specialist capacity, Bhargav consults with US Federal Government to help position IBM products and solutions for complex and often challenging requirements. Bhargav's sole focus in his current job role is to remove technical inhibitors to adoption of IBM products by the US government. He performs technical feasibility studies, conducts assessments to understand customer business and technical environments, presents proof-of-concept and technologies results, and guides solution implementations and IBM enablement sessions. Bhargav has presented at conferences, teamed up in leadership exchanges, and written articles and IBM Redbooks. He has contributed to the IBM patent portfolio, and he participates in the IBM patent review board. Bhargav is also a university ambassador and a certification and patent mentor for IBM. He enjoys reading The Economist, The Washington Post, US Civil War history, training for and completing marathons, swimming, volunteering for food banks and being election chief, traveling, and hiking (Grand Canyon roundtrip in a day, for example).
Back from Innovate? Missed last week's downloads? You can find those here... but what about this week's downloads? Ah, yes, as expected below are the links to the new downloads posted between June 6th, 2012 and today... don't forget to check out the 'tags' above to find other downloads you may have missed:
Following are the top ten technotes our TSEs shared with you over April to help resolve your Focal Point, Change, and Quality Manager PMRs. Are you running into any of the same issues as well? If so, check out these technotes and let us know if they helped solve your issues too!
Rational Change Top 10
4031500 Rational Change Fix Pack 6 (22.214.171.124) for 5.2
1324472 Configuring Change to use the hostname instead of the IP address
Every week I am amazed at how much new and deeply technical content comes through the developerWorks streams. And of course, last week was no different... the following are the cool new bits of content that went live on developerWorks Rational last week:
Save time by pre-filling OSLC resource creation fields in Rational Change By: Neeraja Vishwanathapura (email@example.com), Senior Software Engineer, IBM Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) service providers can receive POST requests that contain change request resource definitions. They retrieve a URI that represents the embedded page to be used. Save time with this sample code that pre-fills resource creation fields. Products: Rational Change, Rational Quality Manager
Global and Workspace admin permission differences in Rational Focal Point By: Anurag Saraf (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior Staff Software Engineer, IBM Global Administrator and Workspace Administrator permissions in Rational Focal Point allow different kinds of access and capabilities. Anurag Saraf explains what actions each of these admin roles can perform at global and workspace levels. Product: Rational Focal Point
Minimum IBM Rational DOORS Web Access installation By: Lee J. Byrnes (email@example.com), Load, Performance, and Security Tester, IBM This is the minimum suggested set up for IBM DOORS Web Access software, because each tier has specific requirements to operate successfully. Lee Byrnes explains the requirements and the reasoning behind them. Product: Rational DOORS
Managing parallel development with Rational Team Concert By: Mark Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org), Technical Consultant, IBM Need help improving your approach to parallel development? Or, are you new to Rational Team Concert? If so, this article is for you. Product: Rational Team Concert
We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Anurag Saraf
Anurag Saraf is a Rational Tools Administrator in the IBM Software Labs in Pune, India. He works with the IBM Systems and Technology group in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and supports their Rational tools environment, which includes Rational Focal Point, ClearQuest, RequisitePro, and ClearCase. He has been with IBM for six years. Apart from work, he enjoys travelling, playing cricket and badminton, and exploring new places and restaurants. He also invests time in learning new IBM tools.
We all know how useful videos on Youtube can be for learning about our Rational products, be it usage, what's new in a release, or even high level process. Our Rational Education group has been a great provider of a lot of these viddeos already, and now they've gone a step further.... Check out the following link to review a series of playlists, organized by product, to help you find the info you need across the various Youtube accounts:
This month we've taken a slightly different approach to our Top Content series, and will be highlighting the top Product Documentation links (instead of the top support generated content) as used by our Technical Support Engineers to help solve PMRs over the course of March for Rational Change, Focal Point, and Quality Manager. These are direct links to the cited documentation topics all housed within InfoCenters on IBM.com which have been heavily reused during March to resolve PMRs:
Following are the latest in Rational Downloads posted since March 23rd. (Think you may have missed something previously? Click the product name or downloads tag to checkout all the prior downloads posts as well):