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Migrate your CMVC workflow to Rational Team Concert, Part 2: Configure the Defect/Feature Importer to migrate CMVC work items to Rational Team Concert
Configure the CMVC-RTC Connector Plugin's Defect/Feature Importer to successfully migrate CMVC work items to Rational Team Concert.
Articles 30 Jul 2016
Migrate your CMVC workflow to Rational Team Concert, Part 3: Extract and import your source code to Rational Team Concert
Configure the CMVC-Rational Team Concert SCM Importer to extract and import your source code to Rational Team Concert.
Articles 30 Jul 2016
Staging adoption of EclEmma and Rational Team Concert integration
The EclEmma Rational Team Concert integration helps you detect defects in earlier phases of the software development cycle. Learn about some of the features added to the EclEmma and IBM Rational Team Concert integration to help you gradually increase the level of code coverage.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Feb 2016
Rational Team Concert essentials: A developer's perspective, Part 2: Delivering work contributions
Learn how to use Rational Team Concert to identify your project development commitments, carry out your development activities in a team environment, and deliver your work to your team project.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 28 Jul 2015
Top 10 reasons to use Bluemix and DevOps Services
If you have not heard about the cloud revolution in IT, you were probably living in a cave or on another planet for the past 3 years. The cloud is everywhere, and it drastically changes the way information is stored and shared. Cloud computing forces organizations to apply new business models, and teams have to re-invent the way they develop and deliver applications. In this article, I present ten reasons why you should consider IBM Bluemix if you plan to create and deploy cloud applications. With extensive support for mobile and web applications, Bluemix provides all the services you need to your develop your next brilliant idea.
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Articles 07 Jul 2015
Making IBM i agile
Learn about the ARCAD and IBM DevOps toolset which provides the support you need to include IBM i development in your continuous integration strategy accurately and automatically.
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Articles 11 Jun 2015
Rational Team Concert essentials: A developer's perspective, Part 1: Joining a new team project
In Part 1 of this series, learn how to join a team project, create a workspace to contribute to your project, and load existing artifacts from your team’s project components.
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Articles 19 Feb 2015
Continuous delivery with Rational Team Concert and UrbanCode Deploy: Part 2. How to extend the build process
This article shows how to extend a build process to push newly built objects from the Rational Team Concert build process to the UrbanCode Deploy repository so that it is ready for deployment.
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Articles 06 Feb 2015
Continuous delivery with Rational Team Concert and UrbanCode Deploy, Part 1: An out-of-the-box implementation
Learn how to create a continuous delivery process using IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM UrbanCode Deploy. You will learn how to extend an existing build processor to create a new build process from scratch that will seamlessly integrate the products to provide a flow of content in a highly traceable manner.
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Articles 06 Feb 2015
Continuous delivery with Rational Team Concert and UrbanCode Deploy: Part 3. How to use extensions to the Ant build.xml file
This article presents the final part of an alternative approach using extensions to the Ant build.xml file which is often at the center of the build process used by Rational Team Concert.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 06 Feb 2015
Integrating FindBugs, CheckStyle and Cobertura with Rational Team Concert build system
This article discusses the integration of quality assurance tools FindBugs, CheckStyle and Cobertura with IBM Rational Team Concert. This integration reduces defect generation when compiling and building an application. It improves the code quality of the application while performing the day-to-day build job. This technique can be used cross-platform with products and applications built on Java technology.
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Articles 22 Jan 2015
5 minutes of smart: Use source control to manage change
Using source control, developers can more easily manage source code, documents, and other artifacts that a software development team creates. By using an automated tool -- in this case, the agile project management Rational Team Concert -- you make it easier to manage these change in a development project.
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Articles 03 Dec 2014
5 minutes of smart: Manage change with work items
Developers can learn how to become change and configuration management experts by understanding how work items function. By using an automated tool -- in this case, the agile project management Rational Team Concert -- you make it easier to manage change in a software development project.
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Articles 02 Dec 2014
Integrate Blueworks Live business processes with Rational CLM
In this article you will learn how to deploy, configure and use the Blueworks Live OSLC adapter, so that you can link project artifacts in to the business processes documented in Blueworks Live. By deploying this adapter your development teams can easily find the related business process, and thus build a better understanding of the requirements. In turn they're enabled to build better software that supports the business.
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Articles 07 Oct 2014
Use Rational Team Concert to create calculated fields within a work item
IBM® Rational Team Concert™ can help software development teams store and organize information, including work plans, tasks, builds, tests and source code / other files. IBM® Rational Team Concert can also be customized to align with the processes and data gathering requirements of a project team. This article demonstrates how to add a custom attribute to a work item that performs some calculations (through JavaScript), based on the values of one or more attributes from the same work item.
Articles 27 Aug 2014
The pillars of knowing your software is right
In model-driven development and formal specification of software systems, the quality feedback mechanism is reinforced by the more extensive validation of early lifecycle representations of the system. It is worth replacing a well-understood and trusted validation and verification model based on hand-crafted requirements, code, simulation, and test with a formal requirements engineering approach.
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Articles 21 Aug 2014
Discover cross-project reporting with the IBM Jazz Reporting Service
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is a set of seamlessly integrated applications that work together as one platform for managing the complete lifecycle of your development projects. The application and lifecycle data that your teams create collaboratively for their projects is provided to you for reporting by CLM in a data warehouse. This article introduces an all new set of capabilities and reports that allow you to set-up dashboards that show you the status of your entire project portfolio, aggregating data cross-applications, cross-projects, and even cross-timelines.
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Articles 19 Aug 2014
DevOps for rapid software production
Producing IT software solutions fast enough to meet operational demands has become increasingly challenging for technology-rich businesses. The process is labor intensive and requires iterative procedures as well as 24x7 attentiveness to integrating, compiling, and testing code. At first glance, throwing additional resources at the problem seems the logical response, but a better solution is to develop software applications more rapidly using a framework that is resilient enough to withstand mass-production automations. DevOps offers such a framework, and coupled with rapid application development, businesses can perform fast-paced prototyping, testing, and delivery while maintaining high quality standards.
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Articles 24 Jun 2014
From AccuRev to Rational Team Concert
Learn how to migrate source code stored in an AccuRev repository to IBM Rational Team Concert by using one of two approaches: Migrate the source code without history or migrate the source code with history. If you use AccuRev and need to migrate code to Rational Team Concert, these migration tips can help.
Articles 20 May 2014
Change apps quickly with Rational Team Concert
Make changes to an application more quickly and make the application more scalable, using a collaborative development platform that makes it possible to apply an agile DevOps approach to continuous operations of an application. Consider four methods of modernizing an application: hosting it on a different platform, migrating it to a database management system, dividing it into smaller, service-related components, or using a combination of methods in a hybrid approach.
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Articles 15 Apr 2014
Improve the quality of your unit testing by integrating eclEmma and Rational Team Concert
This article describes how to set up eclEmma and IBM Rational Team Concert so that you can automatically check your code coverage when code is delivered to a stream. The delivery can then be prevented if the coverage is not sufficient. This process makes it possible for teams to ensure that their unit tests are being effective and that they have high levels of coverage. It also helps teams with existing code to incrementally improve the coverage and quality of the code.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 08 Apr 2014
Multi-platform application deployment with UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to use IBM UrbanCode Deploy to manage the deployment of a z/OS operating system as part of a multi-platform application. This article includes two scenarios of how to use UrbanCode Deploy to help deploy z/OS applications: how to deploy directly using the z/OS agent, and how to integrate with the existing deployment process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 18 Feb 2014
Integrate IBM Rational Team Concert and IBM Rational Change
Organizations that use IBM Rational Change are hesitant to transition to a new change-tracking tool. However, they need access to integrated project planning features and they need better collaboration and integration with other tools in the application development lifecycle. One option is to integrate Rational Change with IBM Rational Team Concert to get access to these capabilities, without disrupting existing projects that use Rational Change and IBM Rational Synergy.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 11 Feb 2014
Develop products and systems with IBM Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering
This article describes the process assets that are available for the Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering and its industry variants, and gives an overview of the mechanisms for how to deploy those practices.
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Articles 22 Jan 2014
Integrating CLM with HP Quality Center
This article presents the integrations and use cases supported by the Rational Adapter for HP ALM. It is intended for teams using HP Quality Center for quality management and one or more Rational applications for requirements management, change management, or both. The adapter provides traceability and collaboration across the boundaries of these individual tools. This helps teams to bring quality software to market quickly.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Jan 2014
Integrate IBM Rational CLM with HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git
This article describes how to set up a complex topology to integrate Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products with third-party Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) servers (HP ALM, HP Quality Center, Atlassian JIRA, and Git) using IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters. It covers topologies that align with the CLM standard topologies documented on jazz.net, and it describes environments used in the development of Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1.
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Articles 14 Jan 2014
Customize Rational Team Concert for non-traditional uses
Learn how to customize IBM Rational Team Concert for uses beyond the traditional application lifecycle management use case. Explore a sample scenario to create an application that track opportunities and find out how to create, customize, and test work item types for this situation.
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Articles 17 Dec 2013
What's new in Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1
IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters 1.1.1 continues to enhance the set of integrations that connect Rational solution for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products to several third-party tools. Standard Edition provides usability and performance improvements, and updated environment support. Tasktop Edition provides new integrations, a new integration templates facility, and updated environment support.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 03 Dec 2013
Create custom reports with BIRT and Rational Team Concert
IBM Rational Team Concert helps software development teams store and organize an enormous amount of information, including work plans and tasks, builds and tests, and source code and other files. IBM Rational Team Concert can also be customized to align with the processes and data gathering requirements of a project team. This article demonstrates how to create custom reports containing data from multiple custom attributes using Rational Team Concert with Eclipse Business Information and Reporting Tools (BIRT).
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Articles 12 Nov 2013
Be smart with virtualization: Part 2. Best practices with IBM Rational Software
If you're currently using virtualization methods with IBM Rational software, is everything working as smoothly as you expected? Three IBM experts explain the Rational perspective on virtualization and the key requirements for virtualized environments to get optimal performance from Rational applications. In part two, the experts present two more case studies and troubleshooting tips.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 08 Oct 2013
Best practices for systems and software development
Authors Graham Bleakley, Keith Collyer, and Joanne Scouler present an easy-to-understand explanation of the best practices for the IBM Rational Solutions for Systems and Software Engineering. The article describes the purpose, outlines the content, and explains how they support regulatory standards.
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Articles 17 Sep 2013
Access Rational Team Concert with OSLC: a quick start guide
This article is a quick guide to using Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) for reading and writing information to work items in IBM Rational Team Concert using Java. The examples demonstrate how to connect, retrieve, and store information in Rational Team Concert in a practical way.
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Articles 03 Sep 2013
Integrate SonarQube into a DevOps environment
Learn how to integrate a static code analysis tool using the IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery Solution. This article also shows how to integrate SonarQube into a DevOps environment to obtain the feedback from the static analysis tool. Code quality is improved and your project is managed better.
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Articles 27 Aug 2013
Use approvals to enforce test driven development, code reviews and integration testing in Rational Team Concert
Deepa Saini shows how the approval process can be leveraged in Rational Team Concert to enforce Test Driven Development (TDD), code review and integration testing as part of project process. TDD, reviews, and integration testing put in practice ensure quality software development. For users new to project process implementation, this article assists in getting started with this implementation in Rational Team Concert right away. For users who are familiar with processes and would like to implement these quality practices, this is the right pointer on how to get them set up in their project process.
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Articles 20 Aug 2013
Using Screen Definition II with Rational Team Concert
Many large companies that use the IBM z/OS software have an investment in IBM Screen Definition Facility II (SDF II). Liam Doherty shows how to store SDF II objects and create build definitions for them in IBM Rational Team Concert.
Articles 09 Jul 2013
Configure Rational Team Concert to build ISPF Dialog Tag Language components
Many Rational customers use IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) Dialog Tag Language (DTL) on IBM z/OS systems to define and create their ISPF panels and messages. Invoking the ISPF DTL conversion utility requires different steps in the setup of the language definitions and translators in Rational Team Concert. Liam Doherty explains those steps.
Articles 18 Jun 2013
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0.3 and Design Manager 4.0.3
IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0.3 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0.3 offer several improvements and new features. Capture and validate designs easier with new action language and table improvements, increase performance with 64-bit support, trace requirements with improved workflows with IBM Rational DOORS, using Rhapsody Design Manager. There is also increased support for developing applications that comply with the DO-178B/C standard for avionics and the IEC 62304 standard for medical devices, using reference documentation.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Jun 2013
Simplify user management for Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is becoming a key productivity tool for many organizations. There are companies that are already using other IBM Rational software, such as IBM Rational DOORS, Rational Change or Rational Synergy, or Rational Focal Point, and use Rational Directory Server to provide directory services. Some will want to integrate their new CLM setup with their existing Rational Directory Server to provide services such as authentication and user management. This article explains how to do this, step by step.
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Articles 14 Jun 2013
The IBM Rational 2013 IT and EM Spring Launch story
Adopting a DevOps approach to application development and delivery helps organizations align development resources to satisfy your customers like never before - faster and with less risk. Mike Perrow describes IBM's vision for extending DevOps principles beyond the domain of IT, to include customers and business leaders in a cycle of software delivery and feedback.
Articles 03 Jun 2013
Successful compliance with IEC 61508 safety standards
The international standard, IEC 61508, provides guidelines for developing systems that comprise electrical, electronic, or programmable electronic components, or a combination of those components that perform safety functions. This article offers techniques for incorporating those guidelines into the embedded system and software development lifecycle. It also provides examples of use cases to apply software and system engineering methods and a strategy to help enhance the reliability and functionality of the safety-related and safety-critical systems.
Articles 21 May 2013
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster: Part 3. Upgrade CLM applications to new versions
This series explains how to effectively manage Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) applications that are deployed in a high-availability environment that uses cold standby for the applications and an IBM DB2 HADR implementation for databases. In Part 3, Murali Dhandapani and Nanda Sivanandam describe how to use the primary and standby database servers while upgrading IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer from one version to another. They also explain how to upgrade the CLM applications by using a cold standby setup and provide instructions for upgrading Version 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 when the CLM integration is hosted in a cluster environment.
Articles 14 May 2013
Being agile in embedded product-line development with Rational Team Concert
Harry Koehnemann delves into the details of how one embedded product organization fared when they adopted Rational Team Concert and agile engineering practices. He describes the problems that hardware, software, and project management teams at 321 Gang faced, the practices and tool changes that helped them, and what challenges remain.
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Articles 30 Apr 2013
Custom reporting using work item relationship links
If you have adopted the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), there are two reporting applications that are based on IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software to help you produce reports: IBM Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence and IBM Rational Insight. This article details a flexible mechanism to use in creating report templates that rely on relationship links between work items
Articles 23 Apr 2013
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters
If you use HP Application Lifecycle Management software (HP ALM) for quality management, you can use the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM to integrate data with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. Developers, testers, and analysts can then work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. The adapters also integrate the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) with selected non-IBM software. The first release includes adapters for HP ALM, Atlassian JIRA, and Git software.
Demos 05 Apr 2013
Be smart with virtualization: Part 1. Best practices with IBM Rational software
If you're currently using virtualization methods with IBM Rational software, is everything working as smoothly as you expected? Three IBM experts explain the Rational perspective on virtualization and the key requirements for virtualized environments to get optimal performance from Rational applications. They also share details of two case studies and troubleshooting tips.
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Articles 02 Apr 2013
Create server-side certificates for Collaborative Lifecycle Management
For a Rational tools administrator, installing and deploying new software and technologies can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when the documentation spans multiple IBM brands. Instruction on the use of certificates is typically omitted, because the documentation points you to IBM WebSphere, and it is based on the assumption that you have a working knowledge of certificates. In this tutorial, Neil Williams provides a brief overview and then detailed steps for setting up certificates for WebSphere and Tomcat servers for IBM Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 26 Mar 2013
Migrate Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications to a cluster: Part 1. A high availability approach
This article helps administrators of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) migrate their stand-alone setups to a highly available cluster environment. The authors explain the CLM configuration for the high-availability deployment that they used for this article. Then they provide steps and sample code for making backups of the CLM databases available quickly by using a standby server and the IBM DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) feature. That server takes over quickly when the databases are not available on the primary server for any reason.
Articles 19 Mar 2013
Using scrum methods with Rational Team Concert Version 4: Part 1. Set up the project, team area, and Product Backlog
Starting with Version 1.0, IBM® Rational Team Concert™ has supported the scrum project management approach. Over the years since, both this collaborative software and its support for scrum and agile teams have improved dramatically. This article, updated for Version 4.0.1, replaces previous articles and explains how to use RTC effectively within a scrum team. Part 1 walks you through setting up your project and team and filling your first product backlog.
Articles 05 Mar 2013
Using scrum methods with Rational Team Concert Version 4: Part 2. Plan and manage sprints
Starting with Version 1.0, IBM Rational Team Concert has supported the scrum project management approach. Over the years since, both this collaborative software and its support for scrum and agile teams have improved dramatically. This article, updated for Version 4.0.1, replaces previous articles and explains how to use Rational Team Concert effectively within a scrum team. Part 2 uses a hands-on example to explain how to plan and run your first sprint.
Articles 05 Mar 2013
A Rational Team Concert command-line reference for software developers
Mark Roberts explains how to use the command-line interface for Rational Team Concert to automate several operations. He covers typical developer, integrator, and configuration manager activities, so this article provides a useful guide to the most common aspects of the command-line interface. It will help those who are new to Rational Team Concert and those who want to develop their skills further.
Articles 15 Jan 2013
Three steps to rapid development of high-quality medical devices within regulatory norms
Medical device developers face challenges that are different from developing products in most other industries. Chief among these is the imperative of compliance with safety regulations and industry standards. Three IBM experts describe three steps that help accelerate development, yet still produce high-quality devices that comply with regulations.
Also available in: Spanish  
Articles 08 Jan 2013
Overview of IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development
Learn about IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development, some of it's capabilities, and it's constituent member products.
Demos 18 Dec 2012
Get Ready to Sprint with Rational Team Concert
For scrum teams to be productive, they need stories that are specified well enough that they can actually be implemented. Millard Ellingsworth describes an increasingly popular practice called "backlog grooming" and explains Rational Team Concert customizations that can help identify user stories that need grooming. This article requires Rational Team Concert version 4.0 or higher.
Articles 04 Dec 2012
Create a Firefox add-on to access OSLC servers
Creating your own client application to access Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) servers provides two benefits: removal of extra widgets and removal of extra steps. The author describes the challenges in creating a client application to access OSLC servers and explains how to resolve them by creating and implementing a Mozilla Firefox add-on. A sample of the add-on is included to download.
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Articles 04 Dec 2012
Get started with the Rational Reporting tool for Collaborative Lifecycle Management
This guide for deployment of Version 2.0 of the Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) also explains how to integrate RRDI with the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) 4.0 data warehouse. You can then generate reports for Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 02 Oct 2012
Improve the value of your CLM reports by using metrics
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is a set of seamlessly integrated applications that work together as one platform for managing the complete lifecycle of your development projects. The application and lifecycle data that your teams create collaboratively for their projects is provided to you for reporting by CLM in a data warehouse. Although CLM includes more than 200 sample reports, with the addition of either the Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) component or IBM Rational Insight, you get design tools for customizing CLM samples and creating your own reports. With these tools, you have access to the data in the warehouse, which is grouped into two main categories: operational data (ODS) and metrics. This article gives you an in-depth look at the metrics available and how to use them.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 18 Sep 2012
Integrate Rational Team Concert by using Visual Basic scripting language
IBM Rational Team Concert is an agile application lifecycle management (ALM) solution that helps software development teams collaborate, regardless of where they are located. It has various capabilities, such as task management, defect management, source code configuration management, build management, and so forth. It implements an open service called Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC), which enables it to integrate with an existing system, such as a project management or activity management tool. This article explains how to take advantage of the Rational Team Concert OSLC service by using Visual Basic scripting language and how to integrate it with an existing system.
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Articles 04 Sep 2012
Rational tools make testing much easier for IBM Tivoli lab in Rome
Improving product quality is a matter of both team process and the tools that the team uses. In this article, we describe how the IBM Tivoli software lab in Rome migrated from TTT, a Lotus Notes database, and text documents to the software development lifecycle approach by integrating artifacts from the Rational solution to Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). We describe how we used IBM Rational Team Concert Version 2.0.0.2 and IBM Rational Quality Manager Version 3.0.1.1 to achieve a new day-by-day process. Moreover, adopting those tools made architects, project managers, developers, and testers able to feed and maintain the product artifacts linked together in a centralized way. Product requirements, developed user stories, and test cases are easily traced and tracked within a single point of entry.
Articles 07 Aug 2012
Configure DOORS and Rational Team Concert for globally distributed workers
Rational DOORS is a widely recognized requirements management and traceability application for complex systems and software development. It can be integrated with Rational Team Concert to provide a comprehensive requirements management and collaborative change management working environment to use throughout the product development lifecycle. But imagine that the requirements analyst uses DOORS to establish the requirements in Australia, the business analysts enter stakeholder requests through DOORS Web Access in Japan to establish critical attributes values, the systems engineers develop requirements and create traceability from the UK, and the development and QA teams are in India. Plus, you might not have your servers installed in one place. This article explains how to set up servers and computers globally and provides examples. Readers can follow the sequential configurations to configure their own working environments. Prerequisites: Instructions in this article are based on the assumption that readers have an intermediate knowledge of both Rational Team Concert and Rational DOORS.
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Articles 07 Aug 2012
Create software builds with Jazz Team Build
Veena H. Balakrishnaiah gives an overview of how to configure source control and Jazz Team Build components of Rational Team Concert to define and manage your build. Jazz builds run against files that come from a designated build repository workspace and include traceability between change sets and work items. Jazz Team Builds provide support for the automation, monitoring, and awareness of a team's regular builds.
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Articles 31 Jul 2012
Run a precondition before the build to reduce the risk of build failure
The continuous software build automation feature in Rational Team Concert can be run according to a schedule or on demand. Takehiko Amano describes how to run a precondition to reduce the risk of build failure by using the Apache Ant build mechanism before running the actual build process. He includes an example of running a query for work items that are going to be included in the current build, checking the status of each work item, and then running the build.
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Articles 10 Jul 2012
Integrate Rational Team Concert with Rational Build Forge
Veena H. Balakrishnaiah gives an overview of how to configure various components of Rational Team Concert to integrate with Rational Build Forge. Then you can launch Build Forge projects from Rational Team Concert Team Build and publish information into the associated build result.
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Articles 19 Jun 2012
Implement ongoing analysis and management of business-critical IT applications
This article focuses on the aspect of the development lifecycle related to managing the scope and risk of changes and provides information about an integrated solution that can add value to your ability to plan for change.
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Articles 12 Jun 2012
Accelerate software and systems delivery across the application and product lifecycle
On June 4, 2012, IBM announced new integrations and collaborative capabilities that help clients optimize their software and systems delivery across the application and product lifecycle. The offering include distinct sets of capabilities -- for IT teams and product and systems service teams -- and Mike Perrow gives you the details.
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Articles 04 Jun 2012
Import Rational ClearCase UCM project code into Rational Team Concert
IBM Rational Team Concert includes a Rational ClearCase connector, or synchronizer, that helps with importing code from ClearCase VOBs into Rational Team Concert. When you plan to move projects that currently use Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert, there is project source code in Rational ClearCase that you need to import into Rational Team Concert source control. Prachi Mittal shows you how.
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Articles 22 May 2012
Using Risk and Risk Action work items in Rational Team Concert
Risk management features in Rational Team Concert make it easier for project managers to manage risks and eliminate the need for an external risk management tool. The software also records the risks and actions taken for future reference. This article describes how to use Risk and Risk Action work items to record risks and related actions.
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Articles 21 May 2012
Create a multiplatform development environment with Rational Team Concert
Enterprise modernization means different things, depending on your role in an organization. In this article, Amy Silberbauer offers guidelines for the first step in any modernization strategy for mainframe teams: establishing a modern, multiplatform development environment. She also proposes best practices for configuring Rational Team Concert teams and streams to establish a topology for collaborative development.
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Articles 08 May 2012
How IBM migrated a large GForge installation to Rational environments
Learn how an IBM team successfully used Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) and other APIs to migrate 500 projects and 7500 users from Gforge to Rational Team Concert and Rational Asset Manager.
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Articles 08 May 2012
Automate management of Rational Team Concert users
Rational Team Concert administrators can save time by using the API rather than the UI to create, archive, and reactivate users or to import them from an external repository, individually or in batches (in bulk). This article explains how.
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Articles 08 May 2012
Advantages and options of private cloud computing
When we think of computer resources in the cloud, we usually think of public clouds, such as the ones offered by Google or Amazon, with infrastructure or applications shared by millions of clients worldwide, through the Internet. Some organizations, because of their organizational cultures or for security or regulatory concerns, cannot move directly into public clouds, but they have the option of private clouds. Sandra Sergi Santos explains the advantages and ways to use them to optimize your investments, processes, and infrastructure.
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Articles 17 Apr 2012
Guide for migration to Rational Team Concert for z/OS application development
IBM Rational Team Concert provides the capabilities necessary for cross-platform development. This article explores the capabilities specifically designed for development of IBM z/OS-based applications. It also offers many tips for use and gives guidance on migration to Rational Team Concert from an existing host-based software configuration management (SCM) tool or one built within your organization.
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Articles 27 Mar 2012
Establish a mature requirements management process to cut costs
Significant studies have reported that the amount of unplanned cost in IT projects depends a lot on the maturity level of requirements management, and that this is a very important success factor in projects. Ulrike Vauth, an IBM executive architect, shows how to use IBM Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Team Concert together to ensure a stable and mature process. This approach was used in a major real-life customer project where IBM guiding establishing such a process.
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Articles 20 Mar 2012
Migrate Configuration Management Version Control to Rational Team Concert: Part 1. Configure the server and install the CMVC Connector
This two-part article explains migration of Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) to IBM Rational Team Concert. Part 1 provides the details about Rational Team Concert server configurations and installation of CMVC Connector on the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client required for the migration.
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Articles 13 Mar 2012
Creating customized reports through multiple project areas in Rational Team Concert
This article explains how to create customized reports, step by step through multiple project areas in Rational Team Concert for two roles, manager and developer so that they can act to insure good health of projects. This article uses mainly BIRT scripting and computed columns to show them necessary information for your own views. Files of sample reports are also provided.
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Articles 28 Feb 2012
Make continuous deployment practical and cost-effective with Rational ALM tools
Continuous deployment means deploying software changes to a development, test, preproduction, or production environment. It is similar to adopting continuous compilation and then continuous integration to build every change. Steve Arnold outlines the three main challenges of this approach: design, automation, and governance. Then he explains how using specific Rational tools for ALM, in combination with the cloud, make it practical and cost-effective, because it reduces the effort of testing and deployment, improves governance, and lowers risks of deploying to a production environment.
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Articles 21 Feb 2012
Synchronize CMVC data with Rational Team Concert data
IBM Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) is older software still in use in some mainframe systems, but it has been superseded by newer Rational software, including Rational Team Concert. The tutorial explains the Item Connector Framework for integrating the two repositories and provides sample code. Learn how CMVC artifacts can be mapped to Rational Team Concert artifacts by using synchronization rules and how periodic synchronization will help you get the benefit of both applications.
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Articles 31 Jan 2012
Top 5 lessons learned about scaling Agile from a leading insurance provider
Agile development is a collaborative, incremental and iterative approach to software development that can produce high-quality software on schedule and cost-effectively. Agile practices were initially designed for small collocated teams, but you can adapt them to fit a more complex environment. IBM has experience with this not only internally, but with other large enterprise clients. Among the most valuable lessons we've learned about implementing agile in the enterprise were gained while helping a large insurance company, we'll call "Insurance Co," with their agile adoption and their implementation of IBM Rational Team Concert.
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Articles 23 Jan 2012
Agile transformation in action
Julie King is the Vice President of Consumability for IBM Software Group (SWG). She is a Distinguished Engineer and the Chair of the Software Group Architecture Board – a body which forms IBM's technical strategy and works across product lines and across teams to achieve a common technical vision. Julie provided leadership throughout IBM Software Group's three year agile transformation. We sat down with Julie to learn about the challenges they faced and the results that SWG has achieved.
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Articles 23 Jan 2012
Strategies for performing with agility
The first declaration of the Agile Manifesto is "individuals and interactions over processes and tools," yet this fundamental tenant seems to get lost on many agile projects. Highly capable people guided by fundamental principles of agility are more important than any tools, technology or overly-specific processes and best practices. This article provides tips for executives, development managers, and agile team leads to strike the balance of structure and freedom so they can reap the rewards of high performance teamwork and more successful agile projects.
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Articles 23 Jan 2012
Integrate Rational ClearCase with Rational Team Concert 3.0
Get an overview of the IBM Rational ClearCase and Rational Team Concert integration setup to integrate ClearCase UCM VOB source code data into Rational Team Concert source control management, using the ClearCase Importer. This article explains how to import files and folders from UCM streams to Rational Team concert and use of the Change Flow Target feature.
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Articles 10 Jan 2012
Agile software development made practical with existing CCM tools
Agile methodologies are attractive to software developers in many different industries because they can provide a process that allows teams to respond to change and deliver higher-quality products that meet the needs of their stakeholders, on time. IBM Rational Team Concert helps to jump start teams on agile planning and management. It works well with Rational change and configuration management tools that you already use so that teams can leverage their existing investments and minimize their additional costs as they make this transition.
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Articles 06 Dec 2011
Manage hardware aspects of your projects through agile development
Waterfall development has a reputation in the software industry for not being able to handle rapidly changing requirements, which is becoming more obvious in state-of-the-art software development. However, in some areas such as hardware development, waterfall is still the more popular development method. In this article, we introduce challenges and best practices on how to run such projects through agile development by using IBM Rational Team Concert.
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Articles 12 Oct 2011
Improve the quality of unit testing by increasing code coverage
One of the challenges for many agile software development teams is to ensure that their unit tests cover most of the code. This is critical in ensuring that they create as few defects as possible and that the code can be refactored. Therefore, one of the key metrics (other than all tests passing) is the amount of code that has been covered. Starting in version 8.0.3 of Rational Application Developer, you can configure IBM Rational Application Developer and integrate it with IBM Rational Team Concert to run your tests and check code coverage before allowing the code to be delivered. This article walks you through how to set up this precondition, called the Code Coverage Advisor, and shows how you can use it to increase the coverage of code tested in your projects.
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Articles 04 Oct 2011
Using Rational Team Concert for a software engineering class project, Part 2: Introduction to iteration plans and Jazz source control
In Part 2 of this tutorial series, we introduce you to the source control mechanism and iteration planning tools that you need for the evolution of your project.
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Articles 27 Sep 2011
Advanced customizations in Rational Team Concert project areas, Part 2: Use role-based customizations for work items
You can customize or add entirely new work items in IBM Rational Team Concert project management tools to fit your team's needs. The team in this example uses agile development methods and the scrum process. Their recent experience shows quite a few regressions, which indicates that they need to ensure that any defect fix is thoroughly tested. Therefore, they need to associate an attribute with the Defect type of work item, and the value of this attribute should be based on team members' roles to make sure that only testing team members can be assigned. This article explains how to create a new role-based value set and associate it with a Defect type of custom work item created in Part 1, using the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client rather than the web client.
Articles 27 Sep 2011
Using Rational Team Concert for a software engineering class project, Part 1: Introduction to working with the team and work item features
Part 1 of this tutorial series guides you through the process of setting up and running Rational Team Concert for the first time. We provide a general introduction to Rational Team Concert, the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client, and some of the fundamental concepts, mainly teams and work items.
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Articles 27 Sep 2011
A guide to Jazz source control management
In IBM Rational Team Concert, you have access to the feature-rich Jazz source control management (SCM) system that is subtly different from other such systems that are available in the marketplace. This article provides an overview of the various components that comprise the SCM system and offers both basic and detailed operational overviews on how you can use it.
Articles 20 Sep 2011
Managing parallel development with Rational Team Concert
By using streams for stages of development, IBM Rational Team Concert can provide a complete parallel development and release structure for a software development team. This article covers the delivery of units of work from one stream to another and the management of releases and emergency fixes, as well as how to control who can deliver changes to specific streams. It will help you if you are new to Rational Team Concert or want to improve your approach to parallel development.
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Articles 30 Aug 2011
Advanced customizations in Rational Team Concert project areas, Part 1: Create a custom work item in Rational Team Concert
You can customize or add entirely new work items in IBM Rational Team Concert project management tools to fit your team's needs. The team in this example uses agile development methods and the scrum process. Their project is highly dynamic, so they need to closely monitor potential risks. In following this article, you will create and test a fully functional, new type of work item called Risk, using the Rational Team Concert Eclipse client, rather than the web client. Thereafter, because there is a an additional type of work item added to the project called Risk, you can create and track more types of Risk work items using Rational Team Concert.
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Articles 02 Aug 2011
Configure security for multiple instances of Rational Team Concert
Get an overview of how to set up multiple IBM Rational Team Concert applications by using IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment profiles. This article provides systematic instructions to get an SSL certificate, and then how to install and configure it on each of the application server profiles created on the Version 6.1 or 7.0 of the application server to provide secure access for multiple Rational Team Concert instances.
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Articles 19 Jul 2011
Three ways to take full advantage of Rational Build Forge
Many developers use IBM Rational Build Forge to handle software builds through its management console. But it also has includes an excellent set of command line Java and Perl APIs. Plus, it integrates with Jazz technology-based software which can provides a complete and integrated set of test, build, change and release management tools. This article explains how, complete with sample code.
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Articles 12 Jul 2011
Improve project quality with Rational Team Concert 3.0 and ODC: Part 2. Support ODC analysis with BIRT custom reports
Using Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) for analytics throughout the software development cycle gives the team a deeper insight into the defect backlog and defect trends. The set of ODC analytics functions can enrich almost all software development processes. This article, the second in a two-part series, shows how to extend IBM Rational Team Concert Version 3.0 to support ODC data analysis by creating custom reports with Business Information and Reporting Tools (BIRT).
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Articles 28 Jun 2011
Application Development Tools for IBM i
Along with the evolution of the IBM i platform, the tools and compilers for this operating system have also evolved. This article provides a quick overview of the Rational technologies that can help developers modernize and exploit the IBM i operating system.
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Articles 22 Jun 2011
Integrate Perforce configuration management with Rational Team Concert 3.0
This article explores patterns of integrating Perforce software with IBM Rational Team Concert. It includes a sample program for integration.
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Articles 14 Jun 2011
Improve project quality with Rational Team Concert 3.0 and ODC: Part 1. Classify and validate defects
Using Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC) for analytics throughout the software development cycle gives the team a deeper insight into the defect backlog and defect trends. The set of ODC analytics functions can enrich almost all software development processes. This article, the first in a series of two, shows how to extend IBM Rational Team Concert Version 3.0 to support ODC systematic defect data collection.
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Articles 03 May 2011
Roundup: How to integrate Rational Team Concert with other software
A listing of articles, demos, and tutorials published on developerWorks, all about integrating Rational Team Concert to work with other software.
Articles 04 Apr 2011
Integrate Rational DOORS and Rational Team Concert change management
Learn how you can use the IBM Rational DOORS Change Management integration feature in either Basic or OAuth modes to communicate with IBM Rational Team Concert collaborative change management software. It covers the entire process, from configuration, through features for gathering requirements, to the implementation phase of the requirements, all to help you achieve complete traceability of requirements. It is intended for readers who have an intermediate level of knowledge of Rational DOORS and Rational Team Concert software.
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Articles 22 Mar 2011
Rational Team Concert data warehouse extension development
IBM Rational Team Concert provides the capability of adding custom attributes to customize the way that teams collaborate and manage their work. However, the method that the data warehouse schema uses to store work item custom attributes creates a performance issue when more than one of these attributes are used as BIRT report parameters. This article demonstrates how the problem was solved at Nationwide Insurance by developing a custom data warehouse extension.
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Articles 22 Feb 2011
Top articles from 2010 on ways to integrate different types of Rational software
A collection of articles published in 2010 about ways to integrate IBM Rational software to handle multiple tasks. Learn how to use different Rational products together to do more in less time, as well as how to integrate other IBM brands and other companies' products with various types of Rational software.
Articles 11 Jan 2011
Creating customizable reports for data processing using Rational Team Concert and BIRT: Part 3. Adding report elements and code to the report
By using the IBM Rational Team Concert solution, you can get many useful information and status updates, but for some special information, one must implement a special algorithm to get it. For example, how about obtaining the status for epics, stories, or even tasks, including their sub-tasks, among different sprints? If they are not on schedule, how much time will they exceed or save? To get this information, you need to extract the data of the repository, and then process and calculate the results with the algorithm. In this article, you'll see how you can leverage a new method to customize reports using Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT). In addition, Team Concert users who want to customize the report with the data or status updates -- calculated with a special algorithm -- will also derive benefit from the information presented.
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Articles 21 Dec 2010
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