RPE 1.3 Issues with DNG

RPE 1.3 was recently released and the very first thing I encountered with it was that you can no longer generate DOORS Next Generation documents from a DNG-generated document specification (.dsx) file in the RPE Launcher.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this article on Dragos’ RPE Actual should clear it up. This technique will no longer work with RPE 1.3 due to the “cookies” section of the .dsx file not being available.

IBM can provide you with a fix. So open up those PMRs, folks. There’s also a related issue with how oAuth is misbehaving for DNG in RPE 1.3, so hopefully IBM will have a patch for these issues shortly.


Screencast: Importing Documents Into DOORS Next Generation

The above video demonstrates how to import a Word document into DOORS Next Generation.

I’ve been using the tool for a few months and didn’t really understand what the delimiter options were for until recently. I haven’t had to deal with many documents that used tables and once I had a table-heavy document, was amazed at just how easy it was to map table artifacts to a specific type in DOORS Next Gen.

I hope this video helps someone else!

IBM InterConnect 2015 Call For Speakers Ends Today!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a quick reminder that if you want to submit a presentation topic for IBM InterConnect 2015, today is your last chance to do so.

I’ve submitted two ideas and may co-present with an IBMer. There are literally so many possibilities for topics.

One quick tip: DOORS and the other CLM applications are under the DevOps track. Ensure you select this track before filling out your form lest you lose your work inadvertently. (Thanks to Lazarus for Google Chrome for saving my butt!)

IBM InterConnect 2015 will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from Feb 22 – Feb 26, 2015. Baselines Incorporated plans on attending and presenting. See you in Vegas!

Submit your presentation idea for IBM InterConnect 2015!

IBM InterConnect 2015 Officially Announced

IBM InterConnect 2015 Officially Announced

IBM Interconnect 2015 Logo

As most of you are likely aware, IBM Innovate 2014 was the last Innovate conference. The lease with Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin hotel was up, and unofficially everyone at Innovate 2014 knew that Innovate was going to be combined with Impact and Insight for three conferences in one in Las Vegas in February 2015.

Finally IBM has made it official. The new conference is InterConnect, and InterConnect 2015 is going to be Feb 22 – 26 in Las Vegas, NV.

Vegas can certainly handle huge conferences. I’m hoping that the conference isn’t so big that it’s very disorganized. And given that this will be the first year, chances are high that confusion will reign. In any case, I’m already making my plans to be in Vegas this February. Hope to see you there!

IBM Rational Jazz Acronyms Defined And Demystified!

IBM Rational Jazz Acronyms Defined And Demystified!

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Having done well over a decade of IBM Rational DOORS Administration, I was looking forward to moving to IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation to learn something new. And boy, with IBM Rational Jazz there’s a lot to learn! Making the learning curve a bit harder than it already is, IBM speaks in acronyms. What do they all mean? See below! This list will be updated as new acronyms are found.

ALM – Depracated. See CLM.

CCM – Chance and Configuration Management. This is how IBM refers to Rational Team Concert within the Jazz itself.

CLM – Collaborative Lifecycle Management. CLM was originally called ALM for Application Lifecycle Management. When IBM refers to CLM in a commercial context, they’re talking about Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Quality Manager collectively. A license for CLM is good for all three applications.

DNG – DOORS Next Generation. The official acronym is RDNG.

IBM – International Business Machines.

JTS – Jazz Team Server. It manages users and licenses in a CLM deployment.

OSLC – Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration. An open set of standards to implement engineering artifact types into your own application. If your application can speak the language of OSLC, it can be integrated with other OSLC applications. Find out more at the official OSLC web page.

PLE – Product Line Engineering. A method of deriving different products from common requirements. An example would be a car. One version has a 180hp engine, another a 220 hp engine. Both engine types are supported in cars that are convertible and hardtop. Total of four different products with four sets of requirements and design, but sharing the majority of requirements, design, and packaging. That is product line engineering.

PLM – Product Lifecycle Management. PLM software manages the entire product lifecycle, from development to implementation. Can encompass everything from customer relations, supply line, bill of materials, documentation, requirements, code, etc. Typically businesses use these systems as repositories representing the system in release/production. CLM applications, therefore, would integrate or output their data into a PLM system where it would be read-only.

QM – Quality Management. This is how IBM refers to Rational Quality Manager within the application itself.

RDNG – Rational DOORS Next Generation. Runs on Jazz Application Framework. Used for Requirements Management. Used to be known as Rational Requirements Composer.

RELM – Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager. IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager visualizes, analyzes and organizes engineering lifecycle data and data relationships. It enables product development teams to search and query engineering data that is stored and managed in multiple sources and locations.

REST – Representational State Transfer. Per the Wikipedia REST page, REST is an architectural style consisting of a coordinated set of architectural constraints applied to components, connectors, and data elements, within a distributed hypermedia system. REST ignores the details of component implementation and protocol syntax in order to focus on the roles of components, the constraints upon their interaction with other components, and their interpretation of significant data elements.

RM – Requirements Management. This is how IBM refers to DOORS Next Generation within the application itself.

RQM – Rational Quality Manager. Runs on Jazz Application Framework. Used for Test and Quality Management.

RRC – Deprecated. See RDNG.

RPE – Rational Publishing Engine. This application works with any REST compatible data source as well as Rational DOORS to produce documents from the selected data sources.

RRDG – Rational Reporting for Document Generation. A lightweight version of Rational Publishing Engine that is built in to DOORS Next Generation. RRDG uses templates defined in RPE to generate documents. It does not generate graphs and charts.

RRDI – Rational Reporting For Development Intelligence. A lightweight version of Cognos Insight also known as Rational Reporting. RRDI reports are database-driven, like Crystal Reports. Quick lists, graphs, and charts are the best RRDI reports. Though it’s possible to layout documents with RRDI, it’s not really the common usage.

RTC – Rational Team Concert. RUns on Jazz Application Framework. Used for Project Management, Task Management, Source Code Control and Versioning, and Build Automation (including Continuous Releases).

URI – Uniform Resource Indicator. The URI combines the URL and URN. In the realm of Jazz, each and every artifact has a unique URI. Per the Wikipedia entry for URI: A uniform resource name (URN) functions like a person’s name, while a uniform resource locator (URL) resembles that person’s street address. In other words: the URN defines an item’s identity, while the URL provides a method for finding it.

VVC – Variant Version Control. Deprecated. Now just referred to as Configuration Management. Enables PLE within the CLM applications.

Jazz CLM 5.0.1 is available!

Jazz CLM 5.0.1 is available!

IBM Rational Jazz CLM 5.0.1 has been released! When I think 501 I think of jeans and button flies. But now I’ll also think of RDNG, RQM, and RTC.

As seems to always be the case, RTC has gotten LOTS of love. RQM has some nice new features involving scheduling of test suite executions and resources. And DNG has some bug fixes, no new features.

I am personally excited about the new Jazz Reporting Service. Let’s hope my enthusiasm doesn’t wane when I actually get my hands on it.

The Jazz 501 Reporting Service Interface
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Free Document Generation and Reporting Webinars

One of the coolest pieces of DOORS-related tech I saw at Innovate 2014 was Author XG by GEBS. GEBS developed the early versions of Rational Publishing Engine and really know their stuff when it comes to Document Generation and Reporting via DOORS. Author XG is basically RPE for non-technical people. Awesome stuff.

Learn About Document Generation

If you want to see Author XG and even learn more about RPE, GEBS is hosting a few FREE webinars over the coming months.

The first Webinar is Tuesday July 29th 2014
9:00 AM NA Eastern Time (UTC – 4)
9:00 AM NA Pacific Time (UTC – 7)

Do you want to know more about document generation? Are you curious to learn how automated publishing might benefit your organization? Then why not join us for our introductory tour of document generation technologies and discover the tools, methods and solutions that can enhance both your bottom line and delivery capability. (Note – this introductory webinar is industry/tool agnostic, and not specific to IBM Rational Publishing Engine).

The webinar will last approximately 1 hour with a question and answer session. Registration and attendance is free.

Presenter: Alex Feseto of GEBS

Register here

Learn about using IBM Rational Publishing Engine and other tools

This is the first webinar in an enlightenment series on document generation, below you can find the schedule for the next episodes:

Tuesday August 12th – Getting Started With Rational Publishing Engine – Register now

Thursday September 4th – Introducing Author XG: the future of document generation

September TBA – Introducing Reporting Central: the modular CMS for RPE and Author XG

October TBA – Advanced hints, tips & tricks for RPE and friends

October TBA – End to end document generation with RPE, Author XG, Reporting Central and Web Publisher

October TBA – Generating documents across the SDLC

Register here

Read this is you’re upgrading from RTC 4.x to 5.0 using Oracle

I just encountered a nasty bug in Rational Team Concert 5.0 where, if workspaces or components were created in RTC 4.x, they component couldn’t be found (error 400). You could create a new workspace, but any changes you had pending couldn’t be viewed, and neither could changeset history and the like.

After opening a PMR with IBM, I was pointed to this link, which has a fix. Edit: Even though the title specifies 4.0.6, IBM’s technote now specified RTC 4.x.

I’m glad that the RTC developers were able to fix this quickly and even provide an unofficial fix before a real technote has been published.

So long, RRC! Welcome RDNG!

Anyone who has downloaded the milestone release of Rational Requirements Composer 5.0 may have noticed that in the help documentation, Rational Requirements Composer does not have its own help section. DOORS Next Generation, however, does.

When version 5.0 of the Jazz suite gets released in June, RRC will be no more. The name of Jazz’s requirements management tool will henceforth be Rational DOORS Next Generation.

I suspected this change coming for a while. As RRC gained modules, most places I’ve seen latched onto modules, even if they had never used DOORS 9. Having DOORS and RDNG still presents the “which tool should I use” problem to IBM, but at least IBM has narrowed the list down from three tools to two tools.

With the upcoming Requirements Configuration Management capabilities in RDNG (open beta starting around June and final release coming in Q4), I expect RDNG’s marketshare to grow exponentially, especially since existing DOORS 9 users can leverage their licenses for RDNG.

In the meantime, I can now speak about RDNG to everyone we do business, and that will lead to less confusion to my customers and even within IBM. June 1 can’t get here soon enough.