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Weave a “web” of ALM resources – The IBM ALM solution

  • 15/11/2011
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For organizations seeking a turnkey ALM solution for project teams we offer the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management. The Rational CLM solution provides the highest level of ALM interoperability in one easy-to-install and easy-to-use solution that can be optimized for Agile or traditional teams. The intention with CLM is to make it easy for customers to implement an ALM solution that meets the vast majority of their needs. Organizations requiring additional capabilities can extend the solution with other Rational tools.

Rational Team Concert (RTC)
RTC provides these major capabilities: project planning, change management (work items), software configuration management (SCM), and build management. Teams can deliver software solutions using RTC’s features, and they can also use Jazz-based connectors to access enterprise-scale capabilities and assets in Rational ClearCase, ClearQuest, Synergy, Change, and Build Forge.

In the area of project management, RTC 3.0 provides formal project planning, scheduling, time tracking, and resource management functions, such as Gantt Charts and risk management artifacts. This is in addition to the existing support for agile project planning, including plan risk assessment, support for developer taskboards, release planning, and Web-based access to project iteration plans and permissions.

Within a project, business users and customers can access the repository and project dashboards directly. Thus there may be little or no need for custom management reports-customers can see the project work items and dashboards, understand the status of the project, and directly add their own issues or change requests. However, this also means that customers can closely monitor a team’s progress and potentially scrutinize decisions made within the team. Rational product teams leverage this increased customer involvement to build stronger relationships and demonstrate their quality work through frequent releases. As customers become accustomed to releases that are weeks rather than months apart, they become more engaged and flexible. They learn that with short iterations, issues that are not resolved in a particular iteration may be delivered in the next one, only a few short weeks away.

In the dashboard, RTC now supports the OpenSocial standard as well as IBM iWidgets. This means that any tool that supports this standard can be incorporated into an RTC dashboard, and tools like Gmail™ and iGoogle™ can incorporate RTC dashboard gadgets into their homepages.

Rational Quality Manager (RQM)
RQM is Rational’s Web-based test management portal built to the Jazz architecture. RQM helps teams drive quality from a business perspective and better align development, testing, and delivery teams’ activities.

Focused on addressing the needs of business analysts and QA professionals, RQM employs a test plan-centric view of testing assets. It provides the ability to use different perspectives for accessing and viewing testing assets, based on the user’s role. For example, managers can review timelines and status reports for testing cycles, while business analysts can concentrate on test coverage for business requirements. In addition, test planning assets can be related to specific testing executables stored in Rational functional and load testing tools.

Extending the value of Rational Quality Manager, Rational offers Rational Test Lab Manager, a solution for test lab management. Users are able to inventory all of their test lab assets (e.g., CPUs, middleware, databases, applications), derive utilization rates for those assets, schedule a specific configuration to use for a testing session, and then physically deploy that configuration.

Rational Requirements Composer (RRC)
In the area of requirements definition and management, Rational offers new visual tools and provides integration among requirements, SCM, testing, and other ALM tools.

RRC provides graphical modeling, storyboarding, and sketching tools for eliciting and defining requirements, and uses a wiki-like platform for enhanced collaboration among stakeholders and development teams. RRC also includes a Web client with support for review and approval of requirements.

Users can also relate this rich requirements content through RequisitePro to other lifecycle assets, including test cases created in RQM, and thus be able to determine test coverage and traceability for requirements. Over time, Rational intends to evolve its requirements management portfolio to provide a unified set of capabilities based on the Jazz architecture.

The Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management share common services for dashboarding, Work Items and administrative task like setup, user administration and process definition.

For detailed descriptions of RTC’s capabilities, go to http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/products/rtc/
For detailed descriptions of RQM’s capabilities go to http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/rqm/
For detailed descriptions of RRC’s capabilities go to http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/rrc/

Alternatively, come and visit the IBM stand at EuroSTAR where we will be happy to show our toolset.

 

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