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10 reasons to explore CLM 4.0.4

This week we released CLM 4.0.4, the next version of Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), and the latest quarterly release using our new continuous delivery model.

Here we grow again

As we continue to grow and evolve, we’re getting more familiar with the quarterly release cadence. Our continuous delivery pipeline was up and running consistently throughout the development of CLM 4.0.4 — taking our code through the build process, running automatic unit tests after the build completes, deploying the builds into a cloud environment, and running automated build verification tests. It’s a journey, and we feel as if we’re well on our way!

New features for enhanced consumability and serviceability

Consumability is always a hot topic, and a key area where we can add customer value. In addition, making our products easier to use is near and dear to our hearts because we also design, develop, and test with our products everyday.

New for CLM 4.0.4, here are 7 ease-of-use enhancements that you’ll want to explore for improved productivity and agility:

  1. The Rational Team Concert (RTC) web client includes a new rich-text editor for work items which provides WYSIWYG editing with significant improvements to formatting, linking, and pasting text.
  2. The RTC Create Work Item Copy action, traditionally a client for Eclipse IDE function, is now available in the web client.
  3. RTC SCM has improved automatic merging. This improvement means that when content with a type of “text” and a line-delimiter setting of “none” is auto-merged, the line delimiters of the content are not corrupted.
  4. The manual script editor in Rational Quality Manager (RQM) has undergone a major revamp and now supports configurable layout so that you can tailor it to better fit your needs. You get the ability to select and perform operations on multiple steps, and on demand display of information through pop-up panels.
  5. Table views in RQM have been enhanced to display short names for links, filter based on status, and support querying test artifact by creator.
  6. RQM includes E-signature which provides better support for regulatory environments. E-signature can be set up as a requirement for locking or approving test plans, test scripts, test suites, execution plans, and test suite results.
  7. Overall RQM performance has increased by reducing the number of database queries used, and by reducing the number of service calls between the web client and the server.

And 3 improvements for better serviceability:

  1. Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) now includes a Patch Service feature, which you can use to manage and deploy code patches and fixes from the development team to the server by using the /rmadmin page.
  2. Jazz Foundation includes a feature to view and cancel running reports. You can now view reports that are running on the server and cancel reports that are taking too long or consuming too many resources.
  3. And last, but not least … a tech preview of CLM Server Monitoring is included!

And more!

To see all of what’s new, check out New and Noteworthy for each product: Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer, and Rational Software Architect Design Manager.

As I write this, we’re almost halfway through our next quarterly release. As our continuous delivery cycle moves forward, follow what’s happening with our continuous delivery story, and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

John Whitfield, Distinguished Engineer
IBM Rational Technical Lead for CLM