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CE 6.0.4 / CLM 6.0.4 is now available

ce-blue-150We are pleased to deliver the latest set of improvements to the IBM IoT Continuous Engineering (CE) / Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution.  Below are just some of the enhancements in this release, which I have expressed in categories that span the parts of the solution, including Rational Rhapsody 8.2.1 and Rational Publishing Engine 2.1.2. See also the more detailed 6.0.4 blog posts here on jazz.net, the New and Noteworthy documents starting with CE or CLM, the Knowledge Center and the Deployment Wiki.

Performance and scale

It’s rewarding to see clients succeed with larger and larger deployments, scaling out in the amount of data and in the number of users. Earlier this year we celebrated a successful deployment with more than 50,000 users. We are working to stay a step or two ahead, and to that end this release includes performance enhancements across the whole CE/CLM solution (as always, your specific performance results may vary from ours).

  • RTC clustering: Deploy multiple CCM applications transparent to your practitioners to increase the number of concurrent users and lower the risk of outages
  • RDNG: Fresher data in the data warehouse through more efficient ETLs that load the data faster; and less chance of time-outs when you use the new async option with the Data Collection Component
  • RDNG: Much faster custom document generation with RPE when using a RDNG module view as a datasource. We’ve seen up to 95% reduction in time in our testing
  • RDNG: ReqIF import is faster, works on larger files, and large import/export operations use less server memory
  • RQM: Many improvements in scale, some big and some little, for example, paging data in dialogs, working with large sets of categories
  • JRS Report Builder starts up much faster on large systems; it no longer needs to query for all metadata during startup
  • Rhapsody: It’s now possible to work with bigger models that require more workstation memory. The Rhapsody Software Architect edition is now fully 64-bit, and ReporterPLUS is 64-bit in all editions; also it’s faster to import and export AUTOSAR models (ARXML)
  • Rhapsody Design Manager: Faster when loading actively managed models, opening a large diagram, reloading a repository, saving change sets, and importing Simulink models. Loading remote requirements feels faster too, since these requirements can be filtered to load only the ones you care about at the moment.

Operational monitoring

  • The CLM system is now providing application-level and scenario-level data for operational monitoring tools, published as Java Management Extension (JMX) MBeans.
  • A new “Serviceability” section exists in the application administration page. It lists scenarios specific to the application that can use a large number of system resources, which can degrade server performance and negatively affect the user experience. Administrators can turn on logging for specific scenarios to help them determine whether the scenarios are affecting their system performance. See the known expensive scenarios article in the jazz.net deployment wiki for information about these scenarios and options for managing them.

Agility for teams / agility at scale

  • We have reworked the RTC Quick Planner to provide easy-to-use, highly flexible, tag-based swim lanes. These can be combined with a skeleton of process defined in RTC. The UI is significantly more responsive, even on large data sets. This is a technical preview in V6.0.4 and can be deployed alongside the current Quick Planner.
  • We’ve made various improvements to the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) templates and RTC plan editor based on client feedback and our own implementation of SAFe

Reporting with Jazz Reporting Service Report Builder

  • JRS Report Builder offers more expressive (i.e., complex) queries (groups of “include all” and “include any” plus traceability relationships with different source artifacts and branched traceability paths)
  • Use custom expressions (calculations) without writing custom SQL or SPARQL
  • Define highlighting rules for coloring rows or cells; also edit filters right in the column headings
  • Export directly to Word, PDF, html

Reporting with Rational Publishing Engine

  • Template design and document generation using JSON data sources with new JSON schema type and schema editor
  • Asset privacy and control by defining report owners and permissions; also RPE can be configured to use Jazz Team Server authentication
  • Further simplification for report authors: create report templates through a set of intuitive steps
  • Compare two versions of a generated document and create a Word document with mark-up

Configuration Management

  • RDNG: Significant improvements when using change sets: deliver, compare, merge, and audit reporting
  • RQM: New “baseline only mode” for teams that want true baselines without the complexity of full configuration management
  • Rhapsody: when using the direct RTC SCM integration, model changes can be checked-in and delivered automatically

Global Configuration Management

  • It’s easier to organize, find and understand: group your global components using new hierarchical tags
  • “Create a baseline hierarchy” action now creates baselines of RTC source control streams
  • New flexibility when implementing your custom engineering process: you can specify whether an attribute or link can be modified on global baselines
  • Easier GC construction: Drag and drop configurations from RM, QM, CCM, DM, GCM into a global configuration tree
  • Type to search/filter in the Add Configurations picker

RTC SCM

  • Operation History information is visible in Eclipse, Web, and VS client
  • Using the point of an operation in the history view, create a repository workspace or roll back a repository workspace or stream
  • New Check-in Advisors for RTC SCM: Predefined source-control preconditions you can use to customize processes for your team. Or write your own preconditions using the new extension point for check-in operations.
  • Code review usability improvements: Filter issues, use the simpler submit for review action
  • Display links for files in RTC SCM container objects (streams, snapshots, and baselines); set file link validity, show history, and navigate the links
  • More advanced SCM use cases can be completed using the Windows Shell

Other ways we are making things easier

  • RQM: New calendar for reserving lab resources, including repeating reservations, productivity boosters when editing and using manual tests, when working with table views, when linking and using links, improvements in test execution (schedule, create build records / build defs in a command-line script at run time), and you can now use a PIV smart card or security certificate with Word/Excel Importer and test execution adapters
  • RDNG: Improved module experience (more responsive editing, add review comments on artifacts in a module) and improved filtering/finding experience
  • RELM: Easier to edit and use RELM views
  • RTC: When using Git, GitLab, GitHub: Create new work items with actionable comments
  • Rhapsody: We improved the “inferred” mechanism, which reduces the effort required to maintain model consistency; also there are productivity boosters when using diagrams: quick navigation on all box elements, context-sensitive hovering diagram toolbar, and extended populate/re-arrange diagram layout algorithms

Automation

  • New GCM REST services API is available to perform many of the operations that are usually done through the GCM web user interface.
  • RM OSLC provider now supports component containers, and you can programmatically navigate the configuration hierarchy of a component
  • Rhapsody: you can now use all of the search criteria available in the Rhapsody GUI, and implement a listener so you can take action when there are changes to the active project
  • Convert RRCx artifacts on-demand to Diagram artifacts with the new RDNG client extension
  • Rational DOORS 9 migration: automatically set module type in the migration process

“Serviceability”

  • RDNG: Upgrade improvements: better before/after data validation and upgrade logging; also ReqIF diagnostic tool
  • DCC: More resilience to ETL failure (continuing past single artifact errors)
  • LQE: Improved logging to help with problem identification

Controlling server data growth

  • RTC: Use check-in advisors to limit file size and file types
  • RQM: Set a maximum attachment size (existing admin parameter) and use new the Manage Artifact Attachments properties page to delete artifacts

Stay tuned for more specific “what’s new” posts in the upcoming days.  They’re linked below for your convenience.

With best wishes,
Daniel Moul
CE/CLM Senior Offering Manager

 

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