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Now available: Continuous Engineering and Collaborative Lifecycle Management 6.0.6

Version 6.0.6 of the IBM Continuous Engineering (CE) and Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions is now available!

This release continues to help teams engineer, deliver, and maintain the smart and connected products and systems that contribute to an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and that drive innovation and productivity in our societies.

Similar to previous releases, version 6.0.6 focuses on these themes:

  • Business-driven development with agile planning and coordination at the team, project, program, and portfolio levels
  • Design and development for complex systems, including global configurations to manage versions and variants and promote a high level of engineering reuse
  • Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) with models as first-class participants in the development lifecycle
  • Traceability and auditability for compliance
  • Enterprise scale and security
  • Greater simplicity for practitioners and administrators
  • Open integrations
  • Optional cloud delivery

The following list provides a summary of the 6.0.6 features. For details, see the New & Noteworthy information for 6.0.6 (starting, for example, with CE or CLM) and the product-specific posts on this blog.

Global configurations

  • It’s now easier to find and use global streams and baselines. You can create queries, name them, and use them in configuration pickers. You can also include custom attributes in configuration pickers.
  • The Global Configuration Management application now shows composite configurations (the components and streams and snapshots) for Rational Team Concert and Rhapsody Model Manager.
  • Deep component skew is now detected for Rational Team Concert and Rhapsody Model Manager composite configurations. You’re notified when a global configuration hierarchy includes two versions of the same component with artifacts at different versions, which is a situation that causes problems for links.
  • You can include multiple Global Configuration Management instances (each with its own Jazz Team Server) in one global configuration hierarchy, for example, when each business unit has a CLM instance and you want company-wide development streams or baselines.

Agile planning and frameworks

  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) 4.5 templates are included in the products.
  • A new Program Board feature helps you plan without overlooking underlying dependencies (technical preview).


  • Rhapsody Model Manager offers expanded lifecycle traceability through OSLC links to Rational Quality Manager test cases and Rational Team Concert plan items, tasks, defects, and change requests.
  • You can now see the direction for links. Rational DOORS Next Generation implemented this feature in 6.0.5, and Rational Quality Manger, Rational Rhapsody, and Rhapsody Model Manager offer it in 6.0.6. The application at the source of the link stores the link.
  • In Rational Rhapsody, you can work with remote Rational Quality Manager and Rational Team Concert artifacts and create links by dragging and dropping them.
  • In Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Team Concert, you can create OSLC links to Rhapsody Model Manager architecture elements without needing a Rhapsody Model Manager license (an existing Analyst, Quality Professional, Developer, or Contributor license is enough).
  • In Rational Team Concert source control management (SCM), you can set a global configuration context for file link traversal. You can also create custom link types from files in SCM streams to other artifacts.
  • In Rational DOORS Next Generation, you can use custom link types across servers, and create links by dragging and dropping them.


  • Jazz Reporting Service
    • You can organize reports in folders, schedule report generation, create graphs with two Y axes, and set the default page orientation and font size.
    • You can report on the start and end dates for work items when you use Lifecycle Query Engine (LQE) as the data source.
    • In Lifecycle Query Engine, the new “Total by Identifier” metric counts requirements by ID instead of by URL, so that you can count distinct requirements regardless of the number of modules that contain them.
    • Jazz Reporting Service reports with data from Rational DOORS 9 can include data from multiple Rational DOORS 9 projects and modules.
  • Rational Publishing Engine
    • Document Builder is now easy to find, right on the Home menu.
    • When you edit a template in Document Studio, you can see a live preview of the output, which makes it easier to verify or correct formatting, conditions, and content.
    • Rhapsody Model Manager now offers a reportable REST API that supports reporting on traceability. Use Rational Publishing Engine to generate documents against Rhapsody Model Manager data, or report from CE/CLM applications (Rational Quality Manager, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert) or Rational Publishing Engine directly to create documents in those domains with links to Rhapsody Model Manager elements.
  • Rational Rhapsody
    • Create a hyperlinked HTML report for any model in a few clicks (technology preview).

Digital twin and digital thread

  • The Continuous Engineering Connector for IoT is now a component of Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager and has a TRS feed. You can create visualizations and perform an impact analysis that includes information about IoT platform resources.
  • You can use a Node-RED flow to open a work item when significant events or summary thresholds occur in your IoT system. This feature can help create a feedback loop between operations and engineering.
  • It’s now easier to edit, use, and reuse views in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager.

The individual CE and CLM applications include these noteworthy capabilities:

  • Change and Configuration Management – Work items
    • You can create a child work item with a single click in the work item editor. The child work item inherits key properties from the parent work item.
    • Work item data exported to CSV files now includes link ID and summary information.
    • The Git, GitLab, and GitHub integrations support a global list and search for Git repositories.
    • Jenkins pipeline builds are now supported.
  • Change and Configuration Management – Source control management (SCM)
    • In the web client, you can use the workspace and stream editor to update the name, visibility, description, and auto-lock file patterns. You can add, remove, and update components and flow targets. You can also create and edit build engines.
    • In the Eclipse client, you can manage streams and workspaces in folders, see indicators for components when there are subcomponent changes in the Change Explorer view, and query streams and workspaces to locate change sets.
    • The client for Microsoft Visual Studio now has a web-based work item query editor.
  • Requirements Management
    • When you use the Copy & Link action to create an artifact, the new requirement can default to a preferred type. You can now use the Copy & Link action across components.
    • You can set a module content folder to focus on module-based requirements management. You set a folder location in a project-wide setting and all new module base artifact folders are moved to a centralized place.
    • The Rational DOORS Next Generation artifact picker now supports previews for OSLC resources, which makes it easier to see which artifact to select.
    • In Rational DOORS Web Access, you can now filter on DXL attributes.
  • Quality Management
    • A new Test Builder feature provides a spreadsheet-like test case editor that you can use to edit and navigate through a set of tests in a test plan by using familiar spreadsheet conventions.
    • You can select and run multiple test case execution records from a table view. The selected records are placed in an execution queue, and you can access them in the execution console.
  • Architecture Management
    • When you use Rational Rhapsody with Rhapsody Model Manager, common user workflows, such as checking in, delivering, locking and unlocking, and associating work items, is simpler.
    • You can now migrate models from Rational Rhapsody Design Manager to Rhapsody Model Manager.
    • A new Rational Rhapsody diagram view provides a single place to find different diagrams. Graphical bridges make it clearer when lines do not intersect.

Note these other highlights and details for the 6.0.6 release, as well as a summary of new features in other applications that integrate with CE and CLM.

Supply chain collaboration with Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF)

  • You can now selectively import ReqIF data into Rational DOORS Next Generation.
  • You can now lock ReqIF definitions at the attribute level, which means you can exchange data with Rational DOORS 9 and ensure that only the allowed attributes are updated. This feature makes it more practical to exchange data between Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Next Generation where Rational DOORS Next Generation is the source database.


  • The Rational Quality Manager REST API now supports CRUD and query requests for custom attributes.
  • The Rational Rhapsody Microsoft COM integration now has improved API stability across Rational Rhapsody releases.
  • For Rational DOORS Next Generation, operational resources now include titles for internal links. If an external resource has a link title assigned, the title is displayed in an OSLC GET operation. The label is displayed on a description block in the RDF structure.

Operational management

  • More Java Management Extension MBeans are available to help you understand how your system runs, perform problem determination, and plan for future capacity. For details, see Tim Feeney’s blog post.
  • The TRS-based and Lifecycle Query Engine reporting subsystems were improved, which are most commonly used for reporting on versioned data.
  • A technology preview was completed for an infrastructure that manages CE/CLM environments by using containers.

Security and identity management

  • A new permission enables administrators to restrict who can perform work item imports.
  • Rational Publishing Engine Document Builder can now authenticate with CLM applications that are configured to use certificates. This feature is available in both Document Builder and Document Studio.
  • Rational Publishing Engine Document Studio users can now authenticate with Kerberos-SPNEGO for single sign-on.

Integration highlights

  • MathWorks recently implemented linking between Simulink and Rational DOORS Next Generation. You can create links from Simulink models to requirements in Rational DOORS Next Generation and report on these relationships using Rational DOORS Next Generation and other CE/CLM capabilities.
  • ANSYS Medini Analyze recently implemented an OSLC-based synchronization of requirements to enable the safety-critical analysis of requirements in Rational DOORS Next Generation, as well as for requirements elaborated in Medini Analyze and then managed in Rational DOORS Next Generation.


  • Version 6.0.6 is an Extended Maintenance Release (EMR), which means it includes all fixes from earlier releases, including security fixes, for the life of the release stream. The previous EMR was CLM 6.0.2. See also Improvement to the CLM Maintenance Model.
  • Look for another post coming soon with more support and planning news.

For your convenience, here links to specific posts describing what’s new in 6.0.6:

Daniel Moul
CE/CLM Senior Offering Manager

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