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IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management is now available!

We’re very excited to announce the availability of the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) solution, previously known as the IBM Continuous Engineering solution. In this release, we deliver the latest quality fixes and scale improvements along with some important enhancements in each of the applications. In addition, we are changing the solution name, as indicated above, as well as the underlying application names to better align with our key capabilities and value proposition. You can read more about the renaming activity in the blog post: Renaming the IBM Continuous Engineering Portfolio. In the details below, you will see the new names along with old abbreviations.

As with previous releases, we continue to focus on the key themes depicted below to help product and software engineering teams realize benefits of using ELM to plan, manage and deliver change.

Let’s dive into what you can expect in this latest release.

Enhancement Headliners

In, we have delivered key enhancements across the applications in support of our strategic focus areas.




Agile @ Scale

Engineering Workflow Management (RTC)

  • Program Board for visualization and management of dependencies
  • “Quick Create” in plans
  • Kanban board and Taskboard resolution identification when using drag and drop
  • New and enhanced reports

Systems Engineering

Configuration Management (GCM)

  • Support for using team areas to assign customized, role-based permissions
  • Additional actions from the GCM tree that affect local configurations
  • New GCM extension API with support for simple UI customization and automation

Multi-Tier Engineering Value Chain Collaboration

Engineering Requirements Management (RDNG)

  • Expanded ReqIF use cases including APIs to automate import and exports
  • More control of data imports

Model-Based Engineering

Model Manager (RMM)

  • Diagrams on the web with navigation between Structural and Behavioral diagrams
  • Automated publishing of diagrams to the RMM server when delivering changes
  • Link validity
  • Improvements in migration from RDM to RMM
  • REST APIs to calculate traceability coverage ratios between models and other linked lifecycle artifacts


  • Simple HTML report generation
  • User experience consistency improvements
  • RTC direct integration improvements
  • Improved support for standards with instance specifications and slots from SysML and AUTOSAR 4.4 support

Compliance & Reporting


  • Push scheduled report notifications in email

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization – Publishing (RPE)

  • Improvements in MS Excel document generation to include multi-tab support and alignment with cell behavior

Software Development

Workflow Management (RTC)

  • Multiple changesets can be combined into one
  • Additional SCM and Build web-based administration
  • Improvements in the visibility and actionability of changes in the component hierarchy in the Eclipse client


Jazz Foundation

  • New CLMMON utility captures time series data to aid in problem determination
    and capability planning
  • New DOORS Next and Jazz Source control MBeans for server monitoring

In addition to these key enhancements, we focused on quality and scalability improvements across the solution. Read on for details on these.

Enterprise Quality of Service Highlights

Improvements in the quality and scale of the ELM (CE) solution include:

  • RDNG stability in large-scale environments
  • Reliability of reporting with versioned data in configuration-aware environments
  • Reliability of email notifications in cases where there is a firewall between the SMTP server and the Jazz Team Server
  • Ease of discovery and resolution of error conditions on administration pages

Details are highlighted below for each of the application areas below. Note that some of these improvements were delivered in 6.0.6 iFix releases, which have been rolled into

Global Configuration Management (GCM)

  • Performance improvements when working with global configuration hierarchies consisting of hundreds or thousands of streams and baselines

IBM Engineering Requirements Management (RDNG)

  • Performance improvements when working with hundreds of components
  • Added support for multi-server deployments, greatly improving concurrent user and data scalability
  • New timeouts on long-running queries that adversely affected server performance
  • Added capability to archive uninteresting configurations to reduce index size and increase overall data scale

IBM Engineering Workflow Management (RTC)

  • Faster work item editor load times when there are many saved tags
  • Full-Text Searching is faster
  • File caching with Apache Traffic Server for a better experience over wide-area networks
  • Git automation to simplify registering large numbers of repositories

IBM Engineering Test Management (RQM)

  • Optimized database queries that are resource intensive
  • Added a new REST API to allow deleting test results from QM database

IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody

  • Improved performance when refreshing tables, opening diagrams and interacting with large models
  • Less performance impact on DOORS or RDNG when loading or refreshing remote requirements (Rhapsody and RMM)
  • Efficiency improvements when managing and working with large numbers of remote requirements

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization (JRS)

  • Easier access to logs for problem identification and resolution
  • Improved reliability of data in the Lifecycle Query Engine (LQE) data source through validation of indices against Tracked Resource Set (TRS) feeds
  • More comprehensive RTC data published to the LQE data source

And one last thing… version 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.

Details on each of the solution and application improvements, product-specific posts are being rolled out over the next couple of weeks. As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback!

Amy Silberbauer
Executive IT Specialist, Watson IoT Engineering Offering Management

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