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What’s new in IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management V7.0

After more than 1,800 plan items, stories and tasks across all of our product and application teams, V7.0 is nearly here. So what’s new?

First, the name is new. As we mentioned last year (Renaming the IBM Continuous Engineering Portfolio and Insights and scale: Redefining Enterprise Lifecycle Management solutions) we have renamed our Jazz-based solutions to be IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management. Over the years we have addressed application lifecycle management (and our particular emphasis: Collaborative Lifecycle Management for agile, team-based development); Continuous Engineering, the application of “shift left”, fast-learning approaches to engineering design and development; DevOps; systems engineering; regulated IT application development; and scaling agile to the enterprise, including applying the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) to software development and product engineering.

 

All are still valid and important. Teams around the world are getting better outcomes from their development efforts by using the Jazz tools to help them innovate in their development practices, bring new levels of transparency across teams, sub-teams, and suppliers, and build a knowledge graph of their engineering data that enables new kinds of automation and analysis.  With the rise of smart and connected systems, good software and systems engineering practices are essential to success—and for some organizations, essential for survival. Hence Engineering Lifecycle Management: we are focused on helping teams solve the hard problems. ELM is the new ALM. Insightful engineering at enterprise scale.

Along with new names, we have a new look: we’ve refreshed the web banners to be consistent with the IBM Design Language: black banners with flat icons bring a contemporary feel; new login screens, and Report Builder and MyStuff are now more consistent with everything else. These changes are the first in a multi-release effort to refresh the UI look and feel and transform the user experience (UX), especially for cross-application workflows.

Examples of the ELM V7 log-in screen, My Stuff and Report Builder

 

Second, there are many enhancements in ELM V7.0—more than I can list here.

  1. Performance and other qualities of service: (1) DOORS Next data scale; (2) when using large global configuration trees; (3) when selecting a configuration context for reporting in JRS report builder; (4) clustering for greater concurrent user scale in Engineering Test Management (ETM aka RQM) and Rhapsody Model Manager (RMM); (5) optimized automated test scheduling; (6) a new option in the work item system (Engineering Workflow Manager – EWM aka RTC) to align attachment and work item visibility; and (7) faster generation of large HTML documents with IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization – Publishing (PUB aka RPE).
  2. New features and UX improvements, including the following:
    • Requirements Management: Automatic data type mapping simplifies ReqIF-based requirements collaboration; improved traceability between DOORS 9.7.1 and versioned tests, models, and requirements.
    • Test Management: new events can trigger email notifications, new custom attribute types, offline testing improvements.
    • Modeling: Easy-to-create HTML-based model “report” in Rhapsody V9.0; improvements in XMI toolkit; RMM now can deploy as part of an Engineering Workflow Management server, making it possible to combine Rhapsody models, source code and other files in the same components in the Jazz SCM; more information in the RMM web views and reportable REST API; UX improvements when working with the Jazz SCM in the Rhapsody client; improvements in the migration from Design Manager to Model Manager.
    • Tracking and Planning: tag-based folders to organize your many work item queries; Quick Planner supports color tags, custom attributes, more filters, editable work item summary and rich text in the description field; drag-and-drop swim lane columns in Taskboard and Kanban views; better handling of save conflicts in plans; role-based permission to delete work items.
    • Centralized Jazz SCM: Improved code review and approval workflow, duplicate a changeset to create a new, active changeset; new Baseline editor for editing custom attributes on baselines; still more SCM actions available in the web browser
    • Distributed SCM: Git integration improvements, including new support for Atlassian Bitbucket on-premises.
    • Enterprise Extensions: IBM Dependency Based Build is now included
    • Solution-level items:
      • Updated launchpad and installer have clearer descriptions and guidance plus links to other important information. We now recommend using at least two system images when installing all of the ELM applications.
      • SAFe® 4.6 templates for Workflow Management, Test Management, and Requirements Management.
      • Global Configurations: (1) recents, favorites, and new configuration tag tree make it easier to find the GCs you care about; (2) new role-based permissions in Global Configuration Management (GCM) application make it possible to give some roles the ability to update baselines but not change the GC structure.
      • JRS Report Builder: (1) report on link validity; (2) dynamic date filtering; (3) create new columns of data from other columns with custom expressions; (4) simplify user experience when creating reports on versioned data by running Report Builder against the types from a user-specified set of Global Configurations that have a unified, coherent type system;
      • Publishing: (1) simplified comparison of two versions of the same document in the PUB Eclipse client and PUB Document Builder web portal; (2) PDF/A format support
      • Engineering Insights (ENI aka RELM): (1) easier to set colors in a view; (2) previews speed up view editing when containers have many artifacts; (2) print views
      • Method Composer V7.6 (MEC aka RMC): author content in DOORS Next

For details, see the New and Noteworthy documents. V7.0 Release Candidate 3 is feature complete, and you can read the details here.

Are you wondering what you can do to get ready for V7.0?  See Get Ready for IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management v7.0. Stay tuned for additional “what’s new” blog posts in this series.

Daniel Moul
ELM Offering Management

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