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Announcing IBM Engineering Hub: extend your digital thread to more tools and teams

We are pleased to announce the release of IBM Engineering Hub 7.0.2, formerly known as IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization – Lifecycle Integration Adapters Tasktop Edition. IBM Engineering Hub provides connectors for more than 60 popular tools for systems and software development, continuous integration, continuous deployment and operations service management applications.

Below are some of the key enhancements that can be expected in IBM Engineering Hub:

More than 5 times as many connectors

IBM Engineering Integration Hub supports more than 60 popular tools. In addition to the existing adapters like Atlassian Jira, Micro Focus ALM, and Microsoft Azure DevOps, users can now also connect IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management to codebeamer, ServiceNow, IBM DOORS Family, Jama, PTC WindChill, and many more*. A complete list of supported integrations can be found here. [Note that Engineering Integration Hub 7.0.2 is the result of the relationship that IBM has with its business partner Planview, formerly Tasktop].

Enhancements to artifact relationship management

Compared to the Lifecycle Integration Adapters Tasktop Edition, IBM Engineering Integration Hub’s enhanced artifact relationship management capabilities enable the integration administrator to more easily specify and manage relationships between the artifacts in different tools. The relationships among artifacts provide context and information that is critical to multi-disciplinary teams working efficiently across their extensive tool chains. Engineering Integration Hub’s Artifact Relationship Management technology means that relationships like parent-child, validated-by, depends-on or blocked-by can be retained as artifacts flow between tools. Even when there are different artifact types or artifact relationship types, these relationships can be mirrored across tools, ensuring continuity of information and its semantics. Engineering Integration Hub can also preserve artifact context by automatically mirroring and harmonizing folder structures between tools where applicable.

Model-based integration simplifies project/product scaling

Model-based integration makes it easier to configure, scale, and maintain your integrations across hundreds of projects: map artifacts in a central model instead of creating endless tool pairs. By utilizing customizable models for the artifacts that flow through the value stream, integration administrators can:

  • Reduce the number of integrations that are created and maintained
  • Enable rapid scaling to more tools and more projects
  • Establish standards across tools and teams
  • Reduce tool lock-in by creating more loosely coupled integrations

Integration landscape view visualizes integration flows

Being able to handle the complexity involved in tool integration is critically important, but complexity shouldn’t mean weeks of coding. With Engineering Integration Hub’s web-based integration designer and administration interface, users can configure all their integrations with just a few clicks.

Users can visually integrate the tools landscape as they define conditional routes for artifacts to flow to specific repositories and projects, create filters, and graphically map artifact state transitions across toolchains. IBM Engineering Integration Hub provides an intuitive experience for defining and tuning the flow of information across the integration landscape.

Plan your upgrade or adoption today

Existing users of Lifecycle Integration Adapters Tasktop Edition are entitled to IBM Engineering Integration Hub – we strongly encourage upgrading to take advantage of the significant new capabilities. Please contact your account representative for information about migrating. In addition, IBM Engineering Integration Hub can be evaluated from the Engineering Integration Hub Download page.

We hope you enjoy this exciting new update.

Kim Rauenzahn
Product Manager, IBM Engineering

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