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IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager

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Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.1

Product Release / Trial | December 14, 2015
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Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.1 "New and Noteworthy"

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.1 New & Noteworthy

If you work on complex engineering projects involving multiple teams that use large amounts of data across several lifecycle management applications, Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager unlocks the data from your applications, and provides insights you need to make the best engineering decisions.
With Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, you create views and diagrams that consolidate data from multiple sources, to simplify tasks like these:

  • Change impact analysis: What work must we do for this change request?
  • Situational awareness: Where are we as we converge towards "done"?
  • Validity checking: Is our engineering information complete and related correctly?

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager is a separately licensed product that you can install with the Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution. The product is included in the CLM Web Installer; it is also included in the IBM Installation Manager CLM repositories.

For a general introduction to Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, see the following topics:

For new and noteworthy information about other CLM applications, see these pages:

For a list of changes to the installation and upgrade process, see the CLM 6.0.1 Installation and Upgrade Notes.

New in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.1

Working with views

Editing views

Working with configurations

Enhanced highlighting capabilities for views

When browsing views, it is now easier to highlight artifacts and relationships.

Additional Operators

Improved zooming behavior

The zoom slide bar now makes the focused area the center of attention:

  • When a node is in focus, its top left corner becomes the center of the zoomed area.
  • When no node is in focus, the top left corner of the view area determines the center of the zoomed area.

Zooming with a node selected

Finding and selecting linked artifacts

In complex views, you can easily find the artifacts linked to a specific artifact. Select your focus artifact. Right-click it, and use the Select menu. The menu shows all the linked artifacts by artifact type. When you select a linked artifact from the list, the view adjusts to show the artifact that you selected.

Select Menu

Exploring dependencies among artifacts

When you select a node in a view, the Dependency Analysis menu becomes active in the toolbar. You can set the direction (traversal) that the analysis explores: Downstream, Upstream, Downstream and Upstream and Full Traceability. The analysis includes the artifacts based on your filter selection. To learn about the difference between the Downstream and Upstream and Full Traceability option, read this article.

Dependency ANalysis menus

When only specific artifacts are selected or filtered, you can use the Select None, Reset, or Show All buttons to change your selection.

Dependency ANalysis buttons

Taking a snapshot of selected nodes and filters in a view

You can capture dependency analysis results in snapshots. The snapshot is saved under the original view in the views list. Snapshots can be opened like views. You can share the snapshot of a shared view with other users, or you can set the snapshot to be a personal view.

Save Snapshot

New system artifact elements

  • You can use a new set of system artifact elements to create views. The new system artifact elements are the same artifact types that you select in the Report Builder to build your reports. In version 6.0 and in previous versions, artifact elements could be customized by editing SPARQL queries, and by setting properties in the artifact element editor. Now, you can use the system artifact elements as is. No further customization is required. The system artifact elements are available in the view editor, in the Artifact Element (System) section of the palette.

    System Aritifact Element Palette

  • You can use attributes of system artifact elements as parameter values when you edit nodes. For example:
    1. Right click a node, and click Edit Node.
    2. On the UI Type page, click the pencil icon to edit a parameter. In the Value field, select an attribute from the list.

Improved conditional formatting

View authors can now use conditional parameters to change node parameters (such as fill color) based on attributes of the represented artifacts (such as task status). By using conditional parameters, view authors no longer need to configure definitions for individual nodes, or modify values in SPARQL queries to change the node color. In the following example, the view author configured conditional parameters so that:

  • For resolved defects that are not verified, the nodes are filled with yellow color.
  • For resolved defects that are verified, the nodes are filled with green color.
The node colors in the view are set based on these conditions.

Additional Operators

Additional comparison operators

You can use a new set of operators to configure node and connection conditions. These operators make it easier to set conditions flexibly when you configure node definitions.

Additional Operators

Configuration context menu enhancements

  • You can now select a configuration context without opening a view associated with a data source with configurations. This way, you can use the same configuration context for several tasks: search, running views, and impact analysis.
    Configuration Context Switch

  • The icon next to the configuration context menu indicates what configuration type is currently selected. This is the same icon that you see in the application that provides the configuration.
    Configuration Context Icon on Banner

  • In the Select the configuration context dialog box, each configuration type has a specific icon. Move the cursor over a particular configuration to find more information.
    Select Configuration Dialog