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IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager

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Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.2

Product Release / Trial | April 25, 2016
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Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.2 "New and Noteworthy"

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.2 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:

  • 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 (CLM) 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:

New in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.2

Editing views

Working with configurations

Working with custom artifact elements

Selecting the data source in the view creation wizard

If multiple data sources are defined in Report Builder, you can select the data source for your view in the view creation wizard. For example, if your data sources are Lifecycle Query Engine and Lifecycle Query Engine using Configurations, you select Lifecycle Query Engine using Configurations to focus on specific global or local configurations.

Data source in the view creation wizard

Setting the scope for views and containers

View authors can configure views to focus on specific projects. In the view creation wizard, select what projects to focus on. In the palette of the view editor, you will see only the artifacts that pertain to the selected projects.

Limit scope in the view creation wizard

After you create the view, you can change what projects to focus on. Open the editor, and click the Limit scope button near Artifacts in the palette.

Limit scope from the view palette in the editor

From the projects that you include in the view, you can select specific projects to show in a particular containers. After you configure what projects to show in the container, the content of the container refreshes and shows only artifacts from the selected projects. Right-click a node, click Edit scope and conditions, and select your focus projects on the Scope tab.

Limit scope for a container

Filtering artifacts in view containers

In the view editor, if you drag an artifact from the palette onto the canvas, you can filter the artifacts in the container. To easily set complex and fine-grained filters, right-click a node, click Edit scope and conditions, and configure the filter on the Conditions tab. The procedure is similar to setting conditions in Report Builder.

Set Filters

At run time, users can modify unlocked filters by clicking Set parameter value for the view.

Set parameters for the view

Linking between artifacts and custom artifact elements

You can use two types of elements to create views:

  • Artifacts are organized by type, and are retrieved directly from the index. You use the same artifacts when you build your reports in Report Builder.
  • Custom artifact elements contain artifacts that are gathered from the index by a SPARQL query.
In version 6.0.2, you can link between artifacts and custom artifact elements when you create views.

Link from an artifact to a custom artifact element:

Link from artifact to custom artifact element

Link from a custom artifact element to an artifact:

Link from a custom artifact element to an artifact

To configure linking between artifacts and custom artifact elements, use the custom artifact element editor. By default, the custom artifact elements that come with the product are associated with artifacts, to allow linking. Administrators can modify the association between custom artifact elements and artifacts. To configure the linking between custom artifact elements and other view elements, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Views > Browse custom artifact elements, and click the pencil icon to edit one of the custom artifact elements in the list.
  2. In the editor, click the pencil icon next to the Template field, and select an artifact type.
This way, you associate the custom artifact element with the selected artifact type. When you create views, you can now link between the configured artifact elements.

Artifact type in custom artifact element editor

Improved conditional formatting of nodes in views

Since version 6.0.1, view authors can use conditional parameters to change node parameters (such as fill color) based on attributes of the represented artifacts (such as task status). In version 6.0.2, view authors no longer have to enter property values when they configure conditions, they can easily select the property value from a list. This feature is also available when you edit custom artifact element nodes.

Value Candidates for Enumeration Property

Date Picker for Date Proeprty

Condition operators change according to the property type. For example, the contains operator can be used with the string property, but not with the user or date properties.

Operator candidates

To determine what value applies if none of the configured conditions match, you can set a default value.

Default Value of Conditoinal Parameter

Configuration context menu enhancements

The configuration context menu is now similar to the menu in the Requirements Management and Quality Management application. To switch configurations, click Current Configuration > Switch.

Confiugration Context Switch Menu

The Select Configuration Context dialog box shows configurations that are provided by the Global Configuration Management application, and by other applications that have configuration-enabled project areas. You can search for the configuration that you want to work in.

Configuration Picker Delegated UI

If you select the Local Configuration type, and <All Local Configurations> in the drop-down list, you can search for a specific configuration across applications.

All Local Configuration UI

If you select the All Data type, your views show artifacts regardless of configuration.

All Data

If the data source that is specified in a view does not match the configuration selected in the Current Configuration menu, a message indicates the mismatch. For example, when a view is associated with a Lifecycle Query Engine using Configuration data source, while All Data is selected as configuration context, you see the following message:

A Message in View

Enhanced custom artifact element editor

When you create custom artifact elements (Views > Create custom artifact elements), a basic SPARQL query sample and some parameters are already available to help you get started.

Custom Artifact Element Template

In the Template field, you can associate your custom artifact element with an artifact type. Click the pencil icon, and select an artifact type. If you select, change, or remove an artifact type, the sample in the SPARQL Query window is refreshed.

Selecting a Template

In the Links section, you can select an artifact type in the Linked Artifact field.

Linked Artifact Setting

If you select an artifact type, administrators who create views can link the new custom artifact element to corresponding artifacts, and to all custom artifact elements that are associated with the artifact type.

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New in previous versions of Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager

For details about new features and functionality in previous releases, see these pages: