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Collaborative Lifecycle Management

Design, test, analyze, develop, deliver ... integrated by design

What's new in Collaborative Lifecycle Management

4.0.6 (February 2014)

Control continuous delivery: options for post-build deployments

In the 4.0.5 release, we introduced the post-build deploy option to support integration between Jazz Team Build and IBM UrbanCode Deploy. The post-build deploy option made it easier to create a new component version for UrbanCode to upload and deploy into a live environment.

In our 4.0.6 release, you get more control over the conditions that trigger the post-build deploy option.

Learn more in New & Noteworthy for Rational Team Concert >
Better tracking, planning, and reporting for scrum teams

The latest tracking, planning, and reporting enhancements can help any scrum team manage work and run stand-ups more efficiently. Drag plan items from one browser window to another (web UI), use activity streams for work item collaboration and get easy-to-install, agile reports to include velocity, cumulative flow, and advanced burn-up project status.

Demo: Create and manage link relationships across plans with drag and drop in the web UI.

Learn more in New & Noteworthy for Rational Team Concert >

Improved test suite planning and tracking
  • For easier planning and tracking with test suites, enable a new feature so that test case execution record are automatically created whenever a test suite execution record is created.
  • Support for systems testing through enumerated project execution variable
  • Demo: From Rational DOORS Web Access, link requirements to Quality Manager test script steps for enhanced traceability

Learn more in New & Noteworthy for Rational Quality Manager >

Enhanced user productivity for requirements
  • Faster artifact creation, more artifact information on pages and in menus, and locking improvements so that you unlock only the artifacts that you locked
  • Demo: When you create an artifact type that is based on the Module format, you can specify the types of artifacts to use in that module in the new Preferred Module Content field. Then, when other team members add artifacts to modules, the preferred artifact types are presented by default.

Learn more in New & Noteworthy for Rational Requirements Composer >

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4.0.5 (December 2013)

Automate going from a completed build to a deployed application

Rational Team Concert Team Build is now integrated with IBM UrbanCode Deploy. You can use the UrbanCode Deploy process design tool to easily define the steps required to deploy a new version of an application. The Rational Team Concert Team Build supports a new, post-build deploy option that makes it easy to create a new component version for UrbanCode to upload and then deploy into a live environment.

Learn more >

Demo: Rational Team Concert Build and IBM UrbanCode Deploy

For Developers
  • Rational Team Concert provides many enhancements for planning, including quick creation of a plan with multiple sprints
  • Connect your repository to a JazzHub project, and manage your cloud-based JazzHub connections directly from the Eclipse Team Artifacts view
  • Better visualize the flow of work with Kanban and taskboard improvements
  • Improved source-control merging and automation
  • Features for better compliance and control
  • Enhancements for System z and dependency builds
What's new for Rational Team Concert >

Demo: Manage JazzHub projects in the Eclipse client

For Quality Teams

  • Rational Quality Manager integrates with Requirements Management tools for better visibility between test and requirements
  • Advanced test artifact organization using categories
  • Enhanced control over long-running test suites
  • Improved workflow for approving test artifacts, and restore deleted test artifact
What's new for Rational Quality Manager >
For Analysts
  • New drag and drop capabilities make Rational Requirements Composer easier to use
  • Fast loading and scrolling for large modules, and more improvements for user productivity
  • Get a technology preview or client customization with JavaScript
What's new for Rational Requirements Composer >

Demo: Drag and drop for increased productivity

New platform support

New browser and server support

Our latest release includes support for the following:

  • Internet Explorer 10
  • FireFox 24 ESR
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Traditional Websphere Application Server 8.5.5

For details, see System Requirements >

And many more new features and updates!

4.0.4 (September 2013)

For Developers
  • Use the new Rich Text editor for editing work-item descriptions and comments.
  • For ClearQuest developers, use the new update capability when importing.
  • For Visual Studio developers, create copies of work items in the web UI and the Rational Team Concert client for Visual Studio IDE.
  • Customize how timestamps display.
  • An enhanced Advanced Release Burndown report is available for Agile reporting.
  • Simulated builds for enterprise teams.
  • And much more!
What's new for Rational Team Concert >

Demo: Tips on using the new features for work-item editing

For Quality Teams
  • New features help you track test artifacts and activities for auditing. Set up E-signature as a requirement for test artifacts. Also, see more information during test execution, such as who runs specific steps and the workflow states of artifacts.
  • Many enhancements for the manual test script editor.
  • And more!
What's new for Rational Quality Manager >

Demo: E-signature and test result audit improvements

For Analysts
  • New widgets for the Dashboard, including the Requirements Tracing widget for displaying all requirements that have related work items in Rational Team Concert and test cases in Rational Quality Manager.
  • Patch Service is a new feature for RM JazzAdmin users. You use the service to manage and deploy code patches and fixes from the RM development team to the server by using the /rmadmin page.
  • To see all of what's new for requirements management, check out New & Noteworthy in the Downloads section.

Demo: How to use the Patch Service

For Designers

  • Now available -- export a Rational Software Architect Design Management project to Rational Software Architect.
  • New support for inline editing of datatype collections, as well as for table cells with datatype values.
  • For details and a full list of what's new for design management, check out New & Noteworthy in the Downloads section.
Security enhancements

The products for the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management now provide support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standard SP 800-131A. This standard strengthens security by defining the cryptographic algorithms and minimum key strengths that can be used. Jazz Team Server and its clients can be configured to run in either transition or strict mode. This security enhancement also includes limited support for enabling the TLS 1.2 protocol. Read more

And many more new features and updates!

4.0.3 (June 2013)

For Developers
  • Plan loading performance is improved by 50 percent. For example, the Rational Team Concert product backlog now loads in 10 seconds, compared to 20 seconds in 4.0.2.
  • Planning across projects is improved with support for multiple hierarchy levels and new plan checks.
  • Enhancements to the ClearCase Connector history importer improves connectivity of Jazz SCM version trees of imported files.
  • Rational Team Concert z/OS dependency build automatically attempts to rebuild main programs when one or more statically linked subprograms are updated.

Demo: A walk-through of the ClearCase History Importer enhancements

What's new for Rational Team Concert >

For Quality Teams
  • Overall user experience is improved including the ability to edit artifacts directly in table views, customize the main menu, and improved selection dialogs.
  • Test execution and keywords now support the concept of channels to make it easier to build test frameworks to test mobile, web interfaces, and rich clients with a set of common tests.
  • Test artifact duplication now automatically creates links between duplicated test artifacts and requirements, tracks the root artifact, and supports deep copies of snapshots.
  • We've added a trash view and the ability to permanently delete artifacts from the repository.
  • Rational Quality Manager is now integrated with Rational Test Virtualization Server to make it easier to execute tests against virtualized environments.

Demo 1: Learn how to take advantage of the new menu customization to match your needs.

Demo 2 Watch to learn more about the duplicate artifacts feature in 4.0.3.

What's new for Rational Quality Manager >

For Analysts

  • New locking improvements show the lock status of artifacts in the editors, give you the ability to lock and unlock multiple artifacts, and to sort and filter on lock status.
  • New visual indications of changes in history views show deleted content in red strike-through, added content in blue, and changed text in blue underline.
  • Overall Module performance is improved.
What's new for Rational Requirements Composer >

For Designers

  • The visual editors have been enhanced, including improvements to sketching, table widgets, zoom to fit, and permission editing.
  • We've added a new Architecture Decision and Knowledge (ADK) ontology and domain.
  • Rich text documents can be viewed in printable format.
  • Design Manger now includes Use Case and Process Domains.
What's new for Rational Software Architect Design Manager & Rational Rhapsody Design Manager >

4.0.2 (March 2013)

Fixes for improved quality and performance, and new browser support for Firefox 17 are all part of our latest release.

Release notes >

4.0.1 (Nov 2012)

Client support for Mac OS X clients and Google Chrome

Mac® OS X® 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion are now supported. Client support for the Mac is ideal for Eclipse developers and extended teams.

Google Chrome™ support allows more flexibility when working in the Rational Team Concert web UI.

Supported platforms and system requirements >

For developers: improved performance when using larger Rational Team Concert plans and new support for Microsoft® Visual Studio 2012

  • New to Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.1, you can open larger Rational Team Concert plans up to 25% faster than in Rational Team Concert 4.0.
  • The Rational Team Concert Client for Microsoft Visual Studio IDE now supports Visual Studio 2012. This first class integration into Microsoft Visual Studio IDE, enables the .NET developer to use the power of Jazz from within a familiar environment.
What's new in Rational Team Concert >
For analysts: organize requirements into specifications with the new modules feature
  • Organize requirements into ordered lists and use hierarchy to group requirements.
  • Modules have a familiar structure much like the outline for a document.
  • Better understand the format and organization for project information.

Demo: A walk-through of the features that help you better manage requirements -- see how to add existing artifacts to a module, author new artifacts, and more.

What's new for Rational Requirements Composer >

For the quality team: new usability and UI enhancements mean improved tester productivity
  • Be more efficient with additional ways to create, edit, sort, filter, and query test artifacts.
  • Capture screenshots directly from the manual test script editor and during manual test execution.
  • And more ...
What's new for Rational Quality Manager >
Capture screenshot feature

For tool owners and deployment managers: enhanced support for server renaming

New this year, you can rename one or more server public URLs, for a limited set of scenarios, using the Server Rename feature.

Now with the 4.0.1 release, we have added support for renaming the production environment and support for many of the integrations that were not supported in version 4.0.

Learn more about server renaming >

New CLM licensing options

New licenses help make the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management more affordable for smaller teams, and make it easier to license all lifecycle capabilities without having to figure out the number of licenses you need for individual products.

  • CLM Practitioner -- Offers the use of any one of the CLM products at a given time.
  • CLM Practitioner for Workgroups -- A great option for smaller teams and departments who want multi-role access for team members who wear multiple hats.
  • RRC Business Analyst for Workgroups and RQM Quality Professional for Workgroups -- Complements the existing Rational Team Concert for Workgroups.
Download Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.1 >
Lifecycle integration adapters

Enhance your existing Atlassian JIRA, Git or HP ALM investments with the IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters.

Connect Rational CLM with third-party tools >

JIRA integration - creating a new defect

Enhanced reporting - front to back

  • Enhanced reporting from lifecycle-wide features, such as clustering and server rename -- to reporting-specific features, such as document generation.
  • From backend, such as new and improved data -- to frontend, such as new out-of-the-box reports and more consistent user interface.
Extended with Design Management

With Rational Software Architect Design Manager, you can architect and design software in an iterative and collaborative way -- tightly integrated within your software development lifecycle.

Features and capabilities >

Rational Software Architect user interface

Best practices and templates for regulated industries

When you must demonstrate compliance with a complex and dynamic set of regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SoX) and ISO 26262, use our experience to effectively and efficiently maintain a compliant software development environment.

Software Development Compliance (5-article series) >
Enhanced sample project and application

A realistic software development project ready for you to try and to experiment with. It's called Money that Matters ... now with the architecture role.

Using Money that Matters with Rational CLM >

Money that Matters