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Rational Team Concert

Task tracking · Source control · Agile planning

Tons of features

Features for everyone on the team: developers, product managers, and executives.

Work items are the fundamental mechanism in Rational Team Concert to track and coordinate development tasks and workflows, all governed by your team's associated process. In addition work items are the hub for linkage between many Rational Team Concert artifacts (e.g. builds, work items, and change sets), as well as providing support for integration with other products. Work Item customization can be used to create new work item types or modify existing types in order to support the development process that your team follows.

The Source Control component of Rational Team Concert is a component-based version control system built on the Jazz platform. Its focus is on supporting geographically distributed teams and has strong support for parallel and agile development. It's built from the ground up to support a highly integrated collaborative development environment, integration with defect tracking, integration with builds, and process-centric automation.

The Planning component of Rational Team Concert provides tools to assist with the planning and execution of both agile and traditional projects. For agile projects it provides tools to create product, release and sprint backlogs for teams, to create individual plans for developers, and to track the progress during an iteration and to balance the work load of developers. For traditional projects Rational Team Concert supports schedule dependencies and constraints and a Gantt chart editor to create project plans. Regardless of the process used, plans are accessible to everyone on the team, and can change dynamically over the course of the project to reflect the team's position and direction.

Rational Team Concert knows your project teams, their internal organization, and the artifacts they are working on. It greatly simplifies the access to team-related information or performing team-related operations. To mention only one example, in order to subscribe to a feed with all events specific to a team, just select the team in the user interface and select 'Subscribe to Team Events' from the context menu.

The Team Build component integrates the team's build system into Rational Team Concert, providing build awareness, control, and traceability to the team. Team members can track build progress, view build alerts and results, request builds, and trace builds to other artifacts like change sets and work items.

The Team Reports and Web Dashboards components of Rational Team Concert help you to keep tabs on the health of your project. Dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of work item queries, event feeds, reports, and other items that are critical to understanding your progress. Reports provide both real-time views and historical trends of builds, streams, work items, and other artifacts that your team works with.

Rational Team Concert can improve the productivity of your teams and the quality of the work they produce by allowing each team to teach the tool its best practices. Rational Team Concert uses this knowledge to automatically detect violations of your teams' process the moment they happen.

To support team collaboration across multiple platforms and technologies, Rational Team Concert provides users with an Eclipse-based client interface, a Microsoft® Visual Studio client interface, a Web interface, and even a shell for Windows Explorer. There are also a green screen client, a powerful command line interface; and a client that supports Microsoft Source Code Control Interface (MS-SCCI).

Rational Team Concert includes support for IBM enterprise level platforms such as System z and the various operating systems that can run on the IBM Power platform such as IBM i, AIX and Linux on Power. This functionality is unlocked via the Developer for IBM Enterprise Platforms Client Access License and includes such things as Dependency Based Build, Promotion, Deployment, and integration with the Rational Developer for System z and Rational Developer for Power Systems Software products.

Rational Team Concert also integrates with other products, such as Rational Quality Manager, Rational ClearQuest and Rational ClearCase. The integration with Rational Quality Manager and Rational ClearQuest is part of the Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management (CLM) effort which also includes Rational Requirements Composer. Collaboration tool integrations are also built-in for IBM Sametime, IBM Connections and other popular tools.

The Jazz Team Server provides a web-based administrative UI for setup, configuration, and administration of the server. The server configuration can be modified and saved by authorized administrators through a browser, in many instances without requiring a restart. Administrators can view key statistics and see the requests currently being executed. The web UI also provides an easy-to-use server setup wizard that guides you through setting up common configuration settings, such as: database configuration, email notifications, user management, and LDAP integration.