One of the common scenarios for using RAM is to store compiled approved components or completed software images that can be referenced by your build system or our operations teams who can then deploy them into your environment.      There are several benefits when using RAM for this purpose.

1.  Ensures that only reviewed and approved components or software images are accessible.  This prevents accidently deployment or use of a component that isn’t ready because it hasn’t yet been tested or perhaps gotten review or approved by the right people.

2.  Ensures that an audit trail of using, modifying or updating the component is kept.  This is particularly usefull for Legal reasons in the case of using third party licensed libraries or Open source components.  So that you can reduce our risk exposure of violating agreements or internal policies on which open source can be used.

3.  Links fine grained development components with where they are used or deployed.  For example web applications that get deployed to operations as software images. Operations people can then navigate from the deployed component or software image in the Operational CMDB back to the development Definitive Software library in RAM.   This tracebility allows operations team members to quickly be able to access and submit defects on the asset from Rational Asset Manager without having to know what Defect database or record type should be used.  Other benefits include getting access to the metadata about that deployment software asset.

Out of the box RAM integrates with Tivoli CMDB.   We also have customers who are integrating with other CMDBs from HP and EDS.

A paper by Ramin Sanaie was published this month on DeveloperWorks describing the process for configuring and using the integration between Rational Asset Manager and Tivoli CMDB.

In this Webcast you can listen and watch Jonathan Stinton give a tutorial on developing, configuring and deploying policies with RAM v7.1.1.

To play this recording you must download and install the Raindance Player which can be found here https://cpc.on.intercall.com/confmgr/installs/MeetingPlayer.exe

You can find this tutorial recording on the Rational Asset Manager Exchange .

Over the last couple of months I have been using milestone releases of Rational Asset Manager v7.1.1.   As I was using it I kept saying to myself, “Wow I really like the new features in this release.”    Rational Asset Manager v7.1.1 is being made available today.   It is the sixth release of the product.   I think  it is one of the best releases we have had so far.   We have been listening to our customers and have delivered what they have asked for.  Customers are using Rational Asset Manager to manage their distributed assets across many repositories.  This latest release will allow you to federate across other repositories like Microsoft Sharepoint,   Web servers,  FTP servers,  Cloud computing web based service providers and other Web URL accessible servers that have your assets.    In this release you can search for, use, govern and report on your assets across these and other federated repositories.  Here were the themes of this release and the corresponding capabilities and benefits

Automation of Asset Creation and Maintenance

Capabilities

  • Automate creating SOA assets and other assets including their relationships
  • Automate creating and maintaining asset attributes
  • Custom attributes
  • Bulk asset update
  • Rational Asset Analyzer Integration
  • Rational Software Architect Integration
  • Rational Method Composer Integration

Benefits

  • Reduce the amount of time to submit assets and reduce errors in asset metadata
  • Save time searching for assets
  • Reduce duplicate assets and eliminate their associated  development and maintenance costs
  • Understand what assets you have

Asset Lifecycle and Tracebility

Capabilities

  • RAM Asset Library versioning support
  • IDE asset referencing for builds

Benefits

  • Understand how licensed assets are being used
  • Reduce the risks of unauthorized use of IP assets
  • Understand the impact of governance changes on assets

Governance

Capabilities

  • Configurable out of the box policies for asset governance

Benefits

  • Reduces the costs associated with risks that are not discovered and mitigated
  • Reduce duplication of assets
  • Reduce copyright infringement
  • Detect inappropriate language
  • Detect invalid federated assets

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing Webcasts and other tutorials on how to take advantage of the features in this latest release to solve real business problems each of you are facing.

Migration Case Study

December 4, 2008

Over at IBM.com, there is this recent case study of an internal community migrating from a legacy asset management repository to Rational Asset Manager.

Overview
The IBM Rational® Knowledge Community, an internal IBM community, was established to provide an environment where practitioners in IBM Global Business Services can collaborate and learn how best to deploy IBM Rational software solu­tions. It is a place for IBM employees to build their Rational software skills.

Business need:
To save on the cost of publishing, harvesting and reusing the assets of the Rational Knowledge Community.

Solution:
IBM Rational Asset Manager software, a collaborative software development asset management solution that gives organizations the ability to manage and govern the design, development and consumption of assets.

Benefits:
IBM Global Business Services has realized a cost savings of more than $50,000 per year; improved the productivity of its software teams by allowing them to more easily locate assets, receive information about them and be notified about new assets; enhanced collaboration across development teams and accelerated application and service delivery by facilitating the gover­nance and reuse of software assets.