Rational Asset Manager v7.2 is Available.   Learn what is new in this 6 part Webcast series.   In Part 1 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 What’s New, see how you can search for assets in the Web client.

Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 What’s New Part 1 Search

In Part 2 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz  What’s New,  see how you can create assets in the Web client.
Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz What’s New Part 2 Create & Review Assets

In Part 3 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz  What’s New,  see how you can define the asset governance process for each role, community and asset type in the Web client.

Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz What’s New Part 3 Define Governance Process

In Part 4 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz  What’s New,  see how you can Use and Report on Assets in the Web client.

Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz What’s New Part 4 Use and Report on Assets

In Part 5 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz  What’s New,  see how you can Use and Create  Assets in Development in the Rich client and other build tools.
Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz What’s New Part 5 Use and Create  Assets in Development

Learn what is new in this 6 part Webcast series.   In Part 6 of Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz  What’s New,  see how you have more flexible options for deploying RAM and where you can learn more information.
Rational Asset Manager v 7.2 on Jazz What Else is New

IBM Rational Software announces the September 24, 2009 availability of Rational Asset Manager v7.2. This is the fourth major release since the product was first launched 2 years and 3 months ago. Perhaps the most significant aspects of this release are:

1. Automated software asset governance that scales to the enterprise using custom Asset Lifecycle & policies.

2. Affordability for small, medium and large enterprises by leveraging flexible deployment and licensing options.

3. Enterprise Collaboration Application Lifecycle Management. Rational Asset Manager is now built with Jazz technology.

IBM Rational Asset Manager V7.2 enhancements and their benefits include:

  • New Jazz-driven life-cycle management capabilities to manage asset workflow from concept, development, build, deployment and retirement. Reduce the costs of governing assets.
  • New integrations with IBM Rational Team Concert and other Jazz built products. Connect and federate an asset’s metadata with the related Jazz Application Lifecycle Managed resources. Reduce maintenance costs of assets and reduce the time to find relevant asset resource information.
  • Better quantify return on investment and allocate resources more effectively by using new asset and community level reports.  Visualize usage and popularity of assets with new graphical analytics.
  • New Build Forge® integration integrates assets with the software assembly process. Control what goes out the door and reduce risks by ensuring builds use only approved assets. Automate asset publishing during the build process.
  • New purchase options, IBM Rational Asset Manager Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition making it more affordable for all enterprise sizes.

The entire team is really excited to see this release get into the hands of customers.   There were early signs that this was going to be a great value add release based on the positive feedback we got during our beta program.

Here is a new Webcast that explains the business challenges associated with Enterprise Modernization and how Rational Asset Manager and Rational Quality Manager can help.

In this Webcast Brian Bryson the Market Manager for Quality Solutions and Carlos Ferreira the product manager for Rational Asset Manager describe how apply best practices, tools and strategies for lifecycle quality management of modernization projects. Manage your assets by being more efficient at creating, using and maintaining solutions for business advantage!

These days, everyone is talking about the need to do more with less. Challenging economic conditions have led to smaller development teams and intense pressure to shorten time to market and reduce costs. Pressure to meet legal, regulatory, internal and technical compliance requirements continues to grow and it’s difficult to keep up using only manual reviews. However, these challenges can drive companies to take shortcuts that may ultimately increase costs and result in the creation of software that’s difficult and costly to maintain, enhance or change to meet changing business needs. Companies often have trouble finding or even defining the high-value core competency assets that are driving business value in the organization. In situations like these, it’s essential to get control of and understand your assets to reduce your solution delivery costs.

Development teams sometimes turn to open source or third-party components to expedite development, but these components may not be supported in the long run or support contracts for maintenance may not be available, which means that troubleshooting problems in the future becomes next to impossible. Or, teams attempt to reduce development costs by outsourcing to a lower-cost provider. However, if the team has failed to properly store and document its assets, it can take providers weeks of initial work to search through thousands of work products scattered throughout a variety of domain-specific repositories before they find the assets they need, increasing the cost of the engagement.

In this White paper I explain how a definitive software library can be used to address these challenges and reduce costs associated with managing and using your software assets.