A new youTube video highlights how RAM and other Rational software is helping General Motors create smarter products like the Chevrolet Volt. RAM is highlighted at the 2:55 mark in the video.

Governing, and Tracking the development of Services end to end is not a simple task.

In this movie, Dr. Gili Mendel extends the ALE series (by Derek Baron) and provides a technical perspective on the development of service specification and implementation.

I’d like to share some exciting news. Last Friday we delivered our third and final milestone release for the next version of Rational Asset Manager. It features innovations in usability, new and improved integrations, and more flexible licensing and deployment options.

Checkout the What’s New page on Jazz.net to learn more about the milestone release:

We thank our large community of users and design partners for their feedback!

In this third installment you’ll learn a little about the Impact Analysis available in ALE, enjoy!

For my first post on the blog, I’m pleased to announce Rational Asset Manager v7.2.0.1!

This is a service pack release.  It includes some small enhancements that customers told us they needed.  Here is where you can find more information:

Install Guide

Release Notes

Here are some of the new and noteworthy “goodies” in this release:

Support for Websphere version 7.0

  • Now Rational Asset Manager version can be installed on WAS version 7.0. The recommended Fix pack version is 7  i.e

WSRR 7 Integration support

  • RAM supports integration with WebSphere Service Registry and Repository 7.0

Improved Search Relevance

  • New factors are included in the search relevance algorithm. These include asset popularity, asset version, and asset modification date. This ensures that the most relevant assets are displayed first in search results

Cloud Support

  • RAM is now available on the IBM Cloud. Once you have an account, you can go to the control panel and add an instance of RAM

RAM on the Cloud

New Lifecycle Configuration Options

  • When defining a lifecycle transition rule you can now specify reviewers who must approve or reject the asset to continue to the next state. It’s also possible to configure whether state collaborators will receive e-mail notifications.

New Lifecyce Configuration Options

Create work items on a remote RTC server

  • You can now create new work items on a remote RTC server from within RAM. You can do this either through a custom attribute or in a forum post. You still must have credentials on the remote RTC server.

Work item preview

  • Work item previews are now embedded in the page, instead of being displayed as a popup. This allows you to view more than one work item at a time. When hovering over a work item link, a plus icon will appear. Clicking that icon will open a section showing the details of the work item.

Work item preview

…. And more!

To see some of these new features in action, you can create an instance of RAM on the IBM cloud.

Your comments/suggestions/feedback are appreciated as always.

One of the concepts of this blog is to give you a heads up on new information about Rational Asset Manager that isn’t publicly known yet. Since Rational Asset Manager is about sharing, governing and reusing assets, we thought we would give you our customers a place to exchange assets related to Rational Asset Manager. Since Developerworks already has an existing infrastructure “Exchange Place” on line we decided to take advantage of it. We will shortly be adding a new Rational Asset Manager Exchange to this area. The exchange will probably be live within a week or so. This will be a great place for you to contribute and get assets from customers like yourselves that are using RAM. It will be based on “Quid pro quo” mantra of the internet. If no one contributes then no-one receives the benefit. Many contribute then many will receive the benefit.

Here are some examples of assets you may want to consider contributing.
Category Schema – Like industry or Geography
Asset Type definitions –
Policies –
Assets – Like tips and techniques for Rational Asset Manager, or other best practices documents you have used to roll out RAM.

Notice I didn’t say sharing assets like mp3’s or your ripped DVDs.