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Just a heads up that this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, IBM Rational will be at the STAR West testing conference demoing Rational Quality Manager.   The conference this year is in Anaheim, CA at the Disneyland hotel from October 5 to 9.

IBM Rational will have a booth on the EXPO floor, and on top of Rational Quality Manager, you’ll be able to get a look at Rational Requirements Composer, Rational RequisitePro, Rational Functional Tester, Rational Service Tester and Rational Performance Tester.

There are various packages to attend the conference, but if you just want to pop in and say hello to IBM Rational, you can get a free expo pass which gets you into the hall on Thursday.  See you there!

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“What is Rational Quality Manager” and “How do I get started”.  Those are two questions that we hear on a daily basis.   The answer is pretty simple, but nothing we’ve ever documented, so accordingly, here is how we suggest you get to know, learn and love Rational Quality Manager.

Step 1:  Learn the basics of quality management.  Some great resources to get started with are:

Step 2: Learn the basics about the product.  I’d suggest 3 things in the following order:

Step 3: Now that you’ve got the basics down, dig a little deeper on Rational Quality Manager

Step 4: Now that you have a good understand Quality Management and Rational Quality Manager, the following will help you go even deeper in the topic and our portfolio

There you have it – everything you need to know about Rational Quality Manager in 4 steps!

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The Rational Software Conference Spring Fever discount ends today! If you’re thinking about attending the conference this year – this is your last chance to get the discount. You won’t get a better offer than this. Now is the time.

Save $300 on the Rational Software Conference
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/rsdc/register.html

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Every once in a while, I get a sneak peek into to Rational Quality Manager and Rational Test Lab Manager development shops to see what’s going on.  The other day, this is what I saw…

Quality Manager and Lab Manager Google Maps Mashup

Quality Manager and Lab Manager Google Maps Mashup

What is it?

It’s a Google Maps mash up with Rational Quality Manager and Rational Test Lab Manager.  It’s still in the early phases, but some of the thinking is for large distributed organizations, it gives you a way to visualize your lab assets from a geographic location perspective.  How cool?

What could possible be next?  Twitter integration for live test execution results reporting?  Nahhhhh…

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The Rational Software Conference team has just announced a new promotion code to save $300 off of your conference registration.  Register for the conference and enter in the promo code APRIL, and you’ll get the discount.  Not surprisingly, this offer expires at the end of the month.  

The conference will have a ton of Rational Quality Manager content, and we’ll be previewing some of that here over the next two months.   Stay tuned – next up, info on migrating to RQM.

 

Save $300 at the Rational Software Conference 2009.

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IBM Rational Quality Manager facilitates team collaboration through its Web 2.0 based architecture and features such as work items and task lists which keep team members up to date on what is expected from them and what they can expect from others. All good. Yay.

How though, can IBM Rational Quality Manager enable collaboration with external parties, or internal co-workers who (sadly) may not have access to Quality Manager. How about twitter? For those unfamiliar, twitter is a social media collaboration tool where users send brief status messages to one another to keep each other appraised of their current status or needs.

In this Tidbit installment we’ll show how IBM Rational Quality Manager can add a twitter feed to its Web 2.0 dashboard so that users are always aware and informed of what others, in the twitter world, are up to.

For those interested, the Rational Tester tweets on twitter at: twitter.com/RationalTester

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In the spirit of collaboration, the Quality Manager team has asked one of our premier partners, Sogeti,  to come speak on our teleconference series.  Why?  Simple – late last year, Sogeti started a pilot project that saw them move 40 of their quality assurance professionals, across 4 projects, from HP Mercury Quality Center to IBM Rational Quality Manager.  Sign up for the teleconference to hear why they made, the move, how they did in in a very fast time frame, and what technical and business challenges they encountered along the way.   It’s a great opportunity to learn, on an interactive call where you are invited to participate in the discussion in real time.  If you can’t make the time, the call will be recorded for subsequent replay.  See you there

Register to learn how Sogeti migrated from HP Quality Center to IBM Rational Quality Manager

 

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