Carson Holmes is a management consultant, methodologist, software engineer, and educator. He is the community leader at Software Development Experts, the Vice President of Service Delivery at Fourth Medium Consulting Inc., and President of the Global Rational User Community. Mr. Holmes started programming over 30 years ago and for the last 16 years has helped numerous Fortune 500 IT enterprises across a variety of industries achieve their strategic goals. He is a specialist in IT governance and process improvement and leverages pragmatic methods, practices, and tools that benefit the enterprise IT value stream. Mr. Holmes is a natural leader skilled at building great teams and delivering solutions that maximize business value. As a management consultant, he is an agent for change and often works with senior level executives to fine tune their organization for efficiency and effectiveness. Mr. Holmes is a proponent of process enactment and workflow automation and leads a new virtual user group focused on Jazz and CLM. He regularly presents at user groups and software conferences, and holds a degree in computer science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
I’m amazed at how many people don’t realize that you can download, install, and use Rational Team Concert for free. IBM will give you 10 licenses for free! We are talking about an enterprise strength, elegant and powerful solution for developing software. It seems like a no-brainer. I’m using it for my development projects, let me know if you have any questions.
Download it here: https://jazz.net/downloads/rational-team-concert/releases/. Select a version and then you will see an “All Downloads” tab...I just go there and select the platform I want.
It’s fairly straight-forward to download and install. Tomcat and Derby are setup and configured for you. You will see a new program installed to “Start the Jazz Team Server”. Use this to launch the Jazz server which will open a command window. When launched you will see it deploy a number of files, it may take a bit but eventually it will say INFO: Server startup in XXXXX ms, that's how many milliseconds until the server is ready.
Once the server is running and ready, launch your browser, point it at https://localhost:9443/jts/setup. The initial login username is ADMIN and the initial password is ADMIN. It will walk you through a wizard to set up Jazz and Rational Team Concert. Also, if you want, it will walk you through setting up Requirements Composer and Quality Manager. Please post comments with questions and I'll try to help you or direct you where you can get help.
I'm also equally amazed at how few people know they can also try the the entire Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution (which includes RTC, RRC and RQM) in the Cloud! Go to jazz.net/.../sandbox. Within about 10 minutes, you'll be up and running with a fully integrated ALM solution.