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IBM Rational Publishing Engine V1.2 delivers productivity improvements for the report designer with a simplified interface for report generation

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-523
December 4, 2012

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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
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(Corrected on February 22, 2013)

The Description section was revised.

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Rational® Publishing Engine automates document generation from IBM® Rational solutions and third-party applications, allowing you to easily create documents for:

With this latest release, Rational Publishing Engine introduces Central Management, extending support for modular design and single source maintenance of design artifacts. This release also simplifies the report generation process with improved usability, scalability, and performance for remote generation.



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Creating documents and keeping them up-to-date can be time consuming and error prone. Documents can even become obsolete by the time you have finished writing them. Despite this, documents are the preferred and most effective way to communicate information across disciplines, both internally and across contractual boundaries.

Rational Publishing Engine automates document generation from disparate applications to help improve efficiency and process maturity, and reduce the effort to meet internal, customer, or regulatory requirements for deliverable documentation. It automates document creation for many purposes, including ad-hoc use, formal reviews, contractual obligations, and standards compliance.

Version 1.2 provides improved document design productivity, reduced technical complexities for report generators, and enhanced remote generation scalability with extended 64-bit server support.

With Rational Publishing Engine you can enhance your team's productivity and achieve a much higher return on investment because you spend less time on the tedious and manual tasks of creating documents and keeping them up to date. Instead, you can focus on your primary business objectives.



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Key prerequisites
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For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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December 7, 2012, for:



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Description
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Rational Publishing Engine is a document generation application that automatically extracts data from your disparate repositories and creates elegant multi-format documents.

Document creation made simple

Rational Publishing Engine is designed for ease of use. You do not have to change the way you work to enjoy the benefits of IBM Rational Publishing Engine. You have the option of generating documents directly from:

Generating documents directly from the Rational Publishing Engine V1.2 Launcher is enhanced starting with a selection from Central Management's repository of shared designs. Prompts are then generated for runtime variables which could consist of drop-down lists of predefined static values or dynamic values based on the data source and text input values.

Features introduced with this release enable designs to be created with increased flexibility and reduced reliance on domain or environment knowledge required by the user generating the document. Consider the impact of defining global variables within Central Management, having logical names representing data source locations. Not only does this eliminate the need for report generators to know specific URLs, it also enables administrators to maintain data source location changes in one place.

Productivity and flexibility in designing high-quality, compliant documents

Extract data from a single source or from multiple sources while IBM Rational Publishing Engine ensures that you get compliant, high-quality documents in Microsoft™ Word, PDF, HTML, or XSL-FO with complete flexibility in document style. IBM Rational Publishing Engine allows you to effectively present your extracted data with document features such as richly formatted text, images, OLEs, tables, figures and captions, hyperlinks, and tables of contents.

With this release, flexibility and re-use are extended not only by the types of artifacts supported in modular design, but also in how they can be incorporated. Physically embedding or dynamically referencing design assets from Central Management's shared repositories to be sequentially executed or nested increases the extent to which skills can be leveraged, ongoing maintenance can be simplified, and standards compliance can be implemented. As well, variable support in data queries provides dynamic flexibility at run time with no performance costs.

In addition to introducing Central Management for sharing design assets, IBM Rational Publishing Engine V1.2 provides several new editing and debugging aids that will increase productivity of report designers:

The power and extensibility JavaScript™ support brings to Rational Publishing Engine have been enhanced with this release as well. Scripting can now be included directly within the template and be embedded from an external file sourced from a Central Management shared repository. With the sharing of complex data structures between script expressions and the ability to manipulate data in JavaScript , designs are simplified with increased control in the format of generated data.

Rational Publishing Engine continues to include sample design artifacts with guidelines that help you get up and running quickly. Design the content and format of your documents with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface designed with user-friendly features such as drag and drop and preview capabilities.

High-performance document generation

Rational Publishing Engine is designed for speed, agility, and scalability. Capabilities such as parallel processing have enhanced document generation performance beyond that provided by Telelogic DocExpress and Rational SoDA® , ensuring that quality documents are delivered on time.

With Rational Publishing Engine V1.2, remote generation scalability and performance have been enhanced by:

The ability to view and monitor an organization's document generation jobs is enabled through the Monitor and Control component. Automatically enabled for remote document generations, this component can also be used for local generations. With V1.2, filtering has been enhanced to include date/time as well as status, allowing administrators to view document generation jobs -- current and completed -- to pause, cancel, resume, or delete.



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Program number
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Program     
number          VRM         Program name
 
5724-X79       1.2.0        IBM Rational Publishing
                            Engine


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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this product.

IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Disk space: Minimum 1 GB disk space

Memory: Minimum 2 GB virtual memory; minimum 1 GB physical memory

Processor: Pentium™ Class - 2 GHz or higher

Software requirements

Application servers

Installation -- Capilano Components ( IBM Installation Manager and IBM Packaging Utility) V1.5.2 and future fix packs

Java™ SDK -- IBM Java SDK V6.0.11 and future fix packs

Licensing -- Rational License Key Server V8.1.2 and future fix packs

Web browsers

Operating systems

Microsoft Windows™

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Planning information

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express . Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Packaging

Security, auditability, and control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Ordering information
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This product is available only via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product information

                                                    Product
Licensed function title             Product group   category
 
IBM Rational Publishing Engine      Process and     Process and
                                    Portfolio       Portfolio
                                    Management      Management
                                      PID          Charge unit
Program name                          number       description
 
IBM Rational Publishing Engine        5724-X79     Per Floating
                                                    User
IBM Rational Publishing Engine        5724-X79     Per Floating
                                                    User for System z
IBM Rational Publishing Engine        5724-X79     Per Authorized
                                                    User
IBM Rational Publishing Engine        5724-X79     Per Authorized
                                                    User for System z

Charge metrics definitions

Authorized User

Authorized User is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An Authorized User is a unique person who is given access to the program. The program may be installed on any number of computers or servers and each Authorized User may have simultaneous access to any number of instances of the program at one time. Licensee must obtain separate, dedicated entitlements for each Authorized User accessing the program in any manner directly or indirectly (for example, via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means. An entitlement for an Authorized User is unique to that Authorized User and may not be shared, nor may it be reassigned other than for the permanent transfer of the Authorized User entitlement to another person.

Note: Some programs may be licensed where devices are considered users. In that case, the following applies. Any computing device that requests the execution of or receives for execution a set of commands, procedures, or applications from the program or that is otherwise managed by the program is considered a separate user of the program and requires an entitlement as if that device were a person.

Floating User

Floating User is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Floating User is a person who is accessing the Program at any particular point in time. An Install is an installed copy of the Program on a physical or virtual disk made available to be executed on a computer. The Program may be installed on any number of computers or servers, but if the Floating User simultaneously accesses more than one Install of the Program, the Floating User requires a separate entitlement for each such Install. Licensee must obtain separate entitlements for each Floating User simultaneously accessing the Program on each Install in any manner directly or indirectly (for example: via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means.

Note: Some programs may be licensed where devices are considered users. In that case the following applies: Any computing device that requests the execution of or receives for execution a set of commands, procedures, or applications from the Program or that is otherwise managed by the Program is considered a separate User of the Program and requires an entitlement as if that device were a person.

Passport Advantage program licenses

Rational Publishing Engine

                                                         Part
Part description                                         number
 
IBM Rational Publishing Engine
Rational Publishing Engine Per Authorized User Annual    E077BLL
 SW S&S Rnwl
Rational Publishing Engine Per Authorized User Initl FT  D09AMLL
 Lic+S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Authorized User Lic + SW  D09N2LL
 S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Authorized User SW S&S    D09GDLL
 Reinstate 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Authorized User Subsq FT  E071KLL
 Lic+S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Floating User Annual SW   E0742LL
 S&S Rnwl
Rational Publishing Engine Per Floating User Initl FT    D0996LL
 Lic+S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Floating User Lic + SW    D09JTLL
 S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Floating User SW S&S      D09D4LL
 Reinstate 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Floating User Subsq FT    E0704LL
 Lic+S&S 12 Mo

Passport Advantage trade-up licenses

Rational Publishing Engine

                                                        Trade-up
                                                        part
Precursor product           Trade-up product            number
 
IBM Rational Publishing
 Engine
Rational SoDA Floating      Ratl Pub Engine Flt Usr     D0D44LL
 User                        from Ratl Soda Flt Usr
                             Trdup Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo

Passport Advantage supply

                                                         Part
Program name/description                                 number
 
Ratl Publishing Engine V1.2.0
Rational Publishing Engine V1.2 Multiplatform            BT0ICML
 Multilingual Media Pack

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Ratl Publishing Engine V1.2.0

Entitled maintenance                                    Part
offerings description       Media packs description     number
 
IBM Rational Publishing     Rational Publishing Engine  BT0ICML
 Engine per Authorized User  V1.2 Multiplatform
                             Multilingual Media Pack
IBM Rational Publishing     Rational Publishing Engine  BT0ICML
 Engine per Authorized User  V1.2 Multiplatform
 for System Z                Multilingual Media Pack
IBM Rational Publishing     Rational Publishing Engine  BT0ICML
 Engine per Floating User    V1.2 Multiplatform
                             Multilingual Media Pack
IBM Rational Publishing     Rational Publishing Engine  BT0ICML
 Engine per Floating User    V1.2 Multiplatform
 for System Z                Multilingual Media Pack

Cross-platform products

Cross-platform products for use on System z

Order the part numbers that follow either when the product is used for the development of code that will be deployed on System z® servers or when the product will be communicating or transferring data between a distributed server and a System z server. Otherwise order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement

Rational Publishing Engine

                                                         Part
Part description                                         number
 
IBM Rational Publishing Engine
Rational Publishing Engine Per Auth User for System z    E08D3LL
 Annual SW S&S Rnwl
Rational Publishing Engine Per Auth User for System z    D0C4RLL
 Initl FT Lic+S&S 12
Rational Publishing Engine Per Auth User for System z    D0C4NLL
 Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Auth User for System z    D0C4PLL
 SW S&S Reinstate 12
Rational Publishing Engine Per Auth User for System z    E08D5LL
 Subsq FT Lic+S&S 12
Rational Publishing Engine Per Float User for System z   E08D2LL
 Annual SW S&S Rnwl
Rational Publishing Engine Per Float User for System z   D0C4QLL
 Initl FT Lic+S&S 12
Rational Publishing Engine Per Float User for System z   D0C4LLL
 Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo
Rational Publishing Engine Per Float User for System z   D0C4MLL
 SW S&S Reinstate 12
Rational Publishing Engine Per Float User for System z   E08D4LL
 Subsq FT Lic+S&S 12
Cross-platform product for use on System z IFL engines and/or zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension

Order the part numbers that follow when the product is intended to run on the zEnterprise® BladeCenter® Extension and/or Linux operating system on System z IFL engines. If the product is not intended to run in these environments, order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.

Trade-up licenses for cross-platform products

Rational Publishing Engine

                                                        Part
Precursor product           Trade-up product            number
 
IBM Rational Publishing
 Engine
Rational SoDA Floating      Ratl Pub Engine Flt Usr fr  D0D45LL
 User for System Z           Ratl Soda Flt Usr SysZ
                             Trdup Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo


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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage , where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

License Information form number
                                    Program    
Program name                        number         Form number
 
Rational Publishing Engine          5724-X79       L-ADON-8ZBNH4

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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Money-back guarantee

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For clarification, note that for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

This product is available only via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express . Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable

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If you are an IBM Business Partner -- Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM , you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBM ID and password are required.

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Focal Point and Rational Team Concert are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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