IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5

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This document describes how to download and install IBM Rational Focal Point, version 6.5.

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IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 is a full product download and is available in Passport Advantage site.

IBM Rational Focal Point is a comprehensive portfolio planning solution for market-driven teams. With Rational Focal Point, teams can make collaborative, objective decisions to deliver market, customer, and business value. By understanding what matters most, your organization can respond to dynamic market conditions and deliver valued products and projects.

IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 includes the following new features:

  • Chart options in statistics view: You can display charts in attribute statistics and can choose to view the statistics charts in the home page.
  • Embedded Rational Publishing Engine for report generation: You can generate Rational Publishing Engine reports in Rational Focal Point without configuring a separate server. You must have a Rational Publishing Engine license to use this feature.
  • Workspace templates: Rational Focal Point now includes three pre-configured workspace templates: IT Portfolio Management workspace, Product Management workspace, and Product Portfolio Management workspace. You can use these workspaces as a starting point to manage products, IT portfolios, and product portfolios and customize it according to your requirements.
  • Investment analysis of time grid attributes: In the new investment analysis mode, you can create models of estimated financial value and risk. You can configure a time grid attribute to contain cost and benefit estimates that are specified as random variables that are composed of high, likely, and low estimates. A Random Variable Calculator performs calculations that are based on random variables to produce high, likely, and low estimates. Those random variables also serve as documentation for the source of the estimates.
  • Time grid: You can now aggregate time grids into one new time grid. You can display an overview in the attribute list and on the home page. You can display time grid data in a Gantt chart. Also, the business rules for time grids are enhanced.
  • Dynamic tables: You can display elements in a dynamic table where you can edit most attributes, display complex attributes, perform nested sorting, and reorder columns.
  • Rational Focal Point Collaborative Lifecycle Management integration: Rational Focal Point provides integration with Collaborative Lifecycle Management through its support of the OSLC change management specification.
  • Views in view definitions: You can use a view to create view rules when you define a view or a filter. You can create a view to create view rules for link, linklist, and incoming link attributes.
  • Thresholds: You can define thresholds that can be used to compare threshold values with sums in statistics view and display the threshold values in charts.
Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 also includes defect fixes to previous versions of the product.

IBM Rational Focal Point Version 6.5 is translated in the following languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Czech.

For a list of known problems and workarounds for this release, see View all known problems for Rational Focal Point Version 6.5

To download Rational Focal Point:

  • Passport Advantage clients Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express clients are required to sign in to Passport Advantage Online to access the actual files.
  • Non-Passport Advantage clients If your organization did not purchase your software and support through Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express, you are required to sign in to the new IBM Software Group OEM Portal to access the actual files.

    Note: This includes clients with Flexible Contract Type (FCT) license purchases and IBM Business Partners.

    For assistance with the IBM Software Group OEM Portal, visit the eCustomer care page.

Downloadable parts See the table below for details about the eAssembly. You can refer to these details when you download files from Passport Advantage.

Part number Description
CRCN6ML IBM Rational Focal Point V6.5 Multilingual Multiplatform eAssembly
CZU88ML Quick Start Guide for IBM Rational Focal Point V6.5 Multiplatform Multilingual
CZP5XML IBM Rational Focal Point V6.5 Multilingual Multiplatform


Supporting Documentation
For a brief description of the new features and restrictions, review the Release notes documentation.
For a detailed list of the system requirements prior to installing, review the System requirements documentation.
For information on configuring your computer prior to installing, see Preinstallation tasks documentation.
To view, browse, and search on-line information related to this product, visit the Information Center

Installation Instructions

To install Rational Focal Point, Version 6.5, download the package from IBM Passport Advantage.

For information about installing Rational Focal Point, Version 6.5, see Installation road map.

For information about upgrading from Rational Focal Point, Version 6.4.1 to Version 6.5, see Upgrading from a release of version 6.4.1

Note: When you install IBM Rational Focal Point, the complete help system is not included with the product. You must download it from the IBM Local Help System Updater website. For more information see, Downloading Rational Focal Point help.

Download package

Download the eAssembly for Rational Focal Point, Version 6.5, for Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms from IBM Passport Advantage.

Problems solved

This release contains fixes for the following APARs:

APAR Description
PM27479 The order of revisions in history of element is not maintained
PK97966 View rule on members and "My views"
PM26137 Unable to delete workspaces after upgrade to version, DB2 database
PM23185 The incoming link attribute does not update correctly when elements switch between views
PM22272 Unable to edit element title due to deleted baselines
PM00346 PM00405 TextLog business rule in Help
PM00280 Copy of large number of elements, no indication of progress
PK90939, PM08296 Edit one attribute for several elements, does not work for view containing workflow
PK86100 Traffic light BR and Baseline
PK88123 Documentation on notifications
PM08858 Icons used for choice items are updated for an element's icon attribute when using workflows
PK97173, PK97177 Unable to search for end of ID
PM02906 REST API ignores filters
PM05672 Unit per day scale
PM11721 Column shifted in statistics view for filter on links
PM06812 Filter on link list and number of links
PM04921 Documentation missing on decimal values behavior with different locales
PM05670 Link to view
PM16211 Update details on time grid attribute in online help
PM20061 CRFFP0438E Attribute statistics table contains too many cells and has been truncated
PM14993 Data truncated in statistics structure in Display view [Table mode]
PK86891 XML import uses large amount of memory
PM14449 Multiple notifications sent on different changes when CC field is used
PM11184 Reset password on Rockwell does not work after upgrade of the server to Rational Focal Point version 6.4.1
PM11689 Error in report when generated from a baselined view
PK97025 Documentation missing on Rational Focal Point and Rational Publishing Engine integration
PM08541 "Allow Baseline creation" option does not work as expected
PK92340 Incorrect link to WASCE download in installation guide
PK83955 On line Help: Notification examples
PM20043 URL inserted in a text attribute when exported to Excel contains tags [URL] [/URL]
PM06258 'An error occurred' message is displayed while loading some views
PK99140 Flickering of navigation menu
PM05346 Read-only access at global level and workspace level
PK82746 A blank page is displayed when clicking on Configure > Workspace
PK83409 Empty links (no links) are displayed in attribute for few elements
PM09047 Help needs update: Access rules violated in workflow
PM09460 Active filters and multiple nodes configuration
PM03177 The pop for the Link list attribute does not close and shows error occurred message on setting a link, when moving to a different workspace
PM08565 Excel imported passwords does not work when the user account is created or updated in Rational Focal Point
PM11601 "An error occurred" message is displyed on adding element at Rockwell automation environment
PK85848 Rational Focal Point and tabs
PK90825 Help on workspace templates

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Technical support

IBM Rational Software Support

IBM Rational Software Support provides you with technical assistance.

Known problems are documented in the form of individual technotes in the Support Knowledge Base at As problems are discovered and resolved, the knowledge base is updated and maintained with new information. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.
The following links run customized queries of the live Support Knowledge Base:

For FAQs, lists of known problems and fixes, and other support information, visit the IBM Support Portal for Rational Software.

For contact information, guidelines, or reference materials that you need when you require support, see the IBM Software Support Handbook

For product news, events, and other information, visit the Product home page.

Before you contact IBM Rational Software Support, gather the background information that you need to describe the problem. When you describe a problem to an IBM software support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:

  • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
  • Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
  • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
  • Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.

Problems (APARS) fixed
PM27479, PK97966, PM26137, PM23185, PM22272, PM00346, PM00405, PM00280, PK90939, PM08296, PK86100, PK88123, PM08858, PK97173, PK97177, PM02906, PM05672, PM11721, PM06812, PM04921, PM05670, PM16211, PM20061, PM14993, PK86891, PM14449, PM11184, PM11689, PK97025, PM08541, PK92340, PK83955, PM20043, PM06258, PK99140, PM05346, PK82746, PK83409, PM09047, PM09460, PM03177, PM08565, PM11601, PK85848, PK90825

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