A Rosetta Stone for IBM’s Jargon and Acronyms

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This list is by no means complete (that would take weeks to compile). This list is constructed based on our past several months experience on IBM engagements and customers implementing IBM DevOps software. We will likely update this list well into the future. 


CCM = The Change and Configuration Management application running on WebSphere Application Server that is the licensed product of Rational Team Concert. This is typically seen in the URL of a Team Concert project: https://hostname/ccm.

CI/CD = Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment – a development practice that requires developers to integrate code into a shared repository several times a day. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, and or automated deployment to a testing system, thus allowing teams to detect problems early.

DevOps = a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes

DNG / RRC = DOORs Next Generation (formerly Rational Requirements Composer) – an IBM web based requirements management tool that allows a team to collaboratively and iteratively create and evolve product requirements using a variety of artifact formats including user stories, use cases, glossaries, workflow diagrams, BPMN, etc.

IHS = IBM HTTP Server – an Apache based HTTP server used to front end a WebSphere App Server, or cluster of WebSphere App Servers.

Jazz = IBM’s initiative for improving collaboration across the software & systems lifecycle. Inspired by the artists who transformed musical expression, Jazz is an initiative to transform software and systems delivery by making it more open, collaborative, and productive

RBD = Rational Business Developer – the commercial product that supports EGL, an extension of EGL CE

RAA = Rational Asset Analyzer

RDp = Rational Developer for POWER systems – IDE for AIX or iOS development of COBOL, C++, RPG on POWER hardware

RDz = Rational Developer for System z – Development environment for zOS developers

RD&T (formerly RDz UT) = Rational Developer and Test for Systems z – special license for zPDT that can only be sold with RDz. Connect to zOS on zPDT only. Package includes the zPDT, and zOS.

RM = Requirements Management – the application name running on WebSphere App Server that is the licensed product DOORs Next Generation. This is typically seen in the URL of a DOORs project: https://hostname/rm

RQM = Rational Quality Manager

RTC = Rational Team Concert

Shift Left = an approach to software testing and system testing in which testing is performed earlier in the lifecycle (i.e., moved left on the project timeline). It is the first half of the maxim “Test early and often.”

SMP/E = System Modification Program/Extended – a tool designed to manage the installation of software products on z/OS system and to track the modifications to those products. The closest analogous programs in the distributed world are YAST for SUSe Linux, RPM for RedHat based Linux, or “Apps & Features” in Windows.

TDS = Tivoli Directory Server – an LDAP compliant directory server, typically backed by DB2.

UCD = Urbancode Deploy -a tool for automating application deployments through your environments. The features provided by UrbanCode Deploy are: Automated, consistent deployments and rollbacks of applications. Orchestration of changes across servers, tiers and components

UrbanCode = Application Release Automation (ARA) software which is made up of two main components IBM UrbanCode Deploy & IBM UrbanCode Release.

WAS = WebSphere Application Server – a Java EE 8 compliant server that runs Java EE applications.

Websphere = the brand family of IBM middleware that includes WebSphere Application Server. Often an alias for just WebSphere Application Server but could also mean WebSphere MQ, Message Broker, Enterprise Service Bus, etc.

zPDT = System z Personal Development Tool – a linux based system z emulator that can run different System z operating systems (zOS, VSE, zTPT). Usually only sold to ISV’s.

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