RRDG versions used by RDNG

“What is the RRDG version in DNG 4.0.6 or 5.0.2 or … ?” This is a very common question we get for RRDG and DNG and this is also the first question one asks when trying to debug a DNG document generation issue or understand what RPE capabilities can be used with that version.

The RM Reporting Wiki has a very nice table at the bottom of the page that documents the mapping between DNG and RRDG versions. Here is the link to it Which versions of the Rational Reporting for Document Generation plug-in are included with which versions of the RM application?


Requirement Management Document Generation for IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation

Einar Karlsen has published two new articles on producing document style reports from DNG on his blog: Basic Reporting for  IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Advanced Reporting for IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation.

The entry point for the articles is https://ewkarlsen.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/requirement-management-document-generation-for-ibm-rational-doors-next-generation/ and I strongly recommend following Einar’s blog as he has tremendous experience in designing and deploying complex solutions using Rational and open source tools.

IBM Rational Support RSS feeds

I have recently discovered an RSS feed for all the support documents concerning Rational Publishing Engine:  RPE Support RSS. Technotes, interim fixes, APARs  are present there.

You can get more feeds from the IBM Support Feeds page. Here are some examples for producys typically used with RPE:

You can even RPE to produce PDF/Word from these feeds using this RPE Community Template. You can use this template for any RSS 2.0 enabled site such as the BBC News Feed.

Predefined Data Sources

One of the first actions a template designer has to take when starting a new template is to add the schema of the data source. The operation is simple as long as you have the URL of the schema readily available as manually entering the URLs is not an option in most cases.

For this reason I used to keep a text file on my desktop with all the URLs of the schemas that I needed for test&support activities. RPE 1.3 offers a better solution with the predefined data source schemas.


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Reporting on the Jazz CLM including Development Intelligence (RRDI) and Document Generation (RPE)

I’ve stumbled upon a great recording from the 321gang  team and Geoffrey Rosenthal on Reporting on the Jazz CLM including Development Intelligence (RRDI) and Document Generation (RPE).

Even though it’s one year old this remains a useful and enjoyable view and it’s worth watching even just for the clear way of presenting the various reporting solution offered by Rational ( RPE, RRDG, RRDI, Insight), their overlap, when to use them and for what.

The full presentation is available here  and a 5 minutes intro posted on Youtube.

IBM Federal – Free DOORS&Rhapsody Webinars in August and more

The IBM Rational Software Systems team and its partners present 3 new free webinars in August. For more details and registration links see the announcement letter (mobile version).

  1. August 7th 12PM EST (9AM PST) Introduction to DXL.
  2. August 13th 12PM EST (9AM PST) Managing and RFP with DOORS.
  3. August 21st 12PM EST (9AM PST)
    Integrating Requirements and Models with IBM Rational DOORS and IBM Rhapsody.

The full list of upcoming webinars in 2014 and the recordings of previous sessions are available on ibmfederal.us. The sessions cover 5 domains and they go back as far as 2012:

The RPE related sessions ( only by looking at the title) are listed below. I have watched some of them and found them quite interesting:


  • 12/18/14     “Standardization” of RPE Templates. Register
  • 06/06/14     DOORS and Rational Publishing Engine – The latest enhancements. Recording
  • 04/02/14     DOORS Enlightenment Extra: Painless Document Publishing. Recording
  • 08/16/13     Innovation with DOORS and Rational Publishing Engine. Recording
  • 02/15/13    Generating Professional Documentation with Rational Publishing Engine . Recording
  • 04/20/12     Exporting to Rational Publishing Engine (RPE) for Professional Documentation. Recording


  • 01/11/2013     Systems Engineering: Reporting on Rhapsody Models with RPE. Recording

IBM Rational Events – Open Labs

Update 2041.08.04 10PM: despite its name the site is external to IBM so please take this into account when using the site.

A source of education on IBM Rational technologies are the open labs offered by IBM Rational DoD Events.

Rational Publishing Engine is among the technologies covered and the Free IBM Rational Software Open Labs – Sept 8, 9 & 10 2014 Cambridge, MA will include a lab entitled “Publish Your Rational DOORS Requirements with Rational Publishing Engine”

For a full list of the upcoming labs and the tools and technologies that they cover you should consult the List of Events.