(This is the first in a three-part series of articles describing the migration of RTC SCM data to ClearCase.)
When I joined HCL, I was asked to provide tooling to help our internal customers migrate their SCM systems from Rational Team Concert ("RTC") to ClearCase. While there exist tools to help synchronize the two repositories in simplistic ways, there are no tools that will export the full history of SCM artifacts out of RTC and into ClearCase. Having been a developer of both the RTC and ClearCase products, I looked forward to the creative challenge of solving that problem.
The Hierarchy Manager presents a list of cellviews that constitute a design hierarchy. User can perform Design Management (DM) operations on all cellviews in the hierarchy or on a subset of the hierarchy. Typical operations such as check in, check out, cancel check out, label, and so forth, are available. Along with the usual File, ClearCase, and Help menus, the Hierarchy Manager interface displays two tabs:
ClearCase is uniquely positioned to satisfy the requirements of hardware developers using tools like Cadence Virtuoso. Implementing the ClearCase Virtuoso integration in an organization where it is also used by the software development teams allows organizations to manage the development process in a uniform manner, resulting in lower TCO and improved outcomes.