IBM Rational Insight & IBM Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) – how they compare

This is another one of those situations where there can be alot of confusion between these two IBM report offerings. I did a similar comparison between IBM Rational Insight and IBM Cognos BI in a previous post IBM Rational Insight & IBM Cognos BI – How they compare. I suggest reading that post which has descriptions for several of the components that will be mentioned here. Please note that everything I mention here is accurate as of the date of this post and things are always subject to change in the future.

First, I am going to discuss what these two solutions have in common, and then I will talk about some of the key differences. Finally, I will provide some common use cases I have come across and which solution would be the most appropriate.

RRDI is an optional component when someone owns the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution or any piece of the solution. RRDI is a subset of Insight, or rather, Insight is an extension that is built on top of RRDI. The core binaries are the same. When you install the Insight report server, you will have two sets of bits to lay down, the RRDI components and the Insight extension. If you read my other post referenced above, you would already know that Insight is built using the IBM Cognos BI technology.

Both solutions contain a Report Server, which are deployed using the same bits, hence identical. The web UI navigation and experience is identical. The report authoring tools (Report Studio, Query Studio) are identical. Insight comes with some additional tools that appear in the report server which I will mention below.

Both solutions report off of Data Warehouse. The Data warehouses are almost identical for both solutions as they contain all the same core schemas. There is only one difference. The data warehouse that RRDI uses comes from the Rational CLM solution which contains an RICALM schema for certain specific CLM data points (Team Concert, Quality Manager, Requirements Composer). Insight contains an RIBA schema for some scorecard metrics. RRDI does not contain this RIBA schema. If you integrate Insight with one of the Rational CLM tools, then you will add the RICALM schema to the existing Insight data warehouse.

Now I’d like to discuss differences between the two solutions. I will only elaborate on the major differences, however I’ve provided a list here to display all of the key differences:

Differences between RRDI & Insight
*Both solutions can achieve cross-project reporting.

  1. RRDI can only report off of data that resides in the CLM data warehouse. This is typically limited to Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer. Please note that there are ways to load other tools’ data into the CLM data warehouse but that will not be discussed here. Insight is not limited to just CLM product data and can integrate with almost any data source in several ways (eg ODBC, REST APIs, XML).
  2. RRDI is limited to reporting on application data coming from one Jazz Team Server. Insight can report on application data from multiple Jazz Team Servers.
  3. RRDI’s framework data model and the CLM Java ETLs are non-customizable and no developer tools are provided. Insight’s framework data model and Data Manager ETLs are fully customizable and a set of developer tools are provided.

Here I have listed some common use cases that I have come across in working with clients and which reporting solution best meets those use cases.

  1. An organization has certain teams that use the IBM Rational CLM suite of tools and they also have other teams using some tools from HP and Microsoft to capture similar data. They are looking to create enterprise-level reports that aggregate data across all teams to provide a high level view to their executives.

    Appropriate Solution: Rational Insight
  2. An organization is using IBM Rational Team Concert for their change and configuration management (several CCMs with only one Jazz Team Server). They have a business need to create metrics based on their CCM data only.

    Appropriate Solution: RRDI
  3. An organization has several teams using Rational Quality Manager, Rational Team Concert and Rational Requirements Composer. Each team has their own Jazz Team Server (multiple Jazz Team Servers) and multiple CLM applications.

    Appropriate solution: Rational Insight

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