Advantagaes of ALM 11.5x over QC
Benefit immediately from the new features of HP’s ALM Quality Center version 11.5x, either when upgrading from HP ALM QC 11, 10 or 9.x, or if you are installing the software for the first time.
HP continues to move forward with some cool new features around its ALM Quality Center 11.5x software release, and coupled with obsolescence announcements around Quality Center 10 and 11, support for these previous versions will be coming to an end in the near future. Did you know that support for QC 10 ends on August 31st 2013? Time is ticking away…
Remember that if you currently have an active support contact for a previous version of ALM Quality Center, that you are eligible for a no cost upgrade to version 11.5x of the software.
HP allows the ability to upgrade from a previous version of the software to a newer version, I repeat, at no cost, provided you stay on the same level of ALM Quality Center. You will be able to download and install the updated software files necessary to move to that newer version. You can also move to a higher level of the software (such as QC 10 or 11 Enterprise to ALM 11.5x), to take advantage of tons of new features, although there is a slight upcharge for this. However, once you review and better understand the benefits and ROI with the ALM software licensing, cost will be minimal vs. the savings to your organization in time and money.
HP ALM QC version 11.5x has two new service packs available after the initial software installation. Once you download and install the ALM QC 11.5 core software, process the upgrade of your current projects (if using a previous version of ALM QC), then you can add a service pack to it, either 11.51 or 11.52. I will note below some of the additional functionality in these service packs, plus some important version 11.5 core updates. Many changes that are included in the 11.5x software will help your organization bring higher visibility, increased quality and better collaboration among your project and quality/development teams..
ALM 11.5 provides the new Business Views functionality, which provides more robust reporting and metrics gathering than ever before. Team members can build and generate graphs using a point and click process to even display complex project data in a way that is meaningful from a business perspective. ALM lets you choose from a set of pre-defined business views, or even create your own custom views. The business view functionality simplifies report design, as the data can be accessed without needing to understand the database schema or project table structure. Did you know that in ALM 11.52, the Excel reporting side has been included in the core Business Views functionality? Basically this is custom reporting out of the box!
The ALM 11.5 installation process no longer requires you to install or manage a third party application server to host ALM. The Jetty application server is now part of the core ALM functionality. There are a number of benefits to use this built in app server including:
Reduces third party application server dependencies, maintenance, and costs.
Lowers the memory footprint of ALM.
Simplifies installation, upgrade and product updates.
Enables ALM to be a ‘Cloud Ready’ platform
ALM 11.52 provides increased functionality around PPT (Project Planning and Tracking). The main features allow you to track application readiness by defining goals for activities of an application release. Your team has the opportunity to define goals and activities at a more granular level and then use Milestones, KPI’s, Master Plan Gantt Charts and Scorecards to monitor, analyze and report on your progress. The new enhancement allows the additional selection of content to be included in release scope items; you can now include defects that link to selected requirements, tests, and tests sets (and their associated test instances, runs, and run steps). This makes it a no brainer to include all these linked items instead of hunting and pecking to find linked items!
ALM 11.5 now includes Lab Management. What is Lab Management you ask? Lab Management offers QA professionals’ new ways for planning test executions. You can create timeslots dedicated to running automated functional tests, and request testing hosts required for the automation run. To ensure that the QA professional has the testing tools required for the run, you can either name specific hosts, or specify the type and amount of hosts needed for a specific test set run. In this case, the system will automatically allocate matching hosts. By integrating HP ALM with HP Continuous Delivery Automation (CDA), you can automatically deploy test environments on a private or public cloud. One of the best new features of Lab Management is that it ensures more secure communications with your testing hosts, allowing you to run tests on testing hosts over a firewall. This is enabled by controlling test execution from the ALM server. The new server execution continues even if the ALM Client disconnects or is logged out – no more locked machines.
ALM 11.5 gives users the ability to set default values for certain entities that need to be input over and over. This functionality can be a real time saver! These entities can be tests, test configurations, and defects, which sometimes requires entering a large number of fields. Often, the values for these fields are the same, and entering the data is a repetitive and time consuming task. These default values can be set per entity, per user, and per project. Each time you create an entity; these default values can be automatically filled in, or filled in at the click of a button.
Take advantage of all these benefits (and more) today:
Whether installing ALM QC 11.5x for the first time
Installing and upgrading your projects to this current Quality Center version
Installing service packs to go from ALM QC 11.5 to 11.51 or 11.52
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