What"s new in SilkCentral Test Manager 2007?



What"s new in SilkCentral Test Manager 2007?



What"s new in SilkCentral Test Manager 2007?


Integration with VMware Lab Manager

SilkCentral Test Manager has been seamlessly integrated with VMware Lab Manager 2.4 and 2.5. For full details regarding VMware Lab Manager, please visit http://www.vmware.com/products/labmanager
After configuring SilkCentral Test Manager for use with one or more VMware Lab Manager servers, you can choose to run tests on any of the configurations that are stored within your VMware Lab Manager libraries. SilkCentral Test Manager then automatically deploys those configurations (even multiple instances of the same configuration), runs tests, collects results, and subsequently undeploys the configurations.
SilkCentral Test Manager also provides you with the option of capturing LiveLink images of managed configurations with multiple settings ("always", "on error", "on error after the complete run of a test definition is finished", and "never"). For further information regarding LiveLink technology, please visit http://www.vmware.com/products/labmanager

Enhanced Integration with Requirements Management Tools

Integration between Borland SilkCentral Test Manager and external requirements management tools has been enhanced. In particular, significant improvements have been made to integration with Borland CaliberRM and IBM Rational RequisitePro.

Borland CaliberRM - Automated Synchronization
When synchronizing requirements in SilkCentral Test Manager to a current baseline in a CaliberRM project, each requirement change in CaliberRM is automatically propagated to SilkCentral Test Manager, in real time. Additionally, synchronization log files now summarize error conditions at the tops of log files. Synchronization details follow the summaries. Using traces, changes to test definitions that are executed in SilkCentral Test Manager are immediately propagated to CaliberRM.

Borland CaliberRM - Baseline Support
SilkCentral Test Manager now supports synchronization of requirements that are stored in baselines within CaliberRM projects. Automated synchronization is not available when synchronizing to a non-current baseline (this is because baselines are not intended to be changed). Manual synchronization is possible in such cases however. Additionally, because traces are immutable in CaliberRM project baselines, changes to traces to test definitions in SilkCentral Test Manager are not propagated to CaliberRM project baselines.

IBM Rational RequisitePro - Support for RequisitePro Packages
The RequisitePro package structure is now supported by SilkCentral Test Manager.
External Requirements Management Tools - Single Sources of Truth
The Master/Slave option dialog has been removed from SilkCentral Test Manager. SilkCentral Test Manager treats external requirements management tools as "single sources of truth" and reflects external requirements management tools" project states in an unmodified way.

General Improvements to the Requirements Management Unit

The following improvements have been introduced in the Requirements Management unit:

  • Improved error messages and warning dialogs have improved error and warning diagnostics.
  • Filtering is now possible on integration properties such as external IDs.
  • Synchronization tasks can now be scheduled and automated using SilkCentral Test Manager"s scheduling system.
  • While executing manual synchronizations, a new progress dialog displays the number of requirements that have already been synchronized.
  • Automated and scheduled synchronizations can be configured to automatically send synchronization log files to users via email notification.
  • Integration with external requirements management tools can now be configured to prohibit upload of requirements from SilkCentral Test Manager to external tools.
  • Integration to external requirements management tools can be also configured to prohibit editing of externally linked requirements by SilkCentral Test Manager users.

Usability Enhancements for Editing Manual Execution Steps

SilkCentral Test Manager"s Web-based manual execution step editor has been improved.

  • The manual execution step editor now allows you to insert new manual test steps at any point within step lists.
  • You can "Control-Left click" any manual test step line in a step list to enter editing mode.
  • It is now possible to copy, cut, and paste test steps within the same step list and from one manual test definition to another.

AJAX Functionality

The SilkCentral Test Manager user interface has been improved to use AJAX technology to reduce page reload and wait times. The following elements now use AJAX technology:

  • Collapse/expansion of nodes and opening of context menus in the Requirements Tree, Test Planning Tree, Execution Tree, Code Analysis Tree, and Reports Tree.
  • Sorting of table columns.
  • When navigating between view tabs, your requests are now handled by AJAX technology.
  • Most dialogs within the SilkCentral Test Manager user interface now leverage AJAX technology.
  • With AJAX functionality, links visible in your browser"s address bar may no longer work when displayed in additional browser windows. Now, directly to the left of the Print this Page icon, a new Bookmark this Page icon has been introduced to allow you to generate AJAX compatible "permalink" bookmarks that can be stored in your Favorites list for future reference.

Unicode File Support for Excel Plugin

SilkCentral Test Manager"s Microsoft Excel plugin now supports Excel files that contain Unicode data.

JUnit 4 Support
SilkCentral Test Manager"s JUnit integration has been updated to support unit testing with JUnit version 4.

Web Service for Creating Test Execution Definitions

SilkCentral Test Manager now provides a Web service interface that allows you to add, update, delete, and receive test execution definition data. Please see SilkCentral Test Manager API documentation for further details.

Enhanced Help System

SilkCentral Test Manager now has a completely restructured help system that makes it easier for Test Manager users of all expertise levels to find the information they are looking for.
New Quick Start Tasks guide users step-by-step through best practice use of Test Manager"s core functionality.
Navigate to Help => Documentation => Test Manager WebHelp to view the new SilkCentral Test Manager WebHelp.
Navigate to Help => Documentation => SilkCentral Administration Module WebHelp to view the new WebHelp for Test Manager"s Administration module.
Both help systems are also available as PDF documents, for users who prefer to view help in card copy form. See Test Manager Help (PDF) and SilkCentral Administration Module Help (PDF)

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