Released: Silk Central 18.5

Micro Focus proudly announces the general availability of Silk Central 18.5! If you already use Silk Central and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Silk Central 18.5 for free.

Silk Central 18.5, Micro Focus' premier test management solution, represents an innovative open solution that aids collaboration and control for all testing related activities. As an open test management tool Silk Central allows users to unify all assets of the testing life-cycle in a central location for planning, execution (manual & automated), and reporting, by integrating with various requirements management, test automation, defect tracking, and source control tools, giving users full traceability of their software quality at all stages.

Administration

Local System Diagnostics Access

If Silk Central denies login or no longer responds due to overload, you can now still access the System Diagnostics page locally on your front-end server  machine (via http://localhost:19120/systemdiagnostics) to gather valuable information for root cause analysis.

Execution Planning

Distributed Execution (Blog)

Silk Central now supports the distributed execution of the assigned tests of one single execution plan, by running the tests on all matching execution servers in parallel.
 
To prevent overload on your execution servers, you can now also configure the amount of Maximum concurrent executions per execution server. This is the maximum amount of execution plans (with disabled Exclusive execution setting) that are allowed to run concurrently on one specific execution server.
 
An additional major benefit coming with distributed executions is the immediate visibility of execution progress in the Activities and Current Runs grids for automated test executions. Previously, this information was only available after the complete execution plan run was finished.
 
 
 

Execution Planning Attributes

Execution planning attributes are now considered in Silk Central's SOAP API. For detailed information, refer to Silk Central's Javadoc.

 

Tests

Shared Test Assets (Blog)

Tests can now be shared by projects to be used in other projects, allowing an efficient central management of reoccurring tests. Such tests reused in other projects will maintain a reference to their origin to receive information on any update (test version), which can be accepted or skipped. Additionally, reused tests will be assigned to existing requirements in their project, identical to the requirements assignment of their origin.
 
 
 

Extended Test Versions

Due to their vital role in test asset sharing, test versions now include parameters, attributes, properties,success conditions, and inheritance information.
 

Displaying Custom Attributes in Tests Document View

Custom attributes can now be displayed in Tests > Document View. You can use attributes for filtering and reporting purposes.

Copying Test Assets with Read-Only Rights

Test assets can now be copied by users who have read-only rights for a project. They can then be pasted into projects where that user has write privileges.

 

Issue Manager

Issue Manager, Silk Central's built-in issue tracking solution, has been significantly enhanced in Silk Central 18.5.

Seamless Integration

Issue Manager takes a further step in the direction of seamless integration by optionally reusing the already existing user context to login to a local Issue Manager instance.

User Interface Update

The Issue Details page has been redesigned to provide relevant information about an issue at a glance, and to more efficiently work with issues.

 

Integrations

Mobile Center

Silk Central 18.5 now integrates with Mobile Center for executing your automated functional tests on mobile devices and to additionally provide those mobile devices to Silk Test for automated functional test creation and execution.
 
 

Specifying a Branch in Git Source Control Profiles

You can now define a specific branch in your Git source control profile, which will be checked out for all execution plans that use this profile. You can still use a different branch for a specific execution plan by specifying the branch name in the Source Control Label field of the respective execution plan.
 

More information

  • For more information on all new features of Silk Central 18.5, you can also refer to the Online Help.
  • Another valuable source of information: the Silk Central 18.5 Release Notes.
  • If you are already convinced and want to buy Silk Central, do not hesitate to contact us: Go to microfocus.com and click Contact Us on the top right.