Discover the power of ALM/Quality Center in the new 15.0 release

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Ying Lei
Product Marketing Manager, ALM/QC 

We’re excited to announce the release of ALM/Quality Center (QC) version 15.0. This major release comes with important new features suggested and most voted on by our customers. We care about your input and are committed to continuously delivering added value to the investment you have made.

New features and enhanced capabilities in this release include:

  • SAML-based Single Sign-on (SSO): Offers improved security and user experience, and enables enterprises to better meet compliance requirements and to manage ALM/QC users in industry federated SSO environments
  • WebRunner: Delivers a new web interface that enables users to perform manual tests and submit defects using a variety of web browsers and operating systems
  • Project Health Report: Provides an out-of-the-box aggregated view of KPIs and analytics at a project level
  • Report sharing: Reports can now be emailed directly from ALM/QC to stakeholders.  The emails can be scheduled or triggered outside of ALM/QC through an API, increasing productivity
  • AutoPass License Server (APLS) Integration: Enables enterprises to better manage their licenses and reduce licensing costs with consumption visibility and allocation flexibility
  • REST API: Delivers a new set of RESTful API for administrative operations that helps automate repetitive tasks, reduce errors and integrate with other tools in the organization.

Meet compliance requirements with full SSO support
Prior to this release, ALM/QC supported the SiteMinder and Common Access Card (CAC) SSO mechanisms, and the web-based SAML SSO was only available in the 14.0x SaaS offering. With the 15.0 release, SAML-based SSO is now available in all ALM/QC on-premises editions and SaaS offerings.

SSO is required by many regulations, such as SOX, HIPPA, and GDPR. With SSO, enterprises can leverage trusted Identity Providers to centralize the user management for multiple applications—reducing the complexity of managing usernames and passwords separately for each of them, as well as the likelihood of password breaches. From the user’s perspective, SSO makes them less likely to set a simple password or write it down somewhere. In an integrated development environment with ALM/QC, add-ins and other products, SSO will minimize the complexity of user authentication.  

ALM/QC contains data about your organization’s important projects, and many instances are regulated and audited. Through SSO user authentication, your organization can prove that it has measures in place to mitigate the risk of data leakage.

Sharpen the saw for your manual testers
Manual testing is one of the most fundamental testing processes. Some of these tests, such as usability testing, aren’t a good candidate for automation. Manual testers use the application like a real end user would, and in a similar environment. In today’s world of Cloud and Mobile, manual tests must be performed using a variety of browsers and devices. While testing, manual testers need to access ALM/QC to see test cases and steps, and to report results and defects.

WebRunner is a lightweight, web-based client that can run in the test environment without consuming a lot of resources. With WebRunner, manual testers no longer need to switch back and forth between the test environment and ALM/QC. In most cases, they will be able to access ALM/QC via a web interface, just inside the end user test environment. Screenshots and copy-paste make reporting and defect submission quick and easy.

Take the pulse of your development project
With ALM/QC 15.0, the basic project KPIs are now visible through the out-of-the-box Project Health Report.

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The report contains the following sections and is available to all ALM/QC editions and offerings:

  • Defects Age
  • Requirements Summary
  • Tests Summary
  • Requirements Trend

Project managers, QA managers and the PMO will find this report very valuable - it can serve not only as the KPI board for project health monitoring, but also as the report for stakeholder communication.

Another new reporting feature is the direct emailing of reports from ALM/QC to stakeholders. Members of the project team are notified immediately about project status, without needing to log into ALM/QC. The emailing action can be done from the user interface directly or triggered/scheduled outside of ALM/QC through an API.

Make the most efficient use of your licenses
The ALM/QC concurrent license model gives enterprises and managed service providers the flexibility to dynamically allocate licenses according to their needs. As the scale of your ALM/QC system increases, it’s important to have visibility into the usage of licenses and a way to implement your allocation strategy.

ALM/QC 15.0 is integrated with AutoPass License Server, which has rich license management features to help you make the most efficient use of your licenses, reduce waste, and get better visibility to your usage.

Automate ALM/QC site admin tasks
We are in an age where automation and robots are everywhere. System administration is among the most targeted tasks for automation. Applications are becoming more complicated, and so is the development and test environment. As the quality management tool, ALM/QC does not stand alone but sits in a tool chain - the administration work for it is complex.

Administrators can no longer do everything manually. Automation scripts are the answer. ALM/QC 15.0 includes a new set of RESTful API for Administrative operations that enables you to write simple programs to perform site admin tasks such as managing users, modifying project properties, and changing site parameters. These can be part of a larger program to configure other systems in accordance with ALM/QC.

In addition, this release contains some important security improvements and enhancements to existing features such as the audit log and API key. Newer versions of operating systems and databases for the server and client environments are supported by this release.

For more details about ALM/QC 15.0, see the What’s New document.

ALM/QC is a leading tool in the application quality management domain, serving 6000+ customers worldwide. It continues to evolve to serve customers’changing needs. Discover the new power of this product by contacting us to discuss your business case.

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