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18 June, 2024

What’s New in ALM/QC 24.1: Release Highlights

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While Agile and DevOps methodologies are gaining traction, the waterfall model remains a cornerstone in many industries and technologies, particularly where a structured, phase-driven approach is required. For instance a waterfall approach is still used in many SAP implementations. If you’re involved with waterfall projects, you may well be familiar with the test management tool ALM/Quality Center (ALM/QC), but you might be surprised at its capabilities.

ALM/QC has an incredible heritage yet still remains a leading Test Management tool. It’s been around for decades, in various guises at least, starting off as Mercury TestDirector way back in the 1990s.

As with all OpenText test tools, ALM/QC is subject to constant innovation and has been updated and improved many times over the years. The latest release, Version 24.1, is a modern test management powerhouse.

In fact, SAP recognises ALM/QC. On the ALM/QC page on its website, it states, “Make SAP development and modernization projects easier and cheaper with an integrated and flexible quality management tool.”

SAP recommends using it when deploying a wide range of its applications, including SAP S/4HANA, ERP, Hybris, Ariba, SucessFactors, etc.

By the way, If you are involved with SAP, check out 1700 reasons you should use OpenText test tools on SAP projects.

What’s New in ALM/Quality Center?

While common threads like user-friendliness, accessibility and structure have flowed through this solution from the very start, today’s ALM/QC is a far more advanced, state-of-the-art solution.

There are too many enhancements to list here; however recent upgrades include:

Enhanced User Interface: The latest version of Quality Center ALM boasts a more intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it easier for teams to navigate and manage their testing activities. Previously called Web Runner, it has now been renamed Web Client.

Advanced Reporting: New reporting capabilities offer deeper insights into your testing progress and defect status. Customisable dashboards allow you to visualise data in a way that best suits your project’s needs.

Integration with CI/CD Tools: While primarily designed for waterfall projects, Quality Center ALM now offers better integration with Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) tools, providing flexibility for teams that might be transitioning or incorporating elements of Agile methodologies.

Improved Security: With the latest security enhancements, your project data is better protected against vulnerabilities, ensuring compliance with industry standards and safeguarding sensitive information.

SaaS Support: The new cloud-based features allow for greater scalability and remote access, enabling teams to collaborate effectively, regardless of their physical location.

Visit the What’s New in ALM page for a full list of updates in 24.1 and previous releases.

Why Test Management Tools Are So Important For Waterfall Projects

Agile and DevOps methodologies get a lot of press, but traditional software development models are still hugely popular. If you’re deploying waterfall-based projects, you’ll know that testing phases are critical for success; they can make or break a project.

When testing is done right, there is effective communication, rapid defect fixes, reduced timelines and high-quality deliverables. However, poor testing can lead to animosity, unnecessary delays, low confidence and a host of issues in production.

In waterfall projects, each phase is sequential and heavily dependent on the completion of the previous one. This linear approach demands meticulous planning and precise execution, especially during the testing phases.

Why ALM/Quality Center is the Standout Test Management Tool

For a waterfall project to truly succeed, a top-notch test management tool is a must. ALM/Quality Center, with its comprehensive features and user-friendly interface, stands head and shoulders above the other solutions in this sector, offering the absolute best-of-breed solution with features including:

Structured Approach: Waterfall projects thrive on structure. ALM/QC provides a comprehensive framework for managing requirements, tests, and defects, ensuring every phase is documented and executed.

Traceability: With ALM/QC, you can easily trace requirements through test cases and defects. This end-to-end traceability is crucial for ensuring all requirements are tested, and any issues are resolved before moving to the next phase.

Collaboration: Effective communication is key in waterfall projects. ALM/QC provides detailed reports that allow everybody to access project status and support collaborative efforts such as defect triages and go/no-go meetings, enhancing team collaboration and project efficiency.

Efficient Quality Assurance: By integrating with manual and automated testing tools, such as Sprinter and UFT One, ALM/QC helps you maintain high standards of quality with minimal effort.

ALM/QC is the Best Choice for Waterfall Test Management

If you’re involved in waterfall projects, you need to know about ALM/Quality Center 24.1.

It is the perfect test management tool for traditionally phased software deployments and provides the robust framework needed for successful test management in these environments.

It is packed with a comprehensive set of features and is subject to continuous updates that keep it at the forefront.

By leveraging ALM/QC, you can ensure the precision of your waterfall projects’ execution, leading to higher-quality deliverables, efficient timelines, and satisfied stakeholders.

Stephen Davis
by Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis is the founder of Calleo Software, a OpenText (formerly Micro Focus) Gold Partner. His passion is to help test professionals improve the efficiency and effectiveness of software testing.

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