Remember in the last blog of this series, we discussed PPT, one of the great features that tend to be underutilized in HP’s ALM Quality Center Software. The second excellent feature I’ll be covering is Business Views. It’s a feature that can assist your organization gain the maximum benefit from your ALM (v 11, v11.5 or v12) software when trying to get reporting/data and metrics out of the software.
Introduced in ALM/QC version 11.5 and carried forward, Business Views are reporting capabilities that team members can use to build and generate graphs and reports using a point and click process (that builds behind the scenes data queries for you), and displays either basic or complex project data in a way that is meaningful from a business perspective.
In previous version of ALM/QC (10.0 and below), it wasn’t always easy to get data and metrics out of the software. If you couldn’t put together well written SQL queries and you didn’t understand the underlying data tables and entities of Quality Center, then you were at the mercy of the out of the box QC reports.
That has all changed with Business Views, as this process is basically a data layer that exists on top of the database that ALM uses (either a SQL or Oracle DB) and represents project entity fields and the relationships between them. Now you can create graphs and reports based on business views and multiple entities (Example: a Business View Report or Graph that you can save in your ALM QC project that combines the Test Runs entity with the Test Set entity).
There are a number of Business Views that have already been built by HP and included with the ALM software. You can view these in the Customize area of your project (menu option), and then select the Business Views area. These Business Views cover many different relationship entities in your ALM/QC project such as:
a) Requirements and Linked Defects
b) Requirements and Target Releases
c) Run steps, runs and tests
d) Runs with defects, test cases and test sets
e) Test Sets with Test Set Folders and Releases
Don’t forget, you can custom build your own reports and graphs based on business views and what entities you want to put together. Then save these reports and graphs in the Analysis area of your Dashboard Module in an ALM/QC project, which allows you to gather and provide the data and metrics to satisfy your needs and the needs of your customer.
If you currently have the ALM 11.0, 11.5 or 12 software, great, make sure to look into this particular under-utilized feature to help your business increase quality and productivity.
Don’t forget to read my next blog in this blog series to learn more about another great under-utilized feature in ALM QC.
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