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IBM Rational Quality Manager is test management software used to plan, monitor and execute software testing initiatives, enabling enterprises to launch applications with consistent and repeatable functionality and performance. The program is offered as part of IBM's Collaborative Lifecycle Management suite, which provides tools for application lifecycle management, or ALM.
How does IBM Rational Quality Manager supplement average test management software?
After enterprises perform automated or manual tests on an application, IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM) allows them to collect and report the results of those tests. Data on test results is assembled through the software's own integrated manual testing environment or through integrations with additional software testing programs from IBM or third-party vendors.
Due to the massive amount of code that's reported on during software testing, businesses need a test case management tool that can collate results into a report with role-based access. IBM Rational Quality Manager provides several features that enhance typical code coverage tools to help ensure developed apps are launched -- without defects.
IBM RQM offers tools for test planning and test execution that allow users to create testing schedules, define testing requirements or procedures, and even group test cases for parallel or sequence-based execution. It also includes test case design-and-construction features that allow users to create and manage test cases and provide fellow users with information on requirements. Users can also generate test configurations and view the status of executed tests. These test case management tools help ensure the apps in question conform to the requirements established for them before delivery or launch.
When used along with IBM Rational Quality Manager's configuration management tools, users are able to add or modify test requirements and designs in a global manner. These testing configurations can also be saved for future use, saving time and freeing up resources. Together, these features allow users to perform targeted tests using the testing environment or push them to outside testing environments. And, from there, the results can be easily managed and accessed by all members of the DevOps team.
Additionally, IBM RQM includes predefined reports that provide status updates on past application testing initiatives, as well as a feature for live-viewing ongoing tests by simply opening a test plan. When software testing initiatives detect a bug, IBM RQM integrates with defect-tracking tools, like JIRA or Hewlett Packard Enterprise Quality Center, which then lets users create test-specific bug reports that can be accessed by appropriate DevOps team members.
With IBM Rational Quality Manager's team collaboration tools, users can easily share information with fellow team members. The software lets users register their role and create task or test-specific teams, and it allows users to assign each other tasks and view the status of the assigned task.
Users can also see who is logged in and what they are working on, and team members can be automatically notified of changes and updates to tasks with which they are associated. Users can also place locks on their previously created tasks that stop fellow users from editing them.
Who benefits most from IBM Rational Quality Manager test management software?
IBM Rational Quality Manager is best suited for organizations that intend to deliver or launch one or more complex mobile or web applications, as well as organizations where ALM is a high priority. It is suitable for use by development, testing and quality-assurance individuals or teams due to its range of code coverage tools that have a heavy emphasis on continuous integration and overall project efficiency. Its numerous integration capabilities make it a great choice for organizations that use a variety of development tools and platforms.
How is IBM Rational Quality Manager licensed and priced?
IBM RQM is offered as web-based software available for server installation on AIX, IBM i and z/OS, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. It is offered in one of two levels: Contributor or Professional.
There are various licensing and pricing options available for the software, so organizations should be sure to contact IBM to decide which license best serves their needs. Each license includes 12 months of customer support. A free 90-day trial of the software is also available.