Engineering Test Management

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IBM Rational Quality Manager is a collaborative, web-based, quality management solution that offers comprehensive test planning and test asset management from requirements to defects. The Jazz platform enables teams to seamlessly share information. It uses automation to speed project schedules and report on metrics for informed release decisions. It can also be purchased as part of the Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution—a set of seamlessly integrated tools: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Quality Manager, and IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation.

Rational Quality Manager works with requirements in IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation to keep test cases in sync whenever requirements evolve. Rational Quality Manager also integrates with a wide range of test automation tools like IBM Rational Functional Tester, enabling you to run tests and collect results, all from a central location.

But when we will take a look at embedded software development, we will find big specifics because it's used on machines and devices that are not typically thought of as computers. Usually, this kind of software is specialized for the particular hardware that it runs on and has time and memory constraints. It can be exactly described that no or not all functions of such software are initiated/controlled via a human interface, but through machine-interfaces instead. We can point to such similar devices as cars, phones, modems, robots, toys, security systems, pacemakers, TV sets, digital watches, various medical devices, etc. This software can be very simple, such as lighting controls running on an 8-bit microcontroller with a few kilobytes of memory, or can become very sophisticated in solutions such as airplanes, missiles, and process control systems.

IBM Rational Quality Manager supports reliable and flexible integration with testing systems from National Instruments specially designed for use in embedded software development. National Instruments (NI) Test Integration Adapter for IBM Rational Quality Manager software enhances test engineer teams' efficiency by automating NI TestStand sequence execution and reporting from Rational Quality Manager.

Engineering departments create increasingly complex products, and as a result, automobiles, aircraft, medical devices, consumer electronics, and more depend on software driving the hardware components. IBM Rational software and National Instruments integrate development and test environments to help clients with their most important goals:

  • Test the code of smart products, which might have hundreds of thousands or millions of lines of code, for defects.
  • Reduce the cost of code defects by identifying them earlier in the development process.
  • Mitigate increasing product complexity by tackling quality challenges earlier in the development process.
  • Improve efficiency by breaking down the tasks between engineering departments.

Combining Rational Quality Manager software and National Instruments (NI) TestStand provides comprehensive test case traceability, test case results management, and automated test scheduling and execution. Test results are made available to all teams so that applications can be validated at virtually every point along the development path, from simulation and prototyping, through deployment onto hardware, and integration into the end system. Both operational efficiency and test accuracy can be improved through the ability to reuse test components throughout multiple project phases and even on different projects.

A specially designed piece of software - the NI Test Integration Adapter for Rational Quality Manager software - provides integration between NI TestStand and Rational Quality Manager. This integration product includes the following main features and functions:

The requirement to test traceability: Test engineers can use the integration to link automated tests to test cases and to requirements. NI TestStand applications (and by extension all the code modules called) and parameter files on the test machine are linked to a Rational Quality Manager test case that provides traceability to other project aspects including requirements, overall quality plan, project plan, change-defect management system, and so on.

Test automation: From the web-based interface of Rational Quality Manager, test engineers can invoke the execution of the NI TestStand applications that are linked to the Rational Quality Manager test case. The execution status reported by the NI TestStand sequence is displayed in the Rational Quality Manager web interface as part of the test case execution results. Test engineers can then optionally create defects linked to the test case results to keep track of noncompliance detected by running the test.

Test case results management: Upon completion of the NI TestStand sequence, various outputs from the sequence are automatically published to Rational Quality Manager storage and an HTML report is linked to the Rational Quality Manager test case execution result page. The HTML report is created by this software product on the local machine and the details of the report content as well as what is stored in IBM JazzTM are configured by the user.


Excellent video about the integration of modeling, requirements, and testing software development areas into the whole software development process with solutions from IBM and National Instruments.


Sunday, 05 August 2018 08:35

IBM Engineering Test Management (ETM)

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What it can do for your business

IBM® Engineering Test Management™ is a collaborative, web-based, quality management solution that offers comprehensive test planning and test asset management from requirements to defects. Built on the Jazz platform, it enables teams to seamlessly share information. It uses automation to speed project schedules and report on metrics for informed release decisions. It can also be purchased as part of the Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution—a set of seamlessly integrated tools: IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Engineering Test Management, and IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation.


Feature spotlights

Requirement tools integration

Engineering Test Management works with the Rational DOORS Next Generation requirement management tool. You can link test cases and mark them as suspect whenever requirements are modified.

Automation tools integration

Engineering Test Management integrates with many test automation tools including Rational Functional Tester. Execute tests with all kinds of tools and collect test results—all from a central location.

Comprehensive test plans

Test plans clearly describe project quality goals and exit criteria, while tracking responsibilities and prioritized items for verification and validation.

Communications support

Support communication among teams that are geographically dispersed using features such as event feeds, integrated chat, review, and approval, and automated traceability.

Advanced reporting capabilities

Address the needs and concerns of quality managers, business analysts, and release management using advanced reporting capabilities, making it easier to assess readiness for delivery.

Risk-based testing

Provides risk-based testing for prioritizing the features and functions to be tested based on importance and likelihood or impact of failure, supporting risk management best practices.



 For the main adapters for automotive and other regulated industry please refer to the section "RQM Execution Adapters".

PROVEtech MBTech (AKKA Automotive)

There is an adapter that was built for the tool PROVEtech and IBM Engineering Test Management. Please contact us for the possible Demo


Other RQM Adapters

Virtual Test Lab Automation

  • Surgient - Virtualization support for Rational Test Lab Manager
  • VMLogix - Virtualization support for Rational Test Lab Manager

Interoperability - Change Management

  • CM Logic - CM Logic provides a bi-directional integration of Rational Team Concert and the JIRA change management system.

Execution Adapters for RQM IBM Engineering Test Management

HP LoadRunner Adapter for RQM - IBM Engineering Test Management 

Supports LoadRunner versions 9.1, 9.51, 11.5, and 12.50. Download

HP Quick Test Professional (QTP)/HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) Adapter for RQM IBM Engineering Test Management 
Supports QTP versions 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.5.
Also tested with QTP versions 10 and 11.0 and UFT versions 11.50, 11.53, 12.02, and 12.51. Download

Mobile Application Adapter

More Information:

  • Arsin - Integration of Engineering Test Management with Arsin's Effecta for an end-to-end Business Process Test Automation and Validation. The Integrated solution enhances Test Management, reduces Test Automation effort, and increases Test Automation Coverage.
  • Device Anywhere by Mobile Complete - Enables access to mobile application testing on more than 2000 real handsets across the globe, while employing RQM to control the execution of tests and keep track of results.
  • Finals - RapidRep execution tool adapter for RQM enables the RapidRep Test Suite RapidRep to validate data, such as relational databases, or structured files like CSV or XML.
  • Green Hat - GH Tester, an automated validation and virtualization test product enabling agile, efficient management of composite applications relying on legacy, SOA, BPM, and Cloud technologies, allows Engineering Test Management to incorporate GH Tester's control of complex test environments into Rational test management processes.
  • iTKO LISA - iTKO LISA is a collaborative enterprise software testing solution for modern, distributed applications, including SOA, BPM, and integration platforms. LISA Test's no-code testing augments your testing practice, allowing teams to rapidly automate functional, unit, regression, and load tests at every application layer.
  • Juvander - OffRoad makes test execution possible in disconnected environments. This means that test planning and analyzing is done fully on the IBM Engineering Test Management server, but actual test execution is no longer tied to a certain location or network connection.
  • RapidRep - The RapidRep Test Runner allows customers to perform data quality checks, verify database migrations, or compare expected results with calculated results. Data stored in tables (e.g. DB2, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, SQL Server, MS Access...) or even special files like XML or CSV can be used in any combination.
  • Wind River - Wind River Test Management users can attach their Test cases to the Quality Manager. Wind River Test Management is a test execution optimization system for embedded devices. It enables unprecedented run-time visibility into devices while under test. The system provides feedback that test teams and their management need.
  • Worksoft - Worksoft's Certify execution tool adapter for RQM enables access to automated testing solutions for functional testing of SAP and other enterprise business applications.
  • Rational Test Workbench - Integration Testing
  • Rational Functional Tester - Functional GUI Testing

Rational Performance Tester - Performance Testing

  • IBM Appscan Source - Whitebox Security Testing
  • Squish GUI Tester - Proglogic has built an adapter which is working with command line

Quality Process

  • Sogeti - Integrates Sogeti's TMAP testing process with RQM
  • Tieto - Integration between CaliberRM and Engineering Test Management. Synchronizes requirements from CaliberRM with RQM.

Connection to Deployment Automation - IBM UrbanCode

The Engineering Test Management plugin invokes Engineering Test Management test suites or test cases to run automatic test scripts.





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