IBM Rational ClearQuest Integration

Change is the law of nature, and in the software development industry, change or change request is an artifact that can wreak havoc on projects if not handled efficiently. Changes can occur anytime during an application’s lifecycle, and they usually take place at breakneck speeds, thereby affecting the project deadlines and software quality.

IBM Rational ClearQuest (CQ) is a Change Request Management tool that lets you manage change requests and defects throughout the development lifecycle and have better visibility and control over the development processes. Using ClearQuest, you can efficiently manage change requests, enhancement requests, defect reports, and document modifications irrespective of the team size, geographical boundaries, or platform.

Kovair ClearQuest Integration

Kovair Support for ClearQuest Integration

‘Kovair CQ Integration Adapter’lets you integrate ClearQuest with other tools in the integrated ALM eco-system so that ClearQuests’s change management and defect tracking capabilities are available to all the tools. When ALM tools like QC, JIRA, and TFS are integrated with ClearQuest, changes and defects from ClearQuest are replicated in the integrated tools and can be managed from any of these tools, without having to log into ClearQuest.

Kovair provides a vendor-neutral ALM platform called Kovair Omnibus Integration Platform to which you can connect your ClearQuest instance using Kovair CQ Integration Adapter. Kovair also provides adapters for connecting other ALM tools like HP QC, JIRA, and TFS to Omnibus, as shown in the following figure:

Kovair Omnibus ClearQuest Integration Adapter Architecture

Fig: Architecture Diagram

ClearQuest Integration Adapter offers the followings:

Change & Defect Management

Change requests or enhancements become requirements after they are approved by the Analysts or Change Review Board (CRB).

Using the Kovair CQ integration adapter, you can integrate ClearQuest with HP QC and store ClearQuest change requests as requirements in HP QC. Subsequently, in HP QC, you can design and execute test cases for those requirements and log defects. These Defects in HP QC can be moved to ClearQuest and managed there.

Thus, ClearQuest integration with HP QC provides a closed-loop change and defect management that delivers better project control and helps improve software quality.

Streamlined Development

In the integrated environment established by Kovair Omnibus, all the project artifacts including ClearQuest change requests may be replicated across tools. In addition, ClearQuest helps you create and enforce automated workflows and keep team members informed of the changes or updates through e-mail notifications. This streamlines the development process and allows team members to deliver better value.

End-to-End Traceability

Traceability is desired in any software project to ensure that the final product can be tracked back to business goals and customer requirements. Traceability can be achieved only when all project artifacts are linked to each other by direct or nested relations. When ClearQuest is integrated through Kovair Omnibus, developers can link change requests and defects to code files while testers can link defects to test cases and requirements, thereby creating a complete chain of traceable artifacts.

Improved Visibility and Control

ALM involves disparate tools and processes that lead to serious co-ordination problems. Information in one tool may remain confined to that tool only because other tools in the ALM chain belong to different vendors and there can be compatibility issues.

With ClearQuest integration, you can ensure seamless flow of information across tools and customize and enforce consistent development processes to achieve an integrated, consolidated view across the project.

Enhanced Collaboration

ClearQuest integration enhances team collaboration by integrating typically isolated processes, such as analysis, development, testing, and deployment. These integrated processes, coupled with e-mail notifications, ensure that appropriate team members are immediately informed when their action is required. The team members also receive information about any change that impacts their activities. Since all the team members are well informed about the changes and their impacts, corrective actions are taken immediately.

Improved Software Quality

By integrating disparate ALM tools with ClearQuest and enhancing team collaboration, Kovair CQ adapter helps eliminate software errors that occur due to manual processes and hand-offs, miscommunication, and inconsistent information.

Unprecedented Scalability

ClearQuest deployments can support thousands of users working at multiple sites. ClearQuest integration with the Kovair Omnibus ensures that all team members, local and remote, have access to the most up-to-date information from anywhere, anytime. Irrespective of your team size and location, ClearQuest provides the flexibility and scalability to support your organizational needs.

Reports and Dashboards

ClearQuest integration provides insight into processes with comprehensive support for querying, charting and reporting. You can create several types of charts to visualize complex data and drill into your area of concern. You can also combine reports into a single dashboard.

Example of ClearQuest Integration

ClearQuest and HP QC Integration through Kovair Omnibus
ClearQuest-HP QC Integration

As shown in the above example, you can integrate ClearQuest and HP QC so that Change Requests in ClearQuest are replicated as Requirements in HP QC. While creating a Test Case in HP QC, you can link it with the appropriate Requirement. If the Test Case execution fails, you can add a Defect in HP QC and get it replicated in ClearQuest. Since the integration supports bi-directional synchronization, any change in the status of Defect in ClearQuest is reflected in HP QC.


Note: The adapter as developed and offered by Kovair follows the subject tool’s standard specifications. Any deviations from the Tool’s typical use pattern may not have been anticipated in our off-the-shelf product. For any customization or special configuration needs, please contact Kovair Sales – sales@kovair.com

Benefits

  • Allows you to trace the origin and details of project changes and ensure that changes are made by authorized stakeholders only.
  • Facilitates easier management and tracking of development activities.
  • Allows you to access and manage ClearQuest change requests from other integrated ALM tools, such as TFS and JIRA.
  • Allows synchronization of CQ artifacts with those from other tools, ensuring that everyone is working on the latest version of the artifacts.
  • Facilitates faster software delivery with automated and customizable end-to-end processes.
  • Provides visibility and control over CQ artifacts from IDEs like Eclipse and Visual Studio.

Features

  • Flexible, customizable, and automated workflows
  • Activity based change management
  • Support for any ClearQuest schema, including user-defined schemas
  • Bi-directional synchronization of artifacts across ClearQuest and other ALM tools, such as QC, TFS, and JIRA.
  • Consolidated data collection and real-time reporting to aid decision making
  • Easy to configure and customize integration business rules using drag and drop functionality
  • Conflict detection and mediation