What's New in ALM 12.60

This section provides an overview of the features that were introduced or enhanced in ALM 12.60.

Importing QCP from previous versions

You can import QCP files from previous versions (ALM 12.00 or later) to ALM 12.60 without the need to include them in the initial upgrade process. This can be useful with archived or support phased upgrade projects.

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Business Models Module enhancements

Business Models module now enables you to import models from ARIS 10.00. For details on Business Models module, see Business Process Models.

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API Key authentication for API integrations

API key authentication provides a secure authentication mechanism for external applications accessing ALM's API.

The ALM site administrator generates and manages the list of API keys for ALM. For details, see How to Manage API Keys.

  • Each API key includes a Client ID and an API Key Secret for applications to use when authenticating.
  • Each API key is associated with an ALM user. Therefore, when an application uses an API key to access ALM, the application is limited by its user's permissions.
  • You can use an API key to access ALM only if it is currently listed as active in the list of API keys.

When writing ALM extensions or API scripts, obtain a Client ID and API Key Secret from the administrator, and use them for authentication. For details on API key authentication when using REST and OTA, see the API References.

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JDK Installation

JDK is decoupled from the ALM installation. You can now install a JDK patch level to meet the policy needs of your organization.

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Zooming in and out on memo fields

To zoom in and out on memo type fields, hold down the Ctrl key and use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Or, hold down the Ctrl key and use the + and - keys to zoom in and out.

Business Views Microsoft Excel add-in enhancements

Includes the following enhancements.

  • REST API based. The add-in now connects to ALM using REST API.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit. The add-in is available in 32-bit and 64-bit. The 32-bit version is only for use with Microsoft Office 32-bit. The 64-bit version is only for use with Microsoft Office 64-bit.
  • Installation package. The installation package of the add-in now combines administrator and non-administrator installations in the same package. You can choose to install for all user (requires administrator permissions) or install only for yourself (non-administrator).
  • Manually install add-in. When installing the add-in directly from your ALM client (Dashboard > Analysis > BV Excel Report > Configuration tab) , a download page now opens enabling you to download and install the add-in. The uninstall option has been removed.
  • Two different versions of this add-in can coexist of the same client machine. This new version of the add-in (REST API based) can coexist with a previous version (OTA API based). They are shown as two different tabs in Microsoft Excel, enabling you to use different versions of ALM at the same time.
  • Proxy settings. By default, the connection to ALM is done via the Internet Explorer proxy settings. You can now use a different proxy server. For details, see How to Generate a Business View Excel Report.

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BPT branching

Now you can add branches to your business process tests, either from ALM or UFT (version 14.50), enabling you to configure the components that UFT runs, depending on the state of your application during runtime.

BPT branches provide additional structure to your test to support complex and dynamic applications, which have non-linear functions and interfaces. Use branches to cover many different user flows in your app, using the same test.

For details on how to add branches from ALM, see How to Add Branches.

For details on how to add branches from UFT, see UFT Help Center.

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ALM Help Center enhancements

The help center now includes advanced site search functionality:

  • Intuitive friendly Google-like search
  • Search across all ADM help centers
  • Filter search results by selected products
  • Get results from separate deliverables in one place, such as PDFs and APIs

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