This section provides an overview of the features that were introduced or enhanced in ALM 15.5.
What's New video
Learn about some of the new features included in ALM 15.5：
Web Runner updates
The following updates were added to Web Runner.
For details, see Set Defect Entities.
|Web Runner Dashboard||
The Dashboard tab was added to Web Runner. It allows you to view the Standard-mode dashboard pages created in ALM Client for your project.
For details, see View Dashboards.
|Run automation tests in Web Runner||
You can now run automation tests in Web Runner.
For details, see Start automation test run.
|Web Runner Admin page||
The Web Runner Admin page was introduced. As the site admin, you can do the following in the page:
For details, see Start Web Runner Admin.
|Apply template settings to selected projects||
You can apply template settings to selected linked projects only, instead of all linked projects (ALM Edition only).
For details, see Apply Template Customization.
|Cycle and release fields become drop-down-list fields||The cycle and release fields, which were previously text fields, are now drop-down-list fields that allow you to select a value from a list. Such fields include Detected in Release, Detected in Cycle, Target Release, and Target Cycle.|
Analysis and dashboard updates
The following updates were added to the Analysis and Dashboard modules.
Analyze ALM data with new graph designs
The graph analysis reporting was updated with improved functionality, including refreshed look and feel and advanced customization options.
For details, see View Tab - Graphs/Graph Window.
|New graph type: composite graphs||
You can create a composite graph to view and compare data among two or three graphs at the same time.
|New graph type for test instances||
A new graph type was added for the Test Instances entity type: Test Execution - Planned vs. Actual.
|New display mode for dashboards||
For details, see Switch Dashboard Display Mode.
|Health Reports updates||
The Test Execution - Planned vs. Actual graph is now available in Health Reports.
For details, see Health Reports.
ALM Test Runs Injection for Octane
ALM Test Runs Injection for Octane enables you to run tests stored in ALM and report the test results to test suites in ALM Octane.
For details, see ALM Test Runs Injection for Octane.
When you open an ALM project, you are greeted by My Homepage that highlights your open work items and most recent updates.
For details, see ALM Homepage.
Projects export and import with ALM Robot (technical preview)
ALM Robot now supports exporting and importing multiple ALM projects in parallel.
For details, see Exporting and Importing Projects Using ALM Robot.
ALM REST API updates
The ALM REST API (Tech Preview) resources are now formally certified and supported for production environments.
ALM REST API references are renamed as follows.
|Before 15.5||Since 15.5|
|REST API Reference (Tech Preview)||REST API Reference (Core)|
|REST API Reference||REST API Reference (Deprecated)|
For details, see REST API Reference (Core).
Improved support for ALM Client Launcher
We provided improved user experiences with ALM Client Launcher version 3.0 for both ALM admins and end users.
|Package ALM client files in the server during ALM install||
ALM can now automatically generate and package the client files during the installation process. The client files are stored on ALM server so that they can be used by ALM Client Launcher without the need for ALM administrators to package and distribute them.
For details, see Installation.
Facilitate the access to ALM Client Launcher
When you launch ALM from your Web browser, the ALM Client Launcher option is available in the ALM Options window. It facilitates the access to the tool and enables you to start ALM and Site Administration with the tool under the on-screen guidance.
SSO authentication updates
The following updates were added to SSO authentication.
|Support SSO for Lab Management||SSO authentication now supports Lab Management.|
|Improve the SAML certificate management||
After you upload an SAML certificate, you can view the certificate details and expiration date.
For details, see How to manage the certificate.
|Provide IdP metadata in the plain-text XML format||
You can now provide the IdP metadata in the plain-text XML format.
For details, see IdP Metadata.
|Specify case sensitivity of identity keys||
When ALM authorizes IdP users with identity keys, you can decide whether or not ALM treats the characters in the identity keys as case-sensitive.
For details, see Identity Key Case-sensitive.
|Context-sensitive help is available in the SSO Configuration Tool page||The Help button was added in the SSO configuration Tool page. If you click the button, it opens the SSO configuration help topic.|
The following updates were added to SaaS.
|Audit license assignment changes||
The Audit Log now records license assignment changes for projects and customers, including what the changes are, who make the changes, and when the changes are made.
For details, see Audit Log Page.
|Easier way to generate QC Usage Report for the past six months||
The Last six months option was added to the Data Range field. It facilitates the generation of a QC Usage Report for the past six months.
For detail, see QC Usage Report Page.
|License expiration reminders||
If a license would expire within 30 days, site admins will receive reminders until the expiration date.
For details, see License expiration warning.
User auditing updates
The following updates were added to user auditing.
- You can use the
AUDIT_LOG_PATHparameter to specify where the log file is stored.
- More user operations are logged, including user creation, modification, and deletion, adding users to projects, and removing users from projects.
For details, see User Auditing.
Tree/grid view zoom-in and zoom-out
You can press CTRL and scroll up or down to zoom in or out on a tree or grid view. It is not supported in the Test Plan > Design Steps page.