The latest version 9.4 of our holistically integrated Application Lifecycle Management system codeBeamer ALM is released! Read on to learn more about the new features and improvements in codeBeamer ALM 9.4, and join our release announcement webinar on 26 Jun 2019!
codeBeamer ALM 9.4 brings a number of general updates for all users, as well as capability enhancements specifically aimed at enterprise users working in a scaled Agile environment. Developers of system-of-systems or regulated products receive powerful new features in this version.
Altogether, this new release enables you to accelerate innovation, and collaborate more efficiently with all stakeholders across the value stream. Let’s see the details of all the capability improvements and new features that version 9.4 brings to codeBeamer ALM!
LeSS support for Scaled Agile teams
codeBeamer ALM has always been known for the excellent support it provides for (scaled) Agile development teams. Updating the tool’s existing SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework) capabilities, version 9.4 brings support for the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS).
Organizations using this framework can now cross-assign Teams and Areas in codeBeamer, and use @mentions to enhance collaboration and alignment. Team members tagged with @team/@area mentions receive e-mail notifications calling their attention to the specific items they were mentioned in.
Project Configuration & Management updates
Teams working in complex development environments, like the delivery of system-of-systems products, are often juggling a huge number of projects at the same time. Setting up and configuring these projects, and staying organized as their numbers grow, can be a challenge.
To help the parallel management of multiple projects, codeBeamer ALM 9.4 brings a new Project Category Manager role, and multi-level project category support. Through this capability, codeBeamer can now manage hierarchies of projects, letting Project Category Managers overview these relationships using a structured tree view.
To make project management more efficient, this version introduces the new project configuration merge and staging functionality. Using this feature, admins can transfer existing project configurations without overwriting project data. This feature essentially works like the “paste formatting” function in document editors, copying configurations across projects without affecting project data – a great asset when it comes to managing complex products lines in multiple projects. This feature also facilitates the validation of safety-critical processes, and makes it easy to merge projects onto a production server.
Regulated industry support
codeBeamer ALM 9.4 introduces an updated reporting engine that enables historical searches, providing you with a gapless and complete audit trail. So how exactly does this help developers of regulated products?
For instance, using history search, you can easily check back to a previous version of your software, and dig deep down to see which user a specific task was assigned to in that version. You’ll just simply search like you would in the current project – but you can now query all the lifecycle data from the past. As for workflows, codeBeamer’s existing audit trail functionality offers similar change control insights on your processes so that you have a complete audit trail at your fingertips.
We have also updated the suspected links feature in this version, enabling the use of conditional transition guards. Using these guards, you can set a workflow that prohibits a state transition (for example, moving your requirement to the “completed” status) until all inconsistencies have been reviewed and fixed in all upstream and downstream references. This gives safety-critical product developers meticulous control over all their lifecycle processes.A final update to codeBeamer’s features for regulated development is geared towards approval management. You can now delegate review tasks to other reviewers in a fully transparent and controlled manner. Use this feature to transparently replace team members responsible for approvals in the Review Hub.
Intelligent views in codeBeamer ALM 9.4Updates to the table and document views put valuable insights right where you can easily access them, and make the visualization of traceability even more efficient. Not only can you show ancestor and descendant items in a tree structure in the table view, but you can now also apply your filters across these associated items. Filters will be effective on all items, making this view even more useful (for instance, when searching for closed items, you’ll see closed children items even if their parents aren’t closed yet).
The existing reference view (accessible in the table view) has now been added to the document view, enabling upstream/downstream searches within a tracker. To help you focus on what’s relevant, 9.4 introduces filtering for chapters and subchapters in both views.
Reporting using Word template and PDF publishing
Dynamic (mail merge) Word templates introduced in version 9.3 received an update, and now support conditional formatting. This lets you use logic in your export/import templates, automating highlights and other often-used formatting options to save significant time and effort.
And if you’ve been waiting for codeBeamer ALM to receive a PDF export feature, your wish has been granted. Starting with version 9.4, you can simply select this universal format when exporting data, making it easier to share documents and insights with 3rd parties.
Integrations & APIs
For long, REST API has supported codeBeamer’s open architecture, making it easy to integrate this powerful tool into your existing toolchain. With the previous version, we’ve added Swagger API support, which we have now extended with further end points. This way, version 9.4 can be integrated with your current tool stack in a more versatile way than ever.
And if you’re one of the many users of Atlassian Jira, you’ll be happy to learn that this new version brings an update to our Jira connector API. You can now connect codeBeamer ALM 9.4 with cloud-based Jira instances, ensuring seamless data exchange between the two tools.
Want to see how all this works out in practice?
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