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ALM / Performance Center 12 – ALM Web Client

The new ALM Web Client introduced in version 12 is built on “HTML5/JavaScript” technology and was leveraged to redesign the Requirements and Defects Management modules. This client is available for all HP ALM installations including all Performance Center installations.

Cross Browser / Operating Systems

It is now possible to access these modules using Chrome, Firefox, Safari as well as Internet Explorer ( 7,8,9, and 10). This opens the door for Linux and Mac users, plus gives Windows users an alternative if unsupported IE versions are not an option.

Why use the ALM Web Client

The new web client only supports the Requirements Module and the Defects module so far but the future looks bright. Some of the main reasons to rejoice?

  • No client components to download or install
  • Administrative privileges no longer required
  • Client loads quicker
  • Side by side simultaneous support for ALM Desktop Client (shares same database – refresh shows data updates in both)
  • Full Locking capabilities to maintain data integrity

When not to use the ALM Web Client

Currently the ALM Web Client does not support versioned projects. If you have projects that are both versioned and non versioned, only the non versioned projects will be available.


New Features

  • An enhanced rich text editor with Word-like interface
  • Provides a simple and intuitive interface to log defects
  • The ability to tag, sort, and filter entities
  • Easy navigation with breadcrumb navigation

Author Mode

  • Document – Centric viewing mode
  • List of requirements for easy editing
  • Better overall perspective of requirement structure

Category View

  • Dynamic hierarchical structure based on Virtual Folders
  • Virtual Folders based on defined fields
  • Allows flexibility in manipulating views
  • Updated on the fly by selecting category fields
  • More flexibility in organizing data

Web Client Customization

  • Set requirement type characteristics
  • Set field attributes
  • Design and manage forms
  • Work with business rules

Who Should use the ALM Web Client

  • Business Analyst
  • Functional Architects
  • Project Managers
  • Project Owners
  • Developers
  • Exploratory Testers (typically not linking defects to actual tests – does not support Test Plan or Test Lab)
  • Administrators

Requirements Module

The requirement module has both a hierarchical view and a flat view available. These can be switched at any time without modifying any of the structures using the Define View tab.

Managing the Workspace view with filters helps with specific focused areas, these workspace templates can be saved, shared, and set as favorites for quick view changes.


Defects Module

This module is the most basic of the two and is limited to only using a flat view of the available defects. Filtering is still available but there is no hierarchical structure with defects.

 ALM Web Client Help Center

Here are three short videos you can view for a quick sample:

The Help Center offers a great deal of detailed information on how to use these modules.

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