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QMetry Leverages BI-based Reporting to Improve SDLC

QA and the SDLC require superb reporting. To meet that need, test case management vendor QMetry has embedded Jaspersoft's JasperReports into its reporting and business intelligence (BI) engine.


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Companies that rely on software to run their businesses have long realized that quality assurance (QA) is not just about testing, but about bringing efficiency to the overall software development lifecycle (SDLC).

A must-have ingredient in QA and the SDLC is superb reporting, which enable developers and testers to communicate across the SDLC with themselves and other stakeholders via interactive reports.

Indeed, the breadth and depth and variety of reports can make all the difference in testing and producing top-quality software.



Recognizing the importance of such reporting, QMetry, a provider of SaaS-based and on-premise test case management solutions, decided to embed Jaspersoft's JasperReports Server Professional into its reporting and business intelligence (BI) engine.

QMetry's test management solution is designed to improve the efficiency of QA teams by providing a platform that is designed to require zero maintenance. QMetry provides a complete application lifecycle management (ALM) platform by integrating with defect management and test automation tools. Jaspersoft's open-source based technology provides a flexible, cost-effective BI suite that enables better decision-making through highly interactive Web-based reports, dashboards and analysis. The BI suite includes enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards, OLAP and in-memory analysis, and data integration.

Jaspersoft claims to be the only BI vendor that provides a complete spectrum of on-premise, multi-tenant SaaS and cloud-based deployment options for both embedded and standalone business intelligence.

"Jaspersoft BI software will enable users of QMetry to extract greater insights about the testing lifecycle," said Manish Mathuria, CTO of QMetry, noting that the solution will help developers monitor the progress, volume, status and effectiveness of all testing activities.

Mathuria said QMetry will leverage the Jaspersoft BI reporting platform to drive a rich set of reports that can be rendered in HTML (Web), Excel, Word, Flash, CSV and Adobe Acrobat PDF formats. Team members will be able to deploy and view customized reports in real-time or receive them through pre-scheduled email distributions.

"After evaluating several analytics and BI solutions in the market, we selected Jaspersoft because of its proven flexible architecture," said Mathuria.

"Jaspersoft gives us the ability to start small and grow our BI engine into a state-of-the-art, open source enterprise application as our business requirements grow," he said.

QMetry in the Test Management Tool Market

One of the main concerns for QA teams while selecting a test management tool is how well the tool leverages their existing tool investments. QMetry's deep integration with defect trackers and test automation tools differentiates it from the various available solutions.

QMetry was recently named a 'Market Mover' in the "Market Mover Array Report: Testing Platforms 2010" by research firm Voke.

"The ease with which QMetry enables traceability is something testers have been in search of for quite some time," said Voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz.

The Market Mover Array noted "the ability to integrate with commonly used solutions, especially Microsoft Office and market leader HP Quick Test Professional, make QMetry an attractive solution for organizations of all sizes and skill levels."

QMetry has added close to 50 clients in the past couple of years, with customers ranging from SMBs to large enterprises. The test management solution has been adopted by multiple industry verticals.

Earlier this month, the Aberdeen Group recognized QMetry as a vendor practicing "the secure at the source" approach to application security.

Aberdeen's analysis of companies adopting the "secure at the source" strategy -- i.e., the integration of secure application development tools and practices into the software development lifecycle, to increase the elimination of security vulnerabilities before applications are deployed -- found that they realized a very strong 4.0-times return on their annual investments, higher than that of both the "find and fix" and "defend and defer" alternative approaches.

The high-level takeaway from Aberdeen's analysis is that the secure at the source users are more consistent and more mature in their adoption of the secure application development practices represented by the Microsoft Software Development Lifecycle (SDL).



   
Herman Mehling has written about IT for 25 years. He has written hundreds of articles for leading computer publications and websites.
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