What is HP ALM ?
HP Application LifeCycle Management is a test manangement tool. Quality Center was initially developed by Mercury interactive. It is now developed by HP as Application LifeCycle Management(ALM) tool.
Introduction to HP ALM(Quality Center)
ALM is a web based tool that supports all phases of software development life cycle(SDLC). ALM is a centralized repository to track various activities related to project or product that needs to be communicated between various stake holders. So ALM is mainly used for interaction, tracking, reporting of project related activities.
History of ALM
Quality center(v1.52 to v8.0) was earlier known as Test Director developed by Mercury Interactive
In 2008, Version 8 was renamed as Quality Center
Once after HP acquired Mercury Interative, Mercury Quality Center became HP Quality Center.
In 2011, Version 11 was released and called as HP ALM
Architecture of Quality Center
ALM is a web application developed in Java(J2EE) and SQL Server or Oracle as backend database. ALM has 3 components
Client:- An Enduser/tester can access the url of ALM, the client components are downloaded on their machine. By using these components, the user interact with the server.
Application Server :- Application server runs on either windows or linux machines which accepts requests from client. This server communicates between client and database server
Database Server :- Database server stores information related to site administration, lab project, and project repository.
HP ALM Editions
HP ALM is a commercially licensed tool and ALM is available in 4 different flavors
HP ALM Essentials
HP QC Enterprise Edition
HP ALM Performance Center Edition
HP Quality Center workflow stages
HP ALM Installation
Windows Server 2008 (SP2) 32 bit or 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64 bit (Recommended)
Sun Solaris 10 64 bit Sparc
Linux Red Hat 6.2 (Recommended)
Linux SUSE 11 64 bit
1 GB Minimum
Oracle 126.96.36.199 or 10.2.0.5
Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 (SP1) or 2005 (SP4)
IIS 7 or 7.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9
Visual C++ 2005 SP1 ATL Security Update Redistributable
Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Microsoft Office 2010 (Recommended) or 2007
For more information and details on ALM installation System Requirements, please visit http://update.external.hp.com/qualitycenter/alm115/DocsOnTap/Advanced/Content/Readme/SystemRequirements.htm