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Top New Features of HP Application Lifecycle Management and Quality Center Enterprise

mcooper on ‎03-27-2014 05:00 AM

The new versions of HP Application Lifecycle Management and HP Quality Center Enterprise are available today.  Our newest release, HP Application Lifecycle Management and HP QC Enterprise 12.0 greatly increases the ability to build, test and deliver core applications with breakthrough speed and quality. Additionally, the new release provides unprecedented flexibility at all levels needed to support a wide range of technologies, methodologies and environments that represent the new style of IT. 


In conjunction with HP’s core strategy and software approach for modern application delivery, ALM 12.0 starts with a unified platform, shared by HP ALM, HP Quality Center and HP Performance Center. Unsurprisingly, it is designed to unify and simplify the processes associated with delivering software applications and enterprise releases.  This allows stakeholders to work in their unique user environments yet share information, workflow, tasks, and assets between domains with complete traceability.   Without further ado, we present some highlights of the new features of HP Application Lifecycle Management and Quality Center Enterprise.


Web based client built with HTML5 and Java script for requirements and defects with support for multiple browsers including: Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari

The ALM 12.0 Web Client offers a new alternative user interface for managing the lifecycle of your application, and is part of HP’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative products and solutions.  ALM 12.0 Web Client is user-friendly and easy to navigate, and with its new features and functionality, shortens work processes and provides an improved user experience.   As a part of the new release, it provides remarkable end user flexibility as users can work with any browser with the new Web UI for ALM/QC. 

Support for additional environments: Windows 8 and Macintosh

HP ALM 12.0 enables users to leverage their corporate standards using our industry-leading features within QC and ALM.   This provides an intuitive, simplified user experience for cross-browser support. Now, Mac OS users and Windows 8 users can access ALM/QC with a new traceability view with completely new Web UI features.


Enhanced usability features in the Classic client including: Pinned items and quick launch for attachments

HP Application Lifecycle Management 12.0 contains the following usability enhancements:

  • Pinned Items: Users can now pin requirements, test plans, or defects
  • Quick Access to Attachments: Clicking the attachment icon for an entity now lets users view the list of attachments.  Users can open the attached files directly from the list.

Such enhancements pave the way for increased user productivity and on boarding of new users allowing for a powerful experience. 


Single Sign-on-Support for the Common Access Card and Site-minder

HP ALM 12.0 supports external authentication systems, such as Smart Card Authentication and Single Sign-On.  For users, this allows for seamless identity management and support for SSO – Site-minder.  With this new release, we hope to operate the way you do, by supporting common standards in use:  

  • Common Access Card (CAC) Support: As a part of smart card authentication, these are physical devices used to identify users in secure systems.  These cards can be used to store certificates both verifying the user’s identity and allowing access to secure environments.  Currently, ALM supports one type of smart card authentication (CAC).
  • Single Sign-on: Single sign-on (SSO) is a session/user authentication process that permits a user to enter one name and password to access multiple applications.  Currently, ALM supports one type  of sign-on authentication: Site-minder

Additionally, HP ALM can be configured to use these external authentication systems in place of the standard model of each user manually entering a user name and password.  External authentication uses log in to ALM without entering a user name and password.


Be sure to check out the following new feature videos that demonstrate the new features of the new release:

HP ALM 12 Web Client - New Features - We hope in the weeks ahead, you can join us as we offer exciting resources for HP Application Lifecycle Management 12.0


Additionally, stay tuned for our Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Software Updates (April 1 at 4 p.m. ET).

Also, learn more at: ALM Blog and The Future of Testing Blog


Finally, join GooglePlus for upcoming Hangouts featuring product demos, best practices and more! Be sure to also check out our recent Hangout: Benchmark your QA and Testing with the World Quality Report. Questions, comments, concerns, thoughts? Tweet us at @HPSoftwareALM

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Michael Cooper is a leader in the fields of quality assurance (QA), software testing, and process improvement. In November 2012, Michael joined the HP Software Applications team. Michael brings more than 15 years of hands on and QA and Testing leadership experience.

Kim Michael Jensen
on ‎09-30-2014 07:30 AM

I have installed a trial of HP-ALM v12 on WIN 2012 Server R2, which need patch 12.01 - where can it be downloaded? BR Kim 

on ‎10-16-2014 12:22 PM

Will ALM explorer supported by QC 12.00 as well??

on ‎07-24-2015 10:21 AM

I need to get the "HP Application Lifecycle Management Web Client User Guide" and the "HP Application Lifecycle Management User Guide".  Where do I go to download these documents?



Prashanth BS
on ‎10-13-2015 04:36 AM

Please explain what is ALM client and Understand the difference between ALM clients

on ‎02-11-2016 07:55 AM

I tried to access the ALM site of my Company using Safari on my MacBook (OS X) and it still shows me a message that ONLY IE 8,9,10,11 are supported.

Did i have to do any prerequisties ??


Priyanka Chauhan
on ‎03-29-2016 10:29 AM

Hi Michael,

I am QE engineer for RSA(EMC) and tried Saas trail version for HPE ALM to see if it works on chrome or firefox but no success(screenshot attached). It fails and throw error saying it is only supported Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11 which is a bad news for our team in EMC since we 40% of the team has Mac workstation . Do you know if HP is planning to extend ALM capailites on other browsers(chrome, firefox, safari etc.) as well and if there is any timeline on it?




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