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- 1 Post By qarom
"Type" not appearing in X Axis of the Test Case Summary Graph
I am trying to pull out a Test Case Summary Graph in ALM 11 based on "Type". I don't see "Type" value in the X axis dropdown. I see "Type" in "Group by" dropdown, but I want it under the X Axis dropdown. How do I add it to the X Axis dropdown.
You asked it.
If built-in reports don't meet the expectations you can create Excel reports, develop custom reporting application, or use enterprise reporting engines such as Oracle Reports Services, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Jasper Reports, etc. Open source reporting engines are also available: BIRT is a good one. It is difficult to say which reporting technique is better; it all depends on the requirements. Let me summarize some pros and cons of those approaches.
Creating/using QC Excel reports is just a standard. It is extremely powerful. There are just a couple limitations: can't send the reports by email automatically, need Windows to access the reports, and I've seen that some developers refuse to login to QC to access the reports.
Enterprise reporting engines include many features such as sending reports by email on a regular schedule, converting reports to PDF/Excel/PNG, etc., LDAP integration, automatic history preservation, tuning security to allow/deny access to certain users, and many more other features. The reporting engines often allow accessing the reports from Linux, Mac, Windows and mobile. Having a reporting engine that can host the reports is not enough; you will need to develop/find the reports. Setting up a reporting engine requires some efforts unless your company has one already. Report development complexity is comparable to the QC Excel report development.
Developing Java application to generate the reports? I did that once. Don't recommend it as complexity is just too high for the benefits. At least use BIRT or some libraries if you write a custom reporting application.
There is no ideal reporting solution. Even if you develop custom-built reports for your particular process your manager or his/her manager will always ask to add an additional column, new parameter or a new value to the existing parameter (add "Type" to "X-Axis"). Let me repeat the point: there is no ideal reporting solution. So my recommendation it to learn the reporting engines, learn how to extract the data and find the most cost effective way to get the reports you need.