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What’s new in IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management 7.0.1

Building on the themes of ELM 7.0, our next release is just around the corner. Since 7.0.1 has come so soon after 7.0, we recommend that anyone planning to upgrade should go straight to 7.0.1. Highlights of 7.0.1 include the following:

Global Configuration Management

  • It’s easier to find and work with just the right set of global configurations in your large GC tree. GCM queries can include subqueries, query for non-existence, and query across GCM project areas

Lean & Agile

  • You can now name and share Program Boards, which allows you to have multiple different boards, and rich hover has been improved
  • Quick Planner now supports rich hover and shows team progress in lanes that honor any filtering
  • Support for SAFe® 5.0

UI Refresh

  • Updates across the board to buttons, links, breadcrumbs, tabs, and dialogs/modals
  • PUB Document Builder UI is refreshed to look like the rest of ELM

Automotive Compliance

IBM ELM Automotive Compliance V1.0.1 helps organizations adopt ASPICE improvements more quickly, because it provides implementation guidance and assets from IBM and industry experts. This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Mapping to ASPICE is included in Method Composer content
  • Extended checklist templates to validate selected work products and store corresponding evidence for more streamlined assessments
  • Improved look and feel of the process content and dashboards



Requirements: DOORS Next

  • More scale improvements: 500 → 1,000 concurrent users working on a single RM server with Oracle database; 250 → 1250 RM contributions to a global configuration with IBM Db2
  • Support for including attachments to requirements in ReqIf packages
  • More flexibility to choose when delivering dependent change sets

Requirements: DOORS 9

  • Improved linking in a global configuration context between versioned requirements, tests, and models in ELM with requirements in a DOORS module
  • Requirements volatility reports are now available in JRS Report Builder using the built-in data warehouse
  • Improved ReqIF transfers to DOORS Next

Modeling: Rhapsody Model Manager and Rhapsody 9.0.1

  • RMM license behavior change: deploy in model-only or model+code server mode
  • Work more efficiently in the Rhapsody client by taking configuration management actions on whole sub-trees.
  • Improvements to the Rhapsody HTML document generation
  • AUTOSAR enhancements including complete Adaptive AUTOSAR workflow

Test Management

  • Linking multiple test cases to the same set of lifecycle artifacts, such as requirements, in one single action
  • New Suspect Result attribute for Test Case Execution Records helps users identify tests that might need to be executed again.
  • ETM Excel importer enhancements including the ability to link test cases to existing requirements in specific modules, the option to save user authentication credentials, and more detailed messages displayed in the progress UI when the import operation fails.

Workflow: Tracking and Planning

  • Save multiple program boards and share them with your team
  • Rich hover (OSLC preview) in Quick Planner
  • Bulk-edit tags in the work item web UI
  • Delete attachments instead of remove attachments is now the default action in the web UI, which will help to minimize growth in repository size due to attachments

Workflow: Source control and build – Jazz Source Control

  • Dramatic speed up in Jazz SCM builds with a new incremental load option for both Jenkins and Jazz builds (when not using load rules)
  • Jazz SCM adds support for custom attributes on change sets to make it easier to track important change sets
  • Locate change sets using the Jazz SCM web client

Workflow: Source control – git integrations

  • Link git pull/merge requests to work items to show a history of delivered git work
  • View pull/merge request status associated with a work item from GitHub/GitLab to track if a git pull is merged, rejected or still open

Reporting: Jazz Reporting Service

  • Append and merge traceability paths in a single report – report designers can mix Append and Merge traceability paths in a single LQE-based report. Merge paths take precedence and are evaluated first; then the results are appended together.
  • Custom work item type attributes are available as links and conditions when you build reports using an LQE data source, including team area, team area list, project area, project area list, iteration, and iteration list

Reporting: Engineering Insights

  • See differences between two configurations
  • Configure visual reporting and filtering based on the Link Validity value
  • Select the project scope when creating Impact Analysis diagrams to improve the response time of an Impact Analysis diagram

Reporting: Publishing

  • Reuse your credentials in a report that contains multiple data sources
  • Report on git data: generate documents with data from GitHub and GitLab
  • Enable or disable Document Builder report result sharing


And if you haven’t thought about applying AI to your engineering process or looked at the IBM Engineering Requirements Quality Assistant, I suggest you take a look.

As always, I recommend you review the release-level New & Noteworthy documents for each application, for example starting with EWM 7.0.1 New & Noteworthy.


Daniel Moul

Offering Management


2020-07-08 updated the New&Noteworthy link to go to the final document rather than RC1.