Getting started with configuration management
Configuration management capabilities in the IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) enable multi-stream development, artifact reuse, and linking to artifacts across project areas. These links bring you information about initial steps for you to take.
Use configuration management capabilities to create versions of artifacts and link them to other team artifacts, such as requirements and designs. Use configurations (streams and baselines) from ELM applications to manage reuse, traceability, and parallel development. Use the Global Configuration Management (GCM) application to assemble configurations into global configurations to provide a context for resolving links between versioned artifacts within and across ELM applications.
After an administrator enables these capabilities for a project area, you cannot disable them.
To watch YouTube videos about configuration management, go to the Introduction to configuration management with the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management playlist on the Software Education channel.
Teams use their configuration management-enabled ELM applications to contribute requirements, designs, tests, and global configurations to a larger working environment. Global configurations assemble contributed configurations in a hierarchical tree view. Use global configurations to plan and manage the reuse of configurations in the many versions or variants of your software or product line.
- ELM must be installed. If your project will use global configurations, the Link Index Provider (LDX) and GCM supporting applications must also be installed.
- A Jazz administrator must complete these steps:
- Read about how activating and enabling configuration management affects project areas and other features in ELM applications.
- Obtain an activation key:
- For pilot environments, generate an activation key at https://jazz.net/products/clm/cm/get-key.Note: The configuration management capabilities of the RM, QM, and Global Configuration Management applications are added services for IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management Base SaaS and IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management Extended SaaS customer environments and should only be enabled by the SaaS provider. The source-control management (SCM) feature in CCM is included in Cloud offerings at no additional cost.
- For production environments, discuss your plans with your IBM Client representative or contact IBM Support.
- For pilot environments, generate an activation key at https://jazz.net/products/clm/cm/get-key.
- Activate configuration management in the QM, and RM applications.
- Project area administrators must enable configuration management for the QM and RM project areas that will use it.
- After one QM or RM project area in a solution is enabled for configuration management, a Report Builder administrator must refresh the list of data sources. This action makes the LQE scoped by a configuration data source available for reporting on data in configurations. See Connecting to data sources.
To read more about local configurations, global configurations, and using them together, see Configurations: Global and local.
To read more about best practices, see Best practices for configuration management in IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM).
- For the ELM applications, you must install the Link Index Provider supporting application. If you project will use global configurations, make sure you install the Link Index Provider and GCM applications. task: if your project links to artifacts in other
- For the task: this task refers to the process of understanding which development artifacts, such as code libraries, user interface, and so on, are affected by changes. In the CCM application, there is no tool to run to complete this task.