Setting up ELM applications to use local configurations

In IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM), the Requirements Management (RM) and Quality Management (QM) applications require an application administrator to activate configuration management by using a key and to enable the project areas for configurations. The Change and Configuration Management (CCM) and Architecture Management (AM) applications support configuration management by default and do not require activation. However, you must still enable individual AM project areas to use configurations.

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If your project does not have configuration management capabilities enabled, you can still create baselines of your project area at important project milestones, but you cannot include these baselines in global configurations.

To watch YouTube videos about configuration management, go to the Introduction to configuration management with IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management playlist on the Software Education channel.


  1. Generate an activation key at
    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.
  2. Activate configuration management in the RM and QM applications by using that key.
  3. Enable configuration management in the AM, RM, and QM project areas that require configurations.

    You do not need to enable all AM, RM, and QM project areas. If your RM or QM project areas are linked to other RM or QM project areas, enable either all or none of the linked project areas for configuration management.

  4. If your project will use global configurations and you are familiar with the Global Configuration Management (GCM) application, see Overview of global configurations.

    Global configurations provide a view of all the artifacts that are contained in a set of related local configurations, and are managed by the Global Configuration Management application. To learn more about global configurations, see this overview.