Deciding which ELM reporting option to use

Jazz™ Reporting Service is the default reporting tool for the IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM). The table lists the factors to consider as you decide which reporting option is best for you.
Jazz Reporting Service contains the following components:
  • Report Builder to create or edit your report
  • Lifecycle Query Engine (LQE) as an index of your data source
  • Data Collection Component to collect data from the applications and store it in the data warehouse
In deciding what option to use, consider these factors:
  • Depending on your applications and the type of information that you want to report on, your data can be collected in a data warehouse by DCC or indexed by LQE. You can use Jazz Reporting Service whether your projects have configurations or not. If you collect data about configurations, you must use an LQE scoped by a configuration data source. See Choosing the right data source.
  • You can install IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Engineering Insights(ENI) to visualize engineering data across applications.
  • You can use IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Publishing (PUB) to generate printable document-style reports based on report output from Jazz Reporting Service.
  • Rational® Reporting for Development Intelligence and Rational Insight® are no longer available. If you still want to use Cognos reports, you must first install a stand-alone Cognos® Business Intelligence or Cognos Analytics as your report server. Then install ALM Cognos Connector to integrate your Cognos reports with your ELM server.

Deciding which reporting options to use

Use this table to make sure that you have the best reporting option, or to explore other possibilities.

The following table lists various decision points down the left column. After you find the ones that apply to you, see which reporting options to consider.

Table 1. Reporting options
Decision points Jazz Reporting Service Lifecycle Optimization - Publishing Built-in BIRT reports in ELM ALM Cognos Connector (with Cognos BI) Engineering Insights views
Generate informational formats. Graphs, charts, row and column reports, drill-down data Printable Graphs, charts Graphs, charts, drill-down data Live views
Generate output formats. Export to dashboards and Word, Excel, PDF, HTML Word, PDF, Excel, HTML Dashboards Dashboards  
Use a mature set of predefined reports. A check mark icon A check mark icon A check mark icon   A check mark icon
Create brand-new reports or customize existing reports. A check mark icon A check mark icon   A check mark icon A check mark icon
Quickly scope agile reports across projects, teams, and iterations. A check mark icon       A check mark icon
Report on the most recent data. A check mark iconLQE uses live data; DCC time lapse of 10 minutes (default is 12 hours) A check mark icon A check mark icon A check mark icon DCC time lapse of 10 minutes (default is 12 hours) A check mark icon
Report on historical trends. A check mark icon   A check mark icon    
Report on data within one ELM application. A check mark icon A check mark icon A check mark icon A check mark icon A check mark icon
Report on data across applications, even non-ELM applications. A check mark iconRational ClearQuest® and IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS® Family A check mark iconSee this list.   A check mark icon A check mark iconELM applications only
Report on data from configurations. A check mark icon

Only with LQE

A check mark icon     A check mark icon
Create traceability reports for regulatory compliance. A check mark icon A check mark icon     A check mark icon
Add your report to a dashboard A check mark icon A check mark iconEmbed in dashboards A check mark icon A check mark iconLimited integration A check mark icon
Generate large printable documents with custom headers, logos, fonts, and front and back matter   A check mark icon      
Include full requirements text and diagrams A check mark iconDCC has a 255-character limit. A check mark icon      
Visualize complex engineering data         A check mark icon
Customize data collection A check mark iconOnly with DCC     A check mark iconOnly with DCC  
Use multiple Jazz Team Servers. A check mark icon A check mark icon   A check mark icon A check mark icon
Where do I get this option? Installed with ELM Additional installation and license required Installed with ELM Further installation is required. See All downloads. Additional installation and license required
Note: If you are reporting on requirements from IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next with the data warehouse, the complete primary text is not stored because the Jena index can hold a maximum of 1024 characters when the data collection job runs. Any longer text is truncated.

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