Technical overview of Engineering Insights

IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Engineering Insights (ENI) unlocks engineering data from IBM and other lifecycle management applications. It shows data associations in views and impact analysis diagrams to help you improve your business processes and accelerate product delivery.
Note: If you are not familiar with ENI, see Engineering Insights terminology and concepts.

Linked data from lifecycle management applications

Lifecycle Query Engine indexes data from your lifecycle management applications that support the Tracked Resource Set (TRS) specification.

When you search for artifacts, you leverage the linked data in the Lifecycle Query Engine index. The data, such as work items with child work items resides in specific applications. The work items are linked to or from other artifacts that reside in other applications. For example, a task or a story includes several links to requirements, work items, design models, and test cases. The links to artifacts come from linked lifecycle data. Linking is possible by using the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) standard that enables lifecycle data integrations. The following image shows artifacts from different lifecycle applications that are linked by OSLC and are retrievable by the Lifecycle Query Engine.

The image shows how artifacts from different lifecycle applications are linked together using OSLC and retrieved using the index.

The links in the following image are standard HTTP links.

The image shows the artifacts from native applications as HTTP links.

Note: Starting in version 7.0, the Design Management (DM) application is no longer part of the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution. If you use a previous version, use custom artifact elements to show DM artifacts in ENI views.

Representational State Transfer (REST) is a set of principles that define how Web standards, such as HTTP and URIs, are to be used. REST is the basis for linked data, so that all artifacts that have IDs can link together, have multiple representations, and communicate.

Although the index is an important component of the application, teams use the index transparently to retrieve information through operations such as views, analysis, or search. The index is the data pool, but it is not visible to users. Linked artifacts are stored in it, and data is retrieved from it.

To easily query data from several data sources across your lifecycle applications and project areas, use the Report Builder from the Queries menu. Create Jazz™ Reporting Service reports and publish them on a Jazz dashboard.

Reports

Aside from running views and analysis, teams need to print reports on the status of artifacts. A sample report is available to display information in a simple table.

To easily query data from several data sources across your lifecycle applications and project areas, use the Report Builder from the Queries menu. Create reports with graphs and charts. Publish them on a Jazz dashboard or export them to other formats. See Authoring reports with Report Builder.

To create templates to generate other document-style reports or to produce high quality printable documents with front and back matter, you need IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Publishing (PUB). See Authoring document-style reports.

PUB is not included in ENI. A separate installation and license are required. Contact your server administrator to verify that the installation is completed and that you can connect to the license server.

Collaborative use of Engineering Insights

The following image shows an overview of how teams use ENI.

The image shows an overview. Teams use views to visually navigate information, use reports, the Report Builder, and analysis to find artifacts and their relationships to other artifacts.
First, a team lead, or product manager configures projects and organizes artifacts in a way that makes sense for the product and the project team. During the product development cycle, the team creates artifacts, such as work items, requirements, design models, and test cases. The linking relationships are established among these artifacts.

An administrator creates special views for the team. The views provide a structured and dynamic look inside the product development work that enables team to view engineering data across all engineering disciplines. For example, a V-process view shows the lifecycle of a product starting with system design, moving through software architecture and development, and ending with integration and testing.

The team runs search, Report Builder queries, and analysis, to find artifacts and the relationships among them. Relationships are important when a component must be repaired or replaced, or if you work with multiple versions of products.


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