Compuware driving CARS for software quality management

Compuware Corp. on Tuesday is releasing Compware Application Reliability Solution (CARS) 4.1, a software quality management tool featuring an "Executive Dashboard" for management-level understanding of quality issues.

CARS provides visibility into quality assurance processes and enables optimization when managing risk during development and deployment, according to Compuware.

Compuware's Executive Dashboard improves management understanding of quality issues by presenting snapshots of key performance testing metrics, the company said. Reports are given on overall health of projects, including information on whether projects are on schedule, within budget, and meeting business requirements.

Specific features of Executive Dashboard include:

Earned Value Analysis, to manage scope, schedule, and resources for measuring project performance.

Release Index, based on the Compuware QualityPoint methodology and providing snapshots on quality assurance and project progress.

Color-coded field alerts, to assess overall health of a project.

Drill-down reviews, to provide "at-a-glance" business intelligence on an application portfolio.

Microsoft Project integration, to send project-related data from Microsoft Project Server 2003.

Process Audit Reports can be created within Version 4.1 to identify and audit areas where improvements can be made. A new QualityPoint Repository provides a central repository of QualityPoint test assets.

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