Odin Technology - Axe and IBM Rational

 

Odin Technology

Axe and IBM Rational

Axe and IBM Rationa

Odin Technology is a long term IBM Business Partner with the Axe Platform integrating closely with IBM Rational Quality Manager and Rational Functional Tester.

Axe enables generalist testers to define and maintain automated tests in simple, natural language Spreadsheet tables. It uses code generation techniques to create RFT scripts in Java as well as entries in RQM, including Design Steps and associated RFT Automation entries.

Essentially, Axe empowers generalist testers to leverage the automated testing capabilities of the IBM Jazz platform without the need to code, improving team collaboration on Automation initiatives.

Overview
Overview
Axe is installed alongside RFT on a Tester’s workstation. Axe project assets are managed in a Rational Team Concert or other version control systems.
Outline Tests in RQM
Outline Tests in RQM
Outline test items can be created in RQM with a Custom Field for the Axe ID. These are linked to requirements in the normal way but rather than fill in Detailed Test Steps for the test we work in the Axe ITE Spreadsheet view.
Define Detail in Axe Spreadsheet Structure

Define Detail in Axe Spreadsheet Structure

Using a simple Spreadsheet like structure, a non-technical tester can define test scenarios from very simple tests to complex integrated end to end processes. A fully integrated test design environment enhances the test definition and design process.
Generate RFT Scripts and Documentation

Generate RFT Scripts and Documentation

Axe uses code generation techniques to interpret the Spreadsheet based test designs and generates fully functioning RFT Scripts in Java. At the same time detailed design steps in natural language are generated that document the tests. These can be run locally to debug and confirm they are correct.
Commit to RTC and RQM

Commit to RTC and RQM

All assets can be checked into Version Control and committed to RQM. The test item is updated with the detailed test steps, and the RFT script location attached to the test. A fully documented and automated test!
Execute and Analyse using RQM

Execute and Analyse using RQM

Tests can now be executed using the powerful test and lab management features of RQM, including all traceability and analysis tools, as if the scripts were created by hand. Leveraging the strengths of the automated testing features without the complexity.