Overview of reporting

During product development, organizations produce a substantial amount of data. Reports help you extract the right data in the format you need. Jazz® Reporting Service and IBM® Rational® Publishing Engine can be used alone or together to create dashboards, reports, and documentation for systems or software engineering project governance, agile reporting, and compliance.

Jazz Reporting Service

Jazz Reporting Service is the default reporting tool for the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and IBM Internet of Things Continuous Engineering (CE) solutions. These solutions integrate IBM Rational products to provide a complete set of applications for software or systems development.

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Jazz Reporting Service includes Report Builder, which provides an easy-to-use interface where you can create your own reports or run predefined reports. Typically you use it with either of the following components:
  • Lifecycle Query Engine (LQE): Indexes the data from across your projects for near-live reporting and reporting on configurations.
  • Data Collection Component (DCC): Populates the built-in data warehouse to gather data for your reports

If you need to customize your reports further or require high-quality printable documents with front and back matter, you can purchase Rational Publishing Engine to automate the generation of document-style reports across your deployed Jazz and third-party tools.

Reporting with Cognos

If you use Cognos®-based reports on data in the data warehouse, you can use the ALM Cognos Connector. The connector enables a Jazz Team Server to connect to an existing Cognos Business Intelligence or Cognos Analytics server that is deployed in a IBM WebSphere® Application Server environment. When the connector is configured, you can create and manage Cognos-based reports based on the artifacts from the Jazz Team Server.

Reporting on IBM CE/CLM products

You can produce tables and charts about artifacts from the following products:
  • IBM Rational DOORS® Next Generation
  • IBM Rational DOORS
  • IBM Rational Team Concert®
  • IBM Rational Quality Manager
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest®
You can also generate document-style reports with Rational Publishing Engine for these additional products:
  • IBM Rational Rhapsody® and Rhapsody Model Manager
  • Design Management
  • IBM Rational Change
  • IBM Rational ClearCase®
  • Atlassian JIRA and other JSON data sources
  • HP ALM
  • UNICOM Focal Point
To learn more about the available solutions and to decide which reporting tools best fit your organization's needs, see Deciding which CE/CLM reporting option to use.
Tables, graphs, and charts can be embedded in dashboards, and longer documents can be exported and printed.
Example of reports on a dashboard

Data sources

You can report on current data, historical trends, configurations, and other relationships among data. You can aggregate data into a bigger picture or drill down into more detail. Your reports can use one of these data sources:
  • Lifecycle Query Engine: An index of your current lifecycle data. If you are using configurations, your report includes all the versions of each artifact type across those configurations.
  • Lifecycle Query Engine scoped by a configuration: An index of versioned artifacts grouped into a configuration.
  • Data warehouse: Data Collection Component (or the ALM Cognos Connector) collects data from the applications and stores it in the built-in data warehouse for reporting. Reports reflect the state of the data when it was loaded into the data warehouse; the frequency can be as low as 10 minutes.
Document-style reports and reports about versioned artifacts do not use data warehouse data. Document-style reports query data directly from the application data source. If you enable configuration management, the Requirements Management and Quality Management applications no longer send feeds to the data warehouse; they now use Lifecycle Query Engine. You can also use IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager to visualize relationships in your engineering data.

Part of the Jazz community

The CLM and CE products are developed transparently on the open and extensible Jazz platform. On Jazz.net, you can download the products and their milestones, track development schedules, join discussion forums, open enhancement requests, and interact with the product developers. To learn more about the products, see the developer-written articles in the Jazz.net library or the topics about complex deployment scenarios on the Deployment wiki.