Overview

Caliber is a powerful, state-of-the-art requirements management system that enables project teams to deliver higher quality applications that meet end-user specifications. It helps applications to meet end-user needs by allowing all project stakeholders — marketing teams, analysts, developers, testers, and managers — to collaborate and communicate the voice of the customer throughout the software delivery lifecycle.

It enables teams to fully define, manage and communicate changing requirements. Changes to requirement data are recorded and stored in the database, providing reliable and up-to-date information for effective requirements-based application development and testing. Caliber is comprised of the components listed below.

Caliber is comprised of the components listed below.

Component Description
Caliber Author Requirements Management System
Caliber Administrator Controls administrative functions for projects
Document Factory Generates customized documents from user-defined templates
Caliber Review Provides the ability to view status of requirements, traces, and delivery status from internet browser or mobile devices.
StarTeam Toolbar Allows you to launch components from the system tray
Import Utility Imports a project from a file previously created by the Export utility
Export Utility Exports a project into an ASCII file, which can then be imported to another application
Diagnostic Tool Provides current status information on server connectivity to aid in troubleshooting, as well as an automated system for reporting problems to Support
Help Help files for the application

The Caliber Administrator is the component that maintains administrative information, such as users and groups. Caliber Author is the requirements-management component that administers projects, manages requirements, and runs custom utilities. Additionally, several integrated third-party products collectively provide a complete solution to application lifecycle management, from developing requirements to testing the application.

Key Caliber Features

Some key features are:

  • Centralized Repository — Caliber provides a central, secure repository for project requirements.
  • Adaptable to fit your processed— Caliber is designed to bring speed and agility to the software requirements process.
  • Requirements traceability across the lifecycle — Caliber has an open architecture that permits software requirements to be linked to a variety of artifacts across the lifecycle.
  • Impact analysis throughout the application lifecycle — Multiple methods of traceability visualization help users immediately understand the scope of analysis required to gauge the effect of a requirements change.
  • Online Glossaries to standardize and define terminology — Glossaries are useful to define industry terms, project references, corporate language, etc., to help ensure that team members look at requirements the same way.

Caliber Interfaces

Caliber comes with several interfaces to meet the needs of the respective audiences it serves.

For all end users

These interfaces are available to all end users with appropriate licenses:

  • Caliber Author: primary client to author, prioritize, organize and manage requirements. This client requires a Caliber license and includes: Document Factory, a report generator to output requirements report to MS Word; and the StarTeam Toolbar, a shared utility that allows users to use their login credentials across StarTeam servers and Caliber servers
  • Borland Search: Provides a way to search for information across StarTeam and Caliber servers

For Developers

These interfaces assist developers:

  • Caliber Eclipse client: Caliber Author embedded in Eclipse IDE to create and view requirements. Requires a Caliber license.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio client: Caliber Author embedded in Microsoft Visual Studio to view and create requirements. Requires a Caliber license.

For Caliber Administrators and Project Administrators

These interfaces are for Caliber administrators and project administrators:

  • Caliber Administrator: Primary client for the Caliber Administrators to administer users, licenses and project creation.
  • Datamart: Administrative utility to extract requirements into a relational database for reporting across multiple Caliber projects. This utility is used in conjunction with reporting tools such as Crystal Reports and Business Objects. For more information about Datamart, please see the “Using Datamart” user guide installed with the product in \Program Files\Borland\Caliber\Documentation.
  • LDAP QuickStart Manager: Administrative utility to import users defined in an LDAP server. For more information, please see the “LDAP QuickStart Manager user guide installed with the product in \Program Files\Borland\LDAP Quick Start\PDF.
  • Import/Export: Administrative utilities to import and export project structure and data from one server to another.
  • Diagnostic Tool: Troubleshooting utility to assess the connection between the clients and the Caliber server.
  • Requirements Publisher to StarTeam: Enables you to export Caliber requirements to StarTeam.
  • Requirements Publisher to HP Quality Center: Enables you to export Caliber requirements to Quality Center. For more information, please see the “Integrating with HP Quality Center” user guide installed with the product in \Program Files\Borland\Caliber\Documentation.