Team Server: Data sharing tool
Share and access data across teams via the network
In the last M1 Newsletter, we discussed a lot about using metadata to document your tests and using the Result Matrix Viewer to organize data into displays helping you make decisions. This works well for individual users who can easily lay hands on their data, but what if you need to find data from an old, half-forgotten project, or you need data from others in your team?
No database required
With the BK Connect® 2019.0 release we are introducing a new concept for sharing data. Team Server Type 8400-T-FY is a data sharing tool that allows teams to share data via the network – no database is required. Data files are stored in a network file repository (Team Folder) set up by a system administrator.
Data is shared as files from the BK Connect Project Browser to the Team Folder, either the original time data, or the process results, or both. Each user decides what to share with other engineers, test managers or test requesters. Once data has been shared to the Team Folder, it is indexed automatically. The system reads the files, extracts relevant user-defined metadata and application-related data attributes and turns them into searchable results. It works for all file types importable into BK Connect, but works best with the .bkc file, which has more attributes available for indexing.
Collaboration and problem solving
The Team Server is designed to work with the same user access rights that already exist in your organization, for example, when sharing files via Windows® Explorer on a shared drive. Whoever has read/write access to the Team Folder can search for data within BK Connect based on any data attribute, most importantly user-defined metadata. Once the data is found it can be imported into the local project for further processing, data comparison or reporting. This opens the door to new ways of collaborating and solving problems more efficiently than before.
Above all, Team Server gives new life to old data. Who does not recall being asked for data they took in a past project, perhaps years ago, perhaps only last month? You have a rough idea where to find it, but how much effort will it take? How much time can you afford to spend before you give up, fearing it could take hours of browsing through old folders and projects, and wondering whether the data you eventually find will answer the question at all?
Team Server makes legacy data instantly searchable, however old it is. Terabytes of old project data come back to life. It’s so quick to find data that it opens new possibilities for experimenting with different potential uses, satisfying curiosity instead of being left wondering or, still worse, being forced to go out and take new data.
To make things easy, Team Server is accessed via a floating licence server installed on the Team Server itself, so no local licence is required. When used with the free BK Connect Data Viewer licence, you have true team collaboration across all members of the team.