Micro Focus ALM Review

It facilitates integration with automation tools and provides a centralized location for the testing life-cycle, giving traceability and visibility to all members and stakeholders of projects.


Valuable Features

  • Test Plan
  • Test Lab
  • Defects
  • Requirements
  • Dashboard - Reports

Improvements to My Organization

  • Improved the work quality
  • Centralized location for the testing life-cycle
  • Traceability and visibility to all the members and stakeholders of projects
  • Standardization of test cases
  • Test case execution and validation
  • Ease of integration with automation tools like QTP, LoadRunner, SOATest etc.

Room for Improvement

The performance of this product is really poor, and there is no dashboard (reports) for the groups or users on the home page. Also, instead of one database, there are separate ones for each project.

Use of Solution

I've used it for three years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

If you add any custom workflow (scripting), then in the long run there will be a deviation in application performance.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's excellent.

Technical Support:

It's excellent, but they don't support scripting unless it's in your PO.

Previous Solutions

We used JIRA. Its is also a good tool for defect tracking, but due to the lack of test and requirements management in JIRA, we have moved to ALM.

Initial Setup

Straightforward. I've gone through the installation admin, and followed the same steps and it was fine.

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It's a bit costlier when compared to other tools on the market, and you have to haggle with HP for this product.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked at TFS.

Other Advice

Its a good tool for a perfect software development company where release/project roll outs happen on a planned basis. It's not a supportive tool for an agile environment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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