Micro Focus ALM Review

It allows multiple project stakeholders to deliver simultaneously without disparate information sources, though its integration to automation should be leaner.


Valuable Features:

There are several features of ALM I found to be extremely valuable.

This question should actually be divided up. Several companies receive a different value add from different components of ALM. Some use it only for managing tests and defects and leave out requirements.

But just for sake of overall added value to me, the Test Planning and Lab portions are extremely valuable especially pertaining to a BPT license. Creating your core BPT components and mapping corner and edge test cases from that makes it easy to create regression test beds as well as facilitate Agile development. Also, if you are talking automation, the BPT component is critical in helping with the BPT test driven framework. Of course, the Defect module along with the Test Runners are key for execution and defect reporting. I love the ability to customize different attributes to defects in order to facilitate a specific release type.

Improvements to My Organization:

ALM has driven some of the projects in my past organizations.

  • It has established a sense of accountability with its traceability mechanisms that are unparalleled from a single system.
  • It has allowed multiple stakeholders of a project to deliver fast, all simultaneously in an ALM system without having disparate sources of information.
  • The automation has been a pride and joy as far as mapping requirements to BPT cases to automation.

Room for Improvement:

  • License costs are still staggeringly high.
  • Implementation is a bit tedious as far as backend installation and configuration. Perhaps with 12.x it has become easier but there need to be more troubleshooting "tools" in order to do upgrades and better insightful dialog/windows/prompts for new installs. If I compare the feature set of the Requirements module to COTS tools such as Jama, it has room to improve in many areas.
  • Also, with tools this large, the integration to automation can be bloated. There need to be a long term, sustainable solution to run much leaner.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
2 Comments
Caroline GitongaConsultant

Totally agree with the license costs. HP had a Site, Area and Global license depending on geographical location of offices and usage of ALM. They now only have the global license which means you have to pay double the cost of what we were used to. Not competitive anymore.

25 September 15
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesReal UserTOP 10

I agree with you on license costs.

18 November 15
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