Micro Focus ALM Review

Gives us flexibility in adding and defining structures, attributes, and attribute values. I would like to see a better user experience.


What is most valuable?

The solution gives us flexibility in adding and defining structures, attributes, and attribute values, in order to enable object oriented organization of items and customization of views and activities.

How has it helped my organization?

Atomic control levels consolidate smoothly into higher level status, version control, transparency and notification by e-mailing have helped to enable remote collaboration and quality

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a better user experience, especially the reporting, the seamless integration of graphical editors and views (not just rich text editor but embedded wire frames and other images and animations; browsing navigation through lists

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this solution for 8 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were stability issues years ago with older versions, but no longer.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In the past, there were scalability issues when the licensing model was preventing a larger variety of separate individuals who work with the system.

How is customer service and technical support?

I cannot comment as we use internal support.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used the more generic spreadsheets, Lotus Notes databases – lacking the degree of flexibility that HP-ALM offers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex as the application is very rich and not all aspects are used in all cases – the tailoring is important but requires some insight into how the system can be configured

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options. For the aspect of requirements management: Contour Jama Software with a better User Experience and a dedicated requirements review center applying some more modern web interface aspect. Due to difficulties in establishing the business case at the time, this option was dismissed.

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