ALM Octane Pricing and License Cost

Process Owner E/E Test Management at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
I am not part of the cost negotiations. But the purchasing guys confirmed that Mirco Focus offered the best pricing to us. View full review »
Steven Tompsett
CDA Engineer at Hastings
For what it does, it's very reasonably priced. I like the licensing model as well, because it's very flexible. You can scale licenses up and down for short periods of time. In terms of pricing, it's comparable to what we had previously. It's not priced at the higher end of the scale by any means. It's priced nicely, in the middle of the market. For what you're getting, it's a very good tool. View full review »
Timothy Leach
Senior Software Engineer with 10,001+ employees
It's pretty pricey, one of the most expensive ones on the market. The value depends on if you use all the features that it has. It comes with a lot of features. The difference between the license structure of ALM and Octane versus JIRA, is that you get everything with ALM and Octane. All the plug-ins that come with them pretty much come with the product. You may have some one-offs that you have to buy outside the product but it pretty much all comes with the product. For JIRA, you buy the pieces one piece at a time. If you only use three of the pieces, you only have to pay for three of the pieces. If I used all the features of the tool then the price of the tool would probably be fair. I've been doing this for 45 years and I don't think there's a tool on the market that anybody uses fully. The good thing with ALM and Octane is you get all the features and you don't have to add anything else. If you want to see what the others are, you have them to use. With JIRA, you need those three things and you buy those three things and, most of the time you don't go looking to see if you can use something else. Maybe two of those things could help you immensely with something else, but typically you don't go looking for them because they may cost more money and you may not have it. Everything in the tool is good, but then it's expensive. The mindset, now, is go Agile. And go Agile means go cheap, at least in the executives' minds. But, in reality it's not. You're fighting the "JIRA monster" because all the new developers in schools today use JIRA. When they come out on the marketplace they know JIRA and they like to use it. They don't know Octane because it's a new tool and it's still in its beginning, growing pains. You really have to have a perfect scenario that convinces them to leave what they know to go to what they don't know. I fought tooth and nail to get people to start using Octane here because we had a license, meaning it didn't cost anything more than we were already paying. I couldn't get anybody to come see it. I couldn't get anybody to use it. What I started doing was selling it to new people, people who hadn't been involved with JIRA before. They took it and they like it, except for the one team that left because they didn't like it. View full review »
Programme Test Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's expensive. HPE products, and now Micro Focus, have always been expensive. The license is not cheap, and it will always be a challenge, particularly for small organizations like ours. View full review »
Senior Expert IT Test Service Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It will be as expensive as ALM.NET, if not more expensive. But here's a good tip: If you have ALM.NET, you are able to share your licenses from ALM.NET to Octane. You just have to define a dedicated number of licenses on ALM.NET and then you can share them with ALM Octane, with some configuration effort. This is something that you have to take into account, that there is a possibility of such license sharing that could decrease your costs. Compared to open-source tools, the price the ALM Octane is definitely higher, in terms of the licensing cost. View full review »
Gerd Fladrich
Test Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't deal with licensing and pricing, but it's worth the money, from my point of view, because it's very good. But that's all I can say about that. View full review »
Test Community Manager at Orange
Pricing is the weakest point. It is expensive, but the tool has plenty of features. The main problem we have is that the pricing is very high compared to some other solutions. View full review »
Mike Smithson
ALM platform architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
I highly recommend the flex licensing model. With flex, we can ramp up or down to accommodate demand changes for roll-outs or PoCs, etc., as needed. It is especially useful for our performance and load testing areas. View full review »

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