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Real User
Process Owner E/E Test Management at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2019

What is most valuable?

It's the tool with the best UI and lots of options. I could continue for hours.

How has it helped my organization?

The most important thing is that we have, 8,000 users, more or less, and if you could save each user who's working with… more»

What needs improvement?

We are the lucky guys as we have a type of "design partnership" with Micro Focus so I do have a call once a week with R&D… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not part of the cost negotiations. But the purchasing guys confirmed that Mirco Focus offered the best pricing to us.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are on ALM.NET version 12.53. All of the cars that are in development in our company and which are due to be launched… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a quick scan of tools in the market and dig into your needs. Especially for a project with a lot of users with… more»
Jennifer Plourde
Real User
Enabling Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Very generally, the feedback that we've received is that people really like the user interface overall. It's intuitive to use, it's easy to learn… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For our use case, it's brought our entire team into a single tool. We're all looking at the same real-time data. Our project management office has… more»

What needs improvement?

I work pretty closely with Micro Focus, particularly on ALM Octane. Right now we have a backlog of some 60 or 70 enhancement requests, varying in… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have ALM implemented and we're still using AGM. We are making the switch to Octane because we implemented AGM with integration to ALM so that we… more»

What other advice do I have?

The way that we approach it is that we don't rush into a decision and say, "This is the tool that we have to use." One thing that's nice is that… more»
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Steven Tompsett
Real User
CDA Engineer at Hastings
Feb 12 2019

What is most valuable?

* Octane is built on the SAFe framework, which is the agile methodology that we are currently following. * The capability… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Octane has definitely improved the capability that we have for visibility within our tool set. The ability to report and… more»

What needs improvement?

The reporting side of ALM Octane could do with a few areas of improvement. There is not enough flexibility in the way that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For what it does, it's very reasonably priced. I like the licensing model as well, because it's very flexible. You can… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Enterprise Tester and Rally (CA Agile) for change management. We switched from Rally to ALM Octane because… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a tool which will complement a CI or DevOps process, where you want to have a single point of… more»
Timothy Leach
Real User
Senior Software Engineer with 10,001+ employees
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the predictive analytics, being able to trace everything, and having all the tools for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the things we're working towards is DevOps. With an Octane project, we have our automation, our requirements, our… more»

What needs improvement?

The problem with Octane is that if I'm in ALM and I need to go into this Agile process, and I have been using Micro Focus… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The way we brought it in is that we have a Flex agreement with Micro Focus for a large list of products. Because we had… more»

What other advice do I have?

Octane is really good about synchronizing data. Synchronizer is a really good tool to get people who are into any other… more»
Real User
Programme Test Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The whole thing is geared towards Agile deliveries. It certainly has a good GUI, it's good to look at. The features provide good impact. It lends… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The integration points are very good. Octane gives us a window not only into our manual testing, but also our automation testing and our… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were working with Micro Focus on our cloud transformation program. We included them and a lot of vendors, but we had identified the Micro Focus… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product. You need to consider the cost of it. We didn't do too much comparison against other tools, but I always felt that this product… more»
Reviewer312098
Real User
Senior Expert IT Test Service Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 14 2018

What is most valuable?

It's hard to say which features are the most valuable because all the features are really fantastic. What distinguishes… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Throughout the evaluation, we've sensed that we have better collaboration among these three roles, the business, the… more»

What needs improvement?

First, the Requirements Module could be better, to build up a better requirements process. There's a huge improvement from… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I wasn't really looking proactively for a new solution at that time, two or three years ago. We were aware of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

As I said, it's best to involve all the stakeholders, for faster implementation, because it's new software and they need… more»
Gerd Fladrich
Real User
Test Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Octane, in comparison to ALM, is the whole Agile approach, that we can run it with the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We started from scratch because we didn't have any BDD approach. We used a more old-fashioned method of development, more… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a lot of room to implement new things. I would like to have more possibilities for doing test automation directly… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We figured out that with our BDD approach, and what we planned with more modern technologies, and our shift-left approach… more»

What other advice do I have?

Think about your processes and the methods you're using for development and quality management and see if the tool fits… more»
Venu Cherukuri
Real User
Lead Solution Architect at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
Nov 07 2018

What is most valuable?

We did an extensive market scan and evaluation before settling on Octane, even though we've been an HPE customer and Micro Focus customer for many… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Coming from an HPE Quality Center/HPE ALM background, in the company, I think Micro Focus has done a great job in redesigning the overall user… more»

What needs improvement?

To the credit of Micro Focus, we are very actively working with their product management team and the R&D team as well. When we looked at this… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using HPE Quality Center, which was sort of a predecessor. We are currently moving out of Quality Center and completely standardizing on… more»

What other advice do I have?

A lot of people, when they pick up this tool, are focused on one specific aspect of it, like Agile planning. They're doing backlog management… more»
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What is ALM Octane?

In support of the bimodal nature of many customers today, Micro Focus has expanded the ALM experience by introducing ALM Octane, as a separate platform that is tuned and designed for high-velocity, Lean and Agile teams. ALM Octane is an included part of the ALM product, and integrates with both Micro Focus Agile Manager and the traditional Micro Focus ALM.NET platform to allow teams to easily share assets and report across projects.
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