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Real User
Front Line Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 05 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the optimization, because it gives me an idea of the minimum number of test cases. It also gives me an idea of coverage. The integrations with other tools is very important for our continuous testing process.

How has it helped my organization?

We are trying to establish a process. As of now, we have not come to a point where we are only using ARD with other tools. We are trying to find better ways of how to use it. We have just done a type of PoC, where we have some model and… more »

What needs improvement?

I was looking into some pre-release testing on the integrations with CA Application Test, and when I exposed the test directly to App Test, I found that the tests which we directly exposed have one set of data that we can directly expose… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have not previously used a test case design tool. The company was just using ALM for our test management: creating manual test cases, designing and planning, requirements, and traceability.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise to use this product, because it is a good way to create models and establish model-based process testing. The optimization technique with integrations is seamless, and a very good tool. It gives us an idea of creating the… more »
Thiyagu Shanmugasundaram
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 27 2018

What is most valuable?

* Business flow creation * Test case optimization and generation * Risk-based testing * Automation test script creation * Test Data Manager integration The product reduces the efforts required in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It reduced the effort required for test case creation, test case review, automation script generation, and maintenance of test cases and automation scripts. We were able to reduce our QA team size by… more »

What needs improvement?

ARD is constantly improving, and CA is always working on adding new features. Integration with Agile management tools can be improved, i.e., mainly test case maintenance and linking test cases to the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We sought out this solution because we needed to automate our regression test cases. Application SMEs without automation scripting experience were our main challenge. When we got introduced to ARD, we… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to implement model-based testing, reduce the effort required for documenting the requirements, test case creation, automation script generation, maintenance of test cases, and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other solutions.
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Vendor
Automation Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jan 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The modeling, without question. The modeling is a game-changer.

How has it helped my organization?

I think it helps the communication between the testing organization and the requirements group. It helps us to simplify the work. Instead of dealing with individual test cases, you're working with a model. And a lot of people - and I agree… more »

What needs improvement?

I think it's already coming, but more automation aspects involved with it. There is a tab for Automation, but I think it's not robust. I think that it's going to be a crucial element of the tool.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We're using BPT from HPE ALM. It was not from me, the direction, but I think my leadership saw the opportunity of shifting to the model-based testing, and to have a more connected way to work the requirements. So that was the driving force… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say it's an eight out of 10. It's a great solution for its purpose, but I think there are going to be more things which need to be added to it to make it a full-scale solution for the problem that we're dealing with. So, I give it… more »
Vendor
QA Group Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Now, we get automated test cases, where before we did not. It cuts out the construction time of testing, about 75%, is what we found. * It is a store that we keep all of our requirements in where… more »

What needs improvement?

The only thing CA does not have today is a testing engine. So they have got the requirements piece, SDLC lifecycle with Rally (or whatever it is called now), but they do not have an engine to house… more »

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

The cost of the tool was well worth the benefit that we saw on the back-end. We were able to scale down some resources to basically self-fund our ability to purchase the tool. It was a no brainer.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was involved in the initial acquisition so I came to CA World two years ago and found the product and brought it back and then we piloted and then we rolled it out to the larger team.

What other advice do I have?

Start small. If you want to pilot the solution, because everybody starts with a pilot, pick something that is low complexity and low change, that way you can learn the tool and understand the full… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We, myself and someone who works for me, researched a lot of companies and a lot of software. This was the Taj Mahal of this particular ability to do model diagramming and automate test cases. We… more »
Vendor
Senior IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the automatic creation of the test cases, based on the models. And the impact analyzer that shows you where your change is impacting your test cases, and the ability to export that to our TFS Instance.

How has it helped my organization?

There are three major benefits. The first one is there is a time savings. It's much faster to create the model than it is to generate test cases. It's much faster to update the test cases in the model than it is to update them manually. The… more »

What needs improvement?

We're actually participating with CA to provide some enhancement requests on new features we'd like to see. I can't think of any specific ones off the top of my head, but I know they are evaluating, and they have already provided us… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My CA representative and I were talking about a problem I was having and he described to me how this tool could help with it. This was a problem that we were having independent of CA products. It was a problem that we were having in our… more »

What other advice do I have?

When looking for a vendor, there are a few key things. * The features of the tool - do we already have something that exists that has that capability today? * Cost, obviously - what's the cost? Those are the main areas. I rate it a nine out… more »
Vendor
Chief Of Architecture & Industrialisation (Agile/Devops Prg Leader) at BNP Paribas
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Modeling how the application works, and then getting every use case we can test. Designing the right tests, what are the most critical tests we must do.

What needs improvement?

We are waiting for new features that we know that CA is working on. For example, to be able to deliver scripts directly from ARD, and then provide automatic testing. After that, with other tools we have, we could have a complete chain to test our application, beginning with ARD and then to Micro Focus UFT, for example. And without manual design. There are another two issues, I don't remember them… more »

What other advice do I have?

Start using it now.
Vendor
Director Of QA with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* The co-monitorial modeling. It lets us reduce the amount of scripts that we need to execute to get complete coverage. That is really important to us. * Traceability from requirements through test… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has been pretty dramatic. We have rolled it out across many of our digital teams. In the first year, we saw about a 70% reduction in our script creation time. So, we went from five days per sprint… more »

What needs improvement?

* A better alignment to compliance-related requirements and being able to get visibility into those. It is really important for our industry. * Test data: There is Test Data On-Demand and there is the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are a large legacy company with a lot of legacy software. Converting to DevOps and agile, obviously, we had to get faster to the market. Our mind was already wrapped around how we enable teams… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: The tool capability is important, but we also assess the risk of the company. For example: * How stable are they? * Are they enterprise-wide? * Do they… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is the open source community, then there is the traditional HPE product suite that we are already using. However, there were not a lot of products that did model-based solutions like this… more »
Vendor
Software Analyst Principal – Activation System Dev at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Aug 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to provide developers information on how to design the request.

How has it helped my organization?

By using ARD it allowed junior developers to write code because they had all of the requirements in the business flow.

What needs improvement?

It could be quicker to use. Because we do so many things with it, sometimes it takes a long time to create a flow.

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

If you can speed up productivity the price is good. If not, it is pricey.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It was just user stories in an agile environment. Not very good.

What other advice do I have?

Take a piece at a time. It can do a lot.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Just manual processes, like Visio. Not a good solution when compared to ARD.
Vendor
Quality Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

* Model building: Creating business process flows * Test case generation: Manual or automated * Automation script creation and management Test data management is coming at… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We deliver test cases ten times faster and automate in hours vs. days or weeks. We went from 90+ days behind in new automation to full, in-sprint automation with little to… more »

What needs improvement?

Adding more connectivity to outside applications and the amount of detail we can export to systems of record could be improved. Otherwise, this is a very solid tool with… more »

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

If you have a large group, don’t mess with nickel and diming the licensing. Just do your PoC. Then get the Enterprise agreement if you have the user base and roll it out… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We utilized HP UFT”. “We changed toll sets when we changed to a model based testing strategy”. In addition we moved away from HP UFT in favor of a Selenium, Java, TestNG… more »

What other advice do I have?

Kick it off with users who are excited and interested in making the change. Users who are not on-board with the transition will have a difficult time in making the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other products. All of them had some good points and value. I chose CA Agile Requirements Designer because it would help us reach our goals and solve the… more »
Vendor
Test Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 09 2017

What is most valuable?

It removes ambiguity in requirements, meaning that there are fewer demands for clarifications afterwards. We are using it to improve communication between business, tests and development. For testing… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The best example of improvement would be better communications available for my project.

What needs improvement?

When you have long flows or models, the display can be problematic, as it necessitates zooming in on the GUI and you lose the full display. As your model grows in size, it becomes increasingly… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn't previously use another solution.

What other advice do I have?

You should have a detailed discussion with the vendor as to what your actual requirements are. Also, concerning test data management integrations, there are quite a few valuable features which require… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have Test Data Manager but didn't evaluate other solutions.
Vendor
Product Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2017

What is most valuable?

This tool improves our speed and automates our processes.

How has it helped my organization?

We can deliver software better and faster.

What needs improvement?

Most of our requests have been met, but I would like to see connection with RSS or maybe with Confluence.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previous to this solution, we just used manual processes.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest buying this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at HPE and we looked at homemade products. None came near to this solution. In this case, we didn't have any other alternatives. There was no other vendor which had these solutions, so… more »
Vendor
Software Quality Assurance at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

One of the best features is that you can actually develop some of the business designs in the application and transfer that into scenarios if you don't go out of the detail level. And you can see the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I believe the best thing is that you can automatically generate your test cases.

What needs improvement?

Because of the way it is designed, all the boxes are displayed no matter how many there are. So, the more boxes you create the smaller and smaller they are displayed and you cannot even read it. So… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Well right now we use multiple systems. For example, if you want to build your business diagram, you have to use Visio. You can’t export the diagram into a format useable by Agile Requirements… more »

What other advice do I have?

Because of the amount of time that you have to invest to maintain it and because its not simple, not user friendly, I would rate CA Agile Requirements Designer a 5/10.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We just saw another product called Blueprint that is very similar to this. It was very user friendly and it has a lot of capabilities for where we're heading, which is agile. It’s very user friendly… more »
Real User
Lead QA Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the ease for creating test cases and the automation of the test cases from the user workflows. It will enhance and make the automation part for the testers a lot easier.

How has it helped my organization?

It should allow the teams to create automated test cases a lot faster. They can do their testing within a two week sprint and then get the products released into production a lot sooner.

What needs improvement?

Since we're just beginning to use this application requirements tool, I'm not sure what exactly is missing in it. The biggest thing for us is the effort required to create the workflows. There's a lot of initial work that goes in and if we… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We decided to use this solution to bring in automation and a tool to help the testers.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you have the right staff with at least some skill sets, if you are looking to purchase a similar solution. We had already done several POCs in different parts of the organization. Since they were using this tool and we needed… more »
Vendor
Senior Manager Test Engineering with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 01 2016

What is most valuable?

There are tons of really valuable features. First of all, it's a model-based testing tool and the market of model-based testing is pretty narrow, and there are few offerings. I did extensive research… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have a number of challenges and one of the methods we use to solve these is model-based testing. That's what we're researching right now. We're doing a proof of concept with Agile Requirements… more »

What needs improvement?

I don't know what improvements to make since we are not yet using this in production. We are still in the preliminary stages of testing. I plan to do more research on it. They're already doing the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We hadn't used model-based testing tools before.

What other advice do I have?

I think that this product is going to be very good, because of the team who develops it. They are trying to identify the important features the market wants and to implement them. They are also… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn’t evaluate any other alternatives for model-based testing.

What is Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer?

CA Agile Requirements Designer is an end-to-end requirements gathering, test automation and test case design tool which drastically reduces manual testing effort and enables organizations to deliver quality software to market earlier and at less cost. The optimal set of manual or automated tests can be derived automatically from requirements modeled as unambiguous flowcharts and are linked to the right data and expected results. These tests are updated automatically when the requirements change, allowing organizations to deliver quality software which reflects changing user needs.
Also known as
Grid Tools Agile Designer, CA ARD, CA Agile Requirements Designer
Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer customers

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