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Carrie Strickland
Real User
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Gireesh Subramonian
Vendor
Assistant Manager Business Analyst at Ernst & Young
Jan 16 2019

What is most valuable?

In the case of a big epic, we are able to create it. Then, based on backlog creation, we will be able to create the user stories under that particular feature. Also, defects can be traced in the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The team I am working with was never into Agile before. We have a daily scrum-call and before that, we have to define all the tasks that we are going to work on for a number of sprints. For example… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution could be more user-friendly. For example, attachments could be icon-based to make it easier for the user to notice them. Overall, it would be nice, from the user-interface point of view… more»

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

This is our first such solution.

What other advice do I have?

For us, the process of implementing it starts with getting in touch with one of our internal teams and giving a business case for why we are going to use this tool and what the users' rights will be… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are other tools in the market and our organization was using something, but I don't remember the name of the tool.
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Lana Rousakovski
Consultant
Senior Leader in Software Testing and Process Improvement at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to create models/diagrams at multiple levels (nest/embed them) helps in taking models from high-level business requirements and building them into detailed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using the test modeling approach helped * get early alignment on requirements * prevent design and implementation defects in earlier development phases if models were used… more»

What needs improvement?

Aligning models so they look clear and readable without having to move boxes around. Saving different subsets of test cases, use cases, etc., of a given diagram, for… more»

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

Recommendation is to go with concurrent licenses as oppose to seat license; this gives more flexibility.

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

We used another test modeling solution. ARD has better integration with automated test scripting and with test data management. We also switched to it because we were… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is important to ensure that people first understand modeling concepts and the organization's defined modeling best practices before jumping into tool implementation. It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ADPART from Cognizant and Eggplant AI, part of Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence suite from TestPlant.
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Real User
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Ray Oliver
Real User
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Shubham Jain
Consultant
Test Engineer Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 30 2019

What is most valuable?

CA ARD has some beautiful features which I haven't found anywhere else. For example, when designing or creating our test cases and doing scenarios, we are able to restrict our flows. If we take a data link between two processes, we can actually restrict it, so that in production, if our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to provide RTMs to the technical team or the testing team, but now, CA ARD is an extra helping hand. We can provide the exact scope of testing or development to the technical team. That enhances things at the organizational level.

What needs improvement?

We are using many tools in our projects, like Tosca, but CA ARD is a very closed tool. It doesn't provide integration with Tosca. The possibility of creating a test case and exporting it into Tosca is not available. Integration with end-to-end automation tools, like Worksoft or Tosca, is not… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have to become more familiar with the automation part of CA ARD, and then maybe I'll come to the point of saying that it is a good tool which enables you to take your automation, the testing and development, from deployment and designing of your test case, to pushing them into your testing module… 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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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What is CA 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.
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