JIRA vs. Micro Focus ALM

As of June 2019, JIRA is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 29 reviews vs Micro Focus ALM which is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 38 reviews. The top reviewer of JIRA writes "Helps us work in Agile and Scrum formats across multiple locations and time zones". The top reviewer of Micro Focus ALM writes "Provides QA management and project management - testing, defect management, and reporting". JIRA is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TFS and AgileCraft. Micro Focus ALM is most compared with JIRA, ALM Octane and TFS. See our JIRA vs. Micro Focus ALM report.
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The most valuable feature is the full integration between Work management, Source code management, and Test Automation.The features that we find most valuable are the Workflow, Scrum workflow, and Dashboards.The most valuable feature is the flexibility of the configuration, being able to configure it to suit your own needs.This tool can be used anywhere and on any device.It has an easy UI that can easily plug-in to every level.Some of the features that are most important to me of JIRA Agile are the sprint planning, being able to write user stories and being able to use task management.Reporting: It gives a nice report of my backlog and what my team has currently spent its efforts on.It benefits us because we have globally located teams. Our team members work in different geographies, so the product is a better way to manage progress and see the status of different tasks

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From reporting to team management, everything is better now.The AI and functionality interface are useful.It has a good response time.It improved productivity and increased levels of internal data security.The ability to integrate this solution with other applications is helpful. If there is automation, it comes with improved quality and speed.This solution is open and very easy to integrate. The interface is good too.It provides visibility on release status and readiness.It allows us to easily make linkage and dependencies, with plenty of integrations.

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The hierarchy for Jira tickets is too flat.It would be very useful to have drag and drop time tracking.The plugin management needs a lot of work.The user interface and views on different devices should be improved.The CACD solutions on JIRA has some plugins, but they are not easily understandable or workable.I have had problems with performance and unresponsiveness. All of a sudden, the performance slowed down, and I had a number of users that could not use the tool.JIRA still has their own backtracking tools. It should have a better visibility into HPE UFT. Most people use functional testing tools, like QTP. They need to improve their integration to make it seamless.There is a difficulty viewing all the attachments because they are shown in one place. I would like attachments to be shown at the comment level.

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ALM uses a waterfall approach. We have some hybrid approaches in the company and need a more agile approach.Certain features are lousy. Those features can drag the whole server down. There are times that the complex SQL queries are not easy to do within this solution.They should focus on giving greater value to the IoT and social networks.There needs to be improvement in the requirement samples. At the moment, they are very basic.It needs Pure-FTPd WebUI and single sign-on.The QA needs improvement.HPE ALM’s out-of-the-box reporting can be perceived as rigid and limited, to an extent.I'd like to see the concept of teams put into it.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Licensing is on a monthly basis, and it is based on what you use.We feel that the product is a good value for the cost.I understand JIRA is quite expensive.It does not cost that much.Almost everybody uses JIRA nowadays because it is the most cost-effective solution.

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We have divided our licenses between Micro Focus ALM and ALM Octane. It works for us.It allows us to keep our costs low. I do not want to pay beyond a certain point for this solution.Seat and concurrent licensing models exist; the latter is recommended if a large number of different users will be utilizing the product.

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Bharath VenkateshReal User

Hi Krunal,

Yes, you can integrate HP ALM/Quality Center with Atlassian JIRA bidirectionally.

30 June 15
Brett TaylorReseller

Hi Paul,

Trying ConnectALL is easy. No legal forms to sign, etc. Just fill out our evaluation request form at http://www.go2group.com/contact-us/

Make sure that you select ‘ConnectALL ALM Integration Platform(On premise, behind the firewall) ‘

Make sure to use a real corporate email address, and that is it.

You will be introduced to our demonstration team, support team, get your evaluation licenses, etc.

Some useful links:

30 June 15
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder with 51-200 employeesReal User

Building the integration isn't the hardest part, we've built a few
integrations from JIRA to other ALM tools and to build the bi-directional
integration can take 2-4 weeks.

However, the most challenging part is standardizing JIRA to make it
consistent, so that when you roll up or integrate your data that the data
actually makes sense. That is fundamentally the biggest challenge with
JIRA, not integrating the two systems, but making sure that the data fields
are mapped correctly can be very difficult if different projects are using
different fields/custom fields and those have different values.

29 June 15
Principal Consultant with 51-200 employeesConsultant

I am using Go2Group's ConnectAll product. It allows us to integrate defects between HP ALM & JIRA. It is running on Apache Web server & Mule Application Server. You can create an application to map between JIRA & ALM Projects ( 1:N or N:1 or 1:1 ). The UI is user friendly and it has tons of options..


01 June 17
Rob SmitReal User

Synchronizing data between JIRA and ALM is one thing. I think TaskTop and ConnectALL and all other tools can do the trick. In the coming weeks we will do some PoC's to prove the sync. I am worried about something else though: to use the data in ALM, we need relations (like test coverage, requirement traceability, linked entities defects). I think that after every synchronization, these relations have to be added manually. This will be unacceptable for the users, I'm afraid. Does anyone have experiences to share with us?

So I am not worried the existing links will disappear, I am worried that the NEW requirements, defects et cetera won't have any links. That means a lot of manual effort after every sync...

Rob Smit
CI/CD coach

24 January 17
Co Founder at a comms service providerReal User


I used Tasktop Sync to integrate ALM and Jira for both requirements and defects. Functionally it gave us exactly what we needed (and we had fairly complex needs) but then (2014) the pricing was a nightmare. They took a fee per user which for us was not viable as we had a high number of users creating few incidents. For example a user may create an incident in Jira (req in ALM) per day or every other year but you pay for each user anyway. As we had 5000+ Jira users and high churn of users (many consultants) the pricing got out of control (cheaper but not as good to enter data twice). There were solutions such as being able to re-use named licenses every 3 months but it would have been complicated to administer. There was also a concurrent license but that could only be used once every 4 hours which was therefore a terrible solution. Tasktop were very good to work with though and sincerley tried to create a solution that met our needs and was reasonably priced. I have also used ALM Sync but have heard of many limitation with this.

I am now at another company and will evaluate ConnectALL and Bridge as we simply must have flat pricing. From looking at videos all these products look very similar in how they approach the same need.

18 January 17
Bharath VenkateshReal User

ConnectALL pricing is very simple and straight forward. You pay for the licenses based on the application instances you're using to integrate. It may be hard for you to find out the Tasktop sync pricing. For ConnectALL, refer to: https://www.go2group.com/connectall/pricing/

Refer to what Gartner has to say about ConnectALL here: https://expert.go2group.com/gartner-cool-vendor

04 January 17
Bharath VenkateshReal User

Hi Zabrina, ConnectALL ALM Router supports "many to one" sync capability. You can request a demo to reflect your use case that will help you setup POC. To simplify your evaluation, you can request for a trial license of ConnectALL after the demo. If interested, request your demo here: http://www.go2group.com/connectall/demo/

22 January 16
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JIRA has multiple deployment options to provide the flexibility your organization needs.

Cloud is a fully hosted service for customers who want to iterate quickly and have us take care of managing the infrastructure.

For customers who need to run our applications behind their firewall, we have Server and Data Center options. Server delivers greater capacity for a larger user base and gives you more control, allowing you to remain compliant with your enterprise IT, security, IP and privacy policies. For our largest customers, Data Center provides all the capability of our Server option, along with high availability, instant scalability and performance at scale.

Atlassian also offers premium support and strategic services for enterprise customers. Technical Account Managers are cross-functional technical advisors providing proactive planning and strategic guidance across your organization. Premier Support goes above and beyond our standard offerings to give you account-wide support from a team of senior support engineers.

Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management software (ALM), is a unified platform that helps teams prioritize, align and focus their project activities, provides actionable insight, and fosters the re-use of assets from requirements through development, testing, and readiness for delivery. 

Built on best practices, an extensible architecture and centralized repository, Micro Focus ALM is one of the first unified, technology-agnostic application management systems available now; integrating out-of-the-box with over 30 open source and competitive industry products.

Micro Focus’s ALM suite provides flexible solutions and deployment options to meet your needs and scale with you as you grow.

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Sample Customers
Square, Nasa, eBay, Cisco, SalesForce, Adobe, BNP Paribas, BMW and LinkedIn, Pfizer, Citi.Specsavers, Cardinal Health, KMD, Turkcell
Top Industries
Software R&D Company16%
Manufacturing Company13%
Insurance Company13%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company19%
Comms Service Provider10%
Healthcare Company9%
Financial Services Firm23%
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Manufacturing Company21%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business6%
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