Most Helpful Review
Researched JIRA but chose Micro Focus ALM Octane: The real power of this tool is how comprehensive it is, the breadth of what it covers
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Issue linking has enabled teams to trace issues.
Transparency of development projects, as well as approval processes for some business projects, has improved massively.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the source linking on the commit level to git.
This solution assists us with being able to quickly and easily start sprints and keep accurate track of them, including billing using a time-tracking add-on.
The most valuable feature is the Burndown Chart to see work that is outstanding.
The most valuable features are the customized Dashboard, Sprint Planning, and Automatic Notifications.
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.
Octane creates a gentle approach to Agile-based projects.
The concept of Octane is to have the most information and the most important functions available with one or two clicks. This is a big point of savings, in time and money... The powerful widgets, the Dashboard module, the ability to drill down to the information you need and the ability to configure it to your needs, are big advantages.
The general capabilities of Octane, setting up rules instead of programming VBA scripts for controlling the workflow, and making life easier for the users with the template functionalities, are very big benefits.
The openness and the possibilities of the REST API, from an operations and maintenance perspective, are a big plus.
We are seeing some real improvements in the way we do things. We are becoming more agile in the way we do it because of that and in a way that stories are managed. Stories are given lifecycles as opposed to just being entities within a tool.
The integration points are very good. Octane gives us a window not only into our manual testing, but also our automation testing and our performance testing. We can see all results from all three streams of testing in one place.
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 been able to set up dashboards for individual teams, and do comparisons by teams, of integration, and cross-team integration, burn-up, burn-down, and cumulative flow...
The way testing is closely tied into the product Backlog has made it more intuitive, or easier to manage the relationship between building out an application and testing it. In other tools, that is more segregated. The way it's designed in Octane, people have said it makes more sense to them, and that it's easier for them to understand their data and to maintain and test their solutions.
The only thing that JIRA doesn't for us is release management in a way that I can create a list of versions easily.
My main concern is the administration of projects, especially user groups, and this requires root access rights but there is no concept of layered admin rights.
Backlog pruning and visualization are poor.
The permissions can be challenging to get right.
The reporting needs to be improved.
This solution would be improved with the inclusion of integration with SVN, and auto-sync with the build release number.
The hierarchy for Jira tickets is too flat.
It would be very useful to have drag and drop time tracking.
Improvements could be made by way of additional integrations across the lifecycle.
An example of one of the features we have requested is inheriting information from a test suite into a suite run and into a menu run, so the user does not have to add that information, update it manually.
We've only had a few stability issues. Generally, we have issues following any deployment they do, so if they do a deployment on a Sunday, then we may have a couple of issues on a Monday or Tuesday.
There's a trend in our requests to have the ability to export data, en masse, out of Octane. There are capabilities within Octane to export data, but there are specifics around test suites and requirements and relations, as well as certain attributes, that we would like to be able to export easily out of Octane and into a database or Excel.
We have some requests to beef up the manual testing abilities and the ability to report on testing progress. All the basics are there, but there's an issue of maintainability. For example... once you plan a test and it creates a run, more particularly a suite run, you can't edit the suite run afterward... That that is not realistic with how people work. Mistakes are made and people are humans and we change our minds about things. So the tool needs to allow for a bit more flexibility in that testing area, as well as some better widgets to report on progress.
When I manage projects that are being created in ALM, I have a standard template, but I don't have a template for them in Octane. I literally have to create the project from the ground up every time, which for an administrator, is a nightmare solution
The Requirements Module could be better, to build up a better requirements process. There's a huge improvement from ALM.NET to Octane, but it's still not really facilitating all the needs of the product owners, to set up their requirements in Octane.
Because JIRA is a leading tool for both development and requirements management - everybody is using JIRA - I'm pretty there will be a use case where people are trying to connect between ALM Octane and JIRA. The back-end configuration of the synchronization with JIRA could be simplified. The architecture is really complicated. We required a lot of machines to build the cluster and the configuration was not really clearly described within the documentation. This may have something to do with the fact that the software is pretty new.
Pricing and Cost Advice
To try this solution, use their cloud offering to get familiar. After that, it's in my view worth the money.
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.
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.
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.
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... For JIRA, you buy the pieces one piece at a time.
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.
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.
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