Compare JIRA vs. Micro Focus ALM Quality Center

JIRA is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 30 reviews while Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is ranked 4th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 12 reviews. JIRA is rated 8.4, while Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of JIRA writes "Helps us work in Agile and Scrum formats across multiple locations and time zones". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus ALM Quality Center writes "We can have multiple users execute tests independently on their own computers because the UFT scripts are stored online". JIRA is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TFS and Micro Focus ALM Octane, whereas Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is most compared with JIRA, Micro Focus ALM Octane and TFS. See our JIRA vs. Micro Focus ALM Quality Center report.
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Pros
The most valuable features in Jira are the dashboard, reports, and boards that help us to control the advancement of the project.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.

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Ability to customize modules, particularly Defect Tracking module on company specific needsBy using QC we broke down silos (of teams), improved the organization of our tests, have a much better view of the testing status, and became much quicker in providing test results with document generation.From reporting to team management, everything is better now.The AI and functionality interface are useful.It has a good response time.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.

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We would like to see the integration of a lite-version of Confluence, just to manage some of the templates and documents.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.

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The BPT also known as Business Process Testing can sometimes be very time intensive and sometimes might not be very intuitive to someone who is not familiar with BPT.We would like to have support for agile development.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.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.

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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.

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Quality Center is pricey, but cheaper is not always less expensive.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.

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Miriam Tover
author avatarBen Sellier
User

It all depends on your context. In my case, I work for a big company with quite heavy processes. Octane is more suitable.

The big difference is this:
- JIRA's strong point is the possibility of adding plugins, so you can adapt JIRA to your needs. The flaw in my case is that the upgraded version of JIRA will become more complex and it must be ensured that all plugins are compatible.
- Octane is an all-in-one application without plugins.

In terms of price, we already have ALM quality Microfocus center, these licenses are compatible with Octane's, so in terms of tariff, Octane is more attractive in terms of the price.

author avatarCharuta Deshpande (Capgemini)
Consultant

Micro Focus ALM is a complete Test Management tool that can cover Requirements management, Defects management, Test Plan, Test Execution Suites as well as automation test executions with MF UFT (former HP QC). If you have a testing heavy project then MF ALM covers all the testing expectations well.

However, in an integrated environment with development, releases, and testing, JIRA can offer a better experience for JIRA issues (for requirements and incidents/defects), add-on for testing from JIRA marketplace (e.g. X-Ray) and offers a better fitment for DevOps. Developers and testers can work with the same tool for defects. requirements i.e. JIRA and manage testing with JIRA add-ons for Test Management.

author avatarMaribell Sabik
Real User

I don't know enough about Micro Focus ALM but based from what I have seen it does provide a lot more than JIRA. I have worked with Azure DevOps and know that it can also provide more than JIRA. AZURE DevOps seems to be similar in comparison with Micro Focus ALM. So I would say if it was between JIRA and Micro Focus, then I will choose the latter.

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JIRA SoftwareHPE ALM, Quality Center, Quality Center, Micro Focus ALM
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Overview

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
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Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company14%
Software R&D Company14%
Manufacturing Company12%
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Software R&D Company33%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Insurance Company6%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider14%
Insurance Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
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Software R&D Company41%
Comms Service Provider9%
Manufacturing Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise71%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise93%
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