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IBM Rational Functional Tester is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Regression Testing Tools. It is most often compared to Selenium HQ: IBM Rational Functional Tester vs Selenium HQ

What is IBM Rational Functional Tester?
IBM Rational Functional Tester is an automated functional testing and regression testing tool. This software provides automated testing capabilities for functional, regression, GUI, and data-driven testing. Rational Function Tester supports a range of applications, such as web-based, .Net, Java, Siebel, SAP, terminal emulator-based applications, PowerBuilder, Ajax, Adobe Flex, Dojo Toolkit, GEF, Adobe PDF documents, zSeries, iSeries, and pSeries.

IBM Rational Functional Tester is also known as Rational Functional Tester.

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ITCS user
Test Team Lead at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
It has better object recognition compared to other tools in the market. It is unable to identify some objects.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to implement and use.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps in automation by using better object recognition as compared to other tools in the market.

What needs improvement?

The object repository used for identifying objects can be made better. It has been noticed that the RFT tool is unable to identify some objects, due to which we are unable to add them to the object repository. In this case, the user has to manually add the objects to the object repository. This takes time and effort. It would be good if RFT was able to create a framework to identify objects that are not recognized by the tool.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used RFT for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any problems. It is mostly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven’t had scalability issues. We used it for 5-10 users and there was no issue in scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support was good. They used to provide solutions when we got stuck.

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

We used HPE QTP and found IBM RFT to have better object recognition.

How was the initial setup?

Setup was not complex. You can read the documentation and do the set up.

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

Pricing is on the higher side, but lower compared to Mercury tools.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We already had worked on QTP, so we had an idea of the same.

What other advice do I have?

Free open source software like Selenium is available in the market, which as good as any propitiatory tool.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
It supports both .NET and Java as the programming language for scripting.

What is most valuable?

1. IBM RFT supports both .NET and Java as the programming language for scripting, but the market widely usage was Java language because of the open-source platform.

2. Descriptive programming for functional test case made easy with robust API.

3. 3rd party library integration.

4. Eclipse IDE.

5. Execution made faster than compared to other commercial tools.

6. Robust object identification mechanism.

How has it helped my organization?

Robust API provides quick turnaround for developers to understand and automate functional test case quickly.

What needs improvement?

Didn't find any since they provide light weight usage for execution and script development without tool dependency than compared to other commercial products.

For how long have I used the solution?

Almost 5 years starting from RFT 8.0 - 8.3 version.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No this product is for functional testing not applicable for scalability.

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

No.

How was the initial setup?

Pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Through in-hose team.

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

One time license cost involved and pretty less than compared to the other commercial products.

What other advice do I have?

Use this product for thick client application like sap, siebel, flex etc

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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it_user203841
Software Engineering Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It should support more browsers but we were able to show time savings of more than 1200 hours in less than 1 year.

What is most valuable?

It gives us an ability to support object recognition and descriptive programming.

How has it helped my organization?

By automating regression test suites using this product, we were able to show time savings of more than 1200 hours in less than ONE year.

What needs improvement?

  • It should be more flexible when it comes to integration with test management tools like QC or agile tools like Rally
  • It should support more browsers

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for over four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

1. With version 8.5 we faced workspace crash issues frequently.

2. We keep getting Java Binary exceptions when we execute batch runs with RFT

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good.

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

Based on low license cost and project decision we moved to this product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy.

What about the implementation team?

It was implemented by me for multiple in-house projects.

What was our ROI?

1200 hours in one year.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. we evaluated QTP.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good option if you have tie up with IBM and if your test management suite consists of rational products.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Technical Lead - QA at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
Quiet stable but it has memory issues frequently

What is most valuable?

It supports:

  • Siebel
  • SAP
  • Terminal based applications

What needs improvement?

Reports - Default results log has a lot of useless info, and this is hiding the actual information needed. I have to use customized reports, which we don't expect from paid tool.

For how long have I used the solution?

Eight months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Installation is straight forward.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Quiet stable but it has memory issues frequently, which can be solved easily.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is able to handle volume.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Haven't contacted customer service so far.

Technical Support:

Good, encountered a problem and a solution was provided by tech support within a couple of days.

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

We were replacing an expensive solution - Worksoft Certify.

How was the initial setup?

Installation is straight forward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house team.

What was our ROI?

It's cheaper than our existing solution, Worksoft Certify

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

Organization bought the whole Rational Suite at a very low price.

What other advice do I have?

It does not fully justify being a paid tool, and it needs improvement. But as it is built on Ellipse/Java and costs is less than other tools, it is recommended.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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