Micro Focus ALM Initial Setup

Jordan Gottlieb
Principal consultant qa architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
I've deployed it in many organizations because I'm a consultant. I've deployed it, upgraded it, customized it, in various ways for different customers. In terms of complexity, it really depends on the needs of the customer. When I was a customer in a small development organization that only had 20 people in the entire company, I deployed it, I did the customization - that was way back in the day. Now, I have customers along the entire spectrum from small to large enterprise. Some customers are okay with near vanilla, out of the box. And some customers have very complex sets of business logic that they feel, for whatever reason, need to be enforced as far as how their defect management lifecycle is going to go. How their test construction, test execution lifecycle is going to go, how they want to manage requirements, and that can require significant customization. Some of my customers have compliance concerns, they have digital signatures and they have FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. They have all of these rules that they have to follow and some of them are subject to interpretation, so with one particular rule I have one customer who says, "This is how we interpret the rule," and they have me customize it one way; and I have another customer who says, "No, we're not going to interpret it that, way we interpret this way," and it's a completely different set of customizations. View full review »
AVP Quality Assurance at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I was involved in moving us from the client to the SaaS and it was painful. We were on QC 10, and we had to move to QC SaaS. Because we're a bank, we have a ridiculous amount of firewalls. So, we could not install QC SaaS and our tech support team didn't understand how to get it installed. Therefore, one of my team members had to figure out all of the nuts and bolts, then the HPE tech support was also slow in helping us. It actually took us many months to finally go from QC 10 to QC SaaS. I'm actually close to the end of my three-year license, and I'm seriously like, "Do I stay? Do I move?" View full review »
Vice President - Test Management Lead at DBS Bank
The setup was straightforward. View full review »
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Belgin Wolard
Sr. Test Automation Engineer with 201-500 employees
If you follow the instruction, the setup is straightforward. It definitely requires an experience user to do the installation and setups, especially for upgrades. View full review »
Sukarna Chirumamilla
Senior manager IT at a transportation company
No. It's been there about three years. I wasn't part of the team at that time. View full review »
Justin W.
IT Quality Assurance Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Initial setup of HPE ALM is relatively easy. However, it does become more complex when the product must be configured to meet company needs and compliance policies. This includes site configuration parameters, migrating existing projects from a previous version, securing access, and implementing integration to other HPE products such as HPE Performance Center. Many of these considerations are documented within the HPE ALM Installation and Upgrade Guide. View full review »
Parag Gulwani
Staff QA Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's straightforward to operate, but you actually need to get involved with the concerning vendors when you need their support. We cannot just go download anything from online and put it. We need some support from the concerning team to make sure everything is right. View full review »
Process Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
In one instance, it was straightforward because anything was better than spreadsheets. In the location that used Lotus Notes, there was a significant amount of resistance because of loss of control. Neither instance was due to the tool, but it was due to cultural issues. View full review »
QA Manager at a individual & family service
If someone is doing the setup for the first time, it might be a little complex for them. However, if you are continuously upgrading, then it should be fine, because all of our upgrades we have done in-house. We never went to a company to get that bit done. If you plan it right, you can have the upgrade very smoothly done, so the user isn't affected. View full review »
Account Director at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward, as I’m new to US Cellular and the tool/processes were in place when I got here. We are making some changes to drive improvement, but we are also analyzing how to go agile which isn’t easy. View full review »
Lacy Mc Clain
QA Analyst at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Complex. There are many steps to follow to set everything up for an upgrade, and if you make a mistake, it's catastrophic. View full review »
Yevhen Fabizhevskyi
Software Development Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The setup was straightforward. View full review »
Test Manager
The initial setup is more secure and procedural. View full review »
Neeraj Kumar Singh
Managing Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was straightforward as it it required little knowledge of the server to do a simple server-side installation. View full review »
Caroline Gitonga
Presales Consultant at Oracle
Initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Vladimir Skrbek
IT Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees
Initial setup is very simple, but the upgrade on Linux is impossible so we moved to Windows. View full review »
Sr. Performance Engineer, ITQCoE at JetBlue Airways Corporation
There are challenges related to the network security during the set up. But, once you figure it out, solution is relatively easy. View full review »
Thorsten Westhues
Information Systems Consultant at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was complex as the application is very rich and not all aspects are used in all cases – the tailoring is important but requires some insight into how the system can be configured View full review »
John ONeill
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Yes, setup was fairly straightforward. It needed a little help with regards to the license server on the development platform, but once that was sorted out everything was smooth sailing. View full review »
VP of IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have installed multiple versions and upgrades over the years and it can be very cumbersome. View full review »
QA Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I'll find out over the next couple of months as we are looking to do the first upgrade since I have been using it. View full review »
Varun Srinivasa Murthy
IT Solutions Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nope, the architecture is simple to implement and scale. View full review »
QA at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
A little complex as it pertains to migrating databases, then manually linking them back up to the file repositories. View full review »
Vice President - Test Management Lead at DBS Bank
The initial setup is quite easy, if you know what you are doing. View full review »
Test Lead
It depends on which version. The upgrade from version 9 to version 11 was not a straightforward upgrade because the whole platform changed. So the upgrade was a manual project and it took the organization a few months to upgrade all thousand projects. View full review »
IT Manager of Operations at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It could be complex depending on the setup. However, I have done this for a number of years and do not have any issues with it. View full review »
Ganesh Muralidharan Pillai
Assistant Director Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Not straightforward, it was a complex architecture. View full review »
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