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Real User
Process Owner E/E Test Management at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2019

What is most valuable?

It's the tool with the best UI and lots of options. I could continue for hours.

How has it helped my organization?

The most important thing is that we have, 8,000 users, more or less, and if you could save each user who's working with our current ALM tool, just in opening drop-down… more»

What needs improvement?

We are the lucky guys as we have a type of "design partnership" with Micro Focus so I do have a call once a week with R&D, discussing problems from a user's perspective… more»

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

I am not part of the cost negotiations. But the purchasing guys confirmed that Mirco Focus offered the best pricing to us.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are on ALM.NET version 12.53. All of the cars that are in development in our company and which are due to be launched within the next two years, are still being worked… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a quick scan of tools in the market and dig into your needs. Especially for a project with a lot of users with different styles of working together, Octane is the best… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We started analyzing which tool we should use for the future two years ago or so, and we started digging into Octane very early. I work on Octane from a test perspective… more»
Jennifer Plourde
Real User
Enabling Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Very generally, the feedback that we've received is that people really like the user interface overall. It's intuitive to use, it's easy to learn, people like the usability features, the user… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For our use case, 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… more»

What needs improvement?

I work pretty closely with Micro Focus, particularly on ALM Octane. Right now we have a backlog of some 60 or 70 enhancement requests, varying in priority from very high to low. In general, there's a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have ALM implemented and we're still using AGM. We are making the switch to Octane because we implemented AGM with integration to ALM so that we could have Agile project management and a manual… more»

What other advice do I have?

The way that we approach it is that we don't rush into a decision and say, "This is the tool that we have to use." One thing that's nice is that there's always an option for a SaaS trial for 30 days… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing Octane. At that point, we were in pretty deep with HPE. But before we chose HPE as our vendor for the bulk of our enterprise tools, we did an… more»
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Steven Tompsett
Real User
CDA Engineer at Hastings
Feb 12 2019

What is most valuable?

* Octane is built on the SAFe framework, which is the agile methodology that we are currently following. * The capability that it has for so many out-of-the-box… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Octane has definitely improved the capability that we have for visibility within our tool set. The ability to report and see the current status on change, defect, and test… more»

What needs improvement?

The reporting side of ALM Octane could do with a few areas of improvement. There is not enough flexibility in the way that we can cut up the data to report on certain… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Enterprise Tester and Rally (CA Agile) for change management. We switched from Rally to ALM Octane because of the lack of integrations and lack of drive to… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a tool which will complement a CI or DevOps process, where you want to have a single point of visibility or a single version of the truth, and see… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It went through official procurement process where we went out to tender with seven different suppliers. We had responses from five of those suppliers. We had demos from… more»
Timothy Leach
Real User
Senior Software Engineer with 10,001+ employees
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the predictive analytics, being able to trace everything, and having all the tools for testing and test management in an Agile… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the things we're working towards is DevOps. With an Octane project, we have our automation, our requirements, our tests, our pipeline into build-and-deploy, and the… more»

What needs improvement?

The problem with Octane is that if I'm in ALM and I need to go into this Agile process, and I have been using Micro Focus ALM, when I go to Micro Focus Octane, all the… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The way we brought it in is that we have a Flex agreement with Micro Focus for a large list of products. Because we had ALM, Octane was included. If I have 200 licenses of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Octane is really good about synchronizing data. Synchronizer is a really good tool to get people who are into any other tool using it quickly. Regardless of where you're… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When you compare ALM Octane vs JIRA, it's different than JIRA where you have the core product and then you have to buy all of the add-ons to do what you need to do. Octane… more»
Real User
Programme Test Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The whole thing is geared towards Agile deliveries. It certainly has a good GUI, it's good to look at. The features provide good impact. It lends itself very well to Agile deliveries.

How has it helped my organization?

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. We've never… more»

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

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were working with Micro Focus on our cloud transformation program. We included them and a lot of vendors, but we had identified the Micro Focus set of tools as the tools we should be using for our DevOps pipeline. That was made through a… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product. You need to consider the cost of it. We didn't do too much comparison against other tools, but I always felt that this product didn't only give you a project view, it gave you a program view as well, which some of the… more»
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Real User
Senior Expert IT Test Service Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 14 2018

What is most valuable?

It's hard to say which features are the most valuable because all the features are really fantastic. What distinguishes the ALM Octane from ALM.NET is, first, the Pipeline… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Throughout the evaluation, we've sensed that we have better collaboration among these three roles, the business, the testers, and the testing automation engineers or the… more»

What needs improvement?

First, 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… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I wasn't really looking proactively for a new solution at that time, two or three years ago. We were aware of the limitations that ALM.NET has, that's it's too rigid, too… more»

What other advice do I have?

As I said, it's best to involve all the stakeholders, for faster implementation, because it's new software and they need to be on the same page and have the same… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are doing a lot of other evaluations; for example, the possibility of using direct JIRA backends for testing. In addition, but not in the same magnitude as our… more»
Gerd Fladrich
Real User
Test Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Octane, in comparison to ALM, is the whole Agile approach, that we can run it with the sprints and have it better connected to the whole… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We started from scratch because we didn't have any BDD approach. We used a more old-fashioned method of development, more Waterfall and so on. We were looking for a… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a lot of room to implement new things. I would like to have more possibilities for doing test automation directly in Octane or to see UFT scripts within Octane… more»

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

I don't deal with licensing and pricing, but it's worth the money, from my point of view, because it's very good. But that's all I can say about that.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We figured out that with our BDD approach, and what we planned with more modern technologies, and our shift-left approach, that ALM didn't fit. There was no chance to… more»

What other advice do I have?

Think about your processes and the methods you're using for development and quality management and see if the tool fits. If yes, it could be a good idea to use Octane. I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a few. One we're still having look at is Xray but doesn't fit with our BDD approach. We also looked at ServiceNow. That's mainly for ticketing systems but… more»
Venu Cherukuri
Real User
Lead Solution Architect at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
Nov 07 2018

What is most valuable?

We did an extensive market scan and evaluation before settling on Octane, even though we've been an HPE customer and Micro Focus customer for many years. When we wanted to get into Agile planning… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Coming from an HPE Quality Center/HPE ALM background, in the company, I think Micro Focus has done a great job in redesigning the overall user experience. We've seen a big increase in the adoption of… more»

What needs improvement?

To the credit of Micro Focus, we are very actively working with their product management team and the R&D team as well. When we looked at this tool, inevitably we draw comparisons to, or parallels… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using HPE Quality Center, which was sort of a predecessor. We are currently moving out of Quality Center and completely standardizing on Octane. We also briefly used CA Agile Central and JIRA… more»

What other advice do I have?

A lot of people, when they pick up this tool, are focused on one specific aspect of it, like Agile planning. They're doing backlog management, release planning, sprint planning, etc. But I would… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at six tools as part of our evaluation, when we were looking for an Agile ALM tool. We looked at CA Agile Central, VersionOne, JIRA, TFS, Agile Manager, and Octane. We did have very… more»
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What is Micro Focus ALM Octane?

In support of the bimodal nature of many customers today, Micro Focus has expanded the ALM experience by introducing ALM Octane, as a separate platform that is tuned and designed for high-velocity, Lean and Agile teams. ALM Octane is an included part of the ALM product, and integrates with both Micro Focus Agile Manager and the traditional Micro Focus ALM.NET platform to allow teams to easily share assets and report across projects.
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