Micro Focus ALM Octane Room for Improvement

Process Owner E/E Testmanagement at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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 and from an operating maintenance perspective. We do have a close collaboration on improving Octane for the needs of the automotive industry. We are contributing a lot of features, thoughts, and ideas, and Micro Focus is very good at implementing many of them and improving their tools. They are getting feedback from a couple of hundred users working in the early phase of transition now: How users are thinking, how they are using or abusing Octane, and what could be improved for the benefit of both companies. 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. Other examples of areas in which we're looking for improvement are the UX, how it looks and feels, new widgets which make life easier. There are various things, all over the tool. We're also looking for REST API enhancements because our IT guys are trying to add this and that by REST and it takes a long time and the response is low. Also, the error messages that might pop up if you're doing something by REST, they could be better. Micro Focus is paying attention and working on things actively. I've never seen a design partnership like this between companies. For both sides, it's very intense, it's very interesting, and it's a huge benefit for both sides. View full review »
Steven Tompsett
CDA Engineer at Hastings
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 things. For instance, with test information, we can't split that up by team, so it's quite difficult to see what coverage each team is currently working on. Some tech managers and scrum managers want to see the testing which going on within their team, but it is difficult to see. We only get a more holistic overviews of that. I come from a testing background, and think the testing could be improved. View full review »
Agne Gecevice
Release Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
ALM Octane is working to soon provide comment information, so we would really be able to see what piece of code was committed for a user story or feature. We are really looking forward to this, because it's going to give us a bit more traceability and transparency. They don't support all IDEs yet. We have Visual Studio code, which is not supported, and loved by our developers. This integration is missing. We also had to do our own in-house integration with the Confluence. That is also something that they could add. There are small things, like hiding different columns when it comes to the board. Currently, whatever workflow items you have defined in the board, you can collapse them, but a collapse line still appears. These small things would make a difference. In certain areas, ALM Octane has a limitation how many items can be displayed. So, if I group something, then I'm limited to the number of items which I can see. Also, if I want to export in Excel, there is a limitation onis lines. I know it's 5000. Maybe the number is quite high, but if they could improve on those limits, that would be good. View full review »
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Stefan Berchtold
Release Management and Testing Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
There aren't major things that need improvement. It's more detailed things, minor tweaks and improvements. For example, updating items, sorting, bulk updates—these things could have a bit more flexibility, but it's still possible to do them. Also, for training, the proposed graphs in the dashboards could have some more explanation about what they're doing because not everyone is using the same metrics. This is more a training or knowledge thing, not a lack in the tool, and I already addressed it with my Micro Focus contact. They improved some of the things I had on my list in the newest version. I haven't dug through the newest version fully yet. View full review »
AGM, Delivery Excellence at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The cluster architecture that we implemented was server to server communication: Octane application to Elasticsearch and Elasticsearch to another Elasticsearch service. Recently, we found this is a security gap. The Octane application is interacting with Elasticsearch server, but that was missing from the requirements and prerequisites in the setup. The Micro Focus team has not given advice on how to implement authentication-based communication between Octane to Elasticsearch, and we found it as a gap later, then our security team asked us to fix that gap. So, there was a lot of time spent on rework. They should have helped us with a clear requirement. This requirement has slipped from the initial requirements and drafting during the installation, causing additional rework for us after installation. This means my admin team and I have to work to fix that gap. I already gave this feedback to my customer success manager, "Security related prerequisites and requirements should be thoroughly explained to the client." Hopefully, they can apply this and avoid future rework. For the requirement document, the module should provide multiple templates to be prepared, or customized quickly, and be reusable. For the Pipeline Analysis, job or application grouping has to support Jenkins job grouping, because we have thousands of jobs running. Unfortunately, we are unable to group those by using multiple filters. They could help us with these features in upcoming releases in the next six months. That would be great because many testing and production jobs for Jenkins users need filters and grouping. View full review »
Founder, Managing Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Security and security management, meaning the integration of the security, could be enhanced. We know about Fortify, but it would be better to have security features in the original Octane platform without the need for another solution or another application. View full review »
Wilheminah Ngqola
QA Specialist at Vodacom
The reporting needs to be improved and allow for customization. I want to build my own widgets, but I don't want to use the ones already in the system. I want to build mine from scratch. From the database point of view along with how we see the reporting, they use old data. Also, there are sometimes limitations due to their license restrictions. If we want to share our tests with other teams, extracting different tests out of the system, those tests come out as a script where the content will be something like a binary format type of text. View full review »
Managing Partner at Georg Nauerz Consulting
It could use just some small improvements. I would like additional features, like planning features, user story mapping, or connection to collaboration tools. View full review »
Test Automation Eng Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see the mobile testing improved so that we can simply select a mobile device, then specify what parameters we want, and the testing will be run based on that. This feature would be a very good addition. View full review »
Jason Shellman
Principal Consultant at SACS Inc
Improvements could be made by way of additional integrations across the lifecycle. View full review »
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