Micro Focus ALM Other Advice

Jordan Gottlieb
Principal consultant qa architect at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
When selecting a vendor to work with, I want to see that the technical people are really knowledgeable of what they're talking about. I want to know that the tool can give me what I need, not just, this is a standard proof of concept. I want to see what I need to see, and I want to know that, down the road, I'll be able to either get out of it what I need or be able to learn or have somebody come in to help me get out of it what I need. Because if I'm not getting out of it what I need, then I've wasted my money. I give it a nine because nothing is perfect, there's always room for improvement, especially when you're talking about an app system as large as ALM is. I've been using it for so long it's kind of second nature for me to think about where its strengths are, and know that if I can't get something done one way there's always another way around it. Or I can integrate something into it or build work flow to make the UI behave the way I want it to. Regarding advice to a colleague about ALM, remember that your process and your methodology should be driving what you need out of their tool and not the other way around. Tools can do some really cool stuff. You may look at it and say, "Okay, maybe we could get some value out of this feature that we're not doing today." But don't make that the driving force. It really needs to be able to support what you're doing and force the things that you want to get out of it. Because there's a truism in reporting: If you don't capture the data you can't build a report that's meaningful. So make sure it can get you what you need. View full review »
AVP Quality Assurance at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I had a demo recently that was actually for Octane, but in that demo, I found out about a couple of tools that I actually have access to now that I didn't know about before. One of them was a JIRA integration and the other was a way to create manual task steps, actually just stepping through the application, which could be automated. I was like, "Wait, I'm near the end of my three-year license, and I'm just now about this?" I was like, "I could have been using this?" So, those are the new tools I'm looking at, and it actually came up because, as I said, we're renewing our license, and when my rep was talking to me to find out what was my interest, part of it is, "Well, I need your integration." He's like, "Oh, we think we have that." I was like, "Really?" For anyone looking at this product, I would definitely have them look at other tools, too, and make some comparisons. I would say to them, "Hey, here's how we had to deal with it, and here's what works for us and what doesn't." For the other tools, since we don't have firsthand experience, I could only suggest that they actually do some research. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: response and customer service. Support is very important. Then obviously, still getting a good value for what I'm spending. The product at least needs to be comparable to the other tools that are available on the market. I have to say that I definitely was looking to move away from HPE initially when I took over the department, because we were getting no support from HPE at all. However, HPE, because we're small in comparison to their other customers, shunted us off to a third party, their reseller, which may ultimately have been a good thing for HPE (now Micro Focus) as well as for us, because we finally got some attention. View full review »
Mark Chase
Test Management Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Testing is going to be testing. And the same challenges that you have in any of the different industries are going to be the challenges that you have in the ours, the insurance and financial industry, as well. You know from DevOps to Agile, to Shift Left to Cloud, to managing your test assets efficiently and effectively, industry is really not going to make a difference. I've been in a number of different sectors over the years. I've been in QA about 25 years, and having been in the natural gas industry, financials, insurance, HR systems. They are all pretty much the same challenges around testing. So I don't see a discrepancy in terms of the application you're testing. It's almost agnostic to the challenges that are innate with trying to test, within any type of development environment. Now, it just happens to be a more self-service DevOps model, where application teams make those decisions. But there's still always going to be those QA challenges. View full review »
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Vice President - Test Management Lead at DBS Bank
Below is a checklist for others considering a test management solution: * CIO sponsorship * Number of projects * Number of concurrent users * Standardization needs * Ease of control and management * Access rights for individual roles * Event driven workflow customization * Extending beyond test management to TDD, BDD, test data management, test environment, and CI/CD tools. * Focus on where you want to solve each problem and identify relevant tools for each of these. * Availability of skilled resources * Hiring the right resources to manage: There are easily millions of test management users, but it is not easy to find a true-bred expert. * Keep in touch with what’s happening in the industry. You need to be focused and not swayed easily. * Know your stuff. * Support all your users and make life easier for them. * Integration with automation tools, performance tools, security tools, and Jenkins/Bamboo/Team City. * Define the test process that ties in with your test management too.l * Form a training team to constantly train users. * Open API for customization * Export of info to MS Excel. * Ease of migration. View full review »
Belgin Wolard
Sr. Test Automation Engineer with 201-500 employees
I always used ALM and UFT. However, I had training and evaluated IBM JAZZ tools. View full review »
Sukarna Chirumamilla
Senior manager IT at a transportation company
If you are using ALM, you had best educate your users to use the entire solution, not only the testing module or not only requirements module, because you will have way more benefit using the entire tool. It is designed to supplement the entire lifecycle and will definitely improve your productivity and traceability. If you use bits and pieces of the tool then the whole intention of developing the tool is not fully utilized. So use entire module, all the modules in ALM. View full review »
Justin W.
IT Quality Assurance Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
HPE ALM is a relevant product that assists with test delivery, execution, and management within a project-driven environment. I would recommend others to check out the HPE ALM Help Center and product pages for additional information before making a decision. View full review »
Quality Assurance Software Management at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
When selecting a vendor to work with, the most important criteria are flexibility, availability, and scalability. I would say it's a good tool. You have to invest the time into learning the different ins and outs of the tool, and become educated on it. I think it can scale as much as you allow it to, but you have to put the time into learning what it has to offer. View full review »
Pp at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
When looking at a company to work with, it's as simple as knowing that the products are mature. We know that if there are going to be issues, we're going to be able to find solutions or some work around for them. It's as simple as that. There's a lot of competition out there. Especially in the open source space, but for you to get support on open source, that's probably a whole different ball game. View full review »
QA Manager at a individual & family service
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: support and stability of the product. These are the two most important things to us. We want to have continuous improvement, because there are places to improve; we also don't want rapid changes, because they do affect the user, so that balance is important. View full review »
Account Director at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
It’s too expensive for most organizations compared to some other tools on the market. I’d look at QASymphony, Borland, and of course IBM, before committing to any of them. View full review »
Lacy Mc Clain
QA Analyst at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's better suited as an enterprise tool that can support the licensing cost, instead of for a small shop. View full review »
Yevhen Fabizhevskyi
Software Development Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
As an advise for developers who will develop such applications I would like to say - always try to support the area in an actual state, i.e., by using modern ideas/technologies if possible. Also, listen to the customer's needs, have flexible customization tools and do not forget about performance. View full review »
Test Manager
Get input regarding the evolving core customer's unmet needs to help choose the right solution. View full review »
Neeraj Kumar Singh
Managing Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
You must look to implement the minimum system requirements, Configuration, for the server for optimum and efficient use. View full review »
Caroline Gitonga
Presales Consultant at Oracle
It’s a great product for managing an end-to-end lifecycle process. It’s easy to use once you get the hang of it. One of the biggest pluses is having all your test assets in one place – requirements, models, test cases, test results, bugs, reporting, tracking (it’s unbeatable in my opinion). It's also great that HP has now lowered the Saas cost for ALM - it was too high in my view. View full review »
Vladimir Skrbek
IT Specialist with 5,001-10,000 employees
Do the simple implementation, do not customize it because you will have more problems. View full review »
Sarah Kemle
IT Business Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
If someone is researching solutions, they should know that this solution is stable, centralized, and scalable. If they need integration, then this is the tool to use. When selecting a vendor, some important criteria are availability, knowledge, price, and the site where they are getting the product. For example, if we have people doing a project as a team, then it is best if the solution can work in different languages, like German and English. View full review »
VP of IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Can be beneficial for large companies, but check out alternatives. Some of them might fit the bill for less money. View full review »
QA Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's a very good tool. We use it throughout the company. There are just some integration points which could be a little better. But if they're out there, I don't know about them. Maybe having the knowledge and knowing about them would help as well. View full review »
Varun Srinivasa Murthy
IT Solutions Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Go ahead with this tool. It is for the project management and test execution. Do consult a few of the other folks using this tool to understand the tricks. View full review »
QA at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
If you go the on-premise route, make sure your system architects and DBAs thoroughly review the installation/upgrade guide. I would also advise establishing a "center of excellence" department which can help build template projects and enforce standards so the users are all using similarly configured projects. View full review »
Test Lead
Compare with other test management tools to see their benefits. We did compare with JIRA. Every tool has its own pros and cons. It depends on the organization's needs. View full review »
IT Manager of Operations at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It is the standard upon which all products are gauged. View full review »
Ganesh Muralidharan Pillai
Assistant Director Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Be aware of the cost aspect, it is very expensive. View full review »
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