Micro Focus ALM Quality Center Pros and Cons

Micro Focus ALM Quality Center Pros

Leon Van Niekerk
Head of Testing at Pick n Pay
The execution module and the test planning module are definitely the most valuable features. The rest we use for traceability, but those are the two modules that I cannot live without.
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Performance and Automation Testing Squad Lead at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The test-case repository and linkage through to regression requirements will absolutely be a key component for us. We haven't got it yet, but when we've got an enterprise regression suite, that will be a key deliverable for them. We will be able to have all of the regression suite in one place, linked to the right requirements.
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Shinu Thulaseedharan
Sr. Manager for Quality Assurance and Testing at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The best thing is that you can see your current status in real time... To see real-time updates, you just log in to ALM and you can see exactly what the progress is. You can also see if the plan for the day is being executed properly, and it's all tracked. From the management side, I find those features very valuable.
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Ashish Yelkar
Managing Partner at Verve Square Technologies
I love linking/associating the requirements to a test case. That's where I get to know my requirement coverage, which helps a lot at a practical level. So, we use the traceability and visibility features a lot. This helps us to understand if there are any requirements not linked to any test case, thus not getting tested at all. That missing link is always very visible, which helps us to create our requirement traceability matrix and maintain it in a dynamic way. Even with changing requirements, we can keep on changing or updating the tool.
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reviewer1074789
Test Specialist at a consultancy with self employed
Within Quality Center, you have the dashboard where you can monitor your progress over different entities. You can build your own SQL query segments, and all that data is there in the system, then you can make a dashboard report.
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Manoj Ray
Quality Lead at Vodafone
We can get an entire project into a single repository where we can view all the data in detail. This is where we keep all our test cases where everyone can reference them. This provides everyone access to the test cases and artifacts via the cloud. There is no need to contact anyone.
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Sai Kiran
Sr. Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
With test execution, you have an option to create custom fields. It is also really user-friendly. With other tools, we only have restricted fields and we cannot customize or add new columns or fields that users can make use of while testing. ALM is very flexible for creating new fields. It is easy for users to understand the application.
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Don Ingerson
QA Automation Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Ability to customize modules, particularly Defect Tracking module on company specific needs
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Vishwa-Reddy
Test Automation Eng Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It's easy to create defects and easy to sync them up with a developer. Immediately, once created, it will trigger an email to the developer and we'll start a conversation with the developer regarding the requirements that have not been matched.
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Lisa Gordon
IS Director, ERP PTP Solution Architecture at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Having used the tool before, I like the use of parameters, being able to do exports and reports of the data for monitoring of executions, and the defect management as well. I feel satisfaction in that area.
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Micro Focus ALM Quality Center Cons

Leon Van Niekerk
Head of Testing at Pick n Pay
Browser support needs improvement. Currently, it can only run on IE, Internet Explorer. It doesn't work on Firefox, doesn't work on Chrome, doesn't work on a Mac book. Those are the new technologies where most companies move towards. That's been outstanding for quite a while before it even became Micro Focus tools when it was still HP. Even before HP, that's always been an issue.
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reviewer1357974
Performance and Automation Testing Squad Lead at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
There's room for improvement on the reporting side of things and the scheduling, in general, is a bit clunky.
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Shinu Thulaseedharan
Sr. Manager for Quality Assurance and Testing at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
ALM only works on Internet Explorer. It doesn't work on any other browser. In my opinion, Internet Explorer is generally a bit slower. I would like to see it work on Chrome or on other browsers.
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Ashish Yelkar
Managing Partner at Verve Square Technologies
Sometimes I do run my queries from the admin login. However, if I want to reassess all my test cases, then I am still doing this in a manual manner. I write SQL queries, then fire them off. Therefore, a library of those SQL queries would help. If we could have a typical SQL query to change the parameters within test cases, then this is one aspect I can still think that could be included in ALM. Though they would need to be analyzed and used in a very knowledgeable way.
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reviewer1074789
Test Specialist at a consultancy with self employed
Requirements management could be improved as the use is very limited. E.g., they have always stated that, "You can monitor and create requirements," but it has its limitations. That's why companies will choose another requirements management solution and import data from that source system into Quality Center. Micro Focus has also invested in an adapter between Dimensions RM and ALM via Micro Focus Connect. However, I see room for improvements in this rather outdated tool. I feel what Micro Focus did is say, "Our strategy is not to improve these parts within the tool itself, but search for supported integrations within our own tool set." This has not been helpful.
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Manoj Ray
Quality Lead at Vodafone
The version of Micro Focus ALM that we use only works through Internet Explorer (IE). We have to communicate to everyone that they can only use IE with the solution. This is a big limitation. We should be free to use any type of browser or operating system. We have customers and partners who are unable to log into the system and enter their defects because they work on a different operating system.
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Sai Kiran
Sr. Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We cannot rearrange the Grid in the Test Lab. It is in alphabetical order right now. But sometimes a user will want to see, for example, the X column next to the B column. If they came out with that it would be useful for us. They are working on that, as we have raised that request with Micro Focus.
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Don Ingerson
QA Automation Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The BPT also known as Business Process Testing can sometimes be very time intensive and sometimes might not be very intuitive to someone who is not familiar with BPT.
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Vishwa-Reddy
Test Automation Eng Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One drawback is that ALM only launches with the IE browser. It is not supporting the latest in Chrome... It should be launched for all of the latest browsers.
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Lisa Gordon
IS Director, ERP PTP Solution Architecture at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
There were multiple modules and stuff to the solution so maybe the requirements can map to test scripts. It can't map to test steps. If you've got a process that's set up and you've got multiple test scripts that are in it, each script has to be linked to the requirement and the whole set can't be. If we're doing process-driven testing, it's more difficult to do it at the script level, which is what we're finding from a traceability perspective.
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Learn what your peers think about Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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