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How does Digite's Swift ALM tool compare with HPE ALM or JIRA?


At the company I'm working at we are considering using Swift ALM. We use a bunch of disconnected tools today and are looking to move to a suite that allows for integration. 

Has anyone used the full functionality of this tool? Capturing requirements, solution design, project management, test case management?

I've used other tools like TFS and JIRA. 

Anyone have experience and can share? Good or bad.

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I have been providing IBM Rational ALM related implementation and consulting services to various clients. Its one of the best ALM solutions available in the market. It provides Requirement Management module, Change and Configuration management module, Quality Management module and Design Management module to cover complete SDLC. Furthermore you can add uDeploy for automated builds and deployment. This solution can also be integrated with IBM functional and performance testing tools as well. You can visit jazz.net for further information

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TFS are good for Development & Test Cases not very good at Requirements Management.
Jira reminds me of another development tool as well and supports Agile very well , so does TFS.

If you need a requirements tool, I suggest looking a Requirements tool which has integration with these tools. and provides end to end traceability and forward engineers your Test Cases..etc.

One RM tool, I do recommend looking at is TopTeam Analyst by TechnoSolutions. it does all of the above and it's easy to use. They also have a great support and competitive with costs. It also has integration with TFS, JIRA & QC. Worth considering and testing

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Dear Sir,

If I read this well, you are looking for an Orchestration solution.
As Gartner says: "A DevOps toolchain can include dozens of noncollaborative tools, making the task of automating the continuous delivery of applications a technically complex and arduous task. IT and DevOps leaders should use DevOps toolchain orchestration to meet speed and efficiency expectations. "

Question is what you want/need to Orchestrate.
When you just mentioned TFS and JIRA I think your question is regarding issue, defect, work items.

Second point: do,youn really want to replace all what you currently have?
Or do you want a better view/integration of what you have (orchestration)?

If so have also a look at orchestration tools.

In case you want to look at Orchestration, please also look at www.ikanalm.com (our solution).

René De Vleeschauwer

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Appreciate everyone's quick response to this question. I now have enough information on Swift ALM as well as ALM in general. Thanks IT Central Station!

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A detailed analysis would be needed to check if Swift ALM works fine on manual testing requirements and integration with automation tools like UFT and Selenium.

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Dear Sir,

I would recommand an orchestration tool, where you can contine to use the existing toolset, but add an "orchestration" layer.

How do we do it:

Blueprint: we have a generic ITS plugin
For QA we use HP QC: we can run HPQC during a Build or Deploy Phase. We feed HPQC with "test passed or failed" and on fail the Build or Deploy will fail.
For code repository we have a mix of CVS and GIT: we support a number of VCR4s, including GIT/SVN. Each IKANALM project is linked to a VCR. So you can use GIT for on project, SVN for another.
For release management we use a spreadsheet: we offer the ability to define a life cycle for each project and for each step in the life cycle build and deploy steps.
Everything is documented and logged.

Question: what platform do you develop for and what languages do you use? We do mainframes (z/OS), Linux, Windows and COBOL, PL/1, JAVA, .....


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Thanks everyone for all the feedback and suggestions. @rene I like the idea of orchestration. Definitely an option to consider.

What I'm also hearing is there isn't much anyone knows about Swift ALM. Of all the info I am looking for is information on Swift ALM.

Lastly we are considering a pilot of Swift ALM. We have seen many demos of it. But what's lacking is actual user feedback. Let me know if anyone has experience with Swift ALM.

Thanks community!

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If you're going with TFS, Looks to me ..you're moving away from HPQC or ALM? Can you confirm?

I would like to also add, TopTeam does have integration with HPQC as well. and which you can host on premise or cloud.

Again, the best thing to do is run and side to side pilot . This way you are able to figure out which tool works best in your environment. No one has the same environment and every company I've entered does things different.

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Reading what Rene wrote: I agree with him. And he knows BluePrint integration better than me. Follow his advice.

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Just to be clear HP QC (Quality Center) is the old name for HP ALM/ALM Octane. And I know BluePrint has at least one former HP employee. So I think getting integration between those two tools should be possible. It's possible you already have what you need in QC, but not using it to it's potential. It happens.

Do you happen to know what version of QC you run?

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For requirements gathering we use Blueprint. For QA we use HP QC. For code repository we have a mix of CVS and GIT. For release management we use a spreadsheet. For project management we use project server.

What we don't have is traceability from requirement to solution design to QC to deployment.

Our goal is better data throughout SDLC so we can make more informed decisions.

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This is the first I have heard of Digite Swift ALM. I work with HP ALM for and I know others work with HP ALM Octane.
I would suggest you add a list of your disconnected tools.
That way you can know for sure of integration, otherwise it's difficult to give an accurate answer.
HP ALM is great for Traceibility of Requirements to Test Cases to Defects.
It also supports execution of both Manual tests as well as Automated.

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