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We performed a comparison between Agility and Micro Focus ALM Octane based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"It can generate reports showing a burndown chart, burnup chart, and the planned vs actual velocity.""With some of the other tools, you have to buy 20 different plugins to get to the same capability that comes with the basic Agility capability.""For visualization capabilities, the automation capabilities make it possible to support the different personas. The features and capabilities are excellent and come with excellent support.""Agility is highly flexible. It can do much more than what our client is doing with it. They use it in a defined way. Some at that company have a much broader knowledge of agile and SAFe, but they're given applications and a mandated way to work. We had to work within their parameters and provide an accurate transition so the data would be mapped and pushed through."

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"It's more streamlined because we have it all under one umbrella. And once the business requirements and rules have been created, we can do test cases and apply them to the business rules.""Its end-to-end traceability is one of the big advantages. Most of our agile projects work in a closed team structure. We are seeing what is the flow, where we are, and what is the project milestone. So, it provides end-to-end traceability and good visibility of project milestones.""The key feature is the usability. It is fast to learn and easy to use. It's very intuitive to work with. Most of the important functions are available via a few clicks, compared to other tools where I have to open a sub-menu and then a sub-menu and another sub-menu, and then press a button.""The solution natively supports Agile-Waterfall hybrid software development at an enterprise scale. This is very important to us. Because even though the company wishes to go Agile, we still have projects which follow a Waterfall methodology. In order for us to accommodate both, we needed some sort of hybrid system. Because if we are using a fully Agile system, then the reporting might not be correctly extracted.""An improvement on previous versions because it comes as preconfigured as possible.""The user experience is a lot better than any tool that I have used before. Overall, it is great. It has a smooth interface, which is very user-friendly. It makes it easier to work together and have more transparency and customization, which is very good.""Micro Focus' technical support is good.""The filtering options are very good once you learn them. The document reports are also valuable. You can create reports in Word and PDF formats. That's very useful."

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"The machine learning features are a new capability but could be improved. This is being worked by currently. Multicolor simulation, specifically, could be improved.""In my work as a contractor, it's always frustrating when a client has multiple software applications that don't talk to each other and they all perform the same function. That presents a huge challenge between their IT groups.""The user interface can be improved by adding Save, Edit, Add, Cancel, and Return buttons to the popup windows that are displayed when you click on a child item.""There is room for improvement in getting the analytics portion of the solution more integrated with the rest of it."

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"I have yet to experience the CI/CD part of Micro Focus ALM Octane but as demonstrated by the team who is providing the services, I see that the CI/CD could improve. When we check in the code, for the code snippet that has been checked in by a particular user, you need to open a separate file. When comparing Micro Focus ALM Octane to Jira, they have a separate window in which you can click on the ID and the code is visible in the snippet. It's a two-step process in Micro Focus ALM Octane and it's a single-step process in Jira. It's essential for the developers to think about this difference.""We’d like to see Platform One/Iron Bank compliant containers.""It would help us if ALM Octane got FedRAMP-certified, so our government departments could use the cloud solution. That way our external consultants could access it. We've created a URL to get to it, but if it were FedRAMP-certified and service and had support in the continental United States, that would be better.""The biggest problem with ALM Octane is that it's very complex, so it's difficult to use and scale.""What could be improved in Micro Focus ALM Octane is its integration with Jira.""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.""The reporting is lacking from a requirements matrix and a traceability perspective.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "You get what you pay for. Don't let your development teams dictate what the portfolio management team should use as the main tool."
  • "Comparing the pricing to other products, I think this solution is in the middle."
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  • "Going forward, I think we will want to explore adding more licenses."
  • "The solution has reduced our testing costs."
  • "Microsoft is a big challenge for Micro Focus when it comes to pricing because they are much cheaper. But it definitely depends on the complexity of the environment. If it has multiple technologies, at that point, looking at other options and Microsoft would be a feasible approach."
  • "The comparison is always with Jira, so the pricing of Octane is a bit on the higher side. But if you look at what you have to add to Jira, on the plug-in side, to have the same abilities you have with Octane, you're more or less even, or even ahead with Octane."
  • "There is a conversion fee for changing licenses."
  • "The cost of this product is very high."
  • "The senior management of my company handles the purchases of the solution. However, the price per developer was a major reason we switched from Jira. Apart from the complexity and the support, the price was a major reason that a team of 20 people unanimously decided that we would prefer to go with Micro Focus ALM Octane rather than Jira. The senior management had seen some benefit in it and they preferred it over Jira because the per developer cost was less and the support was superior."
  • "ALM Octane is very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:With some of the other tools, you have to buy 20 different plugins to get to the same capability that comes with the basic Agility capability.
    Top Answer:We pay an annual fee based on a certain number of users and a rate that they gave us based on the number of users. Comparing the pricing to other products, I think this solution is in the middle. We… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement in getting the analytics portion of the solution more integrated with the rest of it. The feature I would like to see is already in their newer licensing structure, and… more »
    Top Answer:Hi Netanya, Basically , it all depends on the use cases for your environment and the business needs. Hope the below data may be relevant to you for identifying your needs and deciding on the… more »
    Top Answer:As a partner, we offer perpetual licensing as well as annual or monthly subscription licensing. I’m not sure how it compares to other products. There aren’t any additional costs that I am aware of. It… more »
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    VersionOne Lifecycle, VersionOne, CollabNet VersionOne, Continuum
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    Enterprise business agility rests on agile planning that scales and has the flexibility needed to meet the needs of customers and the market. Agility enables organizations to scale up agile from the team level across the product portfolio, improve collaboration and efficiency, and deliver software that provides more value.

    Micro Focus ALM Octane helps organizations implement a “quality everywhere” approach and improve Agile and DevOps development and testing processes to improve the flow of work across the software delivery value stream. You can tightly align quality efforts from development to release, employ a broad range of tests anchored by automation, and continuously monitor and improve for increased throughput. Micro Focus fosters an open approach so that quality is visible, traceable, and continuously improved. By synchronizing quality and testing with Agile and DevOps processes, risks are mitigated early in the software delivery value stream – speeding the way for faster delivery and improved customer satisfaction.

    ALM Octane facilitates a tailored and scalable approach for large enterprises. You can deploy your way and minimize infrastructure needs with deployment options spanning on-premises, SaaS, and public cloud (Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Marketplaces). Similarly, various licensing options can tailor the features to meet specific needs with support for thousands of concurrent users in geographically disperse locations.

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    Sample Customers
    Siemens Health Services (HS), Cerner Corporation, Aaron's, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Kelley Blue Book, AOL, Axway, Tideworks, bwin Interactive Entertainment, AG, Intergraph, Eos Group, PeopleCube, Liquid Machines
    Orange, Airbus, Haufe Group, Kellogg's, Claro, Bon Secours, World Wide Technology
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Transportation Company22%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Consumer Goods Company4%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise80%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise84%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide Agility vs. Micro Focus ALM Octane
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Agility vs. Micro Focus ALM Octane and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012. Agility is ranked 12th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 4 reviews while Micro Focus ALM Octane is ranked 3rd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 17 reviews. Agility is rated 9.0, while Micro Focus ALM Octane is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Agility writes " A scalable, full-package solution with a tech support team that bends over backwards to help". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus ALM Octane writes "Reporting engine, widgets, and dashboards are a huge plus, and powerful REST interface means we can interact with other tools". Agility is most compared with Jira, Jira Align, Rally Software, Microsoft Azure DevOps and IBM Engineering Workflow Management, whereas Micro Focus ALM Octane is most compared with Jira, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, Microsoft Azure DevOps, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management and Rally Software. See our Agility vs. Micro Focus ALM Octane report.

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