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We performed a comparison between IBM Rational Functional Tester and Sauce Labs based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Functional Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Rational Functional Tester vs. Sauce Labs report (Updated: September 2022).
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"Test automation is most valuable because it saves a lot of time.""IBM Rational Functional Tester is very contextual."

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"Sauce Labs provides us with more combinations to test, so we can keep adding platforms and devices to our network. That's been a very seamless experience. Let's say there's an iOS or a private device we need. Sauce Labs has helped get all those set up when needed.""So far, the stability has proven to be quite good.""The most valuable feature is the ability to run concurrent automated tests up to a specified value, depending on what we are currently paying for.""From an infrastructure support perspective, the number of VMs, browsers installations and versions that we would be maintaining without Sauce Labs would be a lot. This includes not only the infrastructure costs, but also the maintenance costs and people's time. The labor cost associated with maintaining all of that would be considerably high. In terms of efficiency, having concurrent VMs with various browser combinations available has allowed us to run multiple executions by all our teams.""Sauce Labs helps us identify the root causes of bugs. The solution offers a lot of flexibility by providing the latest iOS and Android emulator versions, and even the Appium updates when it comes out in the market.""The most valuable feature is cross-browser, cross-OS, cross-mobile device testing.""Before implementing Sauce Labs, we tested physical devices that team members had to share. It was more feasible when we were all located in one office, but we couldn't leverage our offshore capacity. With this solution, we can do everything remotely, which is essential now that most of us work from home.""With Sauce Labs, we have a whole universe of devices: Galaxy, all the iPhones, and all the operating system versions. All our software developers are able to test on a multitude of different devices."

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Cons
"They need to do a complete revamp so that even a non-technical person can manage the tool.""The latest version has increased load time before testing can be run."

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"The testing process is difficult. I need to prove the complete competency of the tool, and I am finding that challenging.""On a rare occasion, I will come into a ticket where a customer will have reached out to me after reaching out to Sauce Labs, saying, "Sauce Labs doesn't understand what I am going through. They are not being very helpful." So, I try to do clean up there. Outside of those extremely rare occasions, I have only had one or two of those support issues.""This product is not super scalable, because you have a very specific number of VMs that you can use.""I would like for there to be more detail in regards to the quality of our code i.e. how many failures occurred, how many passed based on industry standard metrics, etc.""I may not know what should be improved on the platform, but I think it could offer a greater variety of testing solutions. I know there might be competing solutions that cover more things I'm unaware of, and it could expand a bit more. We've done a lot of automated testing scenarios, and that's all the rage these days, so I think Sauce Labs could look at potential ways to improve and cover other scenarios.""I can't remove team members that have left the organization. I can only set them as inactive. It would be really nice to clean up my data and delete them from the team management.""The real concern is the load time of applications or real devices when we start our tests. It takes some time to load the application or web browser. Sometimes, it is frustrating too. Since they are real devices, we understand it takes some time to load. However, if it were to improve, then that would be a great asset to the solution. So, we would like better responsive times when opening applications and running tests.""The pricing model of Sauce Labs could be more flexible. Sauce Labs has just one price for the type of solution and a set number of devices. Other solutions have a fee for the base solution and an additional cost per device. If you're a smaller organization, you have to consider your needs. Some smaller companies still need to test various devices, so my advice is to start small and scale up as needed. We had initially planned to start big, but that would have been a big waste."

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  • "The pricing is definitely on the higher end, and there are other options that are more cost-effective."
  • "With respect to pricing, they did a bundled discount because we went with Sauce Labs for both mobile and browser. They were very competitive on pricing and provided a bundle discount for us as a larger customer."
  • "We did initially go with Sauce Labs because of the pricing and integration."
  • "The number of concurrent VMs that Sauce Labs provides depends on your purchase license level."
  • "We pay for a specific number of VMs."
  • "Their pricing is incredibly competitive."
  • "The pricing is reasonable due to the amount of diversity that they provide. However, I feel they might be more flexible to bargain based on their relationship with our organization."
  • "They could improve on the pricing because it seems pretty expensive. I'm sure it's justified, but it's expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Rational Functional Tester is very contextual.
    Top Answer:RFT needs to think from a contemporary point of view — from the current context. They need to look at the way they're positioning the tool. They need to do a complete revamp so that even a… more »
    Top Answer:We provide this solution and others like it to our customers. We have implemented IBM Rational Functional Tester for at least 10 to 15 customers between banking and telecom.
    Top Answer:So far, the stability has proven to be quite good.
    Top Answer:The testing process is difficult. I need to prove the complete competency of the tool, and I am finding that challenging.
    Top Answer:I am part of the QA team. I am implementing this solution. Right now, we are also trying to implement this solution in order to gather results in the testing process. We have several stores around the… more »
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    Rational Functional Tester
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    Overview
    IBM Rational Functional Tester is an automated functional testing and regression testing tool. This software provides automated testing capabilities for functional, regression, GUI, and data-driven testing. Rational Function Tester supports a range of applications, such as web-based, .Net, Java, Siebel, SAP, terminal emulator-based applications, PowerBuilder, Ajax, Adobe Flex, Dojo Toolkit, GEF, Adobe PDF documents, zSeries, iSeries, and pSeries.

    Sauce Labs provides the world's largest secure and highly scalable automation cloud for testing desktop, mobile web, native, and hybrid applications. Sauce Labs helps companies accelerate software development cycles, improve application quality, and deploy with confidence across 450+ browser/OS/device/platform combinations.

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    Sample Customers
    Edumate
    Salesforce.com, Mozilla, Zendesk, Puppet Labs, Twitter, Bank of America, Eventbrite, Bleacher Report, Okta, Intuit, Travelocity, Sharecare, CapitalOne.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Healthcare Company14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Media Company10%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    IBM Rational Functional Tester is ranked 25th in Functional Testing Tools with 2 reviews while Sauce Labs is ranked 4th in Functional Testing Tools with 19 reviews. IBM Rational Functional Tester is rated 6.6, while Sauce Labs is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Rational Functional Tester writes "A highly compatible solution; lacks modernity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sauce Labs writes "Metrics about testing across the company are easily accessible, and it's easy to get teams up and running". IBM Rational Functional Tester is most compared with Selenium HQ, Micro Focus UFT One, Tricentis Tosca, SmartBear TestComplete and Silk Test, whereas Sauce Labs is most compared with BrowserStack, Perfecto, LambdaTest, Tricentis Tosca and HeadSpin.

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