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  • "DFS is more expensive than Zephyr. DFS is around $32 per person, whereas Zephyr is $10 per person. There is a major difference in the price, which is the main reason why we are trying to shift to Zephyr."
  • "It costs a couple of thousand dollars for a little more than 125 users, per month."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the RFT because it allows us to automate manual test cases.
    Top Answer:Adding support for uploading a collection of test cases would be a helpful addition. As it is now, we cannot upload a set of test cases, and instead, have to create it manually. Being able to upload… more »
    Top Answer:We are a consultancy and we use this solution to create a testing plan, that includes test cases, for our clients. It is part of a larger suite of tools that includes Rational Functional Tester, which… more »
    Top Answer:It has 90% of the basic features you need without having to pay a lot of extra money.
    Top Answer:The reporting, and the ability to reorganize the test repository, which are a little stifling. There is definitely room for improvement there. Those are most likely the two major areas.
    Top Answer:We have been working with DFS for almost six or seven years. We have a lot of automation in our own framework, and DFS is supporting that framework. We have integrated DFS with our automation… more »
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    Rational Quality Manager
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    IBM Rational Quality Manager is a collaborative hub for business-driven software and systems quality across virtually any platform and type of testing. This software helps teams share information seamlessly, use automation to accelerate project schedules and report on metrics for informed release decisions. Rational Quality Manager helps quality assurance teams collaborate by sharing project information and status updates seamlessly so team members can synchronize teamwork throughout the lifecycle. It helps them automate by reducing labor-intensive activities to accelerate project schedules. In addition, it helps them govern by understanding and reporting on project metrics enabling accurate, reliable and timely release decisions.

    Zephyr Enterprise is a robust enterprise test management platform that manages all aspects of the testing lifecycle. The solution is provided as an on-premise installation as well as a SaaS-based installation. Zephyr Enterprise enables you to make a rigid process flow flexible enough to accommodate changes. In addition, it provides all the functionality QA teams and testers need in order to create and execute test cases with less effort, allowing more time to do actual testing by alleviating significant time-wasting steps.

    Zephyr Enterprise Features

    Zephyr Enterprise has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Visual dashboards
    • One-click integration
    • Multi Jira instance
    • Scalability
    • Third-Party Integrations
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Visualization
    • User Management
    • Move & Copy
    • Software Testing Management
    • Requirements-Based Testing
    • Industry-strength scalability
    • Documented APIs
    • Regular maintenance and upgrades

    Zephyr Enterprise Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Zephyr Enterprise. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Ready-to-use reports and customizable dashboards: With Zephyr Enterprise, reports and dashboards are updated in real time and you can share test results and link with your team in Jira to connect any known issues. In addition, the solution helps you increase workflow efficiency because it improves info sharing during standup meetings.
    • Supports bi-directional and multi-instance Jira integration: Not only does Zephyr Enterprise support bi-directional and multi-instance Jira integration, but it also gives you the ability to support multiple projects simultaneously – up to 200,000 test cases.
    • Global repository for test cases: Zephyr Enterprise helps you create, categorize, and store your test cases via a global repository that can be shared across your entire organization. You can also quickly reuse test cases using the structured folder management.
    • Test execution: Zephyr Enterprise makes it possible for you to execute tests step by step, manage pass/fail status, and launch automated execution, then file those defects into Jira. Zephyr Enterprise test executions allow teams to operate in a more efficient way.

    • Universal test automation: Zephyr Enterprise supports a wide range of automation frameworks, helping you decrease operational costs and increase test coverage.

      Reviews from Real Users

      Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Zephyr Enterprise solution.

      A Manager of Enterprise Applications at a retailer says what’s most valuable is that “It's very easy and simple to use, which is beneficial. It has 90% of the basic features you need without having to pay a lot of extra money.” He also adds, “Zephyr Enterprise is very stable and the initial setup is straightforward.”

      Jawaad A., Test Automation Lead at Trapeze, explains, "It has many features, but the main things that we need are the test cycles and integration with automation because we have automation for the web and mobile applications. We use it for test case management to run the test cases and get the results. At this moment, it is fulfilling our requirements. We are able to get the test execution report and the test pass and fail report. This summary is delivered to our management."
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    Sample Customers
    Ehrhardt, Cisco Systems, Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik, CareCore National, ItaÒ BBA, Barr
    Hyundai, Fujitsu, Google, David Jones, Burger King, Ingenico, Websense, Dow Jones, Harris, Saab
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company28%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    IBM Rational Quality Manager is ranked 17th in Test Management Tools while Zephyr Enterprise is ranked 5th in Test Management Tools with 2 reviews. IBM Rational Quality Manager is rated 0.0, while Zephyr Enterprise is rated 7.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zephyr Enterprise writes "Zero maintenance, with excellent technical support, easy to install and use". IBM Rational Quality Manager is most compared with Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, TestRail by Gurock, Tricentis qTest, Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud and Adaptavist Test Management for Jira, whereas Zephyr Enterprise is most compared with TestRail by Gurock, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, Tricentis qTest, TFS and Eggplant Manager.

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