Micro Focus ALM Quality Center vs SmartBear TestComplete comparison

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We performed a comparison between Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and SmartBear TestComplete 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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"The initial setup is straightforward. It's not too hard to deploy.""I like that it integrates with the Jira solutions.""As a stand-alone test management tool, it's a good tool.""Most of the features that I like the best are more on the analytics side.""The independent view of elevated access is good.""The most valuable Quality Center feature, I find, is the solution's integration with some of our automation tools. For us, the ability to capture and record and the ease of use from a user perspective, are all key.""It's user friendly, scalable, and very stable and strong. It's cooperative, meaning that I can assess the test to check it and follow the flow of defects, and the developers and the business can use this tool to follow the test process.""The integration with UFT is nice."

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"The solution has a very nice interface.""It is very easy to maintain tests with this tool. It covers all necessary items in the test plan. The most painful item in testing is maintenance. When changes occur, the tests should be maintained.""When compared to other tools, it is very simple.""It works very fine. It is fast on almost any machine, and it is also very well organized. I like its object mapping and its capability to find and interact with almost everything that exists on Windows.""You can record your actions and play them back later.""In TestComplete, I saw a conformed package of a tool that kept everybody in consistency. The team was able to regenerate further tests without having to manipulate more code because the record feature is great.""The initial setup is pretty easy and it's quick to deploy.""The product has many features."

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"There's room for improvement in the requirements traceability with Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. That could use an uplift.""ALM Quality Center could be improved with more techniques to manage Agile processes.""Certain applications within this solution are not really compatible with certain applications like ERP. The problem is when we're trying to use these applications or devices, the solution itself doesn't scale.""Quality Center's UI is outdated, and it's a little bit slow on the login part and different parts of the application. That's why we're switching solutions. I believe most companies are switching to Octane or something else. Micro Focus should enhance the interface and reports.""Micro Focus is an expensive tool.""It is not a scalable solution.""The product is good, it's great, but when compared to other products with the latest methodologies, or when rating it as a software development tool, then I'll have to rate it with a lower score because there's a lot of other great tools where you can interconnect them, use them, scale them, and leverage. It all depends on the cost.""I'm looking at more towards something more from a DevOps perspective. For example, how to pull the DevOps ecosystem into the Micro Focus ALM."

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"If that engine could better identify more XPaths automatically and make the process more flexible, that would be better.""Right now, the product only supports Windows.""There could be API interfaces with this tool.""To bring it up to a 10, I would be looking for the addition of some key functional API testing.""In SmartBear TestComplete the integration with Jenkins could be easier. Additionally, some of the controls could have better customization options. For example, if a grid is used and it contains multiple controls within it, it can be a checkbox, radio button, or any kind of control, the way the Object Spy is operating currently there is a lot of room for improvement.""The pricing is the constraint.""I didn't use it very heavily. One issue that I found was that there wasn't a quick way or a button to move Visual Basic scripts to TestComplete. We have a lot of such scripts in our organization, and it would be very useful to have some option to easily move these scripts. It is currently possible to convert these scripts to TestComplete, but it is not easy. I have to write some code, but everything is not available immediately.""This solution could be improved by making it easier to visualize where there is a failure without having to look at it in detail."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of licensing depends on the number of VMs that you are running test cases on and it is not cheap."
  • "Quality Center is pricey, but cheaper is not always less expensive."
  • "It's a perpetual license."
  • "I've never been in the procurement process for it. I don't think it is cheap. Some of the features can be quite expensive."
  • "Pricing could be improved as it's high-priced. I don't exactly know the pricing point, but previously, I know that it was really high so less people were able to use it for their projects."
  • "The enterprise pricing and licensing are reasonable."
  • "ALM Quality Center is a little bit costly."
  • "Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is very expensive. The price is approximately £2,000 per person, they are too expensive to corner the market."
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  • "The pricing is a little above average — it could be lower."
  • "It costs a few hundred per year, but I am not sure. It is not at all expensive as compared to other tools."
  • "We have a TestComplete 12 license."
  • "The price of SmartBear TestComplete could be less. The main challenge is when it comes to node-locked. They should use a subscription model, such as a monthly-based subscription or, a quarterly-based subscription. Their floating license is very expensive, and this high price should be reduced or provide, at a minimum, a subscription model."
  • "Overall, for us, the cost of the TestComplete platform and the three extra modules is around $8,000."
  • "It is approximately $6,000 a year."
  • "The solution is around $1500. Some are perpetual licenses, and some get a yearly report card."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:HP ALM and Jira can be easily integrated with the aid of a third-party Integration Solution. To help you select the right integration approach and tool, you should first define your integration… more »
    Top Answer:I'm looking at more towards something more from a DevOps perspective. For example, how to pull the DevOps ecosystem into the Micro Focus ALM. You have other different tools in the market which have… more »
    Top Answer:We primarily use the solution for test management.
    Top Answer:This solution could be improved by making it easier to visualize where there is a failure without having to look at it in detail. In comparison, Leapwork allows us that visibility and showed us… more »
    Top Answer:The advice that I would give would be to make sure you dedicate some time and resources to laying out how you want to structure the test cases first. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to integrate with Azure DevOps for continuous integration and deployment.
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    Also Known As
    HPE ALM, Quality Center, Quality Center, Micro Focus ALM
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    Micro Focus ALM/Quality Center serves as the single pane of glass to govern software quality and implement rigorous, auditable lifecycle processes. Designed for complex multi-application environments, organizations can achieve high efficiency in their testing and measure quality with a requirements-driven and risk-based testing approach. Advanced reporting provides a complete view across all releases to gain new insights and make informed decisions. With numerous deployment options, open integrations with common tools and strong data controls, ALM/Quality Center is a perfect choice for enterprises that need to enforce standards, ensure compliance and adapt to changing tools.

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    What is SmartBear TestComplete?

    TestComplete is a reliable, sturdy automated testing platform created by SmartBear Software. SmartBear Software is a worldwide technological leader known for developing quality enterprise-class development and testing solutions.

    TestComplete simplifies the process of creating tests for numerous applications, including, but not limited to; Desktop, Android, IOS, Web browsers, and Windows. Application tests can be manual, scripted, and even recorded by using keyword-driven or data-driven functionality. There are even additional options for error reporting and automated playback. The object repository is extremely accurate and is fully customizable. TestComplete can easily be used by experienced developers and even by manual novice testers to develop quality automated UI tests quickly.

    TestComplete offers three different testing scenarios:

    • Desktop: Users can easily and quickly automate UI tests using today’s most popular desktop applications, such as; Windows, Java, Python,.Net, VBScript, and more.

    • Web: Users can effortlessly create renewable tests for all of today’s popular web applications, including JavaScript frameworks on 2000+ trusted browser and platform integrations.

    • Mobile: Users can safely build and automate serviceable UI tests on actual or virtual android or IOS devices, locally or in the cloud. Users can create code or codeless tests. TestComplete seamlessly integrates with many of today’s popular frameworks.

    Key Features

    • Easily create automated UI tests: TestComplete offers scriptless Record and Replay or simple keyword-driven tests to quickly develop any type of UI test users may require. Tests can be recorded once, then replayed when needed across various applications on mobile, web, or desktop environments. TestComplete integrates with many different languages, such as Java, Python, C+, and more.

    • Keyword driven tests: Users can easily divide testing steps, actions, objects, and data with an integrated keyword-driven test structure. This makes it easy for every user to participate in the test automation process; there is no programming experience needed. Everything is made simple with easy-to-use point-and-click options.

    • Data driven tests: Easily distinguish data from test commands to keep administrative efforts simple. Users can improve overall coverage by running various automated mobile, desktop, or web UI tests.

    • Record and Replay: Users can reuse created automated tests across every environment as often as desired. This helps to expand overall test coverage and represents a huge cost and time savings.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sandhiya T S., Sr Solutions Engineer at Lexington Soft, relates, “The record and replay aspects of the solution are quite useful for people. With them, you don't have to write any scripts. Basically, you can record your actions and play them back later. The initial setup is also very easy.”

    Sai S R., Staff Test Architect at a tech services company, says, "The most valuable features of the SmartBear TestComplete are self-healing, they reduce the maintenance required. The different languages SmartBear TestComplete supports are good because some of our libraries are written in Python, JavaScript, and C#. It's very easy to put them all under one project and use them."

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    Sample Customers
    Airbus Defense and Space, Vodafone, JTI, Xellia, and Banco de Creìdito e Inversiones (Bci)
    Cisco, J.P. Morgan, Boeing, McAfee, EMC, Intuit, and Thomson Reuters.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company33%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Micro Focus ALM Quality Center vs. SmartBear TestComplete
    July 2020
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    Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 22 reviews while SmartBear TestComplete is ranked 7th in Test Automation Tools with 12 reviews. Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is rated 6.6, while SmartBear TestComplete is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Micro Focus ALM Quality Center writes "We can have multiple users execute tests independently on their own computers because the UFT scripts are stored online". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SmartBear TestComplete writes "Speed, configuration consistency, and accuracy of tests with fantastic results". Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is most compared with Micro Focus ALM Octane, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Micro Focus UFT One and Tricentis qTest, whereas SmartBear TestComplete is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, Katalon Studio, Ranorex Studio, Micro Focus UFT One and Appium. See our Micro Focus ALM Quality Center vs. SmartBear TestComplete report.

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