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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"What's most valuable in Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is that it's useful for these activities: test designing, test planning, and test execution.""I found the ease of use most valuable in Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. Creating test cases is easier because the solution allows writing in Excel.""We are able to use Micro Focus ALM Quality Center for test management, defect management, test process, test governance activities, and requirement management. We are able to achieve all of this, the solution is very useful.""The integration with UFT is nice.""I like that it integrates with the Jira solutions.""The initial setup is straightforward. It's not too hard to deploy.""ALM is a well-known product and is one of the pioneers in providing test management facilities with a 360 degree view of requirements.""The most valuable feature of Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is the alignment of the test to the execution and the linking of the defects to the two. It automatically links any issues you have to the test."

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"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.""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.""You can record your actions and play them back later.""The solution has a very nice interface.""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. The are other features that SmartBear TestComplete has but the competition widely has them as well.""The solution is mainly stable.""The initial setup is pretty easy and it's quick to deploy.""When compared to other tools, it is very simple."

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"Micro Focus is an expensive tool.""I would like to be able to search easier, not just do SQL queries, being able to do free keyword searches on the data. That's valuable.""We have had a poor experience with customer service and support.""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.""There's room for improvement in the requirements traceability with Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. That could use an uplift.""It is not a scalable solution.""The solution needs to offer support for Agile. Currently, ALM only supports Waterfall.""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."

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"The pricing is the constraint.""During the distribution of our regression test cases, the control IDs are not always recognized correctly.""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.""Right now, the product only supports Windows.""If that engine could better identify more XPaths automatically and make the process more flexible, that would be better.""This solution could be improved by making it easier to visualize where there is a failure without having to look at it in detail.""To bring it up to a 10, I would be looking for the addition of some key functional API testing.""There could be API interfaces with this tool."

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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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  • "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:An area for improvement in Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is not being able to update the Excel sheet where I wrote the test cases. I don't experience issues when writing and uploading new cases on… more »
    Top Answer:We primarily use Micro Focus ALM Quality Center for test management, including test case creation and execution, and we also use it for planning different test cycles during regression tests. We… more »
    Top Answer:The integration tools could be better. It would be useful if we could use it with other test management tools. We'd like to see the solution add a few more features to the offering.
    Top Answer:We had some sort of partnership with the product. I'm not sure which version we're using. The version we're using is likely two years old. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
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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 Firm21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company36%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    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 21 reviews while SmartBear TestComplete is ranked 8th in Test Automation Tools with 10 reviews. Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is rated 6.8, 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, Micro Focus UFT One, Ranorex Studio and Appium. See our Micro Focus ALM Quality Center vs. SmartBear TestComplete report.

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