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We performed a comparison between Micro Focus UFT One and SmartBear TestComplete based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed Micro Focus UFT One vs. SmartBear TestComplete report (Updated: August 2022).
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It's easy to use for beginners and non-technical people.""It helps in identifying defects earlier. With manual testing, that 15-day timeline meant there were times when we would find defects on the 11th or 12th day of the cycle, but with automation we are able to run the complete suite within a day and we are able to find the failures. It helps us to provide early feedback.""The scalability of Micro Focus UFT One is good.""The inside object repository is nice. We can use that and learn it through the ALM connection. That's a good feature. The reporting and smart identification features are also excellent.""For traditional automation, approximately half of our tests end up automated. Therefore, we are saving half the testing time by pushing it off to automation. That gives it an intrinsic benefit of more time for manual testers and business testers to work on possibly more important and interesting things. For some of our applications, they don't just have to do happy path testing anymore, they can go more in-depth and breadth into the process.""Micro Focus UFT One gives us integration capabilities with both API and GUI components. I like the user interface. It doesn't require that much skill to use and has automatic settings, which is useful for users who don't know what to select. It also has dark and light themes.""The initial setup is relatively easy.""The interface is fine and there is nothing else to add in terms of enhancement."

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"Customer service and technical support responsiveness are high. Everyone is very professional.""You can record your actions and play them back later.""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.""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.""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.""The initial setup is pretty easy and it's quick to deploy.""The ease-of-use and quality of the overall product are above average.""The database checkpoints detect problems which are difficult for a human resource to find."

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Cons
"I am not sure if they have a vision of how they want to position the leads in the market, because if you look at Tosca, Tosca is one of the automation tools that have a strategy, and it recently updated its strategy with SAP. They are positioning them as a type of continuous testing automation tool. And if you notice Worksoft, particularly the one tool for your enterprise application, your Worksoft is positioning. I am not sure if Micro Focus UFT has a solid strategy in place. They must differentiate themselves so that people recognize Micro Focus UFT for that reason.""Sometimes, the results' file size can be intense. I wish it was a little more compact.""They need to reduce the cost because it is pretty high. It's approximately $3,000 per user.""I would want to see a significant improvement in the tool's features. The most significant enhancements are support for panel execution and integration with DevSecOps.""The solution does not have proper scripting.""Sometimes it appears that UFT takes a while to open and sometimes will run slower than expected. Also, UFT uses a lot of memory. On this note, if you are running UFT on a virtual server I would add more RAM memory than the minimum requirements especially when using multiple add-ins. HP is pretty good about coming out with new patches to fix known issues and it pays for the user to check for new patches and updates on a regular basis.""Sometimes UFT can take a while to open and sometimes will run slower than expected.""The AI feature needs improvement. For banking applications, we input formatted text from documents, but the AI feature is recognizing three fields as one field, e.g., for a phone number, it puts all 10 digits in the international code or country code. Then, the script fails."

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"If that engine could better identify more XPaths automatically and make the process more flexible, that would be better.""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.""In the cross-browser domain, it has a few snags with Microsoft Edge and Chrome; although, these problems are not critical.""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.""Right now, when you buy the solution, you need to pay for one solution. You receive one set up and you install it and it's just in that one machine. It would be ideal if they could offer one subscription where you can connect to different machines with a group subscription.""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.""Stability issues occurred only when connecting to the SourceSafe. Sometimes, after getting the latest version, the tool hangs and it should be reopened in order to recover."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is only $3,000. I don't know how many QA analysts you would have in any given company. Probably no more than five or 10. So if it's a large corporation, it can easily afford $15,000 to $25,000. I don't see that being an issue."
  • "The way the pricing model works is that you pay a whole boatload year one. Then, every year after, it is around half or less. Because instead of paying for the new product, you are just paying for the support and maintenance of it. That is probably one of the biggest things that I hear from most people, even at conferences, "Yeah, I would love to use UFT One, but we don't have a budget for it.""
  • "The pricing fee is good. If someone makes use of the solution once a day for a half hour then the fee will be more expensive. For continuous use and application of the solution to different use cases, the fee is average."
  • "The price is one aspect that could be improved."
  • "Compared to other tools in the market, UFT One is very competitive. The recent Covid pandemic situation also hit customer budgets significantly, so Micro Focus offered some discounted prices, which is definitely competitive."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "HPE recently extended the demo license period from 30 days to 60 days which was a very wise and popular decision to give potential customers more time to install it and try it for free. Even if your company has a salesperson come in and demo UFT, I would highly encourage at least one of your developers or automation engineers to download and install it to explore for themselves the functionality and features included during the demo trial period."
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  • "The licensing costs are in the range of $1,000 to $3,000."
  • "The license price for a physical machine is cheap, and for virtual machine, it is very expensive."
  • "Our ROI is about $10,000 a year."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user83412 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user83412 (Vice President at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees)
    Real User

    All of these solutions are based on scripts and face the associated limitations. Test data management, parameterization, dynamic TBOMs, BPCA, SolMan integration and script maintenance all pose potential issues. I'd recommend looking at Tricentis Tosca or Worksoft, both of which provide scriptless automation for SAP GUI. Tosca also supports Fiori and NWBC natively as well as over 30 different UI and API technologies.
    [FULL DISCLOSURE: I work for Tricentis, so obviously biased, but we serve many SAP clients]

    gagneet - PeerSpot reviewergagneet (SAI Global)
    Consultant

    Have used HPE UFT and SAP TAO for testing SAP applications. SAP TAO is more oriented towards the use of SAP by the Technical Users, while you can structure your tests in HPE UFT to be more business oriented and UX-driven. The limitations for these tools are as have been iterated above the use of the Scripting Language and more times the use of 'Record and Play' methods to automate the tests.

    As mentioned above integration with HP ALM (and BPT) makes the whole process easier to comprehend and work on from a Business viewpoint, and when your end users are basically Business users with limited Technical use. That said, you can try the latest SAP testing with the TOSCA tool also, which now provides the majority of the SAP 'modules' (aka objects) out of the box. This is a scriptless tool and with v9.x has the ability to do record and play and actual 'Exploratory' testing wherein the user can just switch it ON and record and later these steps are translated back into Test Case steps (much like TAO).

    TestComplete is also good, but you need C# knowledge for most of the scripting work, otherwise it is a cheaper option to any of the other tools available. Again, you need to be mindful that someone needs to create the initial framework and then users can work on it. This tool is more helpful when doing some Unit Tests.

    I am not sure of Ranorex, as have not used it.

    it_user344235 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user344235 (Testing Industry & Testing Solutions adviser - seeking opportunities at a tech vendor)
    Vendor

    It's been a while since I have used SmartBear, but I do know with HP & Ranorex that you will need to have more a development background for both your test logic and object recognition. If your testers are more developers, then you'll be ok. Will be happy to share other options to look at.

    it_user357144 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user357144 (IT Professional (Business/Technical Analyst, Change/Release Management, Project Manager) at The281Group )
    Consultant

    Please checkout the following links for HP solutions:
    http://resultspositive.com/building-an-sap-testing-center-of-excellence/
    http://www8.hp.com/h20195/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA6-5035ENW.pdf
    https://www.techvalidate.com/collections/hp-unified-functional-testing-case-studies

    Thanks,

    -PL

    it_user224220 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user224220 (User)
    Vendor

    Hi,

    I tested SAP with HPE UFT including BPT with a high level of success. The major difference between TAO and UFT is that UFT approaches testing from a user/business perspective while TAO is more oriented towards technical part by accessing individually each transaction. We were in System and later Acceptance Test so UFT was the tool of choice. HPE UFT detected objects ok, we could access all transactions and compose whatever scenarios crossed our minds. In order to do that we integrated with HP ALM who offered BPT which made the work a lot easier. We knew the tool so no training was necessary but the cost of licenses was quiet high.

    Hope it helps
    Victor

    it_user457878 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user457878 (User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User

    UFT will support or Tricentis TOSCA .

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We reviewed MicroFocus UFT One but ultimately chose to use Tricentis Tosca because we needed API testing. MicroFocus UFT is a performance and functional testing tool. We tested it, and it was well… more »
    Top Answer:Any updates on this @Don Ingerson. I am trying to pre-assess the same question. Whether I would get any performance improvements in executing scripts (VBScripts) in UFT 14.XX or UFT 15.XX compared to… more »
    Top Answer:One advantage of Micro Focus UFT is that it is more compatible with SAP, Desktop ECC SAP, than S/4HANA.
    Top Answer:You can record your actions and play them back later.
    Top Answer:While it's my understanding that clients don't seem bothered by the pricing, I can't speak to the actual cost of the product. That said, it is, as far as I know, competitive in the market.
    Top Answer:Right now, the product only supports Windows. We'd like to see it work with other operating systems as well. They should definitely be working with iOS, for example. That should just be a given.
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    Also Known As
    UFT (QTP), Micro Focus UFT (QTP), QTP, Quick Test Pro, QuickTest Professional, HPE UFT (QTP)
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    Overview

    Micro Focus UFT (Unified Functional Testing) One is a smart, intuitive solution that automates and designs tests for enterprise applications utilizing embedded AI-based processes. Micro Focus UFT One escalates and streamlines end-to-end functional testing with one brilliant solution.

    QA and testing teams can easily and quickly test throughout distributed infrastructures simultaneously on web and mobile; script once and rerun all tests with cross-browser support; and benefit from a vast ecosystem of integrations from version control to continuous integration to agile management. With seamless integration of 200+ technologies, including but not limited to AWS, Java, Citrix SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce, UFT One expands test coverage from the UI to the API - and everything in between - for a truly superior enterprise-grade application testing process.

    UFT One is a significant contribution to the next-gen UFT brand of integrated functional testing solutions. UFT One empowers clients to test earlier and faster by combining a huge range of technical support with AI-driven proficiencies. The solution provides the momentum, robustness, and stability necessary to execute automation at scale that is seamlessly integrated with an enterprise’s current DevOps toolchain.

    Key Features of Micro Focus UFT One

    • Manual & automated testing: Using UFT One, you can create, schedule, implement, and research every manual and automated testing product with one solution.

    • Enhanced object recognition: Using intricate optical character recognition (OCR) and machine learning, testing and implementation occur more naturally, almost identically to how a human “sees” things.

    • Simplified test creation: Save time by utilizing UFT One’s natural language processing (NLP) to run tests in simple English; no coding is needed.

    • Remote possibilities: You have the option to deploy the UFT One Remote AI Service to one central, robust device to enable improved performance and efficiency to other UFT devices with fewer capabilities.

    Key Benefits of Micro Focus UFT One

    • Improved performance: UFT One’s intuitive automation enables teams to enhance the speed of the creation process and minimize the manpower needed to adapt to the speed of the application changes.

    • Increased test coverage: Front-end and back-end coverage, from UI to API. UFT One seamlessly integrates well with almost every solution and ecosystem in today's busy marketplace.

    • Cross-browser coverage: UFT One allows you to create one script and rerun all tests easily, using any of today's leading browsers, such as Firefox, Edge, Chrome, and more.

    • Next-gen mobile options: UFT One users can use the UFT Mobile Add-in to create and run mobile tests without needing any additional tools for mobile devices.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Chris T., Test Automation Architect at Independent Health, relates that “testers have been able to free up their time: instead of doing mundane, repetitive tasks, they shift them off to automation.”

    Tansu A., Test Automation Consultant at a tech services company, feels UFT One “enables us to quickly obtain detailed product behavior information.”

    UFT One “helped us notably reduce manual testing efforts and pass the savings along to our client,” says a user who is a Test Analyst at a tech services company.

    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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    Buyer's Guide
    Micro Focus UFT One vs. SmartBear TestComplete
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Micro Focus UFT One vs. SmartBear TestComplete and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
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    Micro Focus UFT One is ranked 2nd in Regression Testing Tools with 19 reviews while SmartBear TestComplete is ranked 4th in Regression Testing Tools with 11 reviews. Micro Focus UFT One is rated 7.6, while SmartBear TestComplete is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Micro Focus UFT One writes "Testers have been able to free up their time: instead of doing mundane, repetitive tasks, they shift them off to automation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SmartBear TestComplete writes "Speed, configuration consistency, and accuracy of tests with fantastic results". Micro Focus UFT One is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, Micro Focus UFT Developer, Katalon Studio, Selenium HQ and Silk Test, whereas SmartBear TestComplete is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, Katalon Studio, Ranorex Studio, Appium and froglogic Squish. See our Micro Focus UFT One vs. SmartBear TestComplete report.

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