Microsoft Azure DevOps vs OpenText ALM / Quality Center comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Sep 5, 2022

We performed a comparison between Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Microsoft Azure Devops based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most Quality Center users say that its initial setup is straightforward, but a small percentage disagree and say that the setup is complex. Azure Devops users say that the initial setup is straightforward.

  • Features: Users of both products are satisfied with their scalability and stability.

    Quality Center reviewers say it is flexible and provides them with good defect management tools and analytics but lacks automation and agile support.

    Azure Devops users say it is robust, secure, and high performing, but they would like better project management tools.

  • Pricing: Most Quality Center reviewers feel that it is an expensive product. In contrast, Azure Devops users say that it is a cost-effective solution.

  • ROI: Reviewers of both solutions report seeing an ROI.

  • Service and Support: Most reviewers of both solutions report being satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Azure DevOps is the winner in this comparison. According to reviews, Azure Devops is a powerful solution that is easier to set up, and less expensive than Quality Center.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. OpenText ALM / Quality Center Report (Updated: November 2023).
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Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is stable. I like Azure a lot. All our guys are Microsoft certified.""Azure DevOps' collaborative features are good, and it integrates well with other tools in the software development process, like quality testing, documentation, and agile development.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure DevOps are high-level protection. The protection is very important to the customers to prevent eavesdropping. eavesdropping is when a hacker tries to get into the solution. With this solution is it difficult for them to do it.""Stable and scalable solution for work planning and code collaboration. It's fast, and it offers a good user experience.""The extensibility of the work item forms and customizations as well as the backend API to query the data, et cetera, and manipulate the data programmatically are all very valuable aspects of the product.""The most valuable feature is that we can run integrations with DevOps. From a QA perspective and a testing perspective, we can run those tests and integrate automation tools. Then we can run those tests as part of the deployment process. Every time we are deploying something, it automatically runs all the tests.""It's a pretty problem-free solution.""It is good for the purpose it is designed for. It is good for maintaining a repository of application code, creating pipelines for deploying the code, building the code, and deploying the code. It can be easily used by developers. There are no issues."

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"Business process management is the most valuable feature of the solution.""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.""It is stable and reliable.""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.""The most valuable feature is the ST Add-In. It's a Microsoft add-in that makes it much easier to upload test cases into Quality Center.""ALM Quality Center's best features are the test lab, requirement tab, and report dashboard.""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.""As a stand-alone test management tool, it's a good tool."

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"More features can be included.""It is essential that you get buy-in from the top management down to everyone in the pipeline.""We are facing some problems because the capacity can only be measured within a project. It cannot be measured across multiple projects. So, the reporting needs to be enhanced, and there should be more graphs to be able to easily give the upper management insights about all the employees from different departments. It will be helpful for employee management. Currently, the managers over here are using Power BI for insights because the functionality of Azure DevOps Boards is not enough. So, we have to export the data into another visualization tool and get the results.""The portfolio is one area where DevOps has room for improvement. Built-in reporting and visualization also could be better. We're using Power BI and Tableau to compile more complex reports and dashboards. Azure DevOps has some out-of-the-box reporting capabilities, but they're very simple. It's usually okay on the team level, but if you have to run a complex report, it's difficult and insufficient, so we use Power BI as an extension.""I can't think of anything I would like to improve, since I don't have complete knowledge of the platform yet. I'm sure that as I gain more experience, I will understand it better. The price could maybe be cheaper, but I'm sure I'll have more ideas as to improvements and additional features once I've used it more.""I think Azure DevOps could improve the traceability or business intelligence about the execution of DevOps processes.""The UI, the user experience, is challenging for newcomers.""Reporting across multiple projects could be improved."

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"The integration could be improved because with Agile technology you are working more quickly than with a top-down methodology.""Micro Focus ALM Quality Center could improve its marketing. For example, Tricentis is much better at letting the market know about new solutions and updates. The migration of the tool could improve, but it can be difficult.""Micro Focus ALM Quality Center could improve how the automation process works. Addiotnlally, the parallel execution needs to be optimized. For example, if multiple users, which are two or more users, are doing an execution, while we execute the cases, I have seen some issues in the progress.""Is not very user-friendly.""The performance could be faster.""We operate in Sweden, and there are not so many Swedish people that know the product.""We have had a poor experience with customer service and support.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This product could maybe be cheaper. My organization handled licensing, so I'm not aware of which subscription they have."
  • "I don't know the pricing of DevOps. It would be much cheaper than ALM because ALM came out as a software product initially. Now they are moving into a cloud and subscription model. In that case, Microsoft is coming from Azure and the cloud and DevOps and software as a service, so it would be much cheaper, but the catch would be that they are trying to get money on all the sides, like an operating system, Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Azure DevOps."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "The solution costs $5 or $10 per user, per month."
  • "We do not pay licenses for this solution."
  • "Microsoft Azure DevOps is an expensive solution."
  • "As the cost structure is per user, I would recommend paying the cost structure based on the amount of data you use rather than the number of users."
  • "The reason that customers are going to the cloud is that it provides the ability to reduce the license cost. For example, when purchasing Office 365 it is bundled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and many other applications. In the past, purchasing a license was approximately $600. Today it's only $35 or $45 per customer, per client, or per user, plus the storage. It's less expensive for companies today, to use something, such as Microsoft Azure DevOps, and provide the software to all the employees needing a license. It's better to go with the cloud than just to buy the licenses by themselves."
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  • "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."
  • "This is an expensive solution."
  • "The solution is priceed high."
  • "The solution was expensive for us."
  • "The licensing fee is a little expensive."
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    Also Known As
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
    Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, HPE ALM, Quality Center, Quality Center, Micro Focus ALM
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is a cloud service that enables developers to collaborate on code development projects and create and deploy applications quicker than ever before. The service helps unite developers, project managers, and software development experts through a collaborative experience while using the application. For the users' convenience, Azure DevOps offers the user cloud services through Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises service using Azure DevOps Server. In addition, it supports integration with additional services and adding extensions, including the ability for the user to create their own custom extensions. 

    Azure DevOps provides a variety of unified features that can be accessed through their web browser or IDE client, such as:

    • Azure Pipelines - Develop and deploy services to support ongoing application integration and delivery. Azure pipelines, which work with almost every project type and most languages, will automatically test code projects in order to make them available to others.

    • Azure Artifacts - Share packages and integrate package sharing between teams. Packages include NuGet, npm, and Maven, in addition to other private and public sources. Developers can now share and consume packages with other developers from different public registries.

    • Azure Repos - Offers source control of your code through Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git repositories. Developers can now keep track of any changes that are made in their code over the course of their project.

    • Azure Test Plans - Offers continuous and manual/exploratory app testing through several tools. Test Suites, or a collection of Test Cases, are grouped together in a container called a Test Plan.

    • Azure Boards - Provides a suite of Agile tools to track work, support planning, code defects, and general issues while using Kanban and Scrum software. Teams are in need of tools that are flexible and will help them grow. Azure Boards is a service that helps developers manage their software projects. 

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure DevOps

    Microsoft Azure DevOps offers many benefits, including:

    • A quick setup and easy deployment
    • An elastic scale
    • Exceptional security
    • No-maintenance operations
    • Effortless collaboration through domains
    • The ability to create and deploy products faster than traditional software

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Azure DevOps stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to forecast how long each task will take and the ability for users to follow the entire development process.

    PeerSpot viewers note the effectiveness of this solution. An executive chief operating officer for a cloud provider notes, “We can forecast tasks and the number of hours a task will take and can compare it with how long a task actually takes.” 

    Carlos H., a product and system director at SPCM, writes, “I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.”

    OpenText ALM/Quality Center serves as the single pane of glass for software quality management. It helps you govern application lifecycle management activities and implement rigorous, auditable lifecycle processes.
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    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. OpenText ALM / Quality Center
    November 2023
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 33 reviews while OpenText ALM / Quality Center is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 19 reviews. Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0, while OpenText ALM / Quality Center is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "High level protection, scales well, but more customer feedback updates needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenText ALM / Quality Center writes "A good stand-alone test management tool, but its pricing could be improved". Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with GitLab, Jira, TFS, Rally Software and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, whereas OpenText ALM / Quality Center is most compared with OpenText ALM Octane, Jira, OpenText UFT One, Tricentis qTest and Zephyr Enterprise. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. OpenText ALM / Quality Center report.

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