Helix ALM vs. IBM Rational Quality Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Helix ALM
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Helix ALM (formerly TestTrack) is an application performance testing and application requirements management suite.N/A
IBM Rational Quality Manager
Score 7.0 out of 10
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IBM Rational Quality Manager is a performance testing and quality management hub.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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Test Management
Comparison of Test Management features of Product A and Product B
Helix ALM
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Ratings
IBM Rational Quality Manager
7.8
2 Ratings
3% below category average
Centralized test management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Manage test hosts and schedules00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Map tests to user stories00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Test execution reporting00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Helix ALMIBM Rational Quality Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Perforce Software
Helix ALM is very well suited for maintaining traceability between user needs, requirements and tests for medical device design controls. It allows users to customize the reports to create a traceability matrix or any other reports that are needed. It is also a good program for tracking issues and bugs and for storing/linking verification and validation test protocols and reports.
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IBM
IBM Rational Quality Manager is well suited to be used by the Quality Team in any Software Project. The Application provides good features to track Test Cases and Test Execution Results. On the other hand, the Application suffers from a very Old User Interface and a Very Bad overall User Experience. You have to go through very long and complicated steps to something which is not intuitive at all. Also, some features depend on having IBM RTC integrated with it.
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Pros
Perforce Software
  • Traceability for design controls.
  • Managing workflow of bugs/issues.
  • Maintaining risk management information.
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IBM
  • It's part of Rational CLM suite so provides seamless integration with the Change Management module (RTC) and Requirement Management module (Rational DOORS).
  • It can be integrated with IBM Rational automation, performance and security testing tools which provides an easy way to schedule or execute the scripts from RQM console. Results are linked with test plans
  • Provides Lab management facility, which helps to maintain, allocate and monitor your testing assets like test servers, devices etc.
  • It provides good way to manage multiple test execution cycles. all execution cycles are linked with test plans.
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Cons
Perforce Software
  • Better integration with electronic document control systems like Arena PLM.
  • Easier setup in the back end (customization is available but the interface is not intuitive).
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IBM
  • It does not provide any functionality for defect logging. For defects, you will have to have Rational Team Concert. So it's useful if you have the complete suite.
  • Similar to defects it also does not provide builtin functionality for requirements. Requirement module needs to be purchased separately .
  • It does not have query builder like in RTC, where a user could define its criteria and see the results easily. There is some mechanism to filter the results while you browse test plans and test cases but it's not very user-friendly and sufficient.
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Support Rating
Perforce Software
The support from Perforce has been extensive and allowed us to customize the setup of Helix ALM specific to our needs. They also hosted training sessions for our users and administrators and provided us with troubleshooting help during initial setup.
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
Perforce Software
The other tools that we evaluated did not have all of the capabilities and customization that Helix ALM had to offer and therefore we decided to select Helix ALM.
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IBM
We have used TestLink before using IBM Rational Quality Manager and there is no comparison between them as TestLink will lose in every aspect against IBM Rational Quality Manager. I think it was a very good decision to migrate to it instead of TestLink despite the problems in the User Experience.
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Return on Investment
Perforce Software
  • Improved management of requirements, risks and bugs to make sure they don't get lost in emails or long documents.
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IBM
  • As a part of Rational CLM suite, it provides end to end traceability.
  • It offers coverage report to managers and test leads so that they can identify the gaps in testing.
  • If testers are familiar writing test cases in Excel sheets, it can be a little challenging to ask them to write all their testing artifacts in the tool, because they have to write a test plan, test cases and test scripts separately and then combine according to need. This requires some level of enforcement.
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