Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center

Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center

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Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center

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What is Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center?

Micro Focus offers the former HPE application lifecycle management and quality assurance suite, Application Lifecycle Management / Quality Center (or ALM/QC).
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What is Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center?

Micro Focus offers the former HPE application lifecycle management and quality assurance suite, Application Lifecycle Management / Quality Center (or ALM/QC).

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What is Jira Software?

JIRA Software is an application lifecycle management solution for software development teams. It allows users to create, prioritize and track the progress of tasks across multiple team members, and offers a wide range of integrations. It is offered via the cloud and local servers.

What is Aqua ALM?

German company Andagon supports Aqua ALM, a subsidiary offering an eponymous application lifecycle management platform that focuses on test management solutions,

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What is Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center?

Micro Focus ALM/Quality Center is presented as a comprehensive, unified, flexible and extensible application life-cycle management product. It aims to provide teams with visibility across all enterprise projects and the complete application life-cycle. It establishes consistent, repeatable processes for managing requirements, tests, and business components, in order to effectively increase speed, improve quality and reduce cost.

Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center Features

  • Supported: Application lifecycle management
  • Supported: Release and cycle management, with KPI and Scorecard
  • Supported: Requirements management (Business Process Models, Baselining, and Version Control)
  • Supported: Risk-based test planning and management
  • Supported: E-Signature solution
  • Supported: Application Lifecycle Intelligence
  • Supported: Automatic execution and result collection of UFT tests (UFT One, UFT Mobile and UFT Developer) and BPT tests
  • Supported: Automatic execution and result collection of other automated tests such as Selenium, through the Micro Focus Application Automation Tools (a Jenkins plugin)
  • Supported: Micro Focus Sprinter-integrated manual testing
  • Supported: WebRunner—Web-based client with manual and automated test execution, defect management and dashboard view capabilities
  • Supported: Client Launcher—Full-function Windows desktop client, installable without administrator privilege
  • Supported: Business Process Testing
  • Supported: Quality of Things—Offline/online test execution client on mobile devices
  • Supported: Quality Analytics (Reports and dashboards, cross-project reporting
  • Supported: Defect management
  • Supported: LDAP user authentication and SAML-based single sign-on (SSO)
  • Supported: AutoPass License Server (APLS) integration
  • Supported: Archiving wizard able to archive large amount of data for single or multiple projects
  • Supported: Team collaboration using Microsoft Skype for Business

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Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Micro Focus offers the former HPE application lifecycle management and quality assurance suite, Application Lifecycle Management / Quality Center (or ALM/QC).

Jira Software, Bitbucket, and IBM Rational ALM are common alternatives for Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.4.

The most common users of Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Sudheer Thokala | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have various criteria as a part of the requirements in which we gathered from teams. We started evaluating each requirement across the tools, and we started providing score ranges from 1-10 and the Quality center holds top to that.
Some of them are listed below:

User Experience
  • The tool should be easy to use for testers, end-users, and administration
  • The tool should have available integrations to IDEs like Eclipse, Visual Studio and IntelliJ, which are used most commonly. Ability to execute tests from within the IDE
  • Available integrations to ALM tools (Jira) , where we are able to associate Requirements, Defects, Epics and User Stories with Test Cases. Ability to measure test effectiveness through these integrations
  • Availability of relevant documentation for users, administrators and managers.
  • Availability of on-line help for quick resolution to tester’s needs.
  • 24x7 Vendor support for quick resolution to issues and to ensure maximum productivity
  • Availability of intuitive, easy-to-use interface for end-users
The tools should have the ability to import test cases from common tools like Excel and export test results into Excel and PDF
There is a low learning curve for end-users. The ability to quickly onboard technical and non-technical end-users quickly is great.
The tool should have powerful search capabilities and should provide the ability to search and filter based on test case information or attributes of the test cases.
The tool should provide the ability to search and replace text or field values and auto-replace content based on conditions.

Test Management

The tool should support Central management of test artifacts, and support for product structures for managing test artifacts.
The tool should be able to provide support for popular Testing Methodologies including Agile, Exploratory, TDD, Black box testing, Functional testing, etc., and should support Finastra’s shift-left philosophy.
The tool should support the ability to create and manage test cases and test steps.
The tool should be able to segregate manual and automated tests and should be able to measure effective automation at the product level. The tool should also provide the ability to link/associate manual tests to automated tests.
The tool should provide the ability to create test suites by associating test cases and have the ability to execute test suites as well as report on tests at the test script, test case, test suite, and product levels.
The tool should support Test Data - Defect Link and should be able to provide complete Traceability Coverage at product and release levels.
The tool should provide the ability to stop tests before complete execution. The tools should also have the ability to resume test execution from the point of last pause or failure.
The tool should provide the ability to capture screenshots of successful or failed tests for documentation purposes and to capture replication steps.
The tool should allow capturing and storing attachments at a test step or test step level.
The tool should support parameterization for different test data.
The tool should have versioning capability for test artifacts.
The tool should have the ability to integrate with Mobile testing tools and should help manage test cases related to the native apps, simulators, and emulators for mobile testing.
The tool should have the capability of creating manual template tests.
The tool should provide history changes for all available fields.
The tool should have the capability to save and view Favorites
The tool should provide a shortcut key functionality for features.
The tool should have the capability of scheduling the test suites to run.
The tool should provide the capability of the "Check Spelling" feature while writing tests.

Reporting and validation

The tool should support standard test reporting out-of-the-box.
The tool should provide the capability of creating, saving, and reusing reports and dashboards for all users.
The tool should provide the capability of sharing reports within user groups.
The tool should provide the capability of exporting reports and report data to Excel and PDF.
The tool should provide the capability of customizing, configuring, and modifying reports to suit product development team requirements.
The Tool Should provide Dashboards, Widgets, and Reports which can be customizable for business teams to highlight scheduled tasks and provide insight into progress.
The tool should provide Full Coverage and traceability Matrix reports.

Administration and Usability

Tool - Server installation should be available on Windows and Linux
The tool should support Windows, Linux UI, and Mac for client interface.
The tool should have support for Web interface and should have support for commonly used web browsers like IE, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
The tool should have support for LDAP servers (AD) and should support single-sign-on capabilities. The tool should provide the ability to integrate with multiple LDAP servers simultaneously.
The tool should have the ability to create users at the tool level (outside the LDAP domain) to support partners and 3rd party entities.
The tool should have APIs for integrations and reporting. Preferably, the tool should support REST and SOAP APIs.
The tool should provide authorization and authentication through user groups.
The tool should enable an easy way to create, manage, delete, and deactivate users and user profiles as required. The tool should have the ability to move users across groups in a simple and intuitive manner.
The tool should provide the ability to import and export users from Excel, LDAP, and through APIs.
The tool should provide the ability to segregate roles and responsibilities at a tool level, project/product level, or a group/team level.
The tool should support a distributed topology for implementation and installation.
The tools should provide clustering capabilities, high availability architecture, and options for disaster recovery implementation. The licensing option for the tool should also support these capabilities.
The tool should provide out-of-the-box capabilities for backup and recovery of data in a simple, initiative manner.
The tool should have the ability to integrate to Jira, HP ALM, GIT, and other standard tools that are defined in Finastra.
The Tool should provide the capability of configuring file change alerts and to whom to send the Email notifications.
The Tool should provide the capability of configuring user notifications.

Integration , Automation, and Operation

The Test management tool should provide Rest API support for integration with the test automation framework.
The Test management tool should support rest API integration with the test automation framework. It should support the following features:
Automated Test suite creation, modification, and deletion
Automated Test case creation, modification, and deletion
Manual test case mapping with automated test scripts. API capability to do mapping externally
It should support live reporting of automated test during execution
It should support controlling test execution from external tools like Jenkins, VSTS etc.
Capability to upload, modify and delete automated test reports
The Test management tool should Feature to map automated test scripts with manual test cases and update test status and reports
The Test management tool should Feature to create automated test suites and execution controller dashboard with live report capability. Capability to define test execution dependency.
The Test management tool should report dash board for both manual, automation and test report history
The Test management tool should be able to run Test execution on remote machine and parallel execution capability
The Test management tool should have CI / CD support and integration with different tools like Jenkins, VSTS etc..
The Test management tool should have GIT integration
The tool should have support for mobile testing. The tool will have the ability to integrate with Mobile testing tools like Appium, Mobile Center, Perfecto, etc.
The tool should support native mobile application testing, simulation-based testing, and emulators-based testing to support shift-left.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Easy reports
Ease of use
Ease of traceability matrix
Executions are so easy with all options of evidences tracking

Cons
QA is rigid in some of the features, like reports, dashboards, and doing integration with some other tools like loadrunner, JMeter, and even Jira. A few reports we can not edit which might be because of its own UI friendliness.

March 29, 2021

Quick Center

Bharath Bhushan Sontike | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • BMC Helix ITSM (Remedy)
Firstly, it's a management decision to use HP Quality Center. But if you ask me why I would recommend Quality Center over other products is majorly because of automated regression testing, user interface, security/authorization restrictions and reporting features. Other product which I used was complicated and UI was not user friendly. Also, most of the features available in Quality Center are available in them.
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
ALM/QC does not stack up too well against other lifecycle management products, in my opinion. ALM/QC does good in certain areas, such as the quick assigning of tasks to be done, but it falls short in too many areas in terms of being a realistic product to use for the different phases and lifecycle of IT processes. There is a notable lack of cohesion among certain functions of ALM/QC, almost as if separate products were purchased and then consolidated into one product.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Among a number of other tools used in our business, ALM is best for:
  • Long-term projects.
  • Waterfall projects.
  • Critical business components development and monitoring.
The growth of customer base and business needs is changing fast, however, older systems that hold key business functionality require a steady maintenance flow. This is more easily managed using ALM compared to other tools that cater only for agile projects.
  • Business evolution and analysis.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have selected ServiceNow (SNOW) in lieu of HP Application Lifecycle Management. SNOW allows complete integration into our internal corporate web-based systems where ALM does not. Because of this complete integration, we are able to provide users with a consistent user experience matching those of all our other solutions. ALM was not able to provide this interface.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Micro Focus LoadRunner (formerly HP LoadRunner), JIRA Software, Rallybound, Bugzilla and Umantis
Quality Center does a great job on its own and is still a very competitive tool. However, with newer methodologies coming and most of the companies moving towards Agile, it requires an upgrade - without which, it will not survive. It has done a great job so far for years together. But Rally and other software are more aligned with Agile. There are features missing in Rally - which is where Quality already has a base. With a few tweaks and design changes, It can easily dominate. Quality Center also cannot do any load testing or stress testing. This area can also be improved.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We require a project management tool for waterfall projects with very heavy testing cycles (4-5 regression cycles), definitely no other tool in the market provides the level of support for test management that HP ALM provides.

On the top of that, testing scope was huge, it covers functional, security & performance testing & we want to track all the suites under one roof which was only feasible in HP ALM. Also we were planning to automate using HP UFT which also integrates well with HP ALM.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HP is unique in its own way. We chose HP because it is standard and an end-to-end solution. However, we also use other tools for the same work that we currently do. HP is good for waterfall projects. It has an excellent defect management module.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I was not responsible for selection of ALM. Given the size of the company of the client I am engaged with who is using it, I would have picked something with similar features like Rally or VersionOne. These tools are far easier to use - less clicks! The choice, however, was likely based on the fact that other HP products are in use in the company.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HP Quality Center and IBM Rational Team Concert have an option for a sync up which allows a person to automatically create a defect on rational team concert from a Quality Center note just by using a sync up button. Though HP quality centre does not give us many options to track development on Quality Centre, it does let us view the metrics and SLAs on a defect life cycle. This enables the QA team to ensure the bugs are fixed in a timely fashion and the business needs are met. This is the reason why I picked Quality centre over the other tool.
Derek Wallis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There is a desire from some areas in the company to move to TFS and Microsoft Test Manager. The issue with the MS tool set is that they are more geared for developers rather than testers and business users, so great for Agile (assuming developers do carry out testing) but if you are looking for a full end to end QA tool that anyone can use then I'd stick with ALM.
Tina M. Musso | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

For requirements, we have also reviewed Blue Print, Version One, etc. Currently, the go forward solution is being decided. Whatever the final requirements application is, integration with HP ALM will be done to support traceability.

For testing, there are a large number of applications available. None of them have the traceability functionality that ALM incorporates from a native perspective. That being said, many automation test tools can now be integrated with ALM, allowing users to run their automated tests and record results within ALM, while leveraging the better functionality provided by Selenium or other testing applications.


The biggest drawback for the defect module is the inability to report across multiple repositories within ALM. The solution for us was to leverage templates and add a reporting tool that pulls in the defect information into a single pool. We are transitioning away from ClearQuest because it is not as agile for changes and updates to the database and interface.

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have other tools in our organization like Atlassian JIRA and Microsoft Team Foundation Server, which are very capable tools but very narrow in their approach and feature set and does not come even close to the some of the core capabilities of HP ALM.

HP ALM is the "System of Record" in our organization. It gives visibility for an artifact throughout the delivery chain, which cut downs unnecessary bottlenecks and noise during releases.
October 13, 2016

ALM - What...why...how

Shayne Froelich | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have had ALM back when it was called QC (Quality Center) and this was before my time, so I cannot say why it was chosen over other applications. I do know that it has been our defacto standard for many years now and all users of the program are very happy with it.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HP needs to have better support for agile testing as compared to JIRA. JIRA also has some powerful integration using REST APIs. Silk Test's portability enables users to test applications more effectively with lower complexity and cost in comparison to HP QC.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HP ALM is the best for tracking testing no questions about it, it is more robust and mature than JIRA or IBM Rational. It has the capability to track not only test, requirements and even software or project development. Reports can be easily configured and produced from ALM, when compared with other similar products like JIRA., Well the disadvantage is the pricing, JIRA can be had for free or minimal fees and that is an advantage that might work for smaller projects/companies.
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