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Examine HPE ALM and Quality Center test management tools

HPE ALM and Quality Center test management tools offer customers a set of interactive tools to help execute tests as well as target defects for quality assurance.

Hewlett Packard Enterprises' Application Lifecycle Management and Quality Center are the test management tools of the HPE's application delivery management tool suite. ALM and Quality Center offer similar functionality; Quality Center is the enterprise edition whereas ALM is the premier edition that offers templates in which to set up new projects. Both ALM and Quality Center offer complete test management functionality, including 360-degree traceability from requirements through test execution and defects.

What do HPE ALM and Quality Center offer as testing tools?

HPE's ALM and Quality Center are some of the leading test management tools in the industry. These products include requirements management, test planning, test execution and defect management, as well as reporting capabilities that support visibility across the product development lifecycle.

In addition, HPE offers automated testing tools that provide support for all types testing. Automated functional testing and Web services testing are supported by HPE's Unified Functional Testing. Performance Center, Load Runner and Storm Runner offer specialized performance and load testing capabilities. HPE Security Fortify provides security testing, and HPE MobileCenter is specifically designed for mobile testing. Finally, HPE's suite supports iterative methodologies with AgileManager and LeanFT, which is designed for continuous integration (CI).

All of the tools in the HPE suite, including both ALM and Quality Center, are on version 12.5; Storm Runner and Mobile Center offer slightly newer versions. Some of the updates in ALM and Quality Center v. 12.5 included expanded Business Views functionality for creating customized reports and expanded integrations with integrated development environments, Agile and CI tools.

The basic premise behind both HPE's ALM and Quality Center is to be user-friendly and easy to learn, which makes the products appropriate for both technical testers and business users. The automated tool suite is more complicated to use, making it appropriate for more technical testers. The products are appropriate for all industries as they support multiple browsers and platforms and include support for mobile and Web architectures, commercial off-the-shelf packages as well as legacy applications.

Who uses HPE's test management tools?

ALM and Quality Center are premier tools that can be used by organizations of any size; they provide all the test management functionality that any organization would need. However, given the cost of the licenses, these products may be better suited to companies with large testing organizations requiring all of the functionality that these products provide.

HPE Quality Center and HPE ALM, together with the HPE tool suite can be used with any methodology including Agile, Scaled Agile (SAFe) and DevOps. They run on MS Windows and Linux and can test applications also running on mobile devices and Safari on Mac.

HPE offers on-premises and SaaS versions of test management tools

HPE offers 30-day trial versions of the test management tools. ALM and Quality Center are offered in both on-premises and software as a service versions. The SaaS version includes both a desktop and Web client; however, the Web client offers only the requirements and defect modules. ALM and Quality Center may be purchased directly from HPE, online or through authorized resellers. Licensing packages are complicated. Named or concurrent licensing is offered for on-premises versions, with various options for additional term licenses. SaaS licensing models are also based on the number of users, and the number of projects allocated to the customer is based on the number of users. Support packages are offered for 5x9 and 24x7 options, or can be obtained through HPE resellers.

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Why did your company choose HPE ALM and Quality Center as a test management tool?
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At the time, back when it was still a Mercury product, it was because of features and reputation.
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Same, back in the TD days it was best of the bunch and still is many versions later
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It's tempting to have all-in-one package. While Mercury WinRunner and LoadRunner were great, Test Director felt mediocre. So - why not.
Of course, "test management tool" is a marketing buzz. At best, administration supporting tool but it doesn't sound cool :)
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