Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Tricentis qTest: Which is the best test management tool?

IT Central Station users review two top test management tools: Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Tricentis qTest.

Forward-thinking businesses understand that within their software supply chain they need visibility, not just for software developers and testers, but for the broader business, which requires a consolidated central view into a quality portal. Test management tools allow businesses to get the insight they need to perform better. However, choosing the right solution isn't easy - every business is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all' solution.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Its latest paper looks at Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Tricentis qTest, two of the highest reviewed solutions in the test management tool market.

Below is a brief summary of the report, highlighting what real IT Central Station users think of each solution - from their most valuable features, to how they've improved individual businesses, as well as what each solution could do better.

Micro Focus ALM Quality Center

One of the first unified, technology-agnostic application management systems available

With an average rating of 8.5 from 12 reviews, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center is a highly regarded option in the test management tool market. The solution has been deployed across a wide range of industries, with financial services firms, comms service providers, and healthcare organisations all using the solution and experiencing the benefits it provides. It also appeals to companies of varying sizes. Most users have larger workforces of over 1000 (75%), however smaller and mid-size companies do still make use of the solution and account for 12% and 13% of users respectively.

Assessing the solution's key benefits, reviewers appreciate the usefulness of the AI and functionality interface. They also comment positively on the ability to integrate the solution with other applications and how it can be used to customise specific modules for company specific needs. Where the solution falters slightly is that it can only be used with Internet Explorer, with critics arguing that they should be able to run it on any browser or operating system.

Tricentis qTest

Create better software by improving speed, efficiency and collaboration during the

testing process

Achieving an average rating of 8.4 from 10 reviews, Tricentis qTest is one of the better options available in the test management tool market. The solution can be found throughout numerous industries, with software R&D, healthcare, and financial service organisations being the most frequent users. Although not that popular at smaller companies with workforces of less than 200 and making up just 8% of reviewers, Tricentis qTest does enjoy a strong presence in organisations with over 1000 employees. 67% of reviewers hail from larger organisations, and mid-size companies are responsible for the remaining 25% of users.

As one of the better solutions available on the market, Tricentis qTest has many benefits that reviewers are keen to highlight. Firstly, the JIRA integration is seen as incredibly valuable, allowing business analysts to see test results inside the JIRA ticket and that have met the definition of "done". Yet, the most valuable feature to reviewers is its ability to reuse test cases which helps to save time and improve quality. Critics of Tricentis qTest identify its reporting as an issue that needs to be addressed if it wants to become the market leading solution. It should also look into streamlining the installation of its software which can often be very command-line oriented.