I work for a major HealthCare company who currently uses the Mercury Tool Suite as its core testing tools suite. Due to contractual issues and the high cost of Mercury's maintenance, etc., the company is looking for me to create a stratgy to move to a new tools suite. Has anyone had experience switching from Mercury to Rational? If so, please share your experience. Would we need to start from scratch? How much is the success of using the tool reliant on the success of following the RUP? Any idea on what annual maintenance costs are? Any information would be helpful. thanks, JM
IMHO change any tool to retional is bad idea.
Rational tools is not frendly and have many limitation.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">I don't agree. We've found Rational products to be very versatile in the 5 years we've worked with them. They can be used independent of RUP. Their Test Manager and Robot I believe are superior to anything Mercury has.
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I have used both WinRunner and Robot and some years ago converted a winrunner application to robot.
As, at the time, winrunner did bot have ddt functions we had written our own xl to csv to arrays for getting the data into the app so some of our assets were reusable.
I do not use check points or any form of bit map validation this certainly made the conversion easier.
I have used the more recent versions of both tools. And find they are similar.
Robot is much more of a challenge with its obscure database structure and convoluted header and function library process. Manipulation of global variables can also provide entertainment for the winrunner user.
I found it more powerful in that I could read and write from any sheet inside an XL so I could have input in one sheet control in another sheet and results in a third.
The equivalent in WR would require separate XL files.
WR is the much easier to use. Groups of scripts can easily be stored and executed from different locations. Functions almost make sense.
So what is my recommendation as to the most cost effective tool?
I have not used this yet but their web site is very seductive.
I do not have any association with this company.
Does anyone have any stories related to this tool good or bad?
Our company is also evaluating tools we currently have Mercury in house. I was just wondering when you referred to the word Maintenance if you were speaking of the maintenance cost from Mercury or speaking from a high administration effort to keep the product working? If it was the second I would be curious to know if you are using any form of TestCenter.
4. Concurrent Groups
5. LR91P026 QFE
7. All protocols - 3500 Vusers
9. Windows 2003 SP2
I preferred that TestPartner uses VBA for the scripting language
Reconcile worked really well for Requirements and traceability,
TrackRecord was easy to use and set up workflows
The concurrent licensing is really good - 1 QA center license which included Reconcile, TestPartner, Track Record and QA Director allowed 4 people to access the software - 1 person on each function.
Initial cost was about 50% of Mercury initial cost
Did not have to purchase additional modules to test additional platforms/languages
Annual maintenance was less that Mercury
Product Support was 24/7
Also while setting up presentations and doing the initial RFI I had to call Mercury several times before they responded almost every time I had contact with them.
We also looked at Rational during our evaluation and they had the highest annual maintenance at 25% - I cannot remember any significant cost benefits over Mercury.
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