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Alternatives to Quality Center? ...
I've never been on this sub-forum before, please excuse me if this question has been asked 1000 times. ;-)
We have QC 9 and are considering a move to QC 11. But cost is a major issue for the organization at the moment.
What are some of the notable open-source (free) or more affordable alternatives to Quality Center?
All recommendations and pointers to more info and FAQs much appreciated!
Thanks in advance and have a great weekend,
There are plenty of alternatives: TestLink, JIRA, Bugzilla, BugNet. Please be more specific about what features you want in the alternative.
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You can look at Rally, it provides support for User Test cases, Test plans and defects.
Generally the migration cost more than the tool licensing, which is why I generally wouldn't recommend migration for reasons of cost only. Some thing you'll need to consider
- Migration costs - time needed and their salary to figure out how to remap/import the test cases into the new system.
- Business process adaptation costs - all the systems integrating to QC would need to be reconfigured to point to the new systems
- Opportunity costs - time used for the migration has impact on the teams velocity not just for the migration itself, but for the retaining, and initial lost productivity adjusting to the new tool.
I can tell you lower priced products in this space, however I've had bad experiences with the free ones, I wouldn't recommend them.
* Free Ones - not recommended
TestLink - Has been around for a long time, has a large user base, and provides a good decent amount of fuctionality. But they haven't improved their database schema and architecture, and the performance will slow down as you add more test cases.
MozTrap - A free open source one developed by Mozilla (known best for Firefox). It has a simple API, I dislike the user interface. Good thing about this one is this one does have a large trusted organization maintaining the code.
* Inexpensive ones
- TestRail - I've implemented this one at 3 different companies. I like this one because they've provided a reliable product with a decent feature level. Dennis Grulock has always been very responsive to answering my questions and helping me.
- HipTest - This is a very new product. I'd recommend this for small startups who want something simple and productive, but I wouldn't recommend this to an enterprise given an unknown track record. I like the interface, and their ability to refactor tests and reference tests into other tests makes it easy to create streamlined manual regression.
- TestLodge - This is good for companies who have low feature counts. They charge for number of test cases vs number of users. If you're tests follow more of combinations than they are of feature substance, I'd probably just use TestLodge and offload all the different combinations into a separate data sheet. (higher level test cases, with detailed checklist in separate reference sheet)
if migration and cost are your worries i would recommend you also check out PractiTest. a SaaS test management platform.
it can support your entire QA process, manage requirements, tests, test sets and runs as well as issue tracking etc.
As far as your concerns mentioned it has a scalable fair pricing, and it's a snap to upload any of your existing data, tests, requirements etc. so migration is painless.
There are vast integration options that are a few clicks to set up, nothing complicated. for instance with JIRA, Selenium, Jenkins, Redmine and more.
You can choose to start a free trial or set up a demo (or both) via their website: https://www.practitest.com/
If you have further questions don't hesitate to ask me.
Last edited by maayan; 05-30-2016 at 01:53 AM.